Facebook introduces birthday fundraisers feature

birthday fundraisers facebook

On your birthday, Facebook usually makes a post on your friends’ timelines, reminding them to send you a birthday message. This has become a surefire way to keep track of your friends’ birthdays, and it also helps your friends remember yours. However, Facebook is introducing a new feature to the birthday reminder. Now, the company has included birthday fundraisers to the feature. The birthday fundraisers feature is not for the celebrant to make use of, however. Instead, Facebook allows you to raise money for a non-profit organization. Here’s how it…

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Lifestage, another Snapchat copycat, bites the dust

Lifestage

Yet another Facebook attempt to be like Snapchat has failed. Recently, the social media giant shut down Lifestage, an app designed to get the attention of Snapchat-obssessed teenagers. If you have not heard of Lifestage prior to this moment, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. There are not a lot of people that knew about the app either. This is mainly due to the fact that only users aged 21 or younger could sign up for it in the first place. Lifestage was intended to help teenagers find and connect…

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Facebook sneaks Colorful Balloons into China

colorful balloons

China has banned Facebook and its related apps for years. However, this apparently hasn’t stopped the company from trying to get their products into the country. According to the New York Times, Facebook managed to sneak an app past the Great Firewall of China, called Colorful Balloons. Nobody managed to catch them doing it, though. According to the report, Facebook approved the app’s release in May, and published it in China through a local company called Youge Internet Technology. Well, this looks like it as nothing to do with Facebook.…

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WhatsApp Status has 1 billion daily users!

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Facebook recently announced its Q2 2017 earnings. In this announcement, the social media giant stated that the messaging app WhatsApp now boasts 1 billion daily users. WhatsApp Status, the Snapchat Stories clone, also reached 250 million daily users. Furthermore, WhatsApp users are currently sending 55 billion messages and 4.5 billion photos every day. WhatsApp currently supports 60 languages and has rapidly expanded its global user base by being free, easy to use, and having features lacking in traditional SMS. It surpassed the 1-billion-monthly-user mark in February 2016. Now, this is…

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Telegram debuts “disappearing photos and videos” feature

Telegram

Telegram is most popular for its encrypted messaging service and pretty emojis. The platform recently added yet another feature to bolster its privacy. Now, the app lets you send disappearing photos and videos to your friends. These photos and videos disappear after a few seconds, or you can set the timer for how long you want the media to stay before it gets deleted. If this sounds familiar, it is because this feature is similar to Snapchat’s self-destructing photos and videos feature. Snapchat has seen a lot of its features…

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African Telcos Not Alone In Losing Revenue To WhatsApp

African telcos losing revenue

African telcos losing revenue to OTT services like Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype and others is no longer news. But they are not alone, says Mister Mo. It is no longer news that telcos the world over are losing revenue to OTT (over-the-top) services like Facebook and WhatsApp. Somehow though, the subject keeps making the news in African countries. Mobile operators active in Africa keep pointing out that they are losing huge revenue to these social media And instant messaging platforms. Telcos across Africa – including in countries like Nigeria, South Africa,…

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Facebook Messenger to feature new video chat effects

Facebook Messenger video chat effects

A lot of people hardly make phone calls anymore. Ironically, however, some of these people now look for other ways to talk to people apart from text. The result is that lots of people now prefer making video calls. Right now there are lots of services that offer video calling. Right now, Facebook Messenger is one of the popular platforms that do that. Facebook Messenger has evolved over the years. Now, the platform has a new feature: effects and filters. Not that this is a new thing; of course, other…

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Facebook releases Find Wi-Fi feature globally

Find Wi-Fi

Facebook has released a new feature on its Android app globally. This feature helps the user to locate the nearest public Wi-Fi hotspots available. Known as Find Wi-Fi, this new feature copies a service offered by many local administrators and third-party developers. However, Facebook’s Find Wi-Fi is different from these other services. The difference is that the social network has a better ability to gather data, with over two billion users all over the planet. Furthermore, Facebook has more businesses willing to share the login information to their Wi-Fi hotspots.…

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WhatsApp is replacing Facebook as a credible news source

whatsapp credible news

If you want to know what’s happening around the world, Facebook is one place you could go. However, if you are looking for credible news, you might want to look elsewhere. Recently, Facebook launched a feature that allows you know if news seen on the site is true or not. However, it looks like the social media platform has been overtaken as a credible news source by WhatsApp. According to a study performed by the Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism, WhatsApp is seen as a more reliable news…

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Global Internet Forum created to fight terrorism online

Global Internet Forum

Online terrorism has become a global threat of unimaginable proportions. Therefore, Facebook Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have teamed up to form a new partnership, aimed at reducing the accessibility of internet services to terrorists. This partnership is known as the Global Internet Forum and it also aims to add structure to existing efforts by the companies to remove recruiting materials for terror groups from the major web platforms. Another aim of the Global Internet Forum is to collaborate with smaller companies and worldwide governments to fight terrorism on the internet,…

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