American woman flies to India to attend Facebook son's wedding

American woman flies to India to attend Facebook son’s wedding

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A 60-year-old American woman named Deborah Miller flew halfway across the world to attend her “Facebook son’s” wedding in India. The two had developed a close bond after 28-year-old Krishna Mohan Tripathi befriended Miller four years ago on Facebook.

Tripathi, whose mother had died when he was a teenager, chanced upon Miller’s profile while browsing Facebook. The two kept in touch over the next four years, despite the distance between them — while Tripathi is from a village near the Indian town of Gorakhpur, Miller is a resident of California. When he decided to get married on Jan. 29, he extended an invitation to Miller, who surprised him by flying all the way to India. Read more…

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In social media's Iowa caucus predictions, Twitter nails it

In social media’s Iowa caucus predictions, Twitter nails it

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As the votes continue trickling in from Monday night’s Iowa caucus, Twitter came out on top in terms of social media predictions

No prediction is perfect but Twitter got it closer than most by projecting Ted Cruz at the top of the GOP heap, ahead of Donald Trump and Marco Rubio. While the percentages were off, the results still managed to pick the winner even as Trump was ahead in many polls

As for the Democratic side, Twitter fell short on Bernie Sanders’ gains as, at 1:30 a.m. CST, that race still remains too close to call even though Twitter predicted an easy win for Clinton. Read more…

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How the Queensland Police used Nickelback to win Facebook friends

How the Queensland Police used Nickelback to win Facebook friends

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Australia’s Queensland Police Service has ridden hoverboards coupled with an abiding hatred for Canadian rockers Nickelback into social media success

The service’s Facebook page has been liked more than 725,000 times, which is more than any other police service in Australia, and more than the NYPD

Often on point, it has used its following to address the scourge that is the “Be Like Bill” meme, and they’re as excited about the return of The X-Files as the rest of us. Of course, the majority of posts concern public safety information, or appeals for tip-offs regarding local crime or missing persons. Read more…

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Facebook upgrades its iOS app with new 3D Touch features

Facebook upgrades its iOS app with new 3D Touch features

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Facebook’s iOS app is getting an update iPhone 6S users will appreciate: new 3D Touch actions

The social network is beginning to roll out support for new “peek and pop” 3D Touch actions in its iOS app. The update, which is starting to roll out to iPhone 6S users Thursday, allows iPhone 6S users to utilize 3D Touch while browsing their News Feed and other areas of the Facebook app.

Facebook first began rolling out support for 3D Touch last year, but it only added quick actions, which you can access from the app’s icon on your home screen. Read more…

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Indonesians share a defiant message, #KamiTidakTakut, after terror attack

Indonesians share a defiant message, #KamiTidakTakut, after terror attack

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In the wake of a series of deadly explosions in Jakarta Thursday morning local time, Indonesians are sharing a message of defiance on social media.

Condemned as an “act of terror” by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the violence in the capital city’s central shopping and business district has reportedly left at least four people dead. The attackers have not yet been identified, but Indonesia has previously been the victim of bombings undertaken by Islamic militant groups.

Rather than be cowed, as the area affected went into lockdown, locals and supporters from around the world used social media to tell the perpetrators their attempts to sow fear would not be successful Read more…

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Periscope videos will soon autoplay in tweets

Periscope videos will soon autoplay in tweets

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Your Twitter timeline is about to get noisier.

Live stream videos from Periscope will soon autoplay inside of tweets on Twitter’s app and website, the company announced Tuesday. The update means you will no longer need to open a separate website or app to watch Periscope streams.

The feature is rolling out to Twitter’s iOS app “over the next few days” and will launch on its website and Android app at a later date, Twitter says.

Once live, the feature will enable videos shared to Twitter via the Periscope app to automatically play in tweets when you’re scrolling through your timeline, search results or another users’s profile. Tapping into a a video will launch a full screen view of the video, along with the comments and hearts you would expect to see in a typical Periscope live stream. Read more…

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