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Facebook isn’t the devil, but its offer to media outlets is still a risky one | mathewingram.com/work

According to a recent report in the New York Times, Facebook is working with a number of media outlets — including the Times itself — on a deal that …


6 Tips for creating great User Personas

In January of this year, Soundwave COO, Craig Watson and myself took on the task of creating the company’s first user personas. With months of some …

UX Design

You’re asking the wrong questions: How to interview like a journalist

I have a little cousin who responds to everything you say with ‘why?’ and I think she’s onto something.Asking questions is how we learn. It’s how we …


30+ Fresh PSD / UX / UI kits to Enhance your Design

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The website and mobile design have changed a lot, especially in the last couple of years. Flat and Google material designs have literally …

UI Design

Did Messenger just make Facebook cool for teens again? Not quite.

Being "cool" is a fleeting sensation for Silicon Valley companies, where innovation moves at breakneck speeds, competition is relentless and users often fickle.

But when you're an 11-year-old publicly traded company like Facebook, it means dealing with the challenge of keeping young people hooked …


iOS Human Interface Guidelines

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Create a superlative user experience that's founded on Apple's design principles and guidelines.

Steller Storytelling App Gets A Huge Makeover

Steller is a storytelling app that has been around since the beginning of 2014, but today the company has announced a huge overhaul of the app’s UX to make editing and creating that much simpler.

Steller allows users to upload videos, photos, and add text to create a storybook experience on mobile. …


Caliber Debuts A Messaging App Designed For Business Professionals

A number of startups in years past have tried to carve out their own niche in the business networking space under the looming shadow of LinkedIn by offering an alternative way to connect with industry colleagues, often on mobile. But today, a new app called Caliber is offering a slightly different …


We Heart It, An Image-Sharing App Used By 30M Young Women, Adds Messaging

We Heart It, a visual bookmarking service popular with teenaged girls, is transforming itself into a messaging app with the launch of new feature called Postcards.

In a previous era, young girls sat around with fashion magazines and scissors and cut out their favorite inspirational images, turning …

Women's News

Like Vine, Twitter will make you find new followers from scratch on Periscope

When Twitter launched Periscope today, its livestreaming video app, it revealed that it would not automatically port over users’ Twitter followers to the new app.

The move is a surprise, as many assumed the app would have access to Twitter’s so-called social graph, giving it a significant advantage …


Twitter launches Periscope, its live video streaming Meerkat competitor


That’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you launch Periscope, Twitter’s new live video streaming app for iOS. Sure, Twitter acquired Periscope in January and the app was already in development before that. However, you can’t help but think of the app darling of SXSW that made …


Facebook’s Messenger Platform Preserves WhatsApp’s Clarity Of Purpose

We demystified it last month, but Facebook’s $18 billion acquisition of WhatsApp should begin to make more sense to people today after the company announced that its Messenger service will become a platform for third parties — as TechCrunch first reported last week.

The Messenger Platform will allow …


WhatsApp cofounder: Voice calling coming to iOS in a ‘couple weeks’

SAN FRANCISCO — Voice calling on WhatsApp will be coming to iOS in a “couple weeks,” said WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton today.

At Facebook’s F8 developers’ conference here, Acton, speaking on a panel with Instagram cofounder Mike Krieger and head of Facebook Messenger David Marcus, said that …


Everything Facebook announced during its F8 developer conference

Today’s a big day for Facebook. At its developer conference in San Francisco, the company revealed the future of the Messenger Platform, its first big play for the Internet of Things, and more.

In case you missed the livestream, here’s a list of everything Facebook’s announced at F8 so far.

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Here's a quick reminder just how enormous Facebook is

While there's been a lot of hand-wringing recently about how teens are ditching Facebook, the company still dominates the social media sphere because it's not just one network.

