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Instagram just added a powerful new way to stalk people on the app

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Instagram is now even more of a stalker’s paradise.

Everyone’s favorite photo and video sharing app has just added an “Activity Status” that lets all your friends and followers “see when you were last active” on the app, just like on Facebook Messenger. Creeeeeeeepy!

SEE ALSO: 12 awesome Instagram features you’re probably not using

When you open up Instagram Direct, the messaging section of the app, you’ll now see it shows whether your friends are “active” on the app or when they were last active on it.

CREEPY…Instagram now has an “Activity Status” that tells you when your friends and followers “were last active on Instagram apps.” TL;DR: Instagram is now Facebook

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— Raymond Wong 📱💾📼 (@raywongy) January 18, 2018 Read more…

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Instagram is testing another killer feature that could crush Snapchat even more

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Instagram is not slowing down in 2018.

After Instagram crushed Snapchat — seriously, pounded the app into the ground — last year with its own disappearing Stories feature, the Facebook-owned app is now secretly testing a new “Type” feature that’ll let users share text-based clips instead of photos or videos.

The Next Web first spotted the feature back in December when it rolled out to a select group of private users in Japan, and now it appears Instagram is testing it on some users in Europe as well.

Mashable reached out Instagram and received the following statement from a company spokesperson: Read more…

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TV channel Spike is no longer, so its social media manager had a field day

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Better to go out with a bang than a whimper, we guess.

TV channel Spike is going to be rebranded as the Paramount Network on Thursday, as owner Viacom looks to general entertainment programming on the 34-year old basic cable network.

So, as the days become numbered, Spike’s social media presence has decided to well, not really care anymore. 

Viacom is killing off Spike TV & their social media person is having a fun type of meltdown pic.twitter.com/Xhr8fFoNGJ

— Kate (@kate_m_C) January 17, 2018

We don’t know if this Twitter-led meltdown is all Viacom-approved (look, we’re sure it is), but it’s not everyday a TV channel ceases to exist for good. Read more…

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How Perfect IG Feeds Affect You as a Mother and a Woman

Every week, Preen tackles motherhood sans the rose-tinted glasses. Our columnists L. Juliano, Marla Darwin, Monica Eleazar-Manzano, Rossana Unson, and Ronna Capili-Bonifacio tell their personal experiences like it is—at times frustrating, oftentimes confusing, but always enlightening. I can’t even remember when I got so worked up about algorithmic feeds. It was a non-descript day and I decided to look at […]

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How to keep the resistance going in 2018, even when you’re impossibly tired

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I was listening to The Read recently — it’s my favorite podcast — and I was struck by co-host Kid Fury’s observations about reaching the end of the year and feeling tired. 

I posted how I felt on Instagram: “Can’t add one more plan tired. Hard to get excited about exciting things tired. Can’t project, assume, or read minds tired. I’m letting myself be tired, be imperfect, be how I am. It is time to hibernate and make meaning of this year, understand the lessons.”

Five hundred people gave it a heart within a few hours. People reached out to me to say they are also tired — exhausted, really. Falling out in meetings, losing things, fighting with loved ones, letting hopelessness have our tongues.  Read more…

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Facebook announces a big News Feed change — and just wants you to be happy

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Facebook is re-tweaking its News Feed again. 

This time it wants to bring it back to friends and family instead of viral videos and media posts, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a post Thursday. 

“I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions,” he wrote.

He said the change should make everyone feel better: “The research shows that when we use social media to connect with people we care about, it can be good for our well-being. We can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long term measures of happiness and health.” Read more…

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I deleted Facebook off my phone and you should too

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I deleted Facebook’s app off my phone more than a month ago. 

And reader: I feel free. 

My days of mindlessly scrolling through random updates from my mom’s friends and people I haven’t spoken to since high school are over. 

And yours could be too. 

You just have to delete the app. 

That’s it. Not your Facebook account. Not your life on the internet. Just the app.

The initial desire to delete started with Facebook vacuuming up so much space and battery life on my (admittedly old) iPhone 6. But it quickly became clear that my actual, non-battery, capital-L Life was also better off not having Facebook a thumbtap away. Read more…

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Airlines keep upping their social media game, but it’s far from the perfect system

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When travel expert Laura Begley Bloom forgot her laptop on a flight last month, she threw up a tweet in hopes of a small Christmas miracle.

