social networking

  • LinkedIn is now officially blocked in Russia

    LinkedIn is now officially blocked in Russia

    Amid a tense stand-off and attempt at negotiations, Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has started to enforce a proposed block of LinkedIn in the country, after the social network failed to transfer Russian user data to servers located in the country, violating a law instituted in Russia requiring all online sites to store personal data on national servers. The order… Read More

  • Facebook denies it’s a media company despite censorship decisions

    Facebook denies it’s a media company despite censorship decisions

    Facebook makes value judgements about what can appear in News Feed and what’s censored, but insists its a tech company not a media editor. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF, writer Josh Constine sat down with Adam Mosseri, a VP at Facebook and head of News Feed, to hear more about how policies control what you see. The talk started with Constine asking Mosseri much content people consume daily… Read More

  • Facebook brings emoji to VR with 360 Reactions

    Facebook brings emoji to VR with 360 Reactions

    Watching 360-degree videos alone on your Gear VR is about to get a little less lonely. Oculus just rolled out the ability for users to see and leave Facebook’s five emoji reactions on 360 Videos within Gear VR’s video app. While Reactions started as a risky attempt at tampering with Facebook’s iconic Like button, they’ve become a popular way to convey emotion and… Read More

  • Photo-sharing app for health professionals, Figure1, adds direct messaging

    Photo-sharing app for health professionals, Figure1, adds direct messaging

    Figure1, which started out as a photo-sharing app for medical professionals, has quietly added direct messaging to its platform, showing signs the startup wants to be more of a Facebook and less of an Instagram in its field. Toronto- and New York-based Figure1 only allows full access to its platform to users who are verified medical professionals or students, including: doctors, nurses… Read More

  • Stitch Is A Social Network For Seniors

    Stitch Is A Social Network For Seniors

    The winner of a recent TC Radio Pitch-Off contest, Stitch is a social network designed for those over 50 years old. Headquartered in Australia, the site is designed to help members find friends, romantic companionship, or just new activities to try. Marcie Rogo, cofounder of Stitch, explained that “many older adults have lots of things they want to do, but nobody to do them with. Read More

  • Digital Government Is The New Social Network Crunch Network

    Digital Government Is The New Social Network

    Recently, New York and Chicago, each a leader in two important municipal reforms — the open data movement and centralized (311) call centers — released requests asking the private sector to help them build a platform more akin to Facebook than 311 as we know it. Read More

  • Social Network Website Use Dips In U.K. And U.S. — Study

    Social Network Website Use Dips In U.K. And U.S. — Study

    The use of social networking websites such as Facebook has dipped in the U.S and U.K., according to research conducted by U.K. telecoms regulator, Ofcom. Visits to ‘traditional’ social networks also fell in Japan and China between September 2013 and October 2014, it found. Read More

  • Microsoft-Backed Inlope Is An Interest-Based Local Social Network

    Microsoft-Backed Inlope Is An Interest-Based Local Social Network

    Is there room for another social network in your life? Inlope, a Munich, Germany-based startup which was founded last year and has just launched its app reckons so. And it’s not alone — having persuaded Microsoft to cover its costs for a year while it seeks to scale its idea into a living and breathing local social network. Read More

  • Sprung From The Ashes Of Formspring, Spring.me Raises $5M To Create The “Friendliest Social Network”

    Sprung From The Ashes Of Formspring, Spring.me Raises $5M To Create The “Friendliest Social Network”

    Spring.me, the new social network that was previously Formspring, has raised a total of $5 million in debt and equity seed funding from investors including Right Click Capital, Tank Stream Ventures, Nextec Strategic Capital, and Rubicon Project Founder Craig Roah. The company plans to use the funding to expand Spring.me in the U.S., where it just launched. Read More

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