Social Networks

Facebook pushes search feature to more users

Facebook unveiled the social search tool in January, but only made it available to a fraction of its 1.1 billion users. Photo: AP

Users who may have grown frustrated with Facebook’s rudimentary search feature are getting an updated version designed to make it easier to find people, places and photos on the site.

Monday, 8 July, 2013, 12:11pm

Facebook is pulling ads from racy, violent pages

Facebook is bowing to pressure over hate speech on its site. Photo: AP

The social network says that on Monday will expand its definition of pages and groups that are too controversial to carry advertisements.

Facebook has sought to strike a balance between giving its 1.1 billion monthly users the freedom to post what they want and providing advertisers with space to sell their products.

1 Jul 2013 - 11:36am

Facebook rolls out video for Instagram

An Instagram iOS engineer poses after a media event at Facebook's headquarters to announce that it would add smartphone video-sharing to its Instagram photo-based social network. Photo: AFP

Facebook introduced video for its popular photo sharing application Instagram in an attempt to go to head-to-head with rival Twitter.

The world’s No. 1 social network said its more than 130 million Instagram users can now record and post 15 second videos on the platform.

21 Jun 2013 - 2:11pm

New Myspace takes it back to the future

A screen shot from the newly designed Tim and Chris Vanderhook unveiled the new on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Tim and Chris Vanderhook think Myspace had it right — at one point. And they believe they’ve revived and improved that formula for success as the revamped first titan of social media debuts its latest incarnation.

13 Jun 2013 - 12:12pm

Beware caprice of social media

A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone in Zenica, in this photo illustration. Photo: Reuters

When it comes to the internet, there is one guarantee: nothing stays the same forever. Facebook, the world's dominant social media platform, is fast finding that out as users in mature markets increasingly abandon it. The nine-year-old website is still hugely popular, so it is wrong to proclaim that an era has ended; innovation and ingenuity could well reverse the trend.

4 May 2013 - 4:04am