Social

Its game over for Gtalk

By : CIOL Writers

Google talk, better known as Gtalk or GChat is finally getting replaced with Hangouts, which was first released in 2013 to take its place. Apparently, Google left users an option to stick with the older interface if they wanted to. But,

With YouTube’s push India witnesses massive growth of content creators in 2016

By : CIOL Writers

YouTube has been significantly boosting its effort to make India one of the most active content creator communities in Asia. Last year, the Google-owned company launched several features to lure content creators to make exciting videos and expand their fan

Facebook integrates reactions and @mentions into Messenger

By : CIOL Writers

After launching Messenger Day, the social media giant, Facebook is rolling out Reactions and Mentions for its Messenger platform. In a blog post, Facebook announced that the two new features are aimed to improve group conversations. “Today, we’re introducing two

Twitter is testing paid version of the TweetDeck

By : CIOL Writers

Amid struggling ad business, Twitter is looking for ways to make more money. The micro-blogging site is planning to create a paid version of the TweetDeck, a free online tool that helps users to manage multiple accounts. Twitter has reportedly

Facebook expands its live streaming abilities to desktop & laptops

By : CIOL Writers

Finally, vloggers can post live video from desktops or laptop as Facebook is opening the gates of Live Video to desktops, PC and laptops, which was previously available exclusively for mobile users. The social media behemoth announced in a blog post

LinkedIn introduces Trending Storylines to keep professionals hooked

By : CIOL Writers

After undergoing a complete makeover to boost user engagement and increase the time spent on the platform, LinkedIn is now launching a new feature dubbed Trending Storylines, a personalised feed of trending news stories and topics relevant to a user’s

Instagram now has 1mn monthly advertisers

By : CIOL Writers

Last year was an exceptional year for Instagram. The photo-sharing app launched more updates in the past 12 months than it had ever done before. And looks like the updates have paid off well. From 200,000 active advertisers last year, Instagram now claims one

Twitter suspends over 376,000 accounts for promoting terrorism

By : CIOL Writers

Twitter is getting aggressive in its battle against terrorist accounts. After suspending 235,000 accounts in the first half of 2016, Twitter suspended over 376,000 accounts for backing terrorism in the second half of the year. In its semiannual “transparency report,”

Reddit testing public profiles for users to boost engagement

By : CIOL Writers

Reddit wants to be more than just a destination for discussion; it intends to become a platform where users, “put their creations, engage with fans, and cultivate a dedicated following.” To achieve the goal, Reddit is launching a new feature,

YouTube addresses concerns over censoring LGBTQ+ content

By : CIOL Writers

With over a billion users, YouTube is the biggest and the most popular reservoir of media content. However, the video-sharing platform was recently under the radar for censoring LGBTQ+ content in the Restricted Mode. Restricted mode is an optional feature

WhatsApp brings back text Status option after replacing it with Snapchat clone

By : CIOL Writers

Well, this is some news. After months of copying Snapchat features, finally, someone is mending its ways. In mid-February, Facebook-owned Whatsapp replaced the ability for users to set a text-based in-app status with a Snapchat Stories clone. Apparently, after user backlash,

Facebook introduces a new way to connect with govt officials

By : CIOL Writers

Facebook wants you to stay in touch not only with your friends but also with the governors and senators of your country. Yes, the social media giant has added another option on the “More” menu in Facebook’s mobile app christened “Town Hall.” Offering

YouTube introduces Uptime for watching videos with friends

By : CIOL Writers

Google is bringing a new app dubbed ‘Uptime‘ for YouTubers. Created by Google’s internal incubator, Area 120 – that was designed to encourage employees to spend their 20 percent time on side projects – Uptime lets you meet friends, share YouTube

Snapchat releases Android-only update featuring Bitmoji

By : CIOL Writers

For the first time, Snapchat has released an Android-only update, which comes with pretty impressive features. The photo-sharing app has released an Android-only feature (sorry iPhone users), which allows you to turn your friends’ Bitmoji into widgets and place them

Facebook launches another Snapchat clone, ‘Messenger Day’

By : CIOL Writers

The famous ‘muse’ aka Snapchat, which has been inspiring many social media platforms to imitate its Stories feature has got one more name under its cover, Messenger. Yes, after Instagram, WhatsApp, the social media giant Facebook has integrated the Stories

Twitter testing a new feature to warn users about profile with ‘potentially sensitive content’

By : CIOL Writers

Twitter is doing all it can to make its platform controversy free. In its latest attempts in the same direction, the micro-blogging site is testing a new feature that flags users’ profiles that contains ‘potentially sensitive content.’ This means whenever you visit someone’s

Microsoft is closing down its failed social network ‘So.Cl’

By : CIOL Writers

Well, your first question may be regarding the little-known origins of the said social network but the present news deals with the shuttering down of Microsoft’s failed social experiment So.Cl. The project from Microsoft Research’s FUSE Labs division was launched in late

Instagram’s copying spree continues; launches geostickers for ‘Stories’

By : CIOL Writers

After Snapchat Stories, Instagram is ready to take another cue from the photo-sharing app. Instagram now offers geostickers in its ephemeral Stories feature, just like Snapchat. Geostickers, which according to Instagram is an evolution of the stickers capability it introduced

Twitch announces a new social media feed, Pulse

By : CIOL Writers

Amazon-owned video game streaming company Twitch has announced a new feature Pulse, an integrated social media feed “where streamers can post and engage with all of their followers and the greater Twitch community right from the Twitch front page.” Similar to

Facebook is testing a dislike button in Messenger

By : CIOL Writers

For years, people have been requesting Facebook for a button to express a negative emotion. Facebook has finally bowed down to the pressure and has introduced the button, however, the button is available only in Facebook Messenger. Yes, the social