Her prayers were answered

Bloom, who is chief content officer at Family Traveller, saw firsthand the power of social media channels and why travelers are turning to their phone apps like Twitter and Facebook to get in touch with airlines about their travel problems.

Bloom is far from alone, though her success story isn’t that common. Airlines (some more than others) continue to wrangle the onslaught of tweets, DMs, and Facebook Messages coming in from frustrated flyers, many who hope their pleas will get noticed.  Read more…

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What We Thought When We Watched ‘Black Mirror’ Season 4

If you haven’t already seen the latest season of Black Mirror, what are you doing? There are six new episodes to enjoy and we watched them all. As expected, we were left shocked, confused, and a little heavy. For those who have watched, let’s break down the episodes and recap what we thought of them. What […]

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Get better at SEO by taking this online course

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Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable’s commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

Search engine optimization is something we seriously can’t seem to get away from — whether we like it or not, it’s the new “it” skill that almost every employer looks for.

The only issue? So many of us don’t actually know what SEO is. We hear about it all the time, see it in job requirements, and maybe know it has something to do with Google. This SEO for beginners online course can fill you in on almost everything you need to know, and there’s no experience required. Read more…

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Why this UK public figure deleted 50K tweets in a day

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The name Toby Young has been plastered all over Brits’ Twitter feeds this week after he was appointed the UK’s new universities regulator — a position created by the government to uphold free speech at third level, among other things.

But just days after his appointment, Young deleted a huge chunk of his digital footprint. All in the space of a day. 

We’re not talking about the deletion of the odd misjudged tweet posted during one’s early adulthood. 54-year-old Young deleted nearly 50 thousand tweets in a day in an effort to erase racist, misogynistic, anti-LGBTQ, and sexually explicit tweets, some of which date back to 2009.   Read more…

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The time has come for Mark Zuckerberg to reveal his 2018 personal challenge

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Mark Zuckerberg is using 2018 as even further incentive to fix the hot mess that is Facebook.

On Thursday Zuck announced — via Facebook of course — his annual “personal challenge.” It’s a tradition he started in 2009 in which he kicks off each new year by committing to learning something new.

Over the years, he says, he’s visited every state in the U.S., run 365 miles, built an AI for his own house, read 25 books, and even learned Mandarin. But in 2018 the Facebook CEO will work toward fixing important issues on the social media platform. 

Good.

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Predicting the Popular Internet Slang Words For 2018

The list of Internet slang words is always evolving. By the time you learn what a term means, another one is bound to pop up somewhere. We can’t keep up and it’s leaving us #shookt. (Yes, I did that.) Now that we’re in 2018, people have already predicted which ones will be popular among netizens. […]

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It Might Be Time For Some Social Media Spring Cleaning

Happy new year, everyone! Whether you’re waking up or just heading home from a party, it’s time to start the year fresh. Review the year that has passed and see how you can improve in 2018. Make practical goals for yourself and track your progress. Before you start making resolutions, however, let’s start with something […]

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Team internet reunites a man with an envelope full of money after he left it in the pub

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Here’s a tale of lost and found that’ll restore your faith in humanity. A pub in London rallied to find the owner of a packet of wages that had been left on the premises in the run-up to Christmas. And, much to the relief of the internet, the pub jolly well found him! 

The Alexandra pub in Wimbledon, south west London, tweeted out a photo of an envelope containing someone named Mariusz’s Christmas wages. “Mariusz, we found your pay packet in the Alex on Thursday night,” read the tweet. “You haven’t lost it, we’ve got it!”  Read more…

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Instagram has a new feature that adds ‘recommended’ posts to your feed

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What are your friends liking on Instagram? Whatever it is, it’s about to land in your feed.

Instagram is quietly rolling out a new feature that will recommend posts for you based on the activity of the accounts you follow. “Recommended for You” posts will sit in their own section, accessible through a thumbnail above your main feed, according to TechCrunch.

So, how does Instagram determine which posts will appear in the Recommended for You section? According to Instagram’s help section, the posts are suggested according to content liked by the accounts you follow. If you see something you don’t like, you can temporarily hide “Recommended for You” posts by tapping the camera icon above the post and selecting “Hide.” Read more…

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