Facebook experiments with disappearing posts

Facebook is taking a leaf out of Snapchat's book and testing out self-destructing posts. The social network is running a pilot programme where it allows users to schedule an expiration time for posts they publish. The time frame varies from one hour to seven days. After that, Facebook's servers take up to 90 days to delete…

Google+ finally removes naming restrictions

It's been around for three years now, but Google+ still struggles to drag people away from the more popular (and, to be honest, useful) social networks Facebook and Twitter. Now, in a bid to actually get people involved and stop Google+ being a social desert island, Google has dropped the rule that requires Google+ users…

Facebook faces UK probe into 'unethical' emotion study

Facebook is being investigated to assess whether an experiment in which it manipulated users' news feeds to study the effect it had on moods might have broken data protection laws, The Register has reported. The Information Commissioner's Office is said…

India opens tech addiction clinic

Addiction – be it to alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, drugs or even sex – can be a serious problem. Now authorities in India consider addiction to technology among teenagers to be such a problem that a "technology de-addiction" centre has been…

Hashtag, selfie and tweep added to dictionary

They are words that all of us have been using for some time now, but now they have been officially recognised as a part of the language. CNET reports that hashtag, selfie and tweep are just three of the latest…

Facebook 'Slingshot' app to take on Snapchat

Facebook is reportedly working on a video-chat app, dubbed Slingshot, to rival the popular messaging service Snapchat. A report at PC Pro says that the rumoured app has been in development for some months, and could be launched within the…

Twitter to trial a mute button

Have you ever felt that, rather than block or unfollow someone, you just want to be able to ignore their tweets for a while? If so, you'll be pleased to know that Twitter is now testing a mute function for…

Anonymous social network Secret launches in UK

A new anonymous social networking app that lets you share your innermost secrets has launched in the UK after becoming a huge hit in the US, according to a report at the Daily Mirror. The Mirror says that the new…