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Facebook Offering a Way to Manage Accounts After Death

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Facebook now allows its users to choose “legacy contacts” to manage their accounts after they die. Legacy contacts will have the ability to post messages atop the deceased user’s timeline, respond to new friend requests, and update profile pictures and cover photos. In other words, if you opt to choose a legacy contact, make sure it’s someone you really trust, otherwise your digital afterlife could get hilarious and/or messy. Check out the latest social media-related jobs. “If someone chooses, they… continue…

Daily Tip: Freshen Up Your Social Networks

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It’s a New Year, which means, if you’re on the hunt for a new job, you’ve probably polished up your default resume and cover letter. But your social networks could probably stand for a fresh coat of digital paint, as well. First, take a look at your profile photo for your various networks. If it’s an old portrait, consider swapping in a new one. The most important part, though, is making sure any descriptions of your occupation are up to… continue…

Facebook Soft-Launches ‘Facebook At Work’

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Following months of rumors, Facebook has launched a version of its social network for the enterprise, placing it in direct competition with the likes of Salesforce. According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook’s plans center on an app called Facebook At Work, which will make its debut for iOS and Android on Jan. 14. The rollout will be small at first, with only a few companies able to use the software, but Facebook will presumably widen the release in coming… continue…

Americans Using More Social Networks

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With more than a billion users, Facebook is widely regarded as the social network to beat. But new data from the Pew Internet Research Project suggests that other social networks such as Twitter and Instagram are making strong gains among users, with the potential to challenge Facebook’s crown in future years. For more social media jobs, click here. Although Facebook remains the largest social network, its growth among Americans has slowed to a virtual standstill over the past year, except… continue…

Google, Facebook Battled for Mobile Crown in 2014

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Nielsen recently released its list of the top smartphone apps of 2014, and the results were utterly unsurprising, with the top 10 split almost entirely between the Facebook and Google app ecosystems. The “basic” Facebook app came in first place with 118 million users (a 15 percent increase over the year before), followed by Google Search with 90 million users, YouTube with 88 million users, Google Play with 84 million users, and Google Maps with 79 million users. For more… continue…

What Facebook’s ‘Year in Review’ Snafu Teaches Devs

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Sometimes a feature seems like a really good idea, until a backlash from users forces the developer to backpedal rapidly. Facebook finds itself in such a situation this month, after its attempt at a pre-generated “Year in Review” posting triggered bad memories in many users. The “Year in Review” probably seemed like a grand idea on a whiteboard: An algorithm scans a Facebook user’s profile and identifies the postings with the most engagement, and builds a colorful presentation around those… continue…

What Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Teaches About Management

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A new profile of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer in the New York Times isn’t very kind to her two-year tenure at the flailing tech giant. While Yahoo invented the online-advertising business, and enjoyed initial success in everything from search to discussion boards, its rivals have managed to seize the lead in a number of different segments; meanwhile, Mayer has tried to revitalize Yahoo by cutting away some core products, acquiring some smaller firms (Tumblr, for starters), and focusing more on… continue…

Google Cardboard: The Android of VR?

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When Facebook dropped a cool $2 billion to purchase virtual-reality firm Oculus VR earlier this year, it was seen as a way for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to take an early position in what could become one of the dominant technologies of the next decade. But what if Oculus VR, even with all of Facebook’s money, didn’t end up as the competitor to beat? What if a piece of cardboard, supported by some APIs and an ecosystem of third-party developers, become… continue…

Facebook CEO: No ‘Dislike’ Button Coming

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For anyone who ever wanted Facebook to build a “Dislike” or “Hate” button into its News Feed, prepare to have your hopes dashed: In a public question-and-answer session, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it clear that the ubiquitous “Like” button won’t be receiving an evil sibling anytime soon. “Some people have asked for a Dislike button because they want to be able to say ‘That thing isn’t good,’” he said, according to a transcript compiled by TechCrunch. “And that’s not… continue…

Google, Apple, Others Top List of Best Workplaces

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Google, Facebook, Adobe, Qualcomm, Apple, and LinkedIn are the tech companies topping Glassdoor’s list of the best places to work in 2015. Glassdoor based its rankings on employee evaluations. Google came in first thanks to its combination of fun (but intense) working environment, great perks, and a sense of overarching mission that motivates employees. Facebook came in 13th, followed by Qualcomm at 14th, Adobe at 18th, Apple at 22nd, and LinkedIn at 23rd. Employee reviews for all these firms focus… continue…