You are done (DONE!) taking selfies with a phone like some plebeian — you only take DSLR selfies now, even though it’s a pain transferring photos using a camera without built-in WiFi. A camera attachment called Lumera wants to solve that problem by giving you a way to upload high-res snapshots to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with a single click. To integrate the WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy device with a DSLR, you need to attach it via the tripod screw and plug it into the camera’s mini-USB port. So long as you define the social networks of your choice on its accompanying app, you won’t have to take out your phone to upload pics anymore. The app itself is pretty useful, though: it can stream whatever the camera’s viewfinder is looking at, set timelapses and access the DSLR’s settings remotely.
In addition to giving you an easy way to upload high-res pics, Lumera can also connect to a portable drive via USB, enabling you to transfer images on-the-go if you’re running dangerously low on storage space. Now, here comes the not-so-good news: Lumera only works with select Nikon and Canon DSLRs for now. But, the list is still a lot longer than the models those companies’ own wireless adapters can support, and the device itself is loads cheaper.
While the brands’ wireless attachments typically cost around $600 to $800 each, you can get the Lumera for only $125 — that is, if you back its campaign right now on Kickstarter, where its developers are attempting to raise CA$90,000 (US$80,000). They plan to use the money to conjure up the final engineering design that takes backers’ feedback into account before going into production. Barring any delays, the device will start shipping out by May 2015, but if you can’t wait that long and have a knack for MacGyvering things, you can always try to build something similar on your own.
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…And Facebook’s march towards utter market dominance continues unabated. While Twitter enjoys plenty of success, and we’re sure someone out there still uses Google+, there’s no denying that the king of the social networking hill is Facebook. And during the third quarter of 2014 the company did nothing but extend that lead. In particular the number of mobile users continued to explode at an impressive rate. The average number of monthly mobile users in September was 1.12 billion. (To put that in perspective: Twitter announced just 284 million monthly users across all platforms.) That’s 29 percent more than last year. Most impressively many of those users check in every day. The average daily number of mobile users during the quarter was 703 million. And when you take the desktop into account, usage balloons to 864 million per day — or about 64 percent of its users.
Its no surprise with its continued growth that ad revenue has soared for the company. And that mobile ad dollars made up a majority of its income. A full 64 percent of the money coming into Facebook is from ads, and 66 percent of that ad revenue is from mobile. (You know, just in case you needed any more evidence that the future is on mobile.)
While Mark Zuckerberg spoke at length about how important WhatsApp and Oculus are to the future of the company, he declined to go into to much detail during his prepared statements. He did however provide an update on Instagram which has seen its audience grow by as much as 100 percent in certain markets over the last year as it continues its international expansion. The mobile photo-sharing network also has an impressive grip on the attention span of its users. The average member apparently spends 21 minutes per-day browsing the service. The move to bring ads to the platform hasn’t seemed to hurt usage yet.
Today Facebook announced some future improvements to its mobile photo uploads. The update, which will be rolling out today to iPhone and Android users, gives the user the ability to select multiple photos in the exact order he wishes to publish them.
You just choose your photos in order, then inspect a preview of the story. You can then write an introduction and captions for each picture. If you want to switch up the order at this point, you can drag and drop photos in the order of your choice. If your picture includes friends, you can tag them after posting and scroll through your new photos like a collage.
Source: FaceBook NewsRoom
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Facebook is making an update at some point today that will improve how they handle multiple photo uploads to a post. In the pending update you will be able to select multiple images and rearrange their order to tell a better story on your feed. You will be able to write an introduction for the story and add captions to each photo.
When shared, the group of photos will be displayed to your friends in your feed in a photo collage rather than a horizontal group of images. If a friend taps on the collage they can scroll through each image in the order that you set them to get the full story.
The update should be rolling out for Android and iOS starting later today, so keep an eye out for it if you are a big mobile Facebook user.
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Ello debuted with a big, idealistic promise: to be a different kind of social network unswayed by the influence of advertisers or corporate overlords. The notion was immediately questioned by just about everyone, but the startup is sticking to the idea. Today it announced that its advertiser-free status will be permanent, since it’s becoming a Public Benefit Corporation. Under Delaware law, a PBC is a special kind of for-profit entity that is legally obligated to consider the public impact of its actions. As such, the company has drawn up a company charter that bars the firm from ever selling user data or displaying ads from a third-party entity — and the company isn’t allowed to sell itself unless the buyer agrees to abide by these rules, too. It’s still not clear if Ello will last the in the long run, but if it does, at least there won’t be any ads.
If you haven’t, don’t worry. You’re probably not alone. These are just a few of the many social networks that have come and gone, most of them vanishing either through acquisition or simply due to lack of audience adoption.