The main social network has 1.4 billion users, but Facebook also owns Instagram (with 300 million users) and WhatsApp (with …


At F8, Facebook makes ‘Messenger Platform’ official

Facebook Messenger is now a platform. At Facebook’s F8 conference today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new Messenger Platform, but what exactly …


Facebook Messenger will soon let you chat with stores

Facebook's Messenger won't just be for chatting with family and friends in the near future. The social network has unveiled a business feature for Messenger that lets you talk to a store about your orders. The option not only spares you from a flurry of email for receipts and shipping, but gives …


Facebook introduces an embeddable video player

At its F8 conference today, Facebook announced it is introducing a video player that can be embedded onto other sites – finally.

Previously, pretty much the only way to share a video hosted on Facebook was to link to Facebook page or share it through the platform itself – quite inconvenient if you …


Facebook Is Making Messenger About Much More Than Chat

Facebook has an ambitious plan to fix junk mail. You know the stuff I’m talking about. The numbingly distracting notifications that arrive after …


Mark Zuckerberg teases 360 VR video in Facebook

"Soon we're going to start supporting spherical video in newsfeed," said Zuckerberg, "and soon we're going to be supporting spherical video in VR, in …


Facebook’s Timehop Clone “On This Day” Shows You Your Posts From Years Ago

Facebook’s experimented with ways to surface old Memories since 2010. But after seeing Timehop hit 6 million daily users on mobile, Facebook is officially launching a competing nostalgia feature called “On This Day.” It shows users their Facebook posts from the current date in past years, like …


How to create visual relationships with contrast & similarity

Jerry Cao is a UX content strategist at UXPin — the wireframing and prototyping app. To learn more about how to create visually digestible interfaces, download the free e-book Web UI Design for the Human Eye: Colors, Space, Contrast.

If you’re looking at the dictionary definitions, contrast and …

Information Architecture

Why Facebook Buying TheFind Could Be Huge For Retailers, And Facebook

Facebook has long struggled to get an e-commerce hook to work on the platform. Users spend hours a day on Facebook, but the contention has been that …


Twitter Partnering with Foursquare to Let You Tag Specific Locations

Twitter users will soon be able to specify and tag locations pulled from Foursquare’s database thanks to a tie-up between the two companies.

The deal gives Twitter access to Foursquare’s full location database, which is a pretty significant repository and widely regarded as one of the most …


Twitter may bring autoplaying video ads to your timeline

It seems like everyone wants to shove autoplaying videos in your face and now Twitter wants to join the ranks of Facebook and Instagram in the fight for your eyeballs.

According to Advertising Age, Twitter is now testing video advertisements that automatically play in your feed. The test applies to …


Reddit now lets you embed comments onto your site

Reddit can be a goldmine of memes and grassroots news, so the platform is today making it easier to share comments on on other sites with embeddable comments.

Rather than copy, pasting and formatting text, you can now embed a small window into your blog or website to link towards comments.

To …

Gold Mine

Verified Twitter users can now hide offensive tweets from notifications

Twitter today released an update to its iOS app that delivered a new feature for some verified users called ‘Quality filter.’

Quality filter allows verified users to hide tweets in notifications containing threats, offensive or abusive language, duplicate content or that are sent from suspicious …


Facebook May Host News Sites’ Content

Nothing attracts news organizations like Facebook. And nothing makes them more nervous.

With 1.4 billion users, the social media site has become a vital source of traffic for publishers looking to reach an increasingly fragmented audience glued to smartphones. In recent months, Facebook has been …


Twitter Teaming With Foursquare For Location Tagging In Tweets

Twitter is bringing the ability to tag specific locations to Tweets via official apps and the web, through a partnership with Foursquare. The company tweeted about the upcoming feature today, showing a video of how it’ll work in iOS.

Previously, location services in Twitter worked by detecting your …


Instagram Launches Layout, Its Own Photo Collage App

Instagram today announced the debut of a new application called Layout, the company’s next standalone creation tool outside of its flagship photo-sharing application. With Layout, Instagram users will be able to quickly build collages using their mobile photos, which they can then choose to share …