Tag "social media"

Orkut’s Hello is expected to hit Indian users soon

By : CIOL Writers

In 2004, when Google launched the social networking site, Orkut gave us the first glimpse of the dominating form of internet. Though it went off successfully, Orkut was slowly strangulated to death in 2014 by Facebook’s raging popularity. However, Orkut’s

Snapchat’s fuel machine: High GDPs, high-end smartphones and young blood

By : CIOL Writers

What if Snapchat is mere 1/8th the size of Facebook; the ephemeral photo sharing app never considered itself part of the rat-race. Snapchat isn’t aiming for Mars or running after any milestones, it’s for a special coterie- High GDPs, high-end

Will Instagram’s new mobile web sharing features help it to drive growth?

By : CIOL Writers

In a bid to drive growth in areas with slow connectivity or expensive data, Instagram has upgraded its mobile website adding core features of the main app that includes photo sharing and a lightweight version of the Explore tab. Why new features? Instagram has

Users may quit WhatsApp if they feel privacy is breached: Facebook to SC

By : CIOL Writers

Responding to a petition filed by two Indian students over privacy concerns with Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Facebook counsel K K Venugopal told a Supreme court bench, that, “Those who find the new privacy policy irksome or violative of their fundamental rights, can quit. We’ve

Google updates Search tool to take on fake news

By : CIOL Writers

After launching multiple initiatives, Google is now turning to its most powerful weapon to combat fake news- Search, where it receives something around 5.5 billion search queries per day. The Search giant has announced some structural changes to its renowned search engine,

J&K govt bans Facebook, WhatsApp and others social media platforms in the valley

By : CIOL Writers

The Jammu and Kashmir government has suspended all social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp for one month in the wake of widespread students’ unrest in the valley. The government order, released on Wednesday, said that anti-social elements were “misusing” social

Beware! Group admins on WhatsApp or Facebook could be jailed for sharing fake news

By : CIOL Writers

If you are a group admin on WhatsApp or Facebook, you better be careful, because now it’s officially a criminal offence to spread rumours on social media. Offensive posts—such as rumours, fake news, morphed photographs and videos with fabricated narratives—circulated through

Boycott Snapdeal, Oops Snapchat: The curious case of mistaken identity

By : CIOL Writers

Just when you thought that things cannot get worse for Indian online marketplace Snapdeal, comes a blow from a completely unexpected quarter. Snapdeal may be bargaining hard for a potential sale to rival Flipkart behind closed doors but in the virtual

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

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 launches custom profiles for business agents and customer support teams

By : CIOL Writers

Twitter is introducing yet another feature to lure customers and business agents to use its platform to boost their business. After making it easier for customers to directly message businesses, and allowing companies to add a “send a private message” button

Snapchat Spectacles now available to buy online at $129.99

By : CIOL Writers

If you’ve been a fan of Snapchat’s cool Spectacles, we have some really good news for you. Well, the funky glasses are no longer limited to Snap’s vending machines and are openly available for $129.99 at online portal Spectacles.com. But

WhatsApp Status gets a Snapchat inspired makeover

By : CIOL Writers

After rolling out Snapchat’s Stories format for iOS beta users last week, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is now completely ditching its old text-based status messages format for all the platforms. Yes, the Facebook is now copying the Stories format for the fourth

Twitter rolls out new feature, ‘Time Out’ to tackle online abuse

By : CIOL Writers

Though Twitter has been launching many features and initiatives to tackle online abuse, Twitter has been giving the pushbutton to users to block and report abusive content, until now. However, with the latest feature, Twitter is taking the control in

Only 23pc of parents monitor their kids’ internet activity

By : CIOL Writers

In today’s social media age, there are an array of tools that parents can use to oversee their kids’ online behaviour; however, only 23 percent of parents monitor the internet activity. According to ‘New Family Dynamics in a Connected World’,

Instagram to roll out ‘Live Stories’ feature globally

By : CIOL Writers

Instagram’s ‘Live Stories’ is finally going global. Instagram Stories, a clone of Snapchat, rolled out the Live stories feature in November last year, only to US users. However, the social network is ready to roll it out globally within next

Narendra Modi becomes the most followed world leader on social media

By : CIOL Writers

When the United States 44th President Barack Obama ceded the presidency role to new President-elect Donald Trump, some rank-reversal took place on the Twitter platform too. With approximately 81 million followers on Twitter, Barack Obama was the most followed world

Social apps dominate time spent on mobile with 394pc growth

By : CIOL Writers

Making the digital platform a virtual war field, a new app is reaching the play store almost every day. With the growing social media adoption, mobile app usage is also growing swiftly. However, according to a new report, this growth

No backdoor snooping in WhatsApp, claims the company

By : CIOL Writers

WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging platform that also offers end-to-end encryption to its users has come under scanner after a report from Guardian said that the company is not completely protecting user privacy. The Guardian reported a security flaw

Facebook fixes battery-drain issue in its Android apps

By : CIOL Writers

If you have been experiencing sudden battery drainage in your smartphone, Facebook Messenger is probably the culprit behind it. Many other Android users have also been facing a dramatic spike in power consumption, which is not the intended battery consumption