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  • Instagram fights abuse with comment disabling and liking

    Instagram fights abuse with comment disabling and liking

    Twitter’s sluggish approach to combating harassment looks even slower today as Instagram pushed its third round of safety features this quarter. The company announced this morning three new features aimed at giving Instagram users more control over their accounts and the way they interact with others on the service. This includes the ability to turn off comments on individual posts… Read More

  • Crunch Report | GoPro Seriously Botches Earnings

    GoPro’s earnings report is pretty bad, Yelp to lay off 4% of workforce, YouTube upgrades its comments system, Ford has ideas for last-mile tech and the Obama administration looks to create 48 national charging corridors for electric vehicles. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • YouTube upgrades its comments system to give creators more control

    YouTube upgrades its comments system to give creators more control

    YouTube today is rolling out an upgrade to its comments system, with the goal of putting creators more in control of which comments get featured in the feed, as well as the ability to better interact with their viewers and fans. Along with the ability to pin comments to the top of the feed and hold back inappropriate comments for review, creators will also have their own usernames highlighted… Read More

  • Instagram nixes naughty comments

    Instagram nixes naughty comments

    Comment reels can become cesspools, especially on celebrity social media posts that get replies by the thousands. But now Instagram is letting its new business pages take out the trash with a new Comment Moderation option. It “Blocks comments with words or phrases often reported as offensive from appearing on your posts.” Instagram confirms to me that the feature rolled out… Read More

  • Facebook now lets users comment with a video

    Facebook now lets users comment with a video

    Facebook launched video comments today, a feature that acknowledges the meteoric rise and continued growth of online video creation and consumption. By 2020, internet video traffic will represent 82% of all consumer internet traffic, according to forecasts from the Cisco Visual Networking Index. It could also help Facebook catch up, yes catch up, to Snapchat in terms of daily videos viewed on… Read More

  • Periscope introduces real-time comment moderation

    Periscope introduces real-time comment moderation

    Livestreaming app Periscope is rolling out a new experiment with real-time comment moderation, the company announced today. While its parent company Twitter has struggled over the years with spam and abuse — without much success, let’s be honest — Periscope is aiming to go a different route with the introduction of a community-policed system where users can report and… Read More

  • Vusay Keeps Eyeballs Glued By Adding SoundCloudy Timed Comments To Any Video

    Vusay Keeps Eyeballs Glued By Adding SoundCloudy Timed Comments To Any Video

    Sad fact: 20% of people click away from videos in the first 10 seconds. But Vusay hopes to hold our attention by augmenting any video player with comments anchored to specific points in the clip. It’s like SoundCloud’s timed commenting system but for video. News sites, digital media channels, and other online publishers can slap Vusay’s wrapper around their video for free… Read More

  • YouTube Addresses Massive Spam Problem Following Rollout Of Much-Maligned Google+ Commenting System

    YouTube Addresses Massive Spam Problem Following Rollout Of Much-Maligned Google+ Commenting System

    Google says it’s taking steps to address the increase in YouTube comment spam that arose from the recent shift to the new commenting system powered by Google+. YouTube users have already been fairly displeased with the new system for reasons related to privacy, confusion, and the ability to leave anonymous comments, having already left over 31,000 comments of their own on a video… Read More

  • Study: Facebook Comments Are More Civil Than Newspaper Website Comments

    Study: Facebook Comments Are More Civil Than Newspaper Website Comments

    Hypothesis: A person is less likely to accuse a complete stranger of being a socialist demon hell-bent on killing babies with free health insurance, when their friends can see him being a complete asshat. Read More

  • Google Launches Google+ Commenting System For Blogger, Coming To The Rest Of The Web Soon?

    Google Launches Google+ Commenting System For Blogger, Coming To The Rest Of The Web Soon?

    Google today announced that bloggers on its Blogger publishing platform can now enable a new Google+-powered commenting system for their sites. This means Blogger users can now use Google+ as a commenting platform for their blogs and comments from Google+ will automatically appear on their blogs, too. Google has already enabled this new system on all of its official blogs. This new… Read More

  • Iterations: The Diamond Is In The Comments

    Iterations: The Diamond Is In The Comments

    People often ask me some variant of this question: “What’s a startup out there that will be a great investment hit but no one really thinks of that way yet?” There are many possible answers, but I’ll focus this week’s column on one: Disqus. Now, there are many smart folks who believe online comments are either dead or worthless, and they have some valid points. Read More

  • YouTube And Google+ Grow Closer: All Users Can Now Switch Their Usernames To Their Google+ Profiles

    YouTube And Google+ Grow Closer: All Users Can Now Switch Their Usernames To Their Google+ Profiles

    YouTube’s comment section isn’t exactly known for being a hotbed of in-depth intellectual conversations. One of the reasons for this, some would argue, is the fact that YouTube still lets people post comments using handles like ‘cutepuppies99’ without having to reveal your real identity. Starting today, however, you will have the option to use your Google-wide… Read More

  • 61 Percent Of Disqus Comments Are Made With Pseudonyms

    61 Percent Of Disqus Comments Are Made With Pseudonyms

    One of the unending debates in blogging circles is about the value of comments. How do you encourage the best comments and discourage the anonymous trolls? Do you even need comments?  Or do you enforce civility by requiring real names, through the use of Facebook comments (which is what we currently use on TechCrunch) at the expense of discouraging conversation? But there is a middle… Read More

  • Burn Notice Prequel Goes All Dual Screen With Realtime Comments

    TV is just not the same without Twitter and Facebook chatter. Tonight’s prequel movie Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe comes with social chatter about the show on your laptop courtesy of Echo, the realtime commenting system. The USA Network launched this companion site, which pulls in comments, Tweets, Facebook status updates and Fan Page comments, as well as YouTube video and… Read More

  • Facebook Comments Epitomizes Everything I Hate About Facebook

    Facebook Comments Epitomizes Everything I Hate About Facebook

    It’s been a month since we introduced Facebook Comments round these parts, time enough to have given it some serious consideration. And my conclusions are as follows: …are you kidding me? This is the best a $75 billion company could come up with? Isn’t Facebook supposed to be the new home of software’s best and brightest? Is this some kind of elaborate practical… Read More

  • The best comment ever

    I knew we’d probably get plenty of comments on the iPad Review and I honestly enjoy the back and forth. But there’s one type of comment we always see and it basically says “Why is this on my browser?” Clearly, commenter Krugeri knows the answer: our commenters have been kidnapped by an international group of terrorists and are being forced to read reviews against… Read More

  • Wanted: Comment shills for a "large project"


    Are you in the Harrisburg area? Are you able to type in English? Well some weird company wants you to shill for them, offering $50 for your trouble. Here’s the post: We are an internet marketing company that increases market awareness for our clients and there is a large project with a March 29th deadline, requiring 50 comments for each brand. All you need is an internet connection… Read More

  • Best of: Stupid Android Market comments by slightly stupid people


    One of the great things about Android Market is that you can see what everyone has to say about the applications they’ve downloaded. Very useful in figuring out if you should really download that app called “Alien Blood Bath” or just avoid it all together. The system, however, is slightly flawed. It appears that no one is really moderating these comments, and they usually end… Read More

  • Comment of the Day: Ask a Query!


    From the briny deep comes this mad-eyed comment on a post about game companies: Hi. I regularly scan this forum. This is the head together unequivocal to ask a query.
    How multitudinous in this forum are references Nautical port behind, disingenuous users?
    Can I depute all the facts that there is? Can you, sir? Can you? Read More

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