It seems as if there is no end in sight to the competition between two popular video-sharing social media platforms — and their parents. Instagram (Facebook’s adorable toddler) and Vine (Twitter’s unruly teenager) have been neck and neck with updating their platforms and adding new features constantly. You can read about Instagram’s latest and greatest, futuristically named Hyperlapse, here, but let’s see how Vine measures up.
Social-data and ad-targeting platform 140 Proof announced that it has been granted what one of its advisors referred to as the “Hope Diamond of social advertising patents,” U.S. Patent No. 8,751,305, titled, “Targeting Users Based on Persona Data.”
With school starting up again, what if parents had an application that mined public posts on Facebook and Twitter to make sure their areas are not “Sick Zones,” where parents posted about their kids suffering from maladies such as the flu? Enter iPhone app Sickweather, which does just that.
What role did social networks such as Facebook and Twitter play in discussions about Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative and government surveillance? Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project sought to find out by conducting a survey of 1,801 adults.
Facebook likes can be viewed any number of ways, but according to a federal court judge in Florida, they cannot be considered property. That declaration was part of the ruling in a lawsuit filed against BET by insurance agent Stacey Mattocks over a fan page for The Game, a series on the cable network.
Men on Facebook: Would you exchange a post on Facebook or Instagram or a tweet for a shave or beard trim? If you are anywhere near the Marylebone area of London Sept. 18 through 20, you can do just that.