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Blake Dowling: How (and when) to do social in 2017

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Social media accounts are rocking and rolling; you have lots of followers. But do you have a strategy for your messaging?

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Shark video could spur legislative action

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As state investigators seek more evidence from the public about a growing number of videos that showcase abuse of sharks, legislation may be filed that seeks to better define state wildlife laws.

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Number of people using Facebook reaches 2 billion

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Facebook is reaching another milestone, announcing that it now has more than 2 billion users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the new marker was reached early Tuesday and in a Facebook post said that he’s proud of the role his company is playing in connecting people around the world. Facebook says more than 175 million people declare they “love” something on the site daily and an average of more than 800 million people hit Facebook’s like button. Facebook users will likely…

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Twitter unveils new look, which users quickly mock

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Twitter has unveiled a new look, and much like some previous changes the company has made to its short-messaging service, it’s not going over so well with the Twitterati. The San Francisco company says the new design emphasizes simplicity, making it faster and easier to use, with bolder headlines and more intuitive icons. It also changed users’ profile images from square-shaped to round. The company said the new user interface will roll out on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for…

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Facebook rolls out new features to help users connect with elected officials

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Facebook announced three new features Wednesday aimed at boosting civic engagement in the U.S., allowing users to better connect with elected officials, candidates and staff. The new offerings help users sort through a mountain of content on the social network and help politicians find comments and news stories that connect directly to their home districts. First, Facebook users will have a new feature – “Constituent Badges” – that identify themselves as part of a representative’s district by securely entering a…

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Florida woman let snake bite baby as learning opportunity

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A Florida woman is under investigation after apparently posting a video on Facebook showing a red rat snake biting her 1-year-old daughter. The woman tells Tampa’s ABC Action News she has no regrets for “introducing” the girl to the snake, which she found in the driveway of her home near Sebring. The station reports the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. The woman, who wasn’t identified because she’s not been charged, says “people are too sensitive.” She has deleted the Facebook…

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What Twitter’s privacy changes mean for you

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Twitter’s new privacy policy suggests ambitions of becoming more like Facebook — more tracking of users and more targeting of ads to rake in more money. Twitter recently reported its first quarterly revenue decline since going public. That should give you some clues about the reasons behind the policy changes, which take effect June 18. WHAT’S CHANGING? Twitter was already tracking users. For example, if you visited a webpage that had an embedded tweet or a button to share something…

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