Author: Jon Russell

Twitter launches a ‘lite’ mobile web app that’s optimized for emerging markets

 Twitter has taken the wraps off a new data-optimized version of its service that it hopes will be a hit among emerging. It’s called Twitter Lite and, unlike similar ‘Lite’ apps from Facebook and others, it is browser-based — living at mobile.twitter.com. It is essentially a data-optimized version of the regular Twitter service that, the company said, loads fast and… Read More

Pinterest is now blocked in China

 China has blocked one of the few Western social media sites that had remained accessible to its population: Pinterest. The site has followed the example of Facebook, Twitter and many others after the photo sharing site was blocked in China, according to data from censorship monitoring organization GreatFire. GreatFire checks a range of the internet’s top websites for accessibility… Read More

Facebook Stories, yet another Snapchat clone, is rolling out to users worldwide

 Facebook is introducing yet another feature that clones Snapchat Stories to its massive global userbase. Facebook Stories, a feature that puts photos that disappear after 24 hours at the top of the Facebook mobile app, appears to be rolling out to a large number of users across the world. Facebook Stories isn’t available to all users, however. The feature was first tested among users… Read More

Prominent Twitter accounts compromised after third-party app Twitter Counter hacked

 A number of prominent Twitter accounts were hacked to tweet Nazi messages after Twitter Counter, a popular tool for analyzing Twitter followers, was hacked. Official Twitter accounts belonging to Amnesty International, Forbes and other prominent organizations, not to mention many regular users, were accessed to post swastikas and other Nazi-related messages in a move thought to be… Read More

Pocket’s new iMessage app just made sharing stories via chat a whole lot easier

 Pocket, the smart bookmarking and content discovery service that was recently acquired by Mozilla, just launched an iMessage app that will is pretty nifty for those who use both services regularly. I’ve been pretty frustrated with the lack of genuinely useful iMessage apps since its launch last September, but in Pocket I might have found something of use. The iMessage integration… Read More

Microsoft is closing the social network you forgot it ever launched

 So.cl, the little-known and probably much-forgotten social network project from Microsoft Research’s FUSE Labs division, is closing down. The service was launched in late 2011 as a social community where the objective was “collaborative consumption, not communication.” Initially for students, So.cl opened up to anyone once it had gotten going and subsequently added support… Read More