Facebook in 2014: Fighting for Social Supremacy

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Put on your party hats and string up the banners: Facebook celebrates its 10th birthday in 2014

You'd be hard pressed to find a more popular, yet polarizing, service than Facebook over the last decade. In less than 10 years, Facebook has collected a billion-plus users, hosted a presidential Town Hall, been the topic of a major motion film, and connected people from every corner of the planet. Its global brand recognition may be the best in the tech world, rivaling only Google and Apple, both of which had a substantial head start

And while 2014 is, in all reality, just another year for the social media giant to collect users, data, and revenues, it's also a reminder of how far Facebook has come — and how quickly the tech world evolves Read more...

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Twitter: What to Expect in 2014

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Seven years ago, Twitter was just a small, ragtag collection of hackers fighting over the basic premise of the company and struggling to keep the site from crashing every other day. Twitter has come a long way since then.

The company is on track to bring in more than half a billion dollars in revenue this year. It has more than 230 million monthly active users worldwide and some 2,300 employees in offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Dublin and Sao Paulo. It navigated a smooth IPO in November (unlike another social network that shall remain nameless) and is now valued at around $35 billion. Read more...

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The Year in Facebook: Moving Fast, Breaking Less

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If there's one thing Facebook generates, besides selfies and baby pics, it's lots and lots of press

The company has more than one billion users, one of tech's most recognizable CEOs (still only 29!), and enormous stores of your personal data. Like it or not, we all seem to have a stake, whether big or small, in what happens at Facebook's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. It makes sense, then, that the social network keeps us all, reporters and readers alike, busy week in and week out.

The company has a reputation for changing its product regularly, and this year was no different. Facebook's 2013 activities ran the gamut from the good (Graph Search), to the bad (Facebook Home), and, of course, the ugly (its misuse of an extremely sensitive image in an ad) Read more...

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The Year in Facebook: Moving Fast, Breaking Less

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If there's one thing Facebook generates, besides selfies and baby pics, it's lots and lots of press

The company has more than one billion users, one of tech's most recognizable CEOs (still only 29!), and enormous stores of your personal data. Like it or not, we all seem to have a stake, whether big or small, in what happens at Facebook's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. It makes sense, then, that the social network keeps us all, reporters and readers alike, busy week in and week out.

The company has a reputation for changing its product regularly, and this year was no different. Facebook's 2013 activities ran the gamut from the good (Graph Search), to the bad (Facebook Home), and, of course, the ugly (its misuse of an extremely sensitive image in an ad) Read more...

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8 Ways Businesses Can Use Facebook Embedded Posts

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Facebook's developers are always coming up with cool tools that can make an entrepreneur's life a little bit easier, like embedded posts

But most of us don't have time to keep up with the changes, or figure out how to use them.

To learn more, we asked a panel of eight successful entrepreneurs how they're using embedded posts to amp up website traffic and social engagement. Here are their best tips:

1. Increasing Facebook Engagement

Brett FarmiloeEmbedding a Facebook post on your blog will help increase the engagement level of your Facebook page. Because Facebook's embeddable posts are interactive, there are a few different features that are beneficial to your brand. Your blog readers can share your content by embedding the post on their own blog or by clicking the Facebook "share" button to distribute your content to their Facebook friends. They can also "like" your Facebook page from an embeddable post. Whichever way you look at it, embedding a Facebook post into your blog is now one extra step that's necessary for content creators. Read more...

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Why 2013 Marked a New Era for Gaming

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Gamers will fondly remember 2013.

The year offered enough for every player to savor: new consoles, Grand Theft Auto V, indie games that stole our hearts and big Kickstarter successes that came to fruition.

For those who haven't been following along quite as closely, we've assembled a rundown of the biggest trends that rocked the boat in gaming this year, as well as what to be prepared for in 2014.

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It's hard to talk about 2013 and gaming without uttering the phrase "next-gen." Even before the year started, rumors swirled about the new features. After seven to eight years with the same systems, the fervor for change grasped ahold of all gamers Read more...

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9 Social Media Hoaxes You Fell for in 2013

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The Internet is a gullible place. Before you know it, you buy into a YouTube video, and you're sharing Facebook posts and tweets with misinformation. If you haven't done so yourself, you likely know someone who has.

Some of the most viral stories of the year have turned out to be fakes. Remember when Will and Monifa Sims captured our hearts in May while singing karaoke at a gas station? They were actors. And who could forget the hilarious twerking girl on fire? Simply a stunt orchestrated by Jimmy Kimmel

Not all hoaxes were videos, though. The Internet followed along with Elan Gale, a producer for The Bachelor, who live-tweeted a fake situation he claimed to experience on an airplane; an adorable kid's letter to Santa was actually the brainchild of a comedian. Read more...

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5 Reasons Millennials Are Quitting Facebook

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Facebook is the cigarette of 2013, the "bad habit" many are trying to kick. And the doubts seem to be stemming from Facebook's younger users

Mashable reached out to a few Millennials, in particular, to find out why they left Facebook — and why some returned. While the reasons for cutting the cord ranged from the practical to the existential, many former Facebook users cited the stress of maintaining their online appearances

While half the users we questioned have returned to the site (albeit with a reduced presence), the other half consistently claim they're happy to be "free" of Facebook. They found that once they got used to it, life without social media wasn't as hard as they imagined Read more...

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Top 25 Digital Media Resources This Week

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Too busy deciding where you stand in Obama's Selfie-Gate to stay up-to-date on tech news? Have no fear — we've rounded up a list of this week's top 25 digital media resources, including news about the launch of Instagram Direct, a beginner's guide to all things Vine and seven ways to make the most out of Tumblr. As a bonus, we even threw in this week's most-pressing news stories.

Check out our comprehensive list, below

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    8 Brutally Honest Facebook Notifications That Need to Exist Now

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    No one likes a gossip, we know. And we would never condone catty behavior. But Facebook just makes it so easy

    We don't remember how we stalked our exes, judged our enemies or kept track of so much drama before social media, but we've certainly developed a knack for it now

    However, as useful as Facebook can be for these tasks, the social network does tend to sugarcoat the more dramatic bits of our News Feed. So-and-so "changed their relationship status to single?" Come on, we all know there's more to the story.

    Here are the eight types of Facebook notifications we'd love to see. Go ahead, revel in the drama. We won't tell Read more...

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