Facebook goes slo-o-ow with ‘2G Tuesdays’

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The world’s largest social network starts an internal program to show employees what it’s like to use Facebook in developing countries Tuesdays will be a real drag for some Facebook employees. The social network has launched an internal program called “2G Tuesdays” to give its workers a sense of the very slow Internet connections in developing countries like India and elsewhere in Asia, as well as in Africa. When Facebook employees log in on a Tuesday, they’ll be asked on their News Feed whether they want to use the slower connection, which lasts for about an hour. That will offer … Read More

How to prevent Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ feature from ruining your day

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You now have more control over what shows up in those sometimes nice, but sometimes brutal reminders of your past Earlier this week, TechCrunch pointed out an important update Facebook made to its On This Day reminder feature. For the unfamiliar, everyday Facebook will show you pictures and status updates you posted on that day’s date in prior years. There are times when the reminder of what you were doing one, two, or three years ago to the day can be fun, if not heartwarming. Then there are the posts you’d soon rather forget that Facebook seemed to always cold-heartedly … Read More

Facebook ‘Reactions’ test lets you express many more feelings than just ‘like’

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The social network leader will venture beyond the thumbs-up with a test starting Friday for residents of Ireland and Spain Facebook users, prepare to express yourselves Starting Friday, the world’s largest social network will begin a test in which people get a much fuller range of responses than just the iconic thumbs-up “like.” The feature, dubbed Reactions, will offer icons to express love, laughter, happiness, shock, sadness and anger, a company representative said Thursday. To add a reaction, testers on mobile devices will long-press the “like” button while PC users will hover over it. An array of options will then … Read More

Instagram now larger than Twitter as user tally climbs to 400 million

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Usage of the photo-sharing service bought by Facebook in 2012 jumped 25 percent in the past year, with most of its users based outside the US Even more people are using Instagram. The photo-sharing service tallied 400 million people who use its app at least once a month, a jump of 25 percent fromDecember, the company said Tuesday. That’s also more than the 316 million people who use Twitter. Instagram said more than half the new users who have joined since last year hail from Europe and Asia. Overall, Instagram said 75 percent of its users live overseas. For Instagram, … Read More