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10 Rising Social Networks You Should Explore

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:04:54 +0000

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Had enough of Facebook and Twitter? It may be time to switch up your go-to social network

With the daily explosion of startups, there are plenty of new social media tools popping up. These newer platforms could be working on the next big thing, so you'll want to keep an eye out.

Here's a look at 10 up-and-coming social networks you should know.

Editor's note: Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore's personal investment in Shots and Secrets in no way influences the decisions of editorial coverage or analysis.

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'Supernatural' Star Misha Collins Wants You to Beat William Shatner for Charity

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:01:07 +0000

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It's a special year for Supernatural star Misha Collins' worldwide charity scavenger hunt, GISHWHES. (Short for the modest title, Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.) It's their fourth year, they're looking to add three more world records to their existing five, and this is the first year the event features celebrity-led teams

The latter point is arguably the most thrilling, because no longer are the teams competing against fellow fans — they're up against the likes of William Shatner

"He’s got some heavy hitters; it’s no joke," says Collins, who runs the annual event via his charity Random Acts. "He basically had people apply to be on his team. It was a full-on recruitment drive." Read more...

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Buzz Aldrin: We'll Be on Mars 'Before 2040'

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:06:54 +0000

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Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin has walked on the moon, and now he's touched down in Menlo Park.

Aldrin, one of three astronauts who were part of the historic Apollo 11 space mission that successfully landed on our gravitational neighbor on July 20, 1969, stopped by Facebook headquarters for a Q&A on Friday.

Aldrin responded to all sorts of questions from Facebook users — ranging from technical questions regarding NASA's past and current space endeavors to the future of traveling to Mars to what his favorite sandwich is (note to Buzz: we're not sure a quesadilla really counts as a sandwich, but they are definitely the most delicious). Read more...

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Thanks for Helping Us Hit a Vine Milestone

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:42:27 +0000

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It seems like only yesterday that we were posting about a new looping video app that dropped in the App Store

Now, almost three hundred videos, millions of loops and one Shorty Award later, Mashable's main account on Vine has hit 100,000 followers, and we couldn't be more grateful for each and every one of you

To celebrate, take a look at some of the highlights from our first year and a half on the platform. Some of the videos were created by our staff, and others come from the incredibly inspiring community that takes part in our weekly Vine Challenges. Read more...

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Like Its Peers, Pinterest Releases Mostly Male Employee Demographics

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:39:10 +0000

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Silicon Valley's most promising tech companies are proving what everyone already suspected — that tech has a diversity problem

Pinterest is the latest tech company to unveil its employee demographics, which look similar to other companies in the area: mostly white, mostly male.

Pinterest reports that 92% of its workforce is either white or Asian, a ratio similar to other social companies like Twitter (88%) and Google (91%)

Perhaps more indicative of Silicon Valley's diversity problem: 79% of Pinterest tech jobs, and 81% of its leadership positions are filled by men Read more...

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New App or New Ad? Instagram Teases Us With Bolt

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:56:48 +0000

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What exactly does Facebook have up its sleeve?

An ad for a new app called Bolt mysteriously appeared on Instagram on Wednesday. Android users reported seeing a new banner-style app-install ad on on the service, according to TechCrunch, which featured a "one tap photo messaging" app called Bolt.

The ad included what appeared to be an install button similar to the app-install ads from your Facebook News Feed

The button was a dead link, however, and the ads were removed shortly after they appeared, according to The Verge. "We don’t have anything to share right now," an Instagram spokesperson told Mashable. Read more...

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10 Things You Didn't Know You Agreed to via Terms of Service

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:08:28 +0000

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The terms of service, also known as the document you're supposed to read before signing up for a site or platform, is a treasure trove of legal guidelines, rules and permissions that few people really care about.

But there are a few things you're agreeing to, hidden within the jargon, that might change the way you use the web. Some permissions, like keeping personal information, protecting copyrights and preventing impersonation, are well-known and relatively innocuous. That said, there's a chance you're violating a term of service without even realizing it.

