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Keep up with the rapidly changing social media industry. Get the big picture and follow the emerging trends. Also: http://sometek.fi (in Finnish)
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Facebook Launches M, Its Bold Answer to Siri and Cortana

Facebook Launches M, Its Bold Answer to Siri and Cortana | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
Facebook’s new virtual assistant, M, can make restaurant reservations, buy a birthday present for your spouse, or book a weekend getaway.
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Teens are officially over Facebook

Teens are officially over Facebook | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
According to a new survey, Facebook use among teens plummeted from 72 percent to 45 percent -- in the past six months, alone.
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Why Does Facebook Want You To Broadcast Your Location To Your Friends?

Why Does Facebook Want You To Broadcast Your Location To Your Friends? | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Facebook is trying to get you to share even more information, this time by beaming your location to your friends all the time.

 

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With Paper, Facebook just blew its own iPhone app out of the water

With Paper, Facebook just blew its own iPhone app out of the water | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

This morning, Facebook is announcing a new standalone iPhone app called Paper. Contrary to earlier rumors, it's much more than just a news-reading app — it's a complete reimagining of Facebook itself. Once you've used it, you may never want to open the standard Facebook app again. It may not replicated every feature of Facebook's main app, but it does fulfill the majority of people's needs. Simply put, it's much, much better.

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What We Talked About The Most On Facebook In 2013

What We Talked About The Most On Facebook In 2013 | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Facebook has released its 2013 Year In Review, which looks back at the stories, trends, and events that were shared most across the social network this last year. The year in review details the most talked about topics globally and for individual countries. It also shows the life events people felt most compelled to share (no surprises here, people love talking about their relationships).

 
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Facebook Makes Its Messenger App More Like Texting

Facebook Makes Its Messenger App More Like Texting | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

The new version of Messenger, an app that lets users send messages on mobile devices, will be available to both iOS and Android users in the coming weeks. The updated app works a lot like SMS or texting; users can send messages to any of their mobile contacts through Messenger, not just their Facebook friends or friends of friends. This requires app users to include their mobile numbers in order to receive messages from non-Facebook friends.

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Jaron Lanier: Information doesn't want to be free, and ads are screwed

Jaron Lanier: Information doesn't want to be free, and ads are screwed | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Computer scientist and author Jaron Lanier has turned his back on the "information wants to free" meme to which he once subscribed, and he thinks advertising as a business model for media is doomed. the whole business of using advertising to fund communication on the Internet is inherently self-destructive, because the only stuff that can be advertised on Google or Facebook is stuff that Google hasn’t already forced to be free

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Hashtags make their debut on Facebook

Hashtags make their debut on Facebook | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
Hashtags have found their way into Facebook. The company announced the rolling out of the long-awaited feature on Wednesday.
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JUAN ANTONIO MUÑOZ YEBENES's curator insight, June 14, 2013 1:47 PM

# Bienvenido a facebook # Mr. Hashtahg

Héctor Darío Sánchez Gómez's comment, June 14, 2013 6:35 PM
Buena por esa. OSOMAYOR.
unspy's curator insight, June 19, 2013 5:57 PM

To be clear, what this feature means is that the hashtags will be clickable and grouped together on a page.  Each hashtag will have its own unique Facebook URL with a status update box at the top.  This is great news, because it means you can drive traffic to that URL from your site, Blog or other social platforms to engage users and create even more conversation.

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Facebook Is Going To Ruin Your News Feed With Auto-Playing Video Ads

Facebook Is Going To Ruin Your News Feed With Auto-Playing Video Ads | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

In Facebook's quest to generate more revenue, it's going to muck up your News Feed with auto-playing videos, the FT reports.

 

Facebook is set to launch video advertising in its newsfeed in July...


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Elliottsweb's curator insight, May 23, 2013 10:49 AM

Oh no! Not more auto-playing ads!

