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Say Hello To “M” – Facebook’s Answer To Siri, Cortana And Other AI Assistants

August 26th, 2015 by Christen

Could you imagine living in a world filled with virtual assistants and artificial intelligence – newsflash – that world is today, and baby you’re living in it!  With technology advancements on the rise each day, it’s no surprise that Facebook has developed the latest advancement in AI assistance. Say hello to Facebook Messenger M! Engadget recently shared the latest news that you could use in the world of artificial intelligence…

 

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Remember that talk of Facebook testing its own virtual assistant? Well, it’s real. The social network is trying out M, an artificial intelligence-powered Messenger assistant that can answer questions and complete tasks. You can ask it for advice on places to go, for instance, or have it make travel arrangements. Think of it as a Siri- or Cortana-like helper that exists solely in text chat. It should be less likely to make mistakes, though, as Facebook is quick to note that there are humans training and supervising the AI behind the scenes. And in case you’re wondering, it only bases its conversations around Messenger — it’s not using your regular Facebook data to make decisions.

Don’t expect to give M a spin just yet. It’s only in use by a few hundred people in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it could take a long while to scale up if it proves successful. However, a wider rollout seems like more a question of “when” than “if.” Facebook has been dramatically expanding the role of Messenger as of late, turning it from a basic communication tool into a platform for everything from games to money transfers. It only makes sense that the company would take the next logical step and make Messenger the go-to place to get many tasks done.

 

 

Are you using Siri, Cortana or other AI systems? Would you use another AI assistant like Facebook M? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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Facebook Wants You Face-To-Face With Your Favorite Celebs #FacebookLive

August 7th, 2015 by Christen

Want to get even more connected with your favorite celebrities (because Periscope, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook aren’t enough?) The geniuses behind Facebook just launched a new feature for its verified users called Live for Facebook Mentions. The app, which is available for DL only for those with verified Pages to share and connect with their fans, just added the capability of live streaming to bring all those out-of-reach people one step closer to their followers.

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So far a handful of celebs have tried out Live, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has officially partnered with the platform (announced via his Instagram page).  Plus more celebs like Serena Williams, Ashley TisdaleMartha Stewart will be joining the platform soon. Facebook wants to be your one and only social media platform and it’s upgrading services to ensure when it comes to everything LIVE and social – you can find it on Facebook!

 

Very cool to partner w/ Facebook to be the first Hollywood actor to launch their new live global streaming feature from the app. Had a lot fun! The response from fans has been dope since streaming from our Florida gym #TheIronParadise and it’s embedded in my Facebook page if ya wanna check it out. At 23million+ fans on Instagram (my fav platform) and an additional 50million+ on Facebook, Mark and I spoke about the importance of continuing to evolve and grow and create even greater ways to connect with my fans worldwide – and Facebook Live is one of those powerful ways. I’ve said it before many times and it’s true, connecting with fans will always be the best part of my job. And eating sushi with Zuckerberg in Japan ain’t too bad either????????. #BreakingNewGround #FacebookLIVE #RockAndZuck #TwinningInJapan

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With Live, athletes, musicians, politicians and other influencers can easily share live video with their fans to take them behind the scenes, reveal big news and even host live Q+A sessions directly from their phone to their follower’s News Feeds. Just like with the other live streaming channels those tuned in can comment and interact with the celeb in real time for them to respond to. But different from similar streamers, letting the videos live on is possible. Once the live broadcast ends it will be published on the celebs Page for fans to re-watch whenever they feel like it.

What celebrity do you want to see using Live for Facebook Mentions? Share in the comments!

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Help Heals: Facebook Adds New Tools For Suicide Prevention

February 26th, 2015 by Tech Staff

How do you comfort a Facebook friend that you fear may harm themselves?  Discover the Facebook suicide prevention tools that can benefit your friends below.  

 

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Facebook has added new tools to assist users who express suicidal thoughts. In a recent blog post, Facebook announced it has worked with mental health organizations including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Now Matters Now to find the proper way to offer assistance through the social network.

