Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook Search Results | Harassment on Twitter

Facebook drops Bing search results. Harassment on social media a growing issue. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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NewFacebookLogoFacebook Dumps Microsoft Web Search Results (Reuters)
Facebook has stopped including results from Microsoft’s Bing search engine on its social networking site. The move, confirmed by a company spokesperson, comes as Facebook has revamped its own search offerings, introducing a tool today that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on Facebook. MediaPost Facebook isn’t currently showing Web search query results because the company wants to focus on helping site users find what’s being shared with them on the social site, a Facebook spokesman said in a statement. While Graph Search focuses on helping people find what has been shared with them on Facebook, the new tool will search across the Web similar to Microsoft Bing — which now, along with Yahoo, holds about 30 percent of the search market in the United States. UPI “We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas,” Facebook’s representative added. Microsoft echoed its business partner, saying: “Facebook recently changed its search experience to focus on helping people tap into information that’s been shared with them on Facebook versus a broader set of web results. We continue to partner with Facebook in many different areas.”

Trying to Swim in a Sea of Social Media Invective (The New York Times/Bits Blog)
Free speech is crucial, of course. And as much as I’d like them to intervene, social media companies are often reluctant to be arbiters of appropriate speech and to make judgment calls on what constitutes harassment — though they do make hard decisions on other sensitive issues.

Scammers Take Advantage of Holiday Shopping Season (SocialTimes)
Fully 56 percent of shoppers say they’ll be doing their holiday shopping online this year. Unfortunately, this environment is ripe for scammers and con artists, as they leverage every tool in their arsenal to separate users from their money, according to cyber-threat intelligence firm BrandProtect.

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WhatsApp Might Be Working on a Web Client (VentureBeat)
WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned mobile messaging app, might be landing on desktops in the near future. While WhatsApp rose to popularity as a mobile messaging app that uses the smartphone’s SIM card to authenticate, and it’s stuck to mobile devices so far, that might be changing soon, according to an AndroidWorld.nl report.

NBA TV Tops 5M Facebook Likes (AllFacebook)
NBA TV, the television arm of the National Basketball Association, dribbled past the 5 million like mark Friday morning. The NBA TV page is jointly managed by the league and Turner Sports, and it provides content including highlights, graphics, talent interaction and original social franchises.

Locals Upset at Google’s Waze for Sending Traffic to Their Streets (CNET)
The residents of neighborhoods in Los Angeles County are not happy with Waze, Google’s crowdsourced mapping app. It’s sending the area’s infamous freeway traffic onto their once quiet streets, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

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Seven Types of Engagement That Can Get You More Customers on Twitter (AllTwitter)
No content strategy is complete without an engagement strategy: a plan for connecting with your followers and other Twitter users in a meaningful way. Here are seven types of engagement that you can incorporate into your strategy to get you more customers on Twitter.

San Jose Officer Draws Social Media Backlash for Posts Against Protests (ChicagoER)
A San Jose police officer drew sharp criticism throughout social media Sunday because of provocative, threatening posts on his Twitter account that were directed toward protesters who have been demonstrating after the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement. One post on Officer Phillip White’s account read: “Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you. #CopsLivesMatter.”

Twitter Weighs In: Which Is More Beautiful – a Chipotle Burrito or the Victoria’s Secret Angels? (LostRemote)
“The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” dominated the social ratings on Tuesday night, driving nearly four times the number of tweets as FX’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’ finale. According to our analytics partner Canvs, which measures Twitter sentiment, 323,427 of 1,215,733 tweets about the show were emotional reactions. Forty-one percent of the emotional reactions included the word “love” and 20 percent included “beautiful.”

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