social media

First tweet 10-year anniversary

Ten years ago (2006), Twitter was initially named stat.us and the working prototype was changed to Twttr. The very first tweet was on March 21, 2006 by Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, indicating “just setting up my twttr“. He was definitely sticking to the 140 characters or less restriction. Twitter was officially launched on July …

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Why Hackers Love Social Media

It’s undeniable that social media has become part of the lives of us 21st century human beings. We regularly update our Twitter accounts to air our 140-character thoughts or updates, and carefully curate our Instagram feeds. We’re constantly on Facebook for updates from our friends and family and, increasingly, to check on the latest news-worthy headlines and celebrity buzz. Everybody can’t seem to get enough of social media – and hackers love it.

Here’s how hackers make the most out of our social media addiction.

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The Negative Effects of Social Media

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Our world is getting smaller and smaller and it’s partly because of social media. With platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, we get to see what our friends are up to, reconnect with childhood buddies, and see what our relatives are currently doing, even if they’re halfway across the globe.

For many though, social media has become more than just a communication tool. It has turned into a distraction. Thanks (or no thanks) to smartphones and tablets, access to social networks are just several button presses and finger swipes away, whether you’re commuting, in an important meeting, or on the toilet. (Check out my article on Nomophobia.)

That said, what specific negative effects does social media have on its billions of users? Here are some of them:

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Improvements with Facebook Messenger

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Facebook has come a long way with its Messenger feature. The company opted to put its instant messaging capabilities on a separate app that users have to download on their mobile phones and it seems that this move was strategic. It has allowed them to introduce more features, allowing Messenger to work as a standalone application even without the Facebook network. Here are the newest developments that we can look forward to with Facebook Messenger and how it aims to bring in more fun and functions:

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