LOST AND FOUND: A SOCIAL MEDIA STORY 

Social media is often rife with negative stories. Murders, robberies, starving children, war – you name it, you will see it on your social news feeds and streams. It’s pretty cool and uplifting then when a situation which could have ended negatively for a camera owner became one that definitely puts the faith back in humanity. It was a simple Facebook status update: In summary, a guy left his camera in a cab (and we all know the chances of getting something like that back here in Manila is rather slim) – and the person who found it posted a lost and found notice like no other. See for yourself: Hi guys! Can you help identify who I am? It was so silly of me to leave my camera on a cab. I took a knee selfie (as in a photo of my knee lolz) and left my camera there because I had other important things to do. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Here's why you shouldn't be afraid of Facebook Messenger   

Extensive bordering on "alarming" permissions being sought by Messenger, Facebook's new mobile app handling instant messaging, appears to be scaring off users. A report on Globalnews.ca said many users are bothered by the permissions being sought by the app, including making phone calls and sending text messages without user intervention. The report said many entertained thoughts of uninstalling Messenger because they were alarmed over the language used in the permissions. Others had "underlying privacy concerns," it added. Still, other readers said the permissions could merely mean the app "is capable of doing them (but it) doesn’t mean they will do it without you hitting the buttons to do it." Many of the concerns about Messenger stemmed from the Android version of the app, the report said. Allaying fears * READ MORE...

ALSO: Facebook tests 'Buy' button 

NEW YORK — Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network. The company said in a statement Thursday that the button will let people buy products directly from businesses without leaving Facebook. A "Buy" button appears at the bottom of sponsored ads and is being tested by a limited group of several small- and medium-sized U.S. businesses. The move comes as Facebook continues to grow its advertising business. The company will account for 7.8 percent of global digital ad spending this year, up from 5.8 percent in 2013, according to eMarketer. Google, the world's No. 1 recipient of ad dollars, is expected to account for 31.5 percent of ad spending in 2014. EMarketer analyst Debra Aho said that not long ago, most businesses thought Facebook was better suited for building awareness than driving sales, but the Menlo Park, California-based company is trying hard to change that image. "With this step, Facebook is becoming even more firmly established as a major player in direct response advertising, and though this test is still only a test, it's a definite sign that Facebook wants to restart its efforts to become an e-commerce company as well," she said. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Active User Battle: Twitter vs. Facebook 

Shares of Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) soar over 20 percent after it reported positive Q2 earnings results on Tuesday after the market close. Social media analyst draw attention to monthly active users (MAU) counting the amount of active users over a 30 day span. Twitter MAU reaches an all time high of 271 million with 60 million domestically and 211 million internationally. Timeline views increased 10 percent from the prior quarter to 173 billion, contributing to active users volume. The largest surprise displaced in Twitters most recent quarter was its mobile advertising, generating 81 percent of Twitters total ad revenue in Q2, up 67 percent year-over-year. Data licensing and other revenue made a total of $35 million in the second quarter quarter, increase by 90 percent year-over-year. Social network competitor Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) released its Q2 earnings on July 23, 2014. Strong results in active users, announcing 829 million daily active users (DAU), a three percent increase from its previous quarter and 1.3 billion MAUs, a three percent increase from its previous quarter. Facebook report just over 1 billion mobile MAU with 399 million recognized as mobile-only MAU. The comparison of Facebook and Twitter is difficult due to Facebook having over seven times market cap and nearly five times as many users than Twitter. Neither social network show signs of growth maturing but Twitter may hold more upside potential to come. Facebook generated strong advertising revenue of $2.6 billion in its second quarter, increasing by 18 percent from Q1. Twitter reported advertising revenue of $277 million in Q2, increasing by over 22 percent since its previous quarter. Facebook's Q2 advertising revenue is 9.66x Twitters, while Facebook's total revenue is 9.3x Twitters. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Why Instagram Is Better Than Facebook  

