Misanthropes like me were naturally overjoyed to hear that Facebook is finally developing a "dislike" button to go along with its "like" button -- until we heard that it's actually intended to help people show empathy, or something.
While Facebook's Oculus division is focused on enabling immersive virtual reality experiences through a wearable headset, the social media giant is also developing a smartphone app that immerses the user in a 360-degree video environment, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the work. However, Facebook didn't confirm the report.
The "fear of missing out," better known by the acronym FOMO, is a real psychological phenomenon with negative consequences for social media users who are affected by it, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Glasgow, which linked social media to anxiety, depression, and decreased sleep quality in teenagers.
Facebook is throwing open the doors to Mentions, its app previously only available to celebrities -- well, kind of. Whereas before Mentions was only available to the truly famous, requiring a verified Page, it is now open to mere "public figures" including journalists, as long as they have a verified Profile.
Unified Social has raised $30 million in a new round of funding led by iHeartMedia, formerly Clear Channel, the companies announced Thursday. Other investors in the latest round of funding include Advance Publications, Upfront Ventures, and the Foundry Group.
Since its launch in 2012, Tinder has quickly become the most popular way for people to meet new people based on their shared interest in having sex. But the app's well-known swipe-right-or-left interface has its limitations, giving users a simple binary choice between "yes" or "no." That doesn't give them much room to express degrees of interest, neglecting the wide range of emotions between passing fancy and all-out infatuation.
Facebook is looking to secure its domination of mobile advertising with a slick new format that allows users to interact with several layers of advertiser content without leaving Facebook's app, according to Re/code, which first reported the news.
While many brands have gone to great lengths to accumulate social media followers, they're not particularly good at actually talking to them online, with the majority of customer queries on social media going unanswered according to a new survey from Sprout.
People make fewer social calls to friends because of social media, according to a new survey conducted by the British government as part of its study on transportation usage.
Facebook is the clear leader among social media companies in terms of referrals to mobile e-commerce sites, but social's overall share of mobile e-commerce remains low, according to a new study from Business Insider's BI Intelligence.