That’s surprising, when you think about the sheer volume of social networks that have come our way over the years and the few that remain. Let’s face it: There are only a handful of social networks these days that people care about; namely, Facebook, Twitter and, to a certain extent, Google+, even as newcomers like Ello emerge. Some oldies like Myspace and Friendster are still hanging on, but as very different incarnations of themselves. Myspace, for example, is now almost entirely about music discovery, while Friendster currently describes itself as a social gaming site; a far cry from its heyday as one of the “original” social networks.
So what does it take for a social network to resonate with the public? And what makes one succeed where others fail? Here, we examine lessons learned from social networks past and present to see if we can suss out what they should or should not do to prevail in the ever-changing winds of the fickle internet.
1) Don’t be difficult
It seems like a no-brainer, but just like any site on the internet, social networks need to be easy to use. Yet, not everyone follows this simple philosophy. Myspace, for example, became a bloated nightmare, with profile pages that were so heavily bogged down with customizations and media embeds that it was a mess to navigate. It even had to introduce a “Lite” version to lighten some of that load. Yahoo 360 was also widely touted as complicated to set up, as it attempted to be your one-stop shop for blogs, photos and, well, too much of everything. Facebook’s settings aren’t exactly easy to navigate either, but many forget that it used to be much more complex than it is now. Still, it could stand to be even simpler — upstarts like Ello are already capitalizing on a supposed cleaner and more minimalist interface that’s free from clutter and ads.
2) Do keep up with the times
Perhaps one of the most important lessons when it comes to surviving the ever-changing whims of the internet is the willingness and ability to change. As is evident with sites like Myspace, Friendster and Orkut, many of the ones that fell by the wayside failed to keep up with the competition. While Facebook adapted readily by building News Feed, opening up its site to third-party developers and tweaking its site constantly, Myspace was content with its flashy profile pages and celebrity news site. Friendster, too, was weighted down with glitches and stagnation. Today, Facebook and Twitter seem mindful to not repeat the mistakes of their predecessors, with their constant experimentation and willingness to try something new.
3) Don’t be the same as everyone else
One of the problems with so many social networks is that it’s difficult for one to rise above the rest; many of them look the same after a while. That’s why copycat networks typically don’t fare well. Jaiku and Pownce were too comparable to Twitter, and though both offered unique features, they didn’t quite differentiate themselves enough to stand out from the pack. Google+, though not quite perfect, set itself apart with a unique Circles feature plus a robust photo-sharing system that rivals, and possibly exceeds, that of the competition. There are also many niche networks in place; LinkedIn is aimed at folks doing business, while Snapchat made ephemeral messaging its standout feature.
4) Do be mindful of privacy
Privacy is, without a doubt, the most important factor that social networks need to get right. Unfortunately, this is a concern that even the big ones have stumbled on, especially Facebook. The social networking giant’s privacy settings are famously complicated, and it’s faced controversy in the past by experimenting on its users and publicizing activities on third-party sites via its now-retired Beacon advertising program. While Facebook has managed to curb and rectify some of these concerns, some other sites aren’t so lucky. Google Buzz, for example, got into hot water almost immediately by combining its social network with your personal email account, which meant people could see who you emailed the most frequently. Though that wasn’t the sole reason Buzz died, it certainly didn’t do it any favors.
5) Don’t forget the community
A social network wouldn’t be a social network without its users, and the key part of any online community is that people should come first. This is easy to say, of course, and many networking sites do attempt to appease their users as much as possible, but it seems like they could do more. Facebook, for example, might want to reexamine its real name policy so as not to alienate those who wish to remain anonymous or have a different online persona. Twitter’s recent act of surfacing tweets in the timeline from people you don’t follow is another example of an action that doesn’t seem to be mindful of why most people like Twitter in the first place (i.e., the fact that you can curate your own feed). On the whole, it would behoove most social networks to have a more active dialog with their users on what they want out of their community and be more transparent with their actions.
Of course, these are just a few of our ideas on what social networks can do to be better. If you have any more suggestions, feel free to let us know, either in the forums or in the comments below. And if you want a little more history about some of the defunct social networks mentioned here, stroll down memory lane in this gallery.
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Remember how the DEA got caught impersonating a woman on Facebook in an attempt to catch criminals who contacted her? Yeah, Facebook isn’t at all pleased. It just sent a letter asking the anti-drug agency to promise that it won’t create fake accounts or otherwise stomp all over the social network’s terms of service. As the site argues, the DEA’s moves “threaten the integrity” of its user base — the point of Facebook’s real identity policy is to foster trust, and sting operations violate that trust. Law enforcement isn’t above this rule, the company says. It’s not certain if the letter will have any effect; the Justice Department tells BuzzFeed News that it doesn’t believe this trickery happens frequently. Whether or not that’s true, it’s safe to say that Mark Zuckerberg and crew have set some firm boundaries for future cases.
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