15 essential tips for mastering Facebook Live

Facebook Live is quickly becoming the hottest new live-streaming platform for both publishers and regular people. From Buzzfeed’s exploding watermelon to Dallas-based tattoo artist Liz Cook who streams ink sessions in real time and that snake expert whoextracts venom from animals (note: omg), broadcasters — both professional and amateur — have flocked the platform. While Facebook…

Another heartwarming Snapchat story love story took place at Utah State

Forget the days of old-fashioned meet-cutes or looking for love on popular dating apps like Tinder — the new place to find romance seems to be on college Snapchat stories. The world first learned of Snap Story love stories after two University of Wisconsin students, Reed Bjork and Abby Diamond, captivated the student body with their tale of…

Sheryl Sandberg honors single moms in beautiful Mother’s Day post

In an emotional 1,100-word Facebook post published Friday, Sheryl Sandberg reflected on her first year as a widow and single mother. The Facebook COO, who lost her husband Dave Goldberg in May 2015, describes a “new and unfamiliar world” of trying to succeed at work without a partner at home, struggling to comfort her grieving…

Strangers help bride get new dress after hers was lost in massive wildfire

Inevitably, a lot of things can go wrong in preparation for a wedding, but having one’s wedding dress burn up in a massive wildfire just days before the nuptials is pretty much the worst case scenario. That was the devastating reality faced by Canadian bride Elise Boissonneault, who is scheduled to be married this weekend in…

Facebook is testing a feature that lets you find more Groups

Whether you’re looking for parenting tips or the best new restaurants in your neighborhood, Facebook Groups is useful for finding virtual communities around various topics. Now Facebook is testing a dedicated “Discover” feature within the Groups section, making it easier to join conversations. A new tab will let you browse public and closed Facebook Groups by category,…

Big Periscope updates: Streaming from drones, videos won’t disappear

Facebook Live might be the hottest live-streaming app right now, but Periscope is raising its game to meet the new challenge. The Twitter-owned streaming app gave Mashable a look at three new features it plans to roll out over the next few weeks. The service will soon support streams from drone cameras as well as…

Tweetbot has a cure for Twitter’s 140-character limit woes

Sometimes, what you have to say just doesn’t fit in 140 characters. For those occasions, Twitter users have resorted to several makeshift solutions: Some are marking their related tweets with numbers (1/7, 2/7, etc.), creating so-called tweetstorms, and others are simply replying to their own tweets, which has to be done manually in Twitter’s official…

13 effective ways your startup can use Periscope to grow the business

By now, most digital-savvy startups are not only popping up on Pinterest and Facebook, but also on Snapchat and Instagram. Visual and video-driven storytelling give startups a tremendous opportunity to reach new (and younger) customers. But how can entrepreneurs take full advantage of the live video platform, Periscope? To find out, I asked 13 entrepreneurs…

There are thousands more bots for Facebook Messenger in the works

Facebook Messenger will soon get a lot more crowded. There are more than 10,000 developers building bots for Facebook’s messaging platform, Messenger’s head of product said in an interview Tuesday. Speaking in an interview at TechCrunch Disrupt on Tuesday, Stan Chudnovsky said there are “tens of thousands” of developers currently working on bots for the platform. That represents…