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Twitter Is Mostly a White Male Company, Diversity Data Reveals

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:29:50 +0000

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It took a few weeks, but Twitter has finally released diversity data on its company, joining the likes of LinkedIn, Facebook and Google. The results? Twitter's roughly 3,000 employees are predominately white (59%) and overwhelmingly male (70%).

The company's gender gap, in particular, becomes even more pronounced when broken down by expertise. Of Twitter's technology employees, a whopping 90% are men. For non-technical jobs, the split between genders is 50-50. What's more, almost 80% of those in leadership positions are men (and 72% are white).

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7 Charts With All You Need to Know About Facebook's Blowout Q2 Earnings

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:39:33 +0000

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Facebook has earned a reputation for delivering the goods on earnings day, and Wednesday was no exception.

The social giant reported record totals for revenue, profits and user figures across the board on Wednesday, beating Wall Street estimates on a day when company stock rose nearly 3%.

The new numbers show that despite more than 1.3 billion users, Facebook is still growing at a steady rate. The company added more than 40 million monthly active users in Q2, and mobile monthly actives increased more than 30% over the past year.

In fact, more than 650 million people use Facebook every day from a mobile device, more than twice the U.S. population. Read more...

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William Shatner Slams Facebook App Designed for Celebs Like Him

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:20:14 +0000

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Memo to Mark Zuckerberg: next time you launch an app aimed at making Facebook easier for celebrities, consider asking William Shatner to beta-test it first.

Shatner — yes, that Shatner, the singer, raconteur and sometime starship captain — launched a blistering broadside against Facebook Mentions on his Tumblr account Tuesday. "I’m not quite sure why Facebook released this app," Shatner concluded at the end of a comprehensive review of its features. "It seems to be ill conceived."

If you don't know what Facebook Mentions is, that's probably because you're not famous enoughLaunched last week, the app is supposed to make life on the social network easier individuals who command large numbers of fans. They get to swoop in on conversations where fans mention them as well as conduct Q&As from the comfort of — well, anywhere. Read more...

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Vine Loops Don't Mean What You Think They Mean

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:53:19 +0000

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When Vine prankster Lele Pons recently broke the 1 billion loop milestone, I realized we finally had proof that the view measuring system Vine introduced on July 1 is a crock.

Lele, who famously “does it for the Vine,” has over 3.4 million Vine followers and many of her humorous and sometimes outrageous six-seconds bits have millions of loops. I’m sure she earned the loops — but how hard is it to earn them?

For instance, as I type this, one of Lele Pons' less shocking Vine videos is looping over and over again in the background. I can glance over and watch the loop number rise. It actually jumps because, I think, a number of other people around the world are viewing her Vine videos at the same time Read more...

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Vine Challenge: Simplify Classic Films Into 6-Second Videos

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:15:59 +0000

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Film fanatics, this is your challenge: We want to see simple takes on classic films on Vine. Using everyday objects and your creativity, recreate movie posters and iconic scenes in minimalist animations.

Stop-motion artists Hunter Harrison and Frank Danna will guest host this week's Mashable Vine Challenge. Upload your Vine videos by Monday, July 28, at 5 p.m. ET using the hashtag #MiniRemake. Harrison and Danna will choose their favorite submissions to feature on Mashable.

Harrison joined Vine the day the app launched. It didn't take him long to start playing around with animation, and it soon became one of his go-to social platforms Read more...

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Stealth Marketing: How Brands Infiltrate Vine With Product Placement

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:10:28 +0000

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With sights set on its 40 million users — many of whom are teenagers — advertisers are getting crafty in their efforts to break into ad-free Vine.

The six-second video platform, which is owned by Twitter, is one of the largest social networks that doesn't yet run paid advertisements. Marketers can't sponsor or promote videos the way they do on Twitter and Facebook (a sponsored post is clearly marked and shows up in front of people it wouldn't otherwise surface for). But that doesn't mean they're sitting idly by

Instead, brands are utilizing a form of stealth advertising, paying the platform's most popular users to "organically" push products to their massive followings. (Brands already use Vine to create their own videos, but the message is much different when it comes from a "regular user" instead of the brand itself.) Read more...

