Internet Relay Chat turns 30—and we remember how it changed our lives

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) turned 30 this August.

The venerable text-only chat system was first developed in 1988 by a Finnish computer scientist named Jarkko Oikarinen. Oikarinen couldn’t have known at the time just how his creation would affect the lives of people around the world…

https://arstechnica.com/staff/2018/10/internet-relay-chat-turns-30-and-we-remember-how-it-changed-our-lives/

Facebook to let Groups form mini-chats for up to 250 people

The algorithm of our Facebook timelines are still a mystery to most of us and so a lot of people who are still very much into the whole Zuckerberg eco-system are turning to Groups for more interaction. The social media giant themselves have been pointing people towards that and it looks like they also want to combine that with Messenger so that you won’t be complaining about spam and all that jazz. Soon you’ll be able to create mini-chats within your respective Groups…

https://androidcommunity.com/facebook-to-let-groups-form-mini-chats-for-up-to-250-people-20181012/

How to Gain a Massive Following on Instagram

Instagram is the platform of the moment, now with more than a billion users, and an ever-evolving array of content options, including Stories and now IGTV.

If you’re one of the many marketers looking to get into Instagram, you might be surprised to find that, initially at least, it’s not as easy to gain a following as it is on, say, Twitter or Facebook…

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/how-to-gain-a-massive-following-on-instagram-infographic/538739/

Facebook just had its worst hack ever — and it could get worse

…almost a week since the public was first told of the attack, we still barely know anything about what happened.
We don’t know who the hackers were, or what they were looking for. We don’t know whether they were targeting particular people in certain countries. We don’t know how long they had access to users’ information. And we don’t know what, if anything, they took…