1. RIP Yahoo Messenger
Yahoo announced they will be shutting down Yahoo messenger. Originally launched in 1998, known as Yahoo Pager, Yahoo messenger was a popular communication tool. Since then, companies such as Google, Facebook, and Skype took Yahoo’s users and ran. Yahoo said they are experimenting with other ways to use messenger, but for now, will be shutting down on July 17, 2018. However, you still have six months to download your chat history. For those of us who haven’t used the app since middle school, we’ll take a pass on reminiscing on our teen angst years.
2. Net Neutrality Repeal
The Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules took effect today, which had required internet service providers to offer equal access to all web content. However, net neutrality supporters are fighting for their rights and wanting the decision to be up to state legislatures. This new change could affect how you experience the internet.
The rules prohibited the following practices::
- Internet service providers could not discriminate against any lawful content by blocking websites or apps.
- Service providers could not slow the transmission of data because of the nature of the content, as long as it was legal.
- Service providers could not create an internet fast lane for companies and consumers who paid premiums, and a slow lane for those who didn’t.
(Source: The New York Times)
3. Facebook Will Help You Grow Your Business
Facebook is committed to training a million U.S. business owners by 2020 with a program called Facebook Community Boost. Currently, Facebook serves about 70 million small businesses. According to Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, “Strong small businesses create strong communities. That’s because small businesses create jobs, provide services, and bring people together. A lot of small business owners end up being leaders in their communities, too.” Facebook Community Boost will offer free workshops, business training, and networking to boost your career and business. The program will expand to 50 US cities by the end of 2018.
(Source: Social Media Today)
To learn more about the history of different social platforms, check out this infographic: http://bit.ly/2LFQSNb