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Brazil an emerging hotbed for social media: reports

They’re known for soccer and beach babes – and it seems Brazil can add ‘social media hotbed’ to the growing list of accomplishments.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, people in Brazil are joining and participating in social network activities at record rates.

To put things into perspective, consider this. According to comScore, the average amount of time everyone spends on Facebook per month was actually down two per cent in September 2012 compared to a year earlier, as the WSJ points out.

That’s not the case in Brazil. People there spent 209 per cent more time on Facebook during the same time period.

It’s not just Facecrack that’s growing, Twitter is gaining steam there too. In fact, the social network is setting up shop in Brazil. (more…)

Facebook activity can reveal mental health clues

What people post on Facebook can provide insight into someone’s mental health, a new study suggests.

Researchers say that the things people post – and even the things they don’t – can provide an indication of their psychological health.

The study, conducted by the University of Missouri, asked 200 students to print out their Facebook activity. The students were also given the option of blacking out portions of their posts they didn’t want to share with the researchers.

What they found is that some of the students showed signs of social anhedonia. If you don’t speak in medical terms, that condition suggests a person has the inability to experience pleasure from usually enjoyable activities.

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This is awkward: Tumblr exposes creepy (real) Facebook Graph Search results

married_people_prostitutesWorried about what kinds of things Facebook Graph Search will dig up? Look no further than the Tumblr account called “Actual Facebook Graph Searches.”

The blog collects screenshots of some of the most bizarre search results you can get using the ill-named search tool.

Tom Scott, the creator, says he compiled the search results to show just how ridiculous the search results can be.

He doesn’t just post screen shots of just any search results – he goes for “amusingly contradictory things.”

As you can tell by some of the images posted below, he nails the essence of it exactly.

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Spam hits five-year low while phishing scams target Facebook

fake_groupon_message_scamNoticing fewer emails in your inbox trying to sell Viagra, low-interest loans and payda

The Spam Evolution 2012 report from Kaspersky suggests the drop in spam is due to the widespread use of spam filters by pretty much everyone, whether it’s built in to Gmail or running on software on someone’s computer.y advances? The Internet security experts at Kaspersky Lab say the amount of spam landing in our mailbox has hit a five-year low.

But while the volume of unwanted junk mail is down, spammers are getting more creative to get you to read their messages. And they’re also using sites like Facebook.

While spammers used to send emails pretending to be from your web host or IT department asking for your login details, they’re finding new ways to grab your attention.

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Facebook launches crucial social search engine, blows the name

facebook_graph_searchThe world’s largest social network is launching a powerful new tool to search and discover things your friends are posting (and talking) about, but they got one thing wrong already.

Facebook Graph Search was announced today by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

It lets you sift through all the stuff your friends have posted to find what you’re looking for.

So if you want to find a good sushi restaurant, for example, search for “sushi restaurants my friends like” and you’ll see a list of their posts, photos and page ‘Likes’ about sushi.

You may also search out things that others may have posted about (if their privacy settings aren’t set to a high level).

Facebook Graph Search is all about finding things your friends have posted about – and what they recommend.

This is taking the power of word-of-mouth to the next level.

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Prepare for new Facebook timeline design

Photo via: TNW

Photo via: TNW

Just as you were getting used to the existing layout for Facebook Timelines, it appears as though they’re getting ready to change things up with a new design.

Some outlets are showing screenshots and comments from users in New Zealand who are getting a new Timeline design.

According to The Next Web, Facebook users in New Zealand are getting accustomed to a new layout for the pages that we once knew as profile pages.

The new layout isn’t going to have you lost and confused, dazing with an empty stare at the screen. But it may take you a moment or two to get used to – and you can bet there’ll be a group of people who’ll start a petition to bring back “old” Facebook.

In any case, here’s what’s new…

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Facebook rolls out free phone call feature in Canada

Facebook_messengerNow you can do more than just poke, creep or instant message a friend on Facebook.

And here’s a plus: us Canadians won’t have to really wait to get access to this feature.

Starting today, Facebook is rolling out a new feature that will let you call friends for free (or as free as your existing phone plan is).

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Facebook could make you fat and poor: study

All that time spent stalking your friends on Facebook isn’t just creepy, it might also be making you fat and poor, according to a new study.

Researchers at Columbia University and the University of Pittsburgh analyzed the behaviour of Facebook users.

For starters, what they found was that people got a positive uptick in self esteem and well-being after getting updates and sharing content with friends on Facebook.

But, according to the results of the research – previewed by Forbes – there could be a negative effect after.

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Facebook updates Android app built for speed

Facebook has rolled out a much-anticipated update for their Android app – which is their best attempt at an app for Google’s mobile phone system yet.

The first thing you’ll notice after booting up is how much faster the entire news feed loads.

There’s no more waiting for the circular progress wheel to spin while the app pulls in the latest status updates, check-ins and selfie photos from your friends. It seems to load almost instantly.

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Facebook launches new Android messaging app in Canada

Facebook is rolling out its new Android instant messaging app to Canadians, starting this week.

The Facebook Messenger app lets users chat with others people using just the dedicated messaging app – avoiding the slightly heavier full-fledged Facebook app if all they want to do is just chat with friends.

In fact, people don’t even need to have a Facebook account to use the Messenger app.

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