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Facebook brings its 3D photos feature to users with single-camera phones

Facebook first showed off its 3D photos back in 2018, and shared the technical details behind it a month later. But unless you had one of a handful of phones with dual cameras back then (when they weren’t so common), you couldn’t make your own. Today an update brings 3D photos to those of us still rocking a single camera. In case you don’t remember or haven’t seen one lately, the 3D photos work by analyzing a 2D picture and slicing it into a ton of layers that move separately when you tilt the p...
Tags: Google, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Photography, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, 3d Photos


If socializing within games is so popular, why hasn’t the Multiverse arrived yet?

Thus far in this series we’ve outlined “multiverse” virtual worlds — a concept different from the metaverse — as the next stage of social media and what this future will look like. It begs the question though: if video games have been massively popular for many years, why hasn’t this shift to online virtual worlds as mainstream social hubs on par with Facebook and Instagram already happened? The thought of virtual worlds for socializing evokes Second Life (launched in 2003), where users creat...
Tags: Social, Gaming, Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Virtual Worlds, Second-Life, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Minecraft, 5g, Improbable, Eve Online, BusinessWeek, Roblox, Fortnite


How to Turn Instagram Followers into Loyal Customers

Instagram followers don’t mean anything if your products aren’t selling. Read on to find our six useful tips that can turn those followers into customers! Read more at PPCHero.com
Tags: Social, Ecommerce, Instagram, Social Media, Seo, Ecommerce PPC


A multiverse, not the metaverse

Following web forums, web platforms and mobile apps, we are entering a new stage of social media — the multiverse era — where the virtual worlds of games expand to become mainstream hubs for social interaction and entertainment. In a seven-part Extra Crunch series, we will explore why that is the case and which challenges and opportunities are making it happen. In 10 years, we will have undergone a paradigm shift in social media and human-computer interaction, moving away from 2D apps centered o...
Tags: Social, Gaming, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Tech, Snapchat, Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Minecraft, Mojang, Epic Games, Instagram Twitter, Roblox, Fortnite


Instagram prototypes “Latest Posts” feature

Instagram users who miss the reverse chronological feed might get a new way to see the most recent pics and videos from who they follow. Instagram has been spotted internally prototyping a “Latest Posts” feature. It appears as a pop-up over the main feed and brings users to a special area showing the newest content from their network. Instagram Latest Posts For now, this doesn’t look like a full-fledged “Most Recent” reverse-chronological feed option like what Facebook has for the News Feed...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Wong, Time Well Spent, Jane Manchun Wong, Digital Well-being, Instagram Time Well Spent, Instagram chronological feed


Facebook’s latest experiment is Hobbi, an app to document your personal projects

Facebook is adding another app to its group of experimental projects from the NPE Team, an initiative it announced last year focused on rapidly trying out new ideas in social to see how users react. This week, the team released its fourth app experiment with the launch of Hobbi, a photo and video sharing app designed for documenting your personal projects and hobbies. Though Hobbi takes obvious cues from Pinterest, it’s not just a pinboard of inspirational ideas. Instead, the app is designed to ...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Pinterest, Instagram, Tech, NPE Team, Tangi, Hobbi, Columbia Belgium Spain


UK names its pick for social media ‘harms’ watchdog

The UK government has taken the next step in its grand policymaking challenge to tame the worst excesses of social media by regulating a broad range of online harms — naming the existing communications watchdog, Ofcom, as its preferred pick for enforcing rules around ‘harmful speech’ on platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat and TikTok in future. Last April the previous Conservative-led government laid out populist but controversial proposals to legislate to lay a duty of care on Internet platf...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Privacy, Government, Social Media, Tech, Digital Media, Ofcom, United Kingdom, Home Office, User Generated Content, Damian Collins


Instagram prototypes letting IGTV creators monetize with ads

Instagram may finally let IGTV video makers earn money 18 months after launching the longer-form content hub. Instagram confirms to TechCrunch that it has internally prototyped an Instagram Partner Program that would let creators earn money by showing advertisements along with their videos. By giving creators a sustainable and hands-off way to generate earnings from IGTV, they might be inspired to bring more and higher quality content to the destination. The program could potentially work sim...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Advertising Tech, Youtube, Tech, Bloomberg, Instagram Ads, Twitter Facebook, Partner Program, Sarah Frier, Facebook Watch