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Its nice
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The "Like My FB Page" Fallacy | Social Media Today

The "Like My FB Page" Fallacy | Social Media Today | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Lately, not a day goes by that my inbox does not contain a request to “like” someone’s Facebook fan page. More often than not, I don’t know the person or have had limited interaction with them. Have we become so mired in the “like” quicksand that we’ve lost the notion that there needs to be a relationship first? Try walking into a public square and approach a stranger with these words: “Please Like Me” and see what happens. Is it any different online? Not really. Annoyance, like unsolicited junk mail, is the usual response

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The Disruptive Technology that will Replace Facebook

The Disruptive Technology that will Replace Facebook | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Facebook’s main advantage over similar, competing social networks is the head start it gained, meaning it’s now the place where all of our friends and family are. We aren’t loyal to Facebook, though. The situation is akin to picking which bar to go to on Saturday night.  You might have three bars to choose from. Two you really like. One is just mediocre. But all your friends are going to the mediocre bar. So that’s where you go, too. The company you’re with is more important than the place you’re at.

That’s exactly why Facebook is vulnerable, though. If it was creating a great user experience and constantly providing innovative, desirable features, it would be one of our top destinations. Since it’s not, if a few key friends start to go to another bar, we’re likely to start going there, too. The only thing keeping us on the Facebook website over another location is the other people on it.  As more and more friends go to another bar, eventually there won’t be any reason to stick with Facebook as a destination.

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Survey: Facebook is the most stress-inducing social media site

Survey: Facebook is the most stress-inducing social media site | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

One thing that’s almost guaranteed to drive your friends nuts? Including them in status updates and location check-ins. 45 percent of us don’t like it when we appear in social media updates that others create, and 70 percent say that’s because they don’t like to broadcast their location.

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Facebook Is Primed To Disrupt Online Dating | TechCrunch

Facebook Is Primed To Disrupt Online Dating | TechCrunch | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

The responsibility of dating sites should be to facilitate great first dates. Unfortunately, the dating industry has chosen to protect its charge-to-communicate business model instead of give consumers access to information to make an educated decision about a potential date: Is my date a real person? Who do we know in common and what mutual interests do we share?

But there is a site out there with 1 billion people that is quite familiar with my friends and me, as well as all of our interests: Facebook.

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Facebook Gives More News Feed Control

Facebook Gives More News Feed Control | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Facebook has announced it’s giving users more control over what they see in their News Feed, as well as letting them give feedback about what they’re seeing.

In your News Feed settings, you’ll now see a list of the most prominent Pages, Groups and people who have appeared in your feed over the past seven days. You can filter the view by people, Groups or Pages, or see them all at once. You can also unfollow directly from this section, and also see who you’ve previously unfollowed (and choose to re-follow them if you wish).

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Facebook May Be the Next Tech Company Collecting Your Health Data

Facebook May Be the Next Tech Company Collecting Your Health Data | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Facebook may be the latest tech company eyeing your health information.

The social network is reportedly looking into creating a healthcare-related app and "support communities" on the site where people suffering from certain ailments would be able to connect, according to a Reuters report.

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10 days with Facebook Paper. I’m still using it, are you?

10 days with Facebook Paper. I’m still using it, are you? | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Paper has transformed how I use Facebook and I have no intention of opening the original iPhone app again. It has some shortcomings, but I’m willing to forgive Facebook given this is only version one. What I didn’t expect, however, is for Paper to change my perception of what Facebook is about and how I can get the most out of it.

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Facebook 'dead and buried to teens', research finds

Facebook 'dead and buried to teens', research finds | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Facebook is 'dead and buried' to older teenagers, an extensive European study has found, as the key age group moves on to Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat.

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Teenagers say goodbye to Facebook, adding street cred to WeChat

Teenagers say goodbye to Facebook, adding street cred to WeChat | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

We’ve heard about how Facebook is losing its street cred and its teenage audience as more and more baby boomers (their parents) join the platform. Where are all the teenagers going to, then? The answer is WeChat.

