Facebook finally unveils a dislike button!
Zuckerberg said he hopes the new feature will make it easier to express “empathy” for others, as not “every moment is a good moment.” He said Facebook was “very close” to having it ready for user testing. A “dislike” button has been constantly requested by some users since the introduction of the now-iconic “like” button in 2009. However he went on to say he did not want it to be a mechanism with which people could “down vote” others’ posts. Instead, it will be for times when clicking “like” on “sad” posts felt insensitive.
Prof Andrea Forte, an expert in social and participatory media at Drexel University in Philadelphia, said users will not suddenly turn on each other’s posts. “I suspect it will mainly be used to express mild disapproval, or to express solidarity when someone posts about a negative event like a death or a loss.”
One in five teens ‘wake up at night’ to use social media
A study of children in Wales found the regular night-time disruption is impacting on pupils’ health and happiness. One in five teenagers ‘almost always’ wakes up during the night to post messages or check their social media accounts, according to a new study. This nocturnal interaction with Twitter and Facebook is making children more tired during lessons and impacting on pupils’ overall happiness and wellbeing. Researchers at the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research (Wiserd) conducted a survey of 412 pupils in year eight – ages 12 and 13 – and 436 pupils in year ten – ages 14 and 15 – in Welsh secondary schools. The teenagers were asked how often they woke up at night to use social media. Twenty-two per cent of the Year Eight pupils and 23 per cent of those in Year 10 answered ‘almost always’.
Wiserd’s Dr Kimberly Horton, who will present the findings to the British Educational Research Association’s annual conference in Belfast tomorrow, said it was ‘very important’ to discourage teens from using social media at night. “Having a regular wake time and using social media during the night appear to be more important in determining whether a young person is always tired during the day than the time they go to bed, how long they spend in bed, and having a regular bedtime,” she said.
If you’re ever complained that you’re just not sure all your social media efforts are making any impact on your bottom line, maybe it’s time to test something a little bit more concrete. Twitter’s Buy Button, which began rolling out as a test around this time last year, is now being made available to everyone in the US through Twitter’s partnership with Stripe.
Twitter teamed up with a number of partners last year to test the market’s appetite for buying things directly through their Twitter feed. After trying it out with a limited number of brands the results must have been good, because, as Mashable reports, all brands can now offer an in-app buying experience from Twitter, powered by Stripe’s new Relay API. For the tech un-savvy, the concept of Relay might be a little confusing, but Stripe sums it up as:
“…an API for stores to publish their products, and for apps to read them. Relay makes it easier for developers to build great mobile e-commerce experiences, and for stores to participate in them.”
Relay can be used by many apps beyond Twitter, but that’s where most small business marketers will likely interact with its technology right now.
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Snapchat has a brand new revenue stream. Users of the Venice, Calif.-based messaging service can now purchase “Replays” of disappearing photo and video “snaps” they receive on the app, the company said in a blog post on Tuesday. Replays, priced at three for 99 cents, represent the first time users can spend money in the app. Snapchat still gives users one free replay per day, a feature it introduced about two years ago. However, a snap can only be replayed once. “They’re a little pricey — but time is money!,” the company said in its post.
Snapchat also included a new selfie animation tool in Tuesday’s app update. The feature, called ‘Lenses,’ allows users to add filters, graphics and sounds to snaps taken as selfies. Some of the lens settings, for example, let users distort their faces. The lenses can be accessed by pressing and holding while using the app’s camera.
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