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Facebook Experimenting with a ‘Sympathize’ Button (TIME)
Facebook is considering adding a less cheery alternative to its “like” button: a “sympathize” button. The social network has been toying with this option, which was devised at a Facebook hackathon, a Facebook engineer said Thursday, according to The Huffington Post. The Huffington Post Facebook’s members have for years demanded a less cheery way to quickly respond to friends’ posts, pointing out that “liking” becomes awkward and inappropriate when someone posts about a breakup, a death or even just a bad day. If someone selected a negative emotion like “sad” or “depressed” from Facebook’s fixed list of feelings, the “like” button would be relabeled “sympathize.” The Atlantic Maybe two options are actually worse than one. Maybe one word—“like”—can’t say it all, but can say
enough. CNBC It’s important to note, though, that just because the sympathize button was developed doesn’t mean it will come to fruition. The company hosts hackathons regularly to come up with new features, but not all ideas are integrated into the platform. TechCrunch In related news, now Facebook is bringing auto-play for native videos to all users after testing the feature in September. And it’s just the beginning of a huge push to put Facebook in motion.
Twitter Tells Hashtag Tale of #IranTalks (AllThingsD)
Not to tout the part it played in a nuclear deal or anything, but in a post on its media blog, Twitter took a victory lap for its role as a news breaker in the historic agreement by Iran to dial back its efforts in that dangerous arena. “When six major powers and the government of Iran came to an agreement about curbing Iran’s nuclear capabilities in Geneva last week, the news broke on Twitter,” Ahmad AbouAmmo wrote in a post titled “Iran’s nuclear deal told in Tweets.” “In fact, one of the key participants tweeted the historic agreement.”
Twitter Lets You Schedule Tweets Via Ads Platform (SocialTimes)
Also, if you’re using Twitter Ad Products, you can now schedule tweets (both regular and promoted tweets) up to a year in advance. Yes, a year. The tool itself doesn’t cost anything, but you do have to be using Twitter ads to access it.
List.ly Makes Twitter Lists Significantly More Awesome: Social, Shareable, Manageable and Rankable (VentureBeat)
Nick Kellet of Listly wants to make Twitter lists findable via Google, sortable, manageable and social, so that many people can collaborate in building the best Twitter lists imaginable. And on Wednesday, his startup will release a new feature to do just that.
How the Lakers Used Facebook to Announce Kobe Bryant’s Return from Injury (AllFacebook)
The Los Angeles Lakers used the team Facebook page to announce that injured superstar Guard Kobe Bryant will make his National Basketball Association season debut Sunday, when the Toronto Raptors visit. The Lakers announced Bryant’s return in a video titled, “Seasons of Legend,” and Bryant later posted the video on his own Facebook page.
Twitter Bird at its Booziest in ‘Drunk Tweets’ Art (CNET)
What if Twitter’s blue bird mascot and his buddies had a cocktail party of their own? That’s what San Francisco graphic artist Josh Ellingson pondered when he started his whimsical “Drunk Tweets” series of paintings.
The Benefits of Creating a Follow Strategy on Twitter (AllTwitter)
A follow strategy is a set of rules or a guideline you use to determine who you follow on Twitter. It helps individuals and businesses decide whether an account is worth following, based on the value they add.
Path for Android Now Lets You Share Moments to WordPress Blogs (The Next Web)
Private social networking app Path is adding a new option to its sharing feature that allows users to post moments directly to WordPress. The Android version has been updated to include this option, but remains missing from its iOS counterpart.
Q&A: Yinon Weiss on Building Social Network RallyPoint to Connect the Military and Employers (SocialTimes)
RallyPoint, a social network designed to connect current and former members of the military and employers, recently received an additional $5 million in venture capital led by San Francisco-based DBL Investors to expand the platform. Founded by Iraq war veterans Yinon Weiss and Aaron Kletzing, RallyPoint is similar to LinkedIn, but focused on the military.