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Facebook giving $100 million in grants to SMBs impacted by coronavirus

The $100 million earmarked for Facebook’s SMB Grants Program includes cash grants and ad credits for small businesses around the world.

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Twitter is testing disappearing Tweets called ‘Fleets’

Twitter enabled a new feature called Fleets in Brazil. Fleets capture fleeting thoughts, and they disappear after 24 hours, similar to Facebook and Instagram Stories.

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Open-source URL shortener ‘YOURLS’ gets updated with Bitly-like random keyword plugin

The popular open-source URL shortener, YOURLS, was updated to version 1.7.6. The update adds a Bitly-like URL randomizer to the core set of plugins and fixes various bugs. Users that rely on the software are also encouraged to sponsor its development via Open Collective.

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Developer offers a glimpse of what a ‘Solid’ decentralized social network presence might look like

The standards-based initiative to decentralize social media data known as Solid has been difficult for most people to visualize. Angelo Veltens, a developer and IT consultant, recently shared an example of what a person’s identity could look like using Solid.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announces Bluesky, an initiative to create a decentralized social media standard

Jack Dorsey made a surprise announcement that Twitter is funding a small team of software architects, engineers, and designers to create an open-source standard for social media.

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‘Solid’ Decentralized social apps, where users control their data and privacy, could replace Facebook

Tim Berners-Lee’s vision for personal data ownership and privacy on the web gains traction as more companies are committing resources to make Solid-based apps.

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Facebook is hiding Reaction (Like) counts in new test

In an attempt to remove pressure from its users, Facebook has extended its testing of hiding Reaction counts on social posts from Instagram to Facebook.

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LinkedIn reveals how its social feed works so marketers can take more advantage of its platform

Pete Davies, Senior Director of Product Management at LinkedIn, shared insights into how their social feed's algorithm displays and promotes posts. Coywolf News asked Lyena Solomon, an SMM experienced with optimizing for LinkedIn, to clarify best practices for the Feed.

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Google takes direct aim at GIPHY by adding shareable GIFs

Google is leveraging its acquisition of Tenor with tight integration into Image Search, making it easy for people to quickly find and share animated GIFs.

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Is Facebook killing off organic reach on Instagram?

Agencies are becoming increasingly concerned that Instagram might be quietly removing organic reach from brands.

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