If someone posts something that indicates self harm or suicidal thoughts and it is reported to Facebook, they will be encouraged to speak with a mental health expert at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and will be offered tips and support to help work through their issues. Facebook says these methods were created in “conjunction with our clinical and academic partners.”

Facebook is also offering resources to those who flag the troubling posts, giving them the option to call or message the person and giving them access to the suicide hotline for support. These updates will roll out to US users over the next couple of months, and Facebook says it’s working to improve its suicide prevention tools across the globe.

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The TRUTH About Facebook’s New Messenger App (Hint: It Won’t Do Anything You Don’t Want It To)

August 13th, 2014 by Christen

Facebook wants to force you to adopt it’s standalone mobile app and it’s efforts has privacy-concerned users upset and up in arms! Recently reports have surfaced and gone viral bashing the social network recently because it claims the app gives Facebook “direct control over your mobile device” and allows Facebook to call phone numbers without a users’ intervention and send text messages without confirmation, but IT’S NOT TRUE.

Guess what? Facebook Messenger isn’t any more invasive than Facebook’s main app — or other similar applications.  The fear actually stem from a message that greets owners of Android devices when they install the app. It explains that the app requires permission access to the device’s camera, microphone, list of contacts and other information.  Want to know the truth about Facebook’s new messenger app?  Discover what it can and can’t do below.

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Here’s THE TRUTH about what Facebook’s mobile messaging app does and doesn’t do.

TRUE OR FALSE:  The Messenger app is new.

(FALSE) Facebook’s Messenger app has been around since 2011. In April, it started requiring that users in Europe download and install the app if they wish to send messages to Facebook friends. Two weeks ago, the company said it would expand the requirement to other parts of the world. Facebook says it’s forcing users to make the switch because a standalone app offers more features. For example, the app is faster, it offers a selfie cam, stickers and can be used to reach people on your contact list who are not Facebook users.

 

TRUE OR FALSE:  You have to use the Messenger app if you want to send messages to your Facebook friends.

(FALSE)  While it’s required to download if you are using Facebook’s mobile app on the iPhone or Android smartphones, you can avoid it if use the Facebook messenger service on your desktop or laptop, iPad or even the mobile Facebook website.

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TRUE OF FALSE:  The Facebook Messenger app’s terms of service are different from —and more intrusive than— Facebook’s own official terms.

(FALSE)  Facebook’s terms of service are the same for all its mobile apps, including the main Facebook app. You can read it here. What’s upsetting people is the list of “permissions” they see when they download and install the app on an Android phone. It’s a long list with 10 items, each of which states that the app needs access to features on your phone including contacts, calendar, location data and Wi-Fi information. Sure, that’s a lot of personal data. But it’s the same data most messaging apps have access to. On the iPhone, users don’t get the list of permissions when they install the app, but when they use it, permissions pop up individually. You can view the app’s list of permissions HERE  (Click “view details” under Permissions.)

 

TRUE OR FALSE:  Facebook’s Messenger app will use your phone’s microphone to record you.

(FALSE)  The app needs permission to use your phone’s microphone and camera. But it requires that access because the microphone is needed for voice calling, a service that the standalone app offers that the Facebook app doesn’t, and sending sound with videos. Same with the camera, it needs access if you want to send your friends pictures.

 

TRUE OF FALSE:  Facebook will direct the app to send SMS, or text, messages without your permission.

(FALSE)  One of the permissions does say that Facebook can edit, receive, read and send SMS messages. But the company says the reason it wants to send and receive SMS messages is so that if you add a phone number to your Messenger account, you can confirm by a confirmation code that Facebook sends via text message.

 

Now that you know the truth about Facebook’s new messenger app are you still nervous about installing the “new” app now?  Have you made the switch to the upgraded Facebook Messenger app yet?

Top Tech Buyouts: Which Startups Are Making Bank (And How To Copy Their Success)

April 29th, 2014 by Christen

Did you know that big tech companies like Google or Facebook acquire promising startups not only to get their ideas and products, but also to take over the brilliant people that created them. For example, Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift allowed them to hire John Cormack, a pioneer in 3D game programming. In 1996 Apple paid a ridiculous $429M for Next mainly to get Steve Jobs back on board!