How Photography Changed The World: Here The Proof

History has shown how photography changed the world and is continuing to change it even to this day. It's a medium of expression in constant movement! The post How Photography Changed The World:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Social, Photography, Society, History, Change, Modern History, Photography Opinion Pieces


How Dubsmash revived itself as #2 to TikTok

Lip-syncing app Dubsmash was on the brink of death. After a brief moment of virality in 2015 alongside Vine (R.I.P), Dubsmash was bleeding users faster than it could recruit them. The app let you choose an audio track like a rap song or movie quote and shoot a video of you pretending to say the words. But there was nowhere in the app to post the videos. It was a creation tool like Hipstamatic, not a network like Instagram. There’s a reason we’re only using one of those today. So in 2017 Dubsm...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Hollywood, Instagram, China, Berlin, US, America, Tech, Brooklyn, United States, Vine, Dubsmash


Facebook hits 2.5B users in Q4 but shares sink from slow profits

Facebook beat Wall Street estimates in Q4 but slowing profit growth beat up the share price. Facebook reached 2.5 billion monthly users, up 2%, from 2.45 billion in Q3 2019 when it grew 1.65%, and it now has 1.66 billion daily active users, up 2.4% from 1.62 billion last quarter when it grew 2%. Facebook brought in $21.08 billion in revenue, up 25% year-over-year, with $2.56 in earnings per share. But net income was just $7.3 billion, up only 7% year-over-year compared to 61% growth over 2018...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Advertising Tech, US, Tech, Canada, Earnings, Capitol Hill, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Zack


Pinterest launches virtual makeup ‘Try On’ feature, starting with lipstick

A new Pinterest feature will allow users to virtually try on products, starting with lipstick, before they shop from retailers like Estée Lauder, Sephora, bareMinerals, Neutrogena, NYX Professional Makeup, YSL Beauté, Lancôme, and Urban Decay from L’Oréal. To use the new feature, pinners will first open Pinterest’s smart camera, “Lens,” while in Search, then click “Try it” to explore the different lipstick shades available. To shop the products, you just swipe up. Another way to access Try on is...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Startups, Facebook, Ecommerce, Makeup, Pinterest, Instagram, Social Media, E-commerce, Beauty, Lipstick, L'oreal, Lens, Ulta


Yo Facebook & Instagram, stop showing Stories reruns

If I watch a Story cross-posted from Instagram to Facebook on either of the apps, it should appear as “watched” at the back of the Stories row on the other app. Why waste my time showing me Stories I already saw? It’s been over two years since Instagram Stories launched cross-posting to Stories. Countless hours of each feature’s 500 million daily users have been squandered viewing repeats. Facebook and Messenger already synchronized the watched/unwatched state of Stories. It’s long past ti...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Opinion, Tech, Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Time Well Spent, Mental Well-being


Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app

At most, 7 million of Instagram’s 1 billion-plus users have downloaded its standalone IGTV app in the 18 months since launch. And now, Instagram’s main app is removing the annoying orange IGTV button from its home page in what feels like an admission of lackluster results. For reference, TikTok received 1.15 billion downloads in the same period since IGTV launched in June 2018 . In just the US, TikTok received 80.5 million downloads compared to IGTV’s 1.1 million since then, according to resea...
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Instagram, Youtube, US, Bloomberg, Snapchat, Kevin Systrom, Sarah Frier, Lucas Shaw


Instagram tests Direct Messaging on web where encryption fails

Instagram will finally let you chat from your web browser, but the launch contradicts Facebook’s plan for end-to-end encryption in all its messaging apps. Today Instagram began testing Direct Messages on the web for a small percentage of users around the globe, a year after TechCrunch reported it was testing web DMs. When fully rolled out, Instagram tells us its website users will be able to see when they’ve received new DMs, view their whole inbox, start new message threads or group chats, s...
Tags: Google, Security, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, End-to-end Encryption, Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct, Ftc, Facebook Instagram, Stamos, Alex Stamos, Facebook Messenger WhatsApp