10 Reasons To Use Instagram Instead Of Facebook: Quick, simple, interesting, artistic and managing privacy settings is one of the advantages that Instagram is attracting more young people than Facebook. Instagram vs FacebookThere is an interesting fairy tale village technologies like this-Once upon a time, there is a strange land called the Internet. On that ground, there is a garden called Facebook. Facebook sophisticated, interesting, lovely and thousands of friends. One day, while Facebook engrossed update your status, it received a friend request from someone who is stylish and interesting called Instagram. Since then, Facebook and Instagram became good friends. However, one day Facebook newsfeed realized in its up Instagram has added a thousand friends. Facebook friends quickly realized this was not cute anymore. Instagram is its occupancy --The story was short on overarching reality. From the perspective of a young person, here are 10 reasons why Instagram attracts over Facebook. 1. When you do not know what to say a simple picture can say it all you are what you are feeling or thinking without having to write it out. I think Instagram is a great place to post up pictures of things that I like best instead of a confused tangle of junk like Facebook. * CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Astronomer Turns Galactic Explosions Into Stellar Music 

An astronomer and a graphic artist have teamed up to turn powerful explosions in distant galaxies into spellbinding music and animations. The unique celestial compositions are psychedelic and strangely beautiful. Known as gamma-ray bursts, these explosions of high-frequency electromagnetic radiation are the brightest events known to occur in the universe. Sylvia Zhu, a graduate student in physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, studies gamma-ray bursts at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, using the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. "I figured it would be fun to 'hear' what these explosions might sound like, if we converted each photon into a musical note," Zhu told Live Science. SEE ALSO: See animation of what a gamma-ray burst "sounds" like

Turner Gillespie, an art student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, started working with Zhu this summer to develop animations to go along with the cosmic music. While gamma-ray bursts remain mysterious, scientists theorize that the deaths of massive stars and the mergers of dense objects, such as black holes and neutron stars, may produce these brilliant cosmic eruptions. The bursts begin with an initial bright flash of gamma rays, known as the "prompt emission." This flash can last for a few milliseconds to several minutes, followed by an "afterglow" made up of less-energetic electromagnetic emissions including X-rays, visible light and radio waves. This part of the explosion can last anywhere from a single day to many months. * READ MORE...


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Lost and Found: A social media story


Originally posted by Facebook user Mirra Reyes, this was not only the quirkiest lost and found message I have ever seen, but also the most creative and the most effective

MANILA, AUGUST 11, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Jason Cruz — Social media is often rife with negative stories. Murders, robberies, starving children, war – you name it, you will see it on your social news feeds and streams. \

It’s pretty cool and uplifting then when a situation which could have ended negatively for a camera owner became one that definitely puts the faith back in humanity.

It was a simple Facebook status update: In summary, a guy left his camera in a cab (and we all know the chances of getting something like that back here in Manila is rather slim) – and the person who found it posted a lost and found notice like no other. See for yourself:

Hi guys! Can you help identify who I am? It was so silly of me to leave my camera on a cab. I took a knee selfie (as in a photo of my knee lolz) and left my camera there because I had other important things to do.

* Luckily, a very nice girl hopped on the cab next and found it.

She’s super awesome and very much willing to return it provided that I give her a handwritten promissory note saying that I‘ll take care of my things better plus an obligatory happy birthday message just because she wants to get one (it’s on the 11th), and I am very much willing to do them because my camera is held onto by a kind stranger.

Everyday that I’m left undiscovered, this girl can post more selfie photos of myself, my set of friends, and my cute cat, until my identity is revealed. Please know who I am! Share this! My dignity may be at stake…”

In a few minutes, someone who knew the camera owner tags him and voila – a happy ending.


Don’t we wish social media was filled with more stories like these every day?

THE AUTHOR: @jsncruz Blog: jsncruz (Jason Cruz is the Social Media Products Lead at MRM Worldwide Manila, the award-winning digital arm of McCann Worldgroup Philippines.)

FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Here's why you shouldn't be afraid of Facebook Messenger August 8, 2014 8:50pm 9413 261 0 10.6K Tags: Facebook

Extensive bordering on "alarming" permissions being sought by Messenger, Facebook's new mobile app handling instant messaging, appears to be scaring off users.

A report on Globalnews.ca said many users are bothered by the permissions being sought by the app, including making phone calls and sending text messages without user intervention.

The report said many entertained thoughts of uninstalling Messenger because they were alarmed over the language used in the permissions.

Others had "underlying privacy concerns," it added.

Still, other readers said the permissions could merely mean the app "is capable of doing them (but it) doesn’t mean they will do it without you hitting the buttons to do it."

Many of the concerns about Messenger stemmed from the Android version of the app, the report said.

Allaying fears

* However, the report cited Facebook's help page saying the permissions' naming “doesn’t necessarily reflect the way the Facebook app uses them.”

Citing an example, the report said a permission allowing Messenger to “download files without notification” is used to “improve the app experience by pre-loading News Feed content.”

Earlier this week, some mobile Facebook users noted some of their messages in the main Facebook app have started disappearing as the social networking giant implemented the separation of its messenger function into a separate app.

But a report on Mashable said this would apply only to apps for iPhone and Android - messages will not disappear from Apple's iPad and Microsoft's Windows Phone.

Mashable also said Facebook maintained downloading a separate Messenger app will prove beneficial as Messenger is faster and more reliable. — Joel Locsin/TJD, GMA News

FROM PHILSTAR

Facebook tests 'Buy' button By Mae Anderson (Associated Press) | Updated July 18, 2014 - 6:13am 0 27 googleplus0 0

NEW YORK — Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network.

The company said in a statement Thursday that the button will let people buy products directly from businesses without leaving Facebook. A "Buy" button appears at the bottom of sponsored ads and is being tested by a limited group of several small- and medium-sized U.S. businesses.

The move comes as Facebook continues to grow its advertising business. The company will account for 7.8 percent of global digital ad spending this year, up from 5.8 percent in 2013, according to eMarketer. Google, the world's No. 1 recipient of ad dollars, is expected to account for 31.5 percent of ad spending in 2014.

EMarketer analyst Debra Aho said that not long ago, most businesses thought Facebook was better suited for building awareness than driving sales, but the Menlo Park, California-based company is trying hard to change that image.

"With this step, Facebook is becoming even more firmly established as a major player in direct response advertising, and though this test is still only a test, it's a definite sign that Facebook wants to restart its efforts to become an e-commerce company as well," she said.

* Facebook says it won't share users' credit and debit card information with other advertisers. The company said it will provide more details once it has gathered feedback from the test.

In January, Facebook said in a blog posting that it was working on offering more ways for direct-response marketers to communicate with Facebook users.

Mobile advertising is one of Facebook's fastest-growing revenue categories. Nearly 80 percent of its users access the site on smartphones and other portable gadgets. In the January-March quarter, earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply as advertising revenue rose 82 percent.

Meanwhile, mobile commerce is growing at a fast clip, and is expected to total $304.1 billion in 2014, up 15.5 percent from the prior year, according to eMarketer. Mobile commerce will account for 19 percent of all e-commerce sales this year, or $57.79 billion.

Facebook shares fell $1.25 to close at $66.41 on Thursday.

FROM GOOGLE TECH NEWS

Active User Battle: Twitter vs. Facebook Ali Berri, Benzinga Staff Writer July 30, 2014 2:53 PM + Follow Print

Shares of Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) soar over 20 percent after it reported positive Q2 earnings results on Tuesday after the market close.

Social media analyst draw attention to monthly active users (MAU) counting the amount of active users over a 30 day span.

Twitter MAU reaches an all time high of 271 million with 60 million domestically and 211 million internationally. Timeline views increased 10 percent from the prior quarter to 173 billion, contributing to active users volume.

The largest surprise displaced in Twitters most recent quarter was its mobile advertising, generating 81 percent of Twitters total ad revenue in Q2, up 67 percent year-over-year. Data licensing and other revenue made a total of $35 million in the second quarter quarter, increase by 90 percent year-over-year.

