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Love means more than just a like, even on Facebook

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Love is worth more than a like. This is generally true, and now it also applies on Facebook.

Reactions such as “love” will now have more weight on your news feed versus a simple like. This means if you choose to “love” a post, you’re essentially telling Facebook to show you more of that kind of post.

The largest social network recently said in a statement that leaving a “reaction” indicates a “stronger signal that they’d want to see that type of post than if they left a Like on the post”. It makes sense since it takes extra effort to react on a post (long press or hover) compared to just liking it (one click or tap).

It has also been a year since Facebook has given us these little emojis, so they have had enough time to sift through the data.

Does it differ from one reaction to another? Right now, the answer is no. It doesn’t matter whether you “haha,” “wow,” or even choose “angry” on a post. If you choose to react against just like, it’s a cue to the news feed that you want to see more of that kind of post.

So, if you want to teach your news feed what you want to see, be careful what you react to. Keep in mind that you still have some control over what you see by tweaking your news feed settings.

Love is love is love

Facebook also revealed that among the reactions, “love” is the most used ever since the feature launched. It says “love” accounts for “more than half” of all the reactions used so far.

Sure, the reaction appears right next to “like” making it easier to reach, but it’s nice to know that despite all the hate on the internet, people are still spreading the love.

Sources: Mashable, The Next Web

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6 iPhone apps for your well-being

Mental health is important!

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World Mental Health Day may have come and gone but that shouldn’t mean that your well-being should be pushed aside. In fact, a healthy disposition should always be practiced. How does one do that in today’s fast-paced world?

We’ve got apps for you!

Omvana 

Omvana is a meditation app that measures stress levels and even your state of mind; it’s your personal mindfulness coach! The app also automatically connects to HealthKit.

Download here. 

Calm

With guided meditations, breathing exercises, sleep stories, and relaxing music, this app will help make sure you’re always in a relaxed mood.

Download here. 

Insight Timer

Don’t know how to meditate? This app allows for guided meditations from the industry’s best practitioners!

Download here. 

Headspace: Guided Meditation

Another guided meditation app which allows you to manage stress and even apply meditative practice to your every day. There’s also a sleep experience feature which promises better rest and calmness.

Download here.

Aura: Calm Anxiety & Sleep

Aura’s three-minute meditations will bring more positivity to your life. The app also does life coaching, relaxing music, and even personalized meditations.

Download here. 

AutoSleep Tracker for Watch

Better sleep means a better disposition! This app tracks sleep automatically with Advanced Heuristics AutoSleep so you’ll always have the info at hand.

Download here. 

What are you waiting for? Get to downloading and happy meditating!

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Facebook Lite comes to iPhones at less than 5MB

It consumes less power, too!

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After being enjoyed by Android users for years, the slimmed down version of Facebook’s main app finally arrived on iOS. Although, it’s only available to a select few — for now.

The Facebook Lite app was originally designed for developing countries where mobile data can be unreliable and Android phones are pretty basic. But, it also gained popularity among users with better phones because it uses way less data than the main Facebook app.

On iOS, the lite version is available for download through the Apple App Store for less than 5MB. Apart from being an easy download, it also uses less battery power and occupies minimal storage space.

This is going to be ideal for iPhones and even iPod Touch devices that are already showing signs of slowing down. The app is compatible with devices running iOS 9.0 and later.

For now, the app is only available in Turkey. As the testing phase expands to other regions, Facebook Lite will eventually be open for everyone.

Via: Business Insider

SEE ALSO: Facebook Messenger redesign starts rolling out to select users

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Instagram launches Nametag feature

What it does and how to use it

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Unveiled today, Instagram’s Nametag feature allows you to easily find other people in the app by scanning a unique nametag generated just for you.

Just how does it work? First, you have to make your nametag. You can do this by tapping the button with three lines on the upper-right side of your profile, hit “Nametag,” and you’re all set to create your own. You can even personalize it by changing colors, design, adding emoji, stickers, or even your selfies.

To add someone via the nametag, just swipe to the IG camera, point at a nametag, and press and hold. Alternatively, you can also get to the camera by tapping “Scan a Nametag” when you’re on your Nametag page.

Once scanned, Instagram will give you the option to follow or view the user.

If you want something to practice on, try these on for size:

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If it sounds familiar, it’s because it’s nothing new. We’ve seen it before in other apps like Snapchat and WeChat. Of course, we’ve also seen IG take already-existing concepts *ehem*IG Stories*ehem* and do it (arguably) better.

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