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Facebook Aims To Relay News Faster with Instant Articles Feature

Posted on 13 May 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Let’s face it, Facebook is taking over whatever little bit of free that that we have through the day. The over-1-billion-strong social network giant is aiming to replace your daily news feed by promising faster news on its mobile apps using their service called Instant Articles.

The modern Internet has amazing ways of relaying information to us nearly at the speed of light. Media outlets have their sites and tools that send you alerts or sometimes pop-ups of new stories or breaking news throughout the world. Facebook, as you may have already noticed, has its choice news feed that runs through the day in a column. As it turns out, the heads at Facebook believe that news isn’t fast enough and their needs to be something that is lightning fast to deliver your news, an Instant Articles features.

In a blog post this week, Facebook said that Instant Articles promise to change the “slow” 8 seconds to load up new news stories, which is considered as unacceptable.

Through the new Instant Articles feature launching on Facebook for iPhone, there will be a special set of stories published by The New York Times, BuzzFeed, National Geographic, NBC and The Atlantic. Among others, there will be published stories from BBC News, The Guardian, Bild, and Spiegel.

The goal for Facebook in their Instant Articles feature is to get users to come back more often to its app and not just view the walls to see what their friends are doing or posting. From the latest calculations, Facebook is said to have about 85% of its total number of users accessing the social network from a mobile device. In total, Facebook has about 798 million mobile users, up 31% year-on-year. The growth rate we are looking at from the last year’s number is about 17%. WHOA!

“Communication and information at the speed of light,” a statement that used to be a pipe dream is becoming a reality and Facebook is attempting to lead the way. Instant Articles is just another prime example of how the new social world of the Internet is reshaping our lives and the progression of technology as a whole. With a new Instant Articles platform, Facebook could rake in additional revenue from ads that surround such services. Additionally, other entities like Verizon are capitalizing on rollouts of Instant Articles, as it will only heighten data transfer and register a larger revenue flow for “providers.”

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How Social Media Is Ruling Your Life

Posted on 23 September 2010 by SlimboCA

Does social media enhance or stifle your ability to be productive?

Does social media enhance or stifle your ability to be productive?

Being constantly connected to social media can cause users a whole host of problems, a new study has revealed.

Increased stress, strain on personal relationships, and even loss of sleep, are but a few of the shortcomings caused by social media. A United States university took a week-long break from Facebook, Twitter, Instant Messaging (IM) and other social media, and found that the pervasive technology had hidden pitfalls.

Students at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in central Pennsylvania have realized that social media, particularly Facebook and IM, can take over their lives. College Provost Eric Darr called for the ban to see how the technology affects students and the various faculties.

Most students complied with the week-long experiment and found how easy it is for technology to rule their lives. One student checked Facebook 21 hours a day and blocked posts between 2 and 5 in the morning just to get some rest. Students or faculty staff who felt forced to feed their social media addiction did so via smartphones, but most complied, and some were quite surprised by their finds.

The majority of students behaved much like smokers who sneak cigarettes after class, says Darr. He says many would sneak off to check their updates on smart phones. Darr reveals that many students found more time to do constructive things and discovered that they were less stressed because they were not able to constantly check their status updates.

The week-long ban also encouraged face-to-face meetings instead of communicating exclusively via social media. Student Amanda Zuck says she isn’t a heavy user of Facebook but was “a little irritated” by not being able to use the site.

Zuck wrote in an email that she didn’t see much advantage in the project for herself but she added that it had probably helped her facebook addict friend catch up on college work. The project allowed all members of the college community to reflect on how social media tools affect their lives.

Many workers are also getting fired for either abusing social networks during work time, or posting harmful comments about their employers online.

Does social media enhance or stifle your ability to be productive? Share your thoughts by posting a comment below.

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