Every day, users post about 130 million photos on Tumblr. Starting this week, the Yahoo-owned media brand will start to parse all those images for clues to users’ brand affiliations.
Tumblr is inking a deal this week with Ditto Labs, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, firm that has analyzed photos posted on social media for brand-related data. That doesn’t mean that if you post a selfie with a Coke bottle in the background that you’ll start seeing ads for Coke. “Right now, we’re not planning to do anything ad-related,” says T.R. Newcomb, head of business development at Tumblr.
I like everything. Or at least I did, for 48 hours. Literally everything Facebook sent my way, I liked—-even if I hated it.
There’s this great Andy Warhol quote you’ve probably seen before: “I think everybody should like everybody.” You can buy posters and plates with pictures of Warhol, looking like the cover of a Belle & Sebastian album, with that phrase plastered across his face in Helvetica. But the full quote, taken from a 1963 interview in Art News, is a great description of how we interact on social media today.
Online perpetrators called “phishers,” who steal vast amounts of personal data, are using social media networks to exploit people. It’s called “farcing” and it’s on the rise, say researchers.
Once the phisher friends you, each of your friends may receive a request and think the phisher is a real person—a “friend’s friend.” In this way, such attacks become virulent in a very short time through a process of upward contagion, in which the phisher steals information from your real online friends, then their online friends, and so on.
“Farcing takes place on popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus, and has been used for online bullying, identity theft, organizational espionage, child pornography, and even burglary,” says Arun Vishwanath, an associate professor of communication at the University at Buffalo.
Twitter is quietly testing a new feature that could display tweets in your timeline from accounts you don’t follow.
The social platform, which is known for subtly trying out new features among a small pool users, is experimenting with its core feature: the follow system. This week, a Twitter user reported seeing tweets in his feed from an account he didn’t follow, because that account was followed by someone he did follow.
Those users who have never been fans of the particular shade of blue employed by Facebook have this week fallen victim to a scam.
The “Facebook color changer” app lures people in with an offer to change the header and interface to one of nine different colors, including pink, green, orange and black.
Chinese internet security firm Cheetah Mobile has exposed the app as a scam which leads users to a phishing website.
They state that the problem arises from “a vulnerability that lives in Facebook’s app page itself, allowing hackers to implant viruses and malicious code into Facebook-based applications directing users to phishing sites.”
The color changing scam has been seen on Facebook before, and this latest version has fooled around 10,000 people in many different countries.
Its success plays on the popular customization features of other sites such as Myspace and Tumblr.
For a site supposedly built around the idea of maintaining friendships, Facebook’s doing an awfully good job of creating large numbers of enemies who seriously ‘unlike’ its current strategy.
This week saw the social site make a renewed push to get everyone to install its standalone Messenger app, a tool that pulls out the chat tab from the main Facebook mobile app and is compulsory if you want to continue using the service’s private chat system.
The idea of having to install a separate app just to access the same features that have been cut from the full Facebook app has infuriated many users, especially people stuck on older phones with their onboard memory already pushed to bursting point.
It’s either a cynical advertising space play, a delivering phone numbers and texts messages to the NSA play, or a sign that Facebook’s set to do
The advent of a new communications technology like Twitter plays hell with the editorial guidelines at news organizations because it gives independent megaphones to reporters who ordinarily couldn’t be heard unless editors stamped their approval on their copy and sent it to the wire, the printer, or pushed it over the air.
As Chris Scott watched his joke go viral on Twitter, he was given an eye-opening look at how people get away with plagiarism on the web.
On May 14, a regular guy named Chris Scott sent a tweet out to his 1,000 or so followers.
"Oh hi Becky who refused to kiss me during spin the bottle in 6th grade & now wants to play "FarmVille," looks like tables have f*cking turned," the tweet read, referring to the Facebook-based game that encourages its players to relentlessly invite their friends to play along with them.
The tweet was retweeted and faved a handful of times, as many funny tweets are, and then, Scott said, he kind of forgot about it.