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Israel Is Losing Control of the Gaza Media War

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:38:55 +0000

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The picture from Gaza seemed like so many other conflict zone photos — until you began to notice the details.

The lifeless arm of a Palestinian boy cradled by an adult running across the beach. The sand studded with what looks like brush, but is really pieces of something shattered. A small child lies face down in the sand, legs jutting out at odd angles, seemingly struck dead.

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— Carlos Saul Duque (@saulduque) July 17, 2014

The picture, shot by the New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks, quickly became one of the most discussed pictures of the conflict. With heartbreaking clarity, it showed the faces of a few of the Palestinian civilian victims killed by Israeli rockets, and quickly ricocheted around Twitter and Facebook Read more...

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Following Login Changes, Facebook Extends Social Login Dominance

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:00:09 +0000

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Facebook's recent login changes are returning some measurable, positive results.

The social network has extended its dominance in the area of social logins, now claiming 55% of all social logins, according to recent data from Gigya, social-login provider for customers like Verizon, CNN and ABC. Clicking "log in with Facebook" on a site — or Twitter or Yahoo, for that matter — is considered part of the social login market; Facebook is used more than half the time.

That is up from 53% in Q1 of 2014, and 52% a year ago

Instead of creating a new username and password for these different sites, users routinely have the option to sign in with an existing account — one they've created on a social site like Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Facebook has dominated this area for along time, but the company extended its lead on Google+ last quarter, which holds a 27% share Read more...

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Hillary Clinton: Social Media Shouldn't Be Used as a 'Weapon'

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:26:20 +0000

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Hillary Clinton has high hopes for the future of social media — but we're not there just yet

The former U.S. Secretary of State spoke at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco Monday night, capping off a day in Silicon Valley during which she also visited Facebook and Google

Clinton was interviewed on stage in front of a packed house of Twitter employees, and took time to discuss a variety of subjects, including female empowerment, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the rising costs of higher education

The former Secretary of State also laid out some lofty expectations for the future of social media, an area she hopes will mature over time. "We have a lot of people communicating, but they're not listening and they're not looking for common ground that they could occupy together," she said. "It is a fact of social media right now that too often people use it as a weapon instead of an opportunity." Read more...

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Husband Wakes Up to Wife's Sweet Social Media Surprise From Strangers

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:28:50 +0000

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Gary Hamilton is one lucky man — "the luckiest guy in the world," if you ask him

The seasoned television reporter for the New York Yankees woke up for work Saturday to discover his wife, Jennifer, had orchestrated quite the birthday surprise on social media.

He calls her Jenn, and she's not on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter. Jenn spent the previous night taping fliers emblazoned with Gary's smile and a loving message asking strangers to send birthday wishes to him on Instagram and Twitter

"She wrote, 'He's seriously the best,' but the real truth is that she is," Gary, 32, told Mashable on Sunday as birthday tweets and Instagram photos of the thoughtful flier continued to trickle into his notification feeds from people he's never met and likely never will Read more...

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Hillary Clinton Hits Facebook, Twitter HQ for Surprise Q&A Monday

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:02:26 +0000

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Hillary Clinton knows how to please both sides of the aisle — when it comes to Silicon Valley tech giants, at least

The former Secretary of State will visit both Facebook and Twitter headquarters on Monday, participating in virtual Q&A conversations at both companies

The Facebook visit was announced with little fanfare on the page for her new book, Hard Choices, late Friday; the Twitter visit was kept under wraps until Monday

Clinton, the presumptive (but still unannounced) Democratic candidate for President in 2016, will tour Facebook headquarters Monday afternoon. She'll then answer questions from Facebook users on her page at 2:30 p.m. PT. The conversation is tied to the recent release of her book, Hard Choices, which was published in early June Read more...

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These 24 Unexpected Photos Will Inspire You to Bend Your Fashion Rules

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:50:52 +0000

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There's never a bad time to wear something daring. All the style rules — like, less is more when it comes to jewelry, and wearing socks with open-toed shoes is a big no-no — are so often overridden without a problem. After all, fashion is an industry that prides itself on creativity.

