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Stop Facebook From Following You Around The Web

As it often does, Facebook recently tweaked the way its advertising (and privacy) settings work, which means you now have extra options when it comes to stopping your social media activities from following you around the web. Here are the new and old settings you need to know about.


Are You Going To Read This Story, Or Just Share The Link?

Image: Jirapong Manustrong / Shutterstock Secret’s out, readers: we know you don’t read our stuff. You just look at our headlines and share our links, but you don’t click on our stories. You don’t read our words. Do you care about us at all?!


Now Advertisers Are Watching Your Emoji

Once, emoji was just emoji. Now it’s another way for businesses to look into our souls — er, feeds — and see if we might like to buy something. Twitter is rolling out a new feature that lets advertisers target people who have tweeted a specific emoji.


Get Ready For More Ads On Snapchat

It had to happen sometime. Snapchat may be one of the most popular apps, but millions of face swaps don’t exactly equal cold, hard cash. You know what does? Showing ads between friends’ stories.


Teens Know The Internet Is Dark And Full Of Terrors, Just Not For Them

There’s a common refrain among people of a certain age: “Wow, I’m really glad I wasn’t a teenager in the age of smartphones and Snapchat.” They’re not wrong. After polling over 10,000 18-year-olds from 25 different countries, a new UNICEF study confirms that being a teen online these days is fraught with risk, danger and the potential for abuse.


Snapchat Is Now More Popular Than Twitter

It’s finally happened: There are more people snapping than there are tweeting. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Snapchat has 150 million daily active users, compared to Twitter’s less than 140 million users. Ouch.


Iran Demands Social Media Sites Store Data Within Its Borders

Iran has announced that all social media sites must store any data relating to Iranian citizens only on servers inside the country’s borders.


Facebook Will Now Track You And Force Feed You Ads Even If You Don't Use It

There is no escaping Facebook’s advertising reach. The social network has announced that it will now be foisting ads on to every single person who uses third-party sites that are signed up to its advertising scheme, regardless of whether the user has a Facebook account or not.


5 Reasons To Use Facebook Messenger For Web Browsers

Last year, Facebook set up a dedicated web portal for Messenger to match its app for mobile devices. If you haven’t yet put it to good use in your browser, here are a few reasons to give it a try. Messenger for web browsers includes a number of useful features you don’t get through the main Facebook site, and cuts out a lot of the clutter of the main portal.


11 Twitter Hacks To Supercharge Your Tweeting Powers

Twitter may not be having the best of years so far, but it still runs circles around its rivals in so many ways. One of the reasons Twitter is worth sticking with (or making a start with) are the wealth of plug-ins, add-ons and third-party apps built on top of the platform. Here are our favourite tools for boosting Twitter’s usefulness — they’re all quick to set up and free to try.


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