DID YOU KNOW:  Facebook’s offer to WhatsApp for $19 Billion was only the fourth largest acquisition bid of 2014.  Find out the top three acquisition bids of the year below.

Discover some of the largest acquisitions, the reasons behind these acquisitions and learn from what made them great and what made them fail below.

 

Review of the Top Tech Company Mergers: Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple and Other Business Giants

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How Facebook Can Predict Your Break-Up Before You Do…

October 30th, 2013 by Christen

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Facebook can predict when you’re going to break up.  Apparently the fate of your relationship is not written in the stars but in your social circle.

Cornell University researcher Jon Kleinberg and Facebook senior engineer Lars Backstrom proved as much when they presented their co-written research paper at a social computing conference in February.

The researchers took the datasets of 1.3 million Facebook users listed as being in a relationship, and found that the more well connected their mutual friends were, the more likely they were to break up.  This theory is described as dispersion.  Couples with high dispersion have mutual friends who are not well connected.  Couples with low dispersion have mutual friends who are well connected.

 

How Facebook Can Predict Your Next Breakup

The Facebook theory suggests if you and your partner share the same social circle on Facebook (low dispersion), you’re less likely to have your own lives and therefore the relationship is more likely to implode.

A healthy relationship, according to Facebook, is one where both partners have connections to a lot of different groups of people, even if those friendships aren’t particularly strong.

“Instead of embededness, we propose that the link between and an individual u and v his or her partner should display a ‘dispersed’ structure: the mutual neighbours of u and v are not well connected to one another and hence u and v act jointly as the only intermediaries between these different parts of the network,” the researchers wrote in the study.

Of course, this algorithm might not take into account the fact that some couples don’t take their social circles on Facebook particularly seriously and therefore might look like they don’t have as wide group of friends when they actually do.  Probably because they are out living their lives.

Next, Facebook will be able to predict when you’ll get fired from your job or the name and sex of your unborn child… Who says social media isn’t grand?

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UPDATE ALERT! Facebook iOS: Edit Posts, Add Photos And More

October 18th, 2013 by Christen

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UPDATE ALERT!  The Facebook for iOS update hit iTunes yesterday allowing users a few desktop options like editing posts and adding photos via their iOS device.  Although the latest version doesn’t add a laundry list of updates to the Facebook app, there are a few app additives that are worth the click.

 

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Facebook iOS update in a nutshell:

– Add photos and emoticons to your comments.

– Edit your posts and comments through the app (Note: a label indicating that the post has been edited will appear).

– Access privacy shortcuts by simply tapping the lock by your name on the main menu.

 

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A universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini, Facebook can be downloaded now in the App Store for free.

The last update to the social networking app came right after the official introduction of iOS 7 in September. Version 6.5 of the app brought a new menu bar for users of the latest version of iOS.

What do you think? Will you be downloading the latest Facebook iOS update today?

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Husband Cheats And Is Now 3000 “Likes” Away From Reconciliation

September 27th, 2013 by Christen

It’s a story making headlines and creating quite the social media buzz.  When Ivan Lewis cheated on his wife Sonya Gore, there was no way he could’ve imagined that THIS would happen.  One wife has found a very creative way to put her husband on blast for stepping out on her, and an even more unique method of deciding his fate.

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“Looking for LIKES”…Ivan needs your help for reconciliation in his marriage.

Sonya Gore asked her husband, Ivan Lewis, to post a photo of himself on Facebook holding a sign that reads: “I cheated on my wife. (And she was ugly!)” – Ivan also revealed in the caption that his wife says she’ll take him back if he gets 10,000 likes on Facebook, so he’s hoping for a little help from friends and family. Currently he’s a little over 7,000 likes since he originally posted the picture on September 22 and support is growing fast.

 

Would you publicly shame your mate for breaking your heart?  Guys, would you admit your wrongs on social media in hopes of reconcilliation?