Social network competitor Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) released its Q2 earnings on July 23, 2014. Strong results in active users, announcing 829 million daily active users (DAU), a three percent increase from its previous quarter and 1.3 billion MAUs, a three percent increase from its previous quarter. Facebook report just over 1 billion mobile MAU with 399 million recognized as mobile-only MAU.

The comparison of Facebook and Twitter is difficult due to Facebook having over seven times market cap and nearly five times as many users than Twitter. Neither social network show signs of growth maturing but Twitter may hold more upside potential to come.

Facebook generated strong advertising revenue of $2.6 billion in its second quarter, increasing by 18 percent from Q1. Twitter reported advertising revenue of $277 million in Q2, increasing by over 22 percent since its previous quarter. Facebook's Q2 advertising revenue is 9.66x Twitters, while Facebook's total revenue is 9.3x Twitters.

* In comparison to MAUs Facebook has over one billion more MAUs than Twitter.

Twitters strong suite in mobile advertising may be smaller than Facebook's mobile penetration, but its continuous heavy growth outperforms Facebook's mobile ad growth displaying more potential for future upsides.

Twitter scored the most goals during the World-Cup. Facebook reported a large increase in users during the World Cup presenting 350 million relative users posts and generating three billion interactions, while Twitter reporting 6.5 billion views of tweets on and off Twitter during the Germany-Brazil game alone.

Both Facebook and Twitter reported solid International results, despite Facebook's 21 percent increase quarter-over-quarter in international revenue, Twitter more than double from its Q1 results, contributing to nearly one-third of its total revenue.

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Why Instagram Is Better Than Facebook Posted on Nov 29 2013 - 8:12am by Junaid « PREVIOUS |

10 Reasons To Use Instagram Instead Of Facebook:

Quick, simple, interesting, artistic and managing privacy settings is one of the advantages that Instagram is attracting more young people than Facebook.

Instagram vs FacebookThere is an interesting fairy tale village technologies like this-Once upon a time, there is a strange land called the Internet. On that ground, there is a garden called Facebook. Facebook sophisticated, interesting, lovely and thousands of friends.

One day, while Facebook engrossed update your status, it received a friend request from someone who is stylish and interesting called Instagram. Since then, Facebook and Instagram became good friends.

However, one day Facebook newsfeed realized in its up Instagram has added a thousand friends. Facebook friends quickly realized this was not cute anymore. Instagram is its occupancy.

The story was short on overarching reality.

From the perspective of a young person, here are 10 reasons why Instagram attracts over Facebook.

1. When you do not know what to say a simple picture can say it all you are what you are feeling or thinking without having to write it out. I think Instagram is a great place to post up pictures of things that I like best instead of a confused tangle of junk like Facebook.

2. Instagram extremely simple. Click on Instagram, touch the camera icon, take a plate and hit upload. It’s simple and quick that my grandmother can use.

3. Instagram makes everything more enjoyable. With 19 photo editing effects, you can find a perfect effect for any of my photos. These effects, “each one looks, distributed integrity ten ten” is sure to make you excited about testing.

4. Another reason why millions of people love Instagram that you can connect with family and friends worldwide. If you do not know what to say about his photo or comment pics of friends had Emoji app helps you add a smiley face or thumb pointing up to express emotions. Instagram also lets your friends know that you exist, what you are doing, where to go. Also, LIKE getting some friends that we never stop excitement.

5. Instagram is where you get to be yourself. While Facebook makes you tired of having to write something up on my wall or comment postings neighbor’s house. On Instagram you will unleash your personal style to shape your own. Even if that style is not to use pictures or editing effects.

6. Instagram is a safe place to share your photos. You can choose to share your images with the world or with family and friends. I like how we can set privacy mode on Instagram, we can manage those who are entitled to see and like the photos.

