How to keep technology from mocking your broken heart

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After 16 years of marriage, the text from Lisa Arends’ husband read: “I’m sorry to be such a coward leaving you this way but I’m leaving you and leaving the state.”

She collapsed to the floor. And never received any communication from him again.

But their digital interactions haunted her in a way she never could have imagined. With linked email accounts, she saw in his junk email that he had failed to pay the tab on the cost of a band — for his recent wedding.

Arends’ extraordinary story is, of course, on the very extreme end of the digital heartbreak spectrum, but the technological echo of a past lover is something many people understand far too well. Read more...

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Save the date for Mashable’s 6th annual Social Media Day

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In today's tech-savvy society, it's very easy to forget that social media hasn't been around for very long

Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have revolutionized the way we communicate with each another. Not only does social media have the power to keep us in touch with our friends and family, it can also connect us with the world

Mashable is thrilled to announce that our sixth annual Social Media Day will take place on June 30, 2015Social Media Day is an annual global celebration that highlights the contributions made by developers and social media enthusiasts alike Read more...

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5 tips to make Facebook Messenger work better for you

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Whether you like it or not, Facebook's standalone Messenger app is an essential part of a full FB experience on iOS

Below, we take a look at a few ways you can super-charge the way you use Messenger

1. Mute notifications for a set period.

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One of the biggest complaints about Messenger is the annoying notifications. You can manage these both in the app and in your iPhone's settings to ensure they are at a level — and of a style — that suits you

To manage notifications in-app, head to the Settings menu (the cog icon at the bottom-right of your screen) to view your options. To change your iPhone's Messenger notification settings, go to your iPhone's Settings menu, and then scroll down until you see "Messenger" in your list of apps. Tap it, and then hit the "Notifications" option Read more...

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Your social media cheat sheet for perfectly sized images

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Images are a vital element of social media. Set a photo with screwy dimensions as your profile pic or cover photo, and you've immediately set the tone all wrong

But don't worry — we took a look at the optimum image sizes for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn, so you can make sure your profiles and content look as good as they possibly can

Bookmark our convenient graphics now, and you'll have the sizes handy next time you want to redesign your profile

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How to use Facebook for thank you notes

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We're all a little lax when it comes to sending as many "thank you" notes as we should

That's where Facebook comes in. It's the perfect platform for thank you missives that can be personalized and shared, giving a public shoutout to someone who's done you a solid

Here's our how and why of using Facebook to say thanks. Let us know your ideas in the comments below

Thank you scenarios

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There are endless ways in which Facebook is ideal for sending a thank you note

  • Someone's given you/your child/your pet a gift. Snap a picture of the recipient with said gift and create a photo post, tagging the giver as a thank you. You get to show her how much the present was appreciated and she gets a public shoutout for her thoughtfulness

  • You enjoyed a delicious meal at someone's home. Be sure to grab a tasty-looking image of the food and the next day, post a Facebook #foodgram complimenting his amazing cuisine and tagging him as the chef. He'll be flattered you liked the food so much to create a post

  • You were invited to a party or other event. Take some arty shots and create a mini-gallery on Facebook, tagging the organizer. Make sure you mention details (the decorations, the venue, the music, etc.) so the organizer knows you really noticed the small things Read more...

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A brief guide to screengrabbing etiquette

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When someone sends you a ridiculous text or you see a hilarious Facebook conversation, it's always tempting to share it with the world

However, just in case it does go viral, it's important to protect the privacy of the people involved.

Below, we provide a brief etiquette of screengrabbing, including a peek at a free online tool that will help you blur out identifying information and images

Common sense rules

It's not rocket science to know what you should and shouldn't share. You know the person, or people, involved and can presumably gauge what their reaction might be if you shared something they thought was private. Read more...

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How to decide who inherits your Facebook account

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Facebook introduced a new legacy contact feature in the U.S. on Thursday — allowing users to choose who can manage their accounts once they've died — and it's something we should all think about activating

While no one wants to think about his or her own death, this kind of option is going to become increasingly common as we share more of our lives online. Facebook follows Google in providing this type of posthumous functionality, and we expect other sites to follow suit

As Facebook says, "When a person passes away, their account can become a memorial of their life, friendships and experiences." While you might initially cringe at such an option, remember: It could provide comfort to your friends and family. Read more...

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How to stop videos from auto-playing on Facebook

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Facebook says the videos that play automatically in your News Feed make for "an easier way to watch," but it's highly unlikely you want every native video in your stream coming to life.

If automatically playing videos drive you insane, we can help. With only a few simple tweaks in your settings, it's easy to keep clips static as you scroll through your feed.

Have a look through our easy-to-follow walkthrough below to learn how to turn off auto-playing videos — on both web and mobile

On the web

Click on the down arrow icon at the top-right of your Facebook homepage. Scroll down the menu, and click "Settings." Read more...

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9 things you need to quit crowdsourcing on Facebook

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Zuck might have got away with crowdsourcing his New Year's resolution on Facebook, but us mere mortals have to be a bit more careful when it comes to soliciting our online buddies

To avoid boring your friends to tears, looking lazy or desperate, or even worse, putting your security at risk, we suggest following our guidelines on what not to crowdsource.

Have a read through our list of don'ts below, and stop yourself from making the same mistakes.

1. What to eat

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"I just don't know what to have for breakfast / brunch / lunch / afternoon tea / dinner /…" Believe us when we say no one cares about your gastronomic dilemma. Just make a decision and stop boring us half to death with your culinary quandaries Read more...

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How to save Facebook content for later

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We've all seen a link to a really interesting article on Facebook and not had the time to read it. We've wanted to watch a video someone shared, but suffered from a crappy connection.

There is a cool solution: saving content on Facebook so you can take a look it when you've got the time and sufficient bandwidth. As only you can see the content you save, think of it as storage for your guilty pleasures, like cat Vines

Have a look through our simple instructions below to start saving interesting bits and bobs on Facebook. Let us know what other Facebook tricks you'd like to learn — we could tackle it in a future post. Read more...

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