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April 13, 2016 - No Comments!

Key points of Facebook F8 developer event at a glance

13 April 2016 | guardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

Facebook’s (mostly) annual developer event in San Francisco has been running since 2007. Over that time it has morphed from an insider code-builder’s event to a high-profile launch event, and though the developers are still there Facebook’s message is now rather more well honed when it comes to translating their mission to the masses. Read more

April 13, 2016 - No Comments!

Facebook has a new army of chatbots – but what can you do with them?

13 April 2016 | guardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

Chatbots are big news in Silicon Valley right now. “Bots are the new apps!” said Microsoft chief Satya Nadella recently, Facebook’s just announced a large collection, while Wired’s latest article on the subject puts the phrase “post-app internet” right up in the headline.

Great. But what can you actually do with them? Read more

March 29, 2016 - No Comments!

Instagram update: keep calm and don’t turn on notifications

29 March 2016 | guardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

Forthcoming changes to Instagram’s algorithm, which will present photos out of chronological order, have thrown the photo-sharing app into chaos, with users asking their followers to “turn on notifications” so their updates aren’t lost to the new regime.

Don’t do it. For your sake. Not yet, anyway. Read more

March 17, 2016 - No Comments!

Telling charities to step away from social media is short-sighted

17 March 2016 | guardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

The provocative article by Matt Collins published last week – It’s time for charities to stop wasting time on social media – immediately reminded me of the now infamous Newsweek piece – Why the web won’t be Nirvana. Clifford Stoll’s piece, written 21 years ago, dismissed the possibility of virtual communities, as well as a shift of commerce and business to networks and modems as “baloney”. In my mind, Collins’ advice that charities should step away from investing in social media is similarly short-sighted. Read more