Is this a case of when social media goes wrong or when social media possibly does good?  Share your thoughts below…

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Social Media Update: Dear #Facebook Users, You Can Now Use #Hashtags

June 14th, 2013 by Nicole
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The social media giant Facebook announced Wednesday that it will now use the #hashtag feature on its network.  The #hashtag feature is so popular on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest that Facebook could not resist – what took them so long?!  “In fact, the company said, there were around 1.5 million posts referencing the now-infamous “Game of Thrones’s” ‘Red Wedding’ episodeon HBO (Note: link definitely contains spoilers) — a particularly impressive number when compared with the audience of 5.2 million who tuned into the episode.”  (via Washington Post)

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Hashtags is the # symbol with a word or phrase to follow (ex. #divasanddorks) that you want to tag for easy searching and tracking pics and conversations in a social media feed.  It’s a quick way of getting through the weeds and finding the content you want instantly.  In Facebook the hashtag will let you track and follow conversations that originated in Facebook and Instagram (Facebook owns Instagram).  Already used by millions on Twitter and Instagram, hashtags are now open to almost a billion people on Facebook – whew! Hopefully, Facebook’s organization of the hashtags will be categorized by your feed and then globally.  Facebook also announced that in the near future they will include trending hashtags.  Although Facebook has more users than Twitter, Twitter is the leader for real-time quick content and quickly getting your voice heard.  So adding the hashtag feature is how Facebook will start to build-in real-time content tracking.

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Tell a Diva what you think about Facebook’s new feature.  Happy tagging!

How To Successfully Quit Your Social Media Addiction

May 31st, 2013 by Christen

Are you addicted to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter?  Do you have a social media addiction that has completely taken over your life?  Earlier this week, I shared how to identify your Tweetaholism (Noun.  An addiction to the consumption of social media via Twitter or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from Twitter dependency.) via Top Ten Reasons You May Be A Tweetaholic…  If you find yourself having one or more of the common warning signs of being addicted to Twitter, it’s okay.  There’s hope for a speedy recovering – but only if you follow these tips on battling your social media addiction below.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION5. Own up to your Twitter addiction. Yes, it’s a cliche that half the battle is admitting the problem but not acknowledging it means you won’t change the addictive behavior. And before you rush to tweet that you have a Twitter addiction, by all means admit it to yourself but remember that there’s no need to tell the world.

 

4. Introduce your road to recovery.  If you must say something about toning down your Twitter use, lay it on in much more general terms, such as:
“Got a novel to finish. You won’t see much of me here for a bit.”
“Giving birth tomorrow. Since I’m no supermom, you won’t see me around till I know how to parent.”
“Tweeting less ‘coz I’ve discovered marathon running. Off to train!”

 

3. Plan your Twitter time. If you’re inwardly groaning about how any person could ever “plan” the use of what is essentially a spontaneous medium, you’re right. Twitter works because of its spontaneity. Allow yourself a set amount of time every day, reserved for Twitter.

Suggested: 15 minutes every 3 hours, or one single block of an hour a day when everything else is taken care of.  Set precise tweeting times. This is different from the previous suggestion in that you can set a time every day, say 12:30PM to send one tweet message. Stick the to exact allotted times.  Check when your tweets have the most impact. Using only high-impact times can lessen your daily usage. Choose your time to coincide only with the time of most impact; this will vary depending on where you live and your interests.
2.   Set aside “pure Twitter time”. This means avoiding use of Twitter as something you can do while multitasking, such as watching TV, reading your exam notes, or writing articles about quitting Twitter.

 

 

 

1.  Spend time away from TMI (too-much-information). The constant bombardment of messages can induce a sense of constant hyper-awareness that keeps you on edge, in need of reacting and worrying over things you can’t, on the whole, change. Give yourself information free time, chilling under some trees, or down at the gym, or wherever your favorite quiet spot is. Without your phone.  Maybe even take a social media hiatus by completing a summer bucket list like Ty of GorgeousInGrey.com – there’s no time like the present to get started.

 

Now that you have a step-by-step guide to successfully quit your social media addiction, what are you waiting for?  Unplug from the grid and enjoy living addiction free this summer!  But first, make sure to share this post with your family and friends via Facebook or Twitter…(Hey, I’m not an enabler – I’m just trying to help you help others too!)
 

 

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