We partnered with Hewlett-Packard to bring you this week's Mashable Photo Challenge, themed around flexibility in fashion.

We asked our readers to photograph themselves wearing repurposed clothing items, unique or unexpected outfits, intentionally mismatching tops and bottoms and clashing but complementing colors. Read more...

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Facebook Steps Up News Game With Save for Later Feature

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:01:03 +0000

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Facebook added a new feature Monday that lets users save things they're interested in — but may not have time to check out — for a later date.

The new feature, simply called "Save," lets you flag things like links, places, or music and then come back to them when they have more time. Saved items are personal, meaning they won't appear to your friends unless you choose to share them.

You can save an item in News Feed by clicking the drop down menu in the post's upper righthand corner. If a user is looking at a place or music Page, a new "Save" tab will appear just under that Page's profile photo. Read more...

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Here Comes the Social Networking Bride

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:38:17 +0000

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Today’s bride is leveraging her social networking skills to make her dream day come true. A quick scroll through your Facebook News Feed and you’ll probably spot her recording every step of the way.

It all starts with the engagement status. Within hours of saying “yes,” 28% of brides-to-be update their social media statuses, while 24% do so the next day

Mashable partnered up with TheKnot.com to conduct a social and tech wedding survey in which we asked couples about their digital habits during the wedding process. Our results show that brides are digitizing their big day in a big way

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Viral Video Recap: Purr-kour, Planet of the Pugs and More

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:33:12 +0000

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Cats are back on top this week in our round-up of viral videos, thanks largely to their unlikely Purr-kour skills

Sure, felines are known for their incredible jumping skills, but coupled with some clever editing and pumped-up theme music, one YouTube user takes it to a whole another level.

But cats aren't the only pets that captured the Internet's attention this week. Cute, squishy-faced dogs took a dark turn in the parody trailer for a fictional film called Dawn of the Planet of the Pugs. The premise: how one man's rescuing of a lone puppy signaled a pug invasion

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6 Uses for Foursquare You Never Considered

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:06:14 +0000

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Foursquare, the location-based, social game-like service isn't just for checking in, racking up points and unlocking badges

In May 2014, Foursquare split its user experience into two apps. The Foursquare team launched Swarm, an app to help people "keep up and meet up" by checking into places, seeing who's nearby and making plans

By unbundling the check-ins, points and badges, the company tells us they are expecting to introduce a new version of Foursquare later this summer with new, highly personalized ways of finding the best places. Read more...

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Twitter Is About to Improve Direct Messages

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:28:17 +0000

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Twitter is about to make some obvious but much-needed improvements to its direct-messages feature.

On Friday night, Twitter announced that it plans to update its iPhone and Android apps, so users can view their entire direct-message history on mobile. Twitter also said it's planning to streamline the process of deleting direct messages on mobile and the web, so there's less confusion.

We're also making an update to the Twitter iPhone and Android apps that will allow you to access your entire DM history.

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Her Likes Don't Lie: Shakira Is First to 100 Million Fans on Facebook

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:15:15 +0000

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International sensation Shakira celebrates her life's milestones like many of us — by posting a status update or photo on Facebook for all to see

The "Hips Don't Lie" singer announced her pregnancy in a status update in 2012 and shared the first image of the baby via a Facebook photo in 2013. Those intimate moments with her fans have helped her become the most-followed Facebook user

On Friday, fresh off performing at the World Cup final this month, she reached 100 million Likes on her Facebook page and released a "look back" video to recap her experience on the social network, which she joined in 2008. Read more...

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Warning: The Emoji Live Among Us

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:05:05 +0000

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Emoji have invaded more than just our text conversations — they've also invaded our lives.

Stock footage purveyor Dissolve shows that emoji are also living, breathing beings who we interact with on a daily basis. They've created a documentary about the phenomenon, explaining the blessings and trials brought by these colorful characters.

One thing is for sure: The poop emoji looks way too happy on that swing set.

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