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Share Your New Year’s Resolutions for Our Photo Challenge



As 2013 draws to a close, we look back on the past, and more importantly, prepare for the coming year. It’s a great time to reflect on the changes we want to make, and resolve to follow through on our goals. We want you to share with us some of your New Year’s resolutions for this week’s Mashable Photo Challenge

Show us images of the new activities you look forward to starting — whether it’s cooking healthier meals or spending more time outdoors. Or, photograph a handwritten or hand-drawn list of goals you’d like to achieve in the new year

We will run this challenge until Thursday, Jan. 2, at 10 a.m. ET. Follow the directions, below, to submit your photos, and we’ll feature some of our favorite ones on Mashable. Read more…

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16 Photos of Holiday Celebrations From Mashable Readers



We asked Mashable readers to photograph their holiday celebrations for our most recent photo challenge. We saw many festive images of brightly lit trees and candles atop tables of delicious-looking feasts, as well as families playing indoor and outdoor games together

This week’s submissions proved that the holiday season truly is a time for honoring traditions and spending time with loved ones. We’ve featured some of our favorites, below. You can also view the full gallery, here.

Thanks for celebrating with us!

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Sharks Trigger Tweets That Warn Australian Beachgoers of Attacks



In the Jaws movies, an ominous theme song tells viewers when they should expect to see a shark attack. In real life, several hundred sharks in Western Australia have been issuing their own warnings to beachgoers — via Twitter.

Scientists have tagged more than 300 sharks in the area with transmitters, according to Sky News. Each time one of the tagged sharks swims around 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) from the beach, signals trigger a tweet to automatically publish on Surf Life Saving Western Australia’s Twitter account (@SLSWA).

The project has flagged hundreds of instances of mostly tiger and bronze whaler sharks — but also a few white sharks — approaching Western Australian beaches since June. Tweets describe the time, type of shark and its approximate location. Read more…

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Why Social Networks Are Crazy for Private Messaging



Private messaging has captured the attention of the most popular public social networks in the last two months and, surprisingly, this push among tech companies may have a very non-technical driving force.

The feature that adds a little privacy to social platforms that thrive on openness has been a point of emphasis since October for Twitter, Facebook, and most notably Instagram. Other private messaging services like WhatsApp, Kik, and even Snapchat have been busy as well, sending a clear message of their own: Private interactions are necessary, even in a world where public sharing dominates

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14 Instagram Photojournalists Who Will Open Your Eyes to the World



Instagram has transformed smartphone users into a legion of amateur photographers, handhelds forever at the ready. At its