7. One more great thing about Instagram is great artistic value behind the photos. See the world through the eyes of others are really great. I especially like the Instagram Popular Page, there are many pictures of so many people from around the world show up even though sometimes I feel ashamed of the imaging capabilities of themselves.

8. Friends and relatives also interesting, but if you’ve ever thought that your favorite actor or singer in Gossip Girl love Taylor Swift also use the same application as you. I have seen and now you can also find them on Instagram. View photos from some of the celebrities you love also quite interesting.

9. Video and many more videos. The latest features and most interesting on Instagram lets you upload the video. Record a video about 5 seconds, say a few things about themselves is an interesting point. And see video of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Jake Gyllenhaal will never be boring.

10. I especially like because when I comment Instagram photos not everyone can see. And I would not be bothered by the advertising message bullshit like on Facebook.

FROM MASHABLE.COM

Astronomer Turns Galactic Explosions Into Stellar Music BY TANYA LEWIS, STAFF WRITER for LiveScience 11 hours ago Livescience


A mass of gas and dust is seen in this Hubble Space Telescope image of a nearby supernova remnant. IMAGE: HUBBLE HERITAGE

An astronomer and a graphic artist have teamed up to turn powerful explosions in distant galaxies into spellbinding music and animations. The unique celestial compositions are psychedelic and strangely beautiful.

Known as gamma-ray bursts, these explosions of high-frequency electromagnetic radiation are the brightest events known to occur in the universe. Sylvia Zhu, a graduate student in physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, studies gamma-ray bursts at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, using the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

"I figured it would be fun to 'hear' what these explosions might sound like, if we converted each photon into a musical note," Zhu told Live Science.

SEE ALSO: See animation of what a gamma-ray burst "sounds" like

Turner Gillespie, an art student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, started working with Zhu this summer to develop animations to go along with the cosmic music.

While gamma-ray bursts remain mysterious, scientists theorize that the deaths of massive stars and the mergers of dense objects, such as black holes and neutron stars, may produce these brilliant cosmic eruptions.

The bursts begin with an initial bright flash of gamma rays, known as the "prompt emission." This flash can last for a few milliseconds to several minutes, followed by an "afterglow" made up of less-energetic electromagnetic emissions including X-rays, visible light and radio waves. This part of the explosion can last anywhere from a single day to many months.

* In April 2013, Zhu was part of a team that detected one of the brightest gamma-ray bursts ever seen. The astronomers spotted the celestial explosion, known as GRB 130427A, using the Fermi telescope and NASA's Swift Space Telescope.

The enigmatic bursts don't really make a sound, but Zhu dreamed up the idea of converting them into music after learning of a similar project that sonified solar flares — brief eruptions of high-energy radiation from the sun.

To create the cosmic tunes, Zhu converted the gamma-ray signals detected by the Fermi telescope into notes on musical instruments. Gillespie interpreted the sounds to create abstract animations. The complete composition, which contains four movements, resembles "Fantasia," if it were set to cats walking on musical instruments.

The piece opens with a few haphazard jazz notes on acoustic bass and piano, as lines and flashing dots dance across the screen. Then the percussion bursts in, with drums and symbols animated as intersecting lines and misshapen ripples. Next follows some eerie synthesizer music accompanied by hypnotic visualizations. The piece ends with an orchestral movement featuring strings, harp and short violin, depicted as droplet shapes and curving lines.

"There are great moments where it is almost overwhelming for the viewer to pay attention to everything that is happening on the screen," Gillespie told Live Science. The chaotic animations resemble a gamma-ray burst itself, "an event almost impossible to comprehend," he added.

Gillespie saw the project as a way to communicate the excitement of astronomy to a wider community, through art. Zhu saw it as an opportunity to get people interested in science without overwhelming them.

"The way we talk about science can sometimes be unwelcoming or intimidating to other people, and I think that music and art [are] a good way to reach out and get people interested," Zhu said.

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 3:32 p.m. ET August 6 to correct Sylvia Zhu's affiliation. She is graduate student in physics, not astronomy.


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