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Facebook wants you to play games in Messenger

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Facebook Messenger users can already video call, pay friends and chat it up with businesses. But they may soon be able to play games, too.

Facebook has confirmed it is in talks with several developers to make games for Messenger. It's currently unclear how exactly these games will work with the messaging app and when the first games might arrive.

"Currently, we think Messenger Platform is best suited for apps that focus on content creation and curated content," a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. "But, one of the reasons we were excited to announce that Messenger Platform is open to all developers is to see what people build. From there, we’ll think about what else might make sense." Read more...

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Exclusive: 7 Facebook Events features coming this year and beyond

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Facebook's 1.44 billion users create hundreds of thousands of events on the service every single day. Those events range from small, private dinner parties to Burning Man-themed ragers with guest lists in the hundreds.

As Facebook continues to grow in size and influence, its Events team — a group of 30 or so employees, including three data analysts — continues to experiment with new features and tweak current ones to enhance the ways users interact with one another and ultimately keep folks engaged with the social network for longer periods.

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The all-male panel is horribly outdated and lame

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If you've ever sat in the audience at an event and sighed at the lack of gender diversity on stage, someone has made the perfect Tumblr for you

Congrats, You Have an All Male Panel! is a compilation of event photos, posters, rosters and lineups featuring male experts with not a woman in sight

Each example comes with a faux "stamp" of approval from the apparent patron saint of all-male gatherings: the actor David Hasselhoff

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The photo is from an April 27, 2015, event entitled "The Changing Face of Conflict," which was held by the magazine Foreign Affairs

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Mother’s Day Facebook posts outpaced Super Bowl mentions

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This year's Mother's Day was a banner one for Facebook.

The social network said about 229 million people worldwide used Facebook to send 1.8 billion posts or messages about Mother's Day on Sunday — racking up more mentions than the Super Bowl, the NCAA tournament and the Sochi Olympics combined. For comparison, a total of about 936 million people use the platform daily, according to the company's most recent statistics.

The soar in stats highlights the fact that Mother's Day is exactly the type of occasion that Facebook is ideal for. With a much wider-reaching audience than any other social network, Facebook remains the go-to network for personal communications like holidays and birthdays, according to Pew Research Read more...

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You do not want to date these social media sites

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While you might use social media to date, have you considered what it might be like to date social media itself?

YouTuber Emma Blackery filmed a sketch where she imagined going on first dates with various personifications of social media sites. As one might expect, Facebook is a little obsessed with who you know, Snapchat has the shortest attention span ever, and Instagram just wants to stare at food

Google Plus is just very, very, very depressed.

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Meet the Instagrammer who’s on a mission to change the world

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The ThankList is presented by American Greetings. We've all heard of a bucketlist, but what about a ThankList? It's a list of people you want to thank for shaping you as a person. And a step toward a world that's just a little bit nicer. Who’s on your ThankList?


If the Internet had neighborhoods, Facebook, Twitter and their peers would inhabit the ritzy areas where, beneath perfectly manicured grass and picturesque white picket fences, self-obsession and hostility can erupt without warning. Are your hedges uneven? Are your shoes the wrong brand? Your entire life is under scrutiny and little good comes from it Read more...

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Grandma tries to blow out birthday candles, blows out her dentures instead

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Centenarians can get away with pretty much anything

For 102-year-old Nonnie, this includes spitting your dentures out while attempting to blow out birthday candles. Photojournalist Lynsey Addario captured the absurd moment during a celebration for her grandmother's birthday in Connecticut.

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