Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook Year in Review Snag | Ello Commenting

Facebook apologizes to father whose daughter died this year over Year in Review. Ello announces 2015 redesign. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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NewFacebookLogoFacebook Apologizes To Bereaved Father For ‘Year In Review’ (The Huffington Post)
Facebook rolled out a new feature this December called “Year In Review,” a post that showed up on users’ News Feeds highlighting their most popular photos of the year. Web design consultant and writer Eric Meyer was disturbed to see that his Year In Review featured photos of his daughter, who died this year. ars technica “Yes, my year looked like that,” Meyer wrote. “My year looked like the now-absent face of my little girl.” He added that the item was “forcefully” displayed in his default Facebook feed, as the option to hide the feature wasn’t visually prominent. Daily Mail Conceding it was not a “deliberate assault,” but a perverse outcome of Facebook’s automation, Meyer nevertheless called the incident “jarring:” “This inadvertent algorithmic cruelty is the result of code that works in the overwhelming majority of cases, reminding people of the awesomeness of their years, showing them selfies at a party or whale spouts from sailing boats or the marina outside their vacation house,” he wrote. NPR The Facebook product manager for “Year in Review,” Jonathan Gheller, has apologized, telling The Washington Post the app “was awesome for a lot of people, but clearly in this case we brought [Meyer] grief rather than joy. “We can do better – I’m very grateful he took the time in his grief to write the blog post,” Gheller said. Mashable In addition to sad memories, users also criticized Year in Review for its overwhelming presence on Facebook. Many are annoyed at how pushy the feature is, constantly reminding users of its existence.

Ello Adds New Commenting Features, Announces 2015 Redesign (SocialTimes)
For those of you still keeping tabs on Ello, they’ve announced some new features for the new year. You can now reply all in comments, cancel nasty comments and embed images if you like.

Facebook Ordered to Stand Trial Over Claims That it Scanned Users’ Messages (AllFacebook)
U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, Calif., dismissed some claims in a class-action lawsuit against Facebook but ruled that the social network must face claims that it scanned the content of messages sent between users, for advertising purposes, Re/code reported. According to Re/code, Facebook argued that its actions were covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, but Hamilton ruled: “(Facebook has) not offered a sufficient explanation of how the challenged practice falls within the ordinary course of its business.”

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Pinterest Gears Up to Launch Ads on New Year’s Day (The Next Web)
Pinterest will soon open for business by allowing brands to advertise on its curation network beginning first thing next year, reports The New York Times. Come New Year’s Day, Pinterest will allow marketers to pay for and place ads across its site in the form of “Promoted Pins” – posts that look identical to those created by users who collect images of products, destinations, DIY projects and more.

What Does Your 2015 Twitter Strategy Look Like? (AllTwitter)
With the new year right around the corner, your resolutions list might be looming pretty large … but does it include any Twitter-specific promises? It should. The new year is a great time to revise, refresh and renew your Twitter strategy.

DeGrasse Tyson Offends Some with Isaac Newton Christmas Day Tweet (CNET)
While you were cheerily celebrating Christmas Day, Neil DeGrasse Tyson was inserting a little scientific stuffing into your turkey of tradition. The astrophysicist and “Cosmos” presenter chose Christmas Day to offer this tweet: “On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world. Happy Birthday Isaac Newton b. Dec 25, 1642.”

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Peel Data Reveals Which Classic Holiday Movies Viewers Are Watching This Season (LostRemote)
So which holiday movies are people watching this season? Peel surveyed 1,500 U.S. smartphone users about their holiday viewing preferences and combined this with actual tune-in data captured from its smart remote technology.

Kim Dotcom’s Mega to Launch Browser-Based Encrypted Video Call and Chat Service ‘Soon’ (VentureBeat)
Kim Dotcom, founder of the file-hosting service Mega, Sunday revealed his company will be launching a browser-based chat service “soon.” Dotcom referred to the service with the hashtag #MegaChat, though it’s not clear if that is just the codename or if it will indeed be its final name.

Seven Overused Marketing Buzzwords of 2014 (SocialTimes)
Take innovation, for instance. This is perhaps the most overused buzzword in business — so much so that it means absolutely nothing.

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