 

Chinese messaging app WeChat is the fastest growing social app used by youths worldwide, according to a study by Global Web Index. The latest study was conducted based on the feedback from teenagers aged 16 to 19 globally, excluding China. WeChat saw a 1,021 percent increase in usage among youths between Q1 and Q3 2013. The second-fastest growing is Vine at a rate of 639 percent, followed by Flickr (254 percent)....


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Ali Anani's curator insight, December 1, 2013 12:49 AM

Sometimes I wonder if Maslow pyramid of need should be revised to position social needs at a higher need level

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, December 1, 2013 6:29 PM

I don't mind not hanging out with the 16 - 19 year old teenagers on Facebook. In fact, I kind of prefer it. The only thing is, I wish Facebook did not have such a 'stick up its butt' sometimes.

Elsie Whitelock's curator insight, December 9, 2013 7:54 AM

Been using this app for awhile. Is fun.

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Make no mistake: Google’s new shared endorsements are a direct attack against Facebook

Make no mistake: Google’s new shared endorsements are a direct attack against Facebook | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
Google today announced an upcoming change to its terms of service that will let the company add users' names and photos to certain parts of its advertising as of November 11. Make no ...
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Facebook Reveals How Often the Government Comes Calling for Data

Facebook Reveals How Often the Government Comes Calling for Data | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Facebook revealed more detail on how frequently it gets information requests from government agencies in a public statement late Friday. In a post on the company's press site, Facebook General Counsel Ted Ullyot said it received between 9,000-10,000 requests over the six-month period ending on Dec. 31, 2012.

That adds up to roughly 1,500 requests per month. Ullyot said the nature of the requests from "government entities" is quite varied, including things like a local sheriff trying to locate a missing child to national security agencies investigating terrorist activity.

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STUDY: Parents Have No Clue What Their Kids Are Doing On Facebook, Other Social Networks

STUDY: Parents Have No Clue What Their Kids Are Doing On Facebook, Other Social Networks | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
Parents may think they know what their teenagers are doing online, but according to a study released Tuesday by McAfee, they are sorely mistaken.
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Is Facebook Ruining Our Social Skills? [Infographic] - SocialTimes

Is Facebook Ruining Our Social Skills? [Infographic] - SocialTimes | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Facebook creates an alternate reality where friends from childhood, high school, college, and beyond can co-exist on one page. It’s convenient, but is it healthy?

This infographic explores the not-so-social side of the social network. Some studies link Facebook to feelings of anxiety or envy, marital problems, and poor performance in school.

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Lora Zayn's curator insight, April 9, 2013 3:34 AM

It would be a pitty of people really use facebook to share their depression. Facebook is a tool that can be used for great purposes such as to inspire creativity! What do you think?

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Proof That Facebook is an Advertising Platform

Proof That Facebook is an Advertising Platform | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

For a very long time I’ve had a love-hate relationship with you. These days, my status with you is “complicated.” That’s because I wear two hats, I’m both a user and a social media strategist.

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Why Facebook And Twitter Are Not Most Innovative Companies

Why Facebook And Twitter Are Not Most Innovative Companies | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Both companies have turned their focus away from users and toward shareholders to get bigger, not better. Revenue is great, but not at the expense of the product. Twitter's focus on improving ad revenue requires a consistent experience across the web, smartphones, and tablets, so it forced its once-elegant mobile apps to conform to a clunky desktop look, because that model works best for advertisers. That's the exact opposite of how product development is supposed to go.

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Facebook, Twitter, Stop Fighting!

Facebook, Twitter, Stop Fighting! | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

A Cold War has been brewing between the two major social media services for the better part of a year — and it heated up Friday. That's when Facebookeffectively sent Twitter a little passive-agressive note about why it was blocking access to the Facebook Friends list on Twitter's Vine app.

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