How to remove Facebook from your life and never miss a social beat

May 14, 2017

It's easy.Image: Getty So you’ve decided to dump Facebook. But you’re worried. Worried about missing out, struggling to stay connected, or getting left behind by the almost 2 billion users on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s platform. Don’t be. SEE ALSO: The time has come to remove Facebook from your life It has never before been easier to completely remove Facebook from your life not missing a single social beat in the process. And when you finally do, you’ll …


Instagram rolls out mobile web sharing in its quest for a billion users

May 10, 2017

Your selfie sharing is no longer restricted to the IG app.Image: lili sams/mashable Instagram is following in its parent Facebook’s footsteps and making its service much more accessible to those left out of its app-centric, data-heavy sharing experience. The photo platform will now give users new functionality via the mobile website, most notably the all-important ability to actually share pics outside the IG app. The new mobile utility could help in the effort to foster …


Get the hose, Fyre Fest has a bunch more legal fires to extinguish

May 9, 2017

Another day, another batch of Fyre Festival lawsuits. Because Fyre Fest is truly the gift that keeps on giving, a slew of new lawsuits have been filed in the last week against Fyre Fest co-creators Ja-Rule, Billy McFarland, and other Fyre Fest organizers, with each suit seeking compensation for the painful and sadly un-Instagrammable experience. SEE ALSO: Fyre Fest gets burned with another class action lawsuit because of course it did The latest lawsuit comes from National Event Services, …


The State Department wants visa applicants to hand over their social media handles

May 5, 2017

And what's your Twitter handle, sir?Image: David McNew/Getty Images If you’re applying for a visa in the United States, the U.S. government may want to follow you on social media. The State Department wants more United States visa applicants to hand over their social media handles, according to Reuters. SEE ALSO: Why Trump’s latest speech is a big deal for Silicon Valley Though the requirement allegedly doesn’t apply to anyone of a particular nationality, it would affect …


Facebook Stories is a total failure

May 4, 2017

Image: Ambar Del Moral/Mashable Facebook is the world’s most successful social network but it shows you an abject failure every time you open its app. One month in, no one’s using “Stories,” the Snapchat clone that sits on top of your News Feed on the mobile app. Facebook wants this to be the place where you “show friends what you’re up to,” but it’s amounting to bupkis, a worthless void taking up a prime slice of the internet’s most …


Bill Gates doffs his hat to the Indian prime minister. Here’s why

April 27, 2017

Image: VCG via Getty Images Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, who’s one of the four global leaders in TIME’s ‘Most Influential People’ list, has a new admirer in Bill Gates. The software billionaire took to social media to acknowledge Modi for putting “the spotlight” on India’s open defecation problem through the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) mission. SEE ALSO: India bans one of its oldest symbols of VIP culture Gates wrote: “Indian Prime …


Zuckerberg and Obama chatted about Facebook and fake news

April 27, 2017

Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit.Image: Jeff Chiu/REX/Shutterstock After a long, confusing, fake news-filled 2016 election in which Donald Trump became President of the United States, Barack Obama was one of the many people to take shots at Facebook’s role in spreading fake news. But according to a new New York Times Magazine article published online on Tuesday, Obama didn’t just complain about fake news, he also spoke directly to Mark …


The secret Instagram ‘pods’ fighting the new algorithm one like at a time

April 20, 2017

Image: vicky leta / mashable You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. That’s the vibe in Instagram “pods” secret communities trying to fight the platform’s algorithmic timeline, one like at a time. SEE ALSO: Your Instagram feed will never be the same again In June 2016, Instagram began rolling out its new algorithmic timeline which changed the order of posts in people’s feeds, favouring popular posts over chronology. Instagram bloggers have been …


Celebrate Easter with this Goldendoodle wearing a basket on its head

April 17, 2017

You totally got this, Murphy.Image: thatgoldendoodle Hey, Easter Bunny: you’ve been put on notice. Murphy the Goldendoodle is gunning for your gig as floppy-eared distributor of colorful eggs and springtime cheer. The brown-haired Goldendoodle part golden retriever, part poodle recently transformed a plastic cone collar into an Easter basket, replete with rainbow-colored filler and plastic eggs (that were hopefully not filled with chocolate candy). Murphy donned the cone collar on …


Indians on social media express solidarity with Nigerian students facing racial attacks

March 29, 2017

Image: Association of African Students in India / FACEBOOK PAGE Indians on social media have come out in support of Nigerian students who faced racial attacks in a Greater Noida shopping mall on Monday. They have called out the inherent racism in the country and expressed shock and disappointment at the brutality meted out to these students who have been accused of cannibalism after a local student’s death last week. SEE ALSO: Ashton Kutcher Appears in Brown Face for Pop Chips; Internet …


Facebook releases ‘Town Hall’ feature to connect you to your local officials

March 28, 2017

U.S. President Barack Obama greets the audience as he arrives at a town hall style meeting at Facebook headquarters on April 20, 2011 in Palo Alto, California.Image: justin sullivan/getty images Like it or not, Facebook has an impact on politics. The social network contributed to President Donald Trump’s successful election, as much as CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to lessen the blame on the rise of fake news. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s new ‘Trending Topics’ update is here now …


Adorable social media robot dog will wag its tail into your heart

March 17, 2017

Woof!Image: soshee What if Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet-famous Puli, Beast, could fit in the palm of your hand and only bark or wag his adorable little tail when you get a Facebook like? That’s not a Facebook founder fever dream, it’s the reality of a new Kickstarter project for the world’s only social media robot dog: Soshee (short for “social”). Designed by animatronic master John Nolan, whose work has appeared in Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean, …


Facebook’s hosting a 24-hour livestream with women bosses around the world

March 9, 2017

Livestreaming around the globe.Image: facebook If you want to watch women bosses spill their secrets for 24 hours straight, Facebook’s got you. In honour of International Women’s Day, the social media giant is hosting a global livestreaming event with women entrepreneurs, policy makers and leaders using the hashtag #SheMeansBusiness. SEE ALSO: YouTube is going big for International Womens Day The event kicked off Wednesday in Auckland, New Zealand, where the founder of the outlet …