Instagram adds Boomerang effects as TikTok looms

TikTok has spawned countless memes formats from its creative effects, challenging Instagram for the filtered video crown. Now nearly five years after launching Boomerang, Instagram’s back-and-forth video loop maker is finally getting a big update to its own editing options. Users around the globe can now add SlowMo, “Echo” blurring, and “Duo” rapid rewind special effects to their Boomerangs, as well as trim their length. This is the biggest upgrade yet for one of mobile’s most popular video c...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Snapchat, Boomerang, Instagram Stories, Jane Manchun Wong, Boomerang Instagram, Instagram Boomerang, Tiktok, Duo Boomerang


Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges, but needs cynics to fix 2030

Mark Zuckerberg won’t be spending 2020 focused on wearing ties, learning Mandarin, or just fixing Facebook. “Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I’ve tried to think about what I hope the world and my life will look in 2030” he wrote today on Facebook. As you might have guessed, though, Zuckerberg’s vision for an improved planet involves a lot more of Facebook’s family of apps. His biggest proclamations in today’s notes include that: AR – Phones will remain the primary computing pl...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Privacy, Government, Tech, Remote Work, Policy, Oculus, Augmented Reality, Zuckerberg


Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges to improve 2030

Mark Zuckerberg won’t be spending 2020 focused on wearing ties, learning Mandarin, or just fixing Facebook. “Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I’ve tried to think about what I hope the world and my life will look in 2030” he wrote today on Facebook. As you might have guessed, though, Zuckerberg’s vision for an improved planet involves a lot more of Facebook’s family of apps. His biggest proclamations in today’s notes include that: VR – Better virtual reality technology could add...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Privacy, Government, Tech, Remote Work, Policy, Oculus, Augmented Reality, Zuckerberg


Facebook and eBay pledge to do more to tackle trade in fake reviews after pressure from UK regulator

Facebook and eBay have made commitments to do more to stop fake reviews being sold on their platforms after coming under pressure from a UK markets regulator — even as fresh examples of the problem have been found on Facebook-owned Instagram. Last June the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) warned the two platform that they must do more to prevent the sale of fake reviews on their platforms, saying it had found “troubling evidence” of a “thriving marketplace for fake and misleading onlin...
Tags: Travel, Social, Facebook, Ecommerce, Europe, UK, Instagram, Ebay, Social Media, United Kingdom, Consumer Rights, Which, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma, Fake Reviews, UK Government


What to expect in digital media in 2020

As we start 2020, the media and entertainment sectors are in flux. New technologies are enabling new types of content, streaming platforms in multiple content categories are spending billions in their fight for market share and the interplay between social platforms and media is a central topic of global political debate (to put it lightly). As TechCrunch’s media columnist, I spoke to hundreds of entrepreneurs and executives in North America and Europe last year about the shifts underway across ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Verizon, Gaming, Facebook, Europe, Hbo, Media, Instagram, Nbc, Microsoft, Entertainment, Youtube


How To Find Ads On Facebook and Instagram

How to find your own ads on Facebook and Instagram and how to find the ads your competitors are running. Read more at PPCHero.com
Tags: Social, Facebook, Instagram, Seo


Instagram now uses AI to shame you before you post bullying or offensive captions

With its latest AI-powered feature, Instagram is continuing its fight against the abuse on the platform. From now on, if you try to post an image with an offensive or bullying caption, Instagram will warn you and ask you to reconsider it. Earlier this year, Instagram launched a similar feature. It also uses AI, and […] The post Instagram now uses AI to shame you before you post bullying or offensive captions appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Social, Photography, News, Instagram, Social Networking, Bullying, Social Media, Teen, Social Network, Bullies


Instagram hides false content behind warnings, except for politicians

Instagram is giving politicians the same free rein to spread misinformation as its parent company Facebook. Instagram is expanding its limited fact checking test in the US from May and will now work with 45 third-party organizations to assess the truthfulness of photo and video content on its app. Material rated as false will be hidden from the Explore and hashtag pages, and covered with an interstitial warning blocking the content in the feed or Stories until users tap again to see the post....
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Government, US, Tech, Instagram Ads, Facebook Instagram, Adam Mosseri, Instagram Policy, Facebook fact-checking, Instagram Fact-checking, Instagram misinformation


Instagram to now flag potentially offensive captions, in addition to comments

Earlier this year, Instagram launched a feature that would flag potentially offensive comments before they’re posted. Now, the social media platform is expanding this preemptive flagging system to Instagram’s captions, as well. The new feature will warn users after they’ve written a caption for a feed post that Instagram’s A.I. detects as being similar to those that have already been reported for bullying. It will not, however, block users from publishing their hateful remarks. Instead, Instagra...
Tags: Social, Apps, Instagram, Bullying, Social Media, Tech, Abuse, Instead Instagram


Instagram founders join $30M raise for Loom work video messenger

Why are we all trapped in enterprise chat apps if we talk 6X faster than we type, and our brain processes visual info 60,000X faster than text? Thanks to Instagram, we’re not as camera-shy anymore. And everyone’s trying to remain in flow instead of being distracted by multi-tasking. That’s why now is the time for Loom. It’s an enterprise collaboration video messaging service that lets you send quick clips of yourself so you can get your point across and get back to work. Talk through a problem, ...
Tags: Google, Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Video, Enterprise, Instagram, Microsoft, Funding, Tech, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Slack


Facebook prototypes Favorites for close friends microsharing

Facebook is building its own version of Instagram Close Friends, the company confirms to TechCrunch. There’s a lot people that don’t share on Facebook because it can feel risky or awkward since its definition of “friends” has swelled to include family, work colleagues, and distant acquaintances. No one wants their boss or grandma seeing their weekend partying or edgy memes. There are whole types of sharing, like Snapchat’s Snap Map-style live location tracking, that feel creepy to expose to s...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Instagram, Tech, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Lol, Wong, Second Facebook, Messenger Facebook, Facebook Stories


Daily Crunch: TikTok starts experimenting with commerce

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. TikTok tests social commerce The short-form video app said it’s allowing some users to add links to e-commerce sites (or any other destination) to their profile, while also offering creators the ability to easily send their viewers to shopping websites. On their own, these changes might not sound that dra...
Tags: Amazon, Social, Mobile, Lyft, Apps, Instagram, Microsoft, Berlin, Softbank, Tech, Virgin Galactic, Nvidia, Aws, Dallas, Columbus, Giphy


Despite bans, Giphy still hosts self-harm, hate speech and child sex abuse content

Image search engine Giphy bills itself as providing a “fun and safe way” to search and create animated GIFs. But despite its ban on illicit content, the site is littered with self-harm and child sex abuse imagery, TechCrunch has learned. A new report from Israeli online child protection startup L1ght — previously AntiToxin Technologies — has uncovered a host of toxic content hiding within the popular GIF-sharing community, including illegal child abuse content, depictions of rape and other to...
Tags: Google, Security, Social, Startups, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Government, Social Media, Tech, Search Engines, Artificial Intelligence, New York Times, Search Engine, Websites, Bing


Facebook shares rise on strong Q3, users up 2% to 2.45B

Despite ongoing public relations crises, Facebook kept growing in Q3 2019, demonstrating that media backlash does not necessarily equate to poor business performance. Facebook reached 2.45 billion monthly users, up 1.65 percent from 2.41 billion in Q2 2019 when it grew 1.6 percent, and it now has 1.62 billion daily active users, up 2 percent from 1.587 billion last quarter when it grew 1.6 percent. Facebook scored $17.652 billion of revenue, up 29 percent year-over-year, with $2.12 in earning...
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Finance, Bloomberg, Earnings, SEC, Jack Dorsey, Chris Hughes


Instagram expands ban on suicide content to cover cartoons and memes

Instagram has expanded a ban on graphical self-harm imagery to include a broader range of content depicting suicide, including fictional illustrations of self-harm and suicide methods such as drawings, cartoons and memes. “This past month, we further expanded our policies to prohibit more types of self-harm and suicide content. We will no longer allow fictional depictions of self-harm or suicide on Instagram, such as drawings or memes or content from films or comics that use graphic imagery,”...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Europe, UK, Instagram, Suicide, US, Social Media, Tech, Bbc, BBC News, Mental Health, Self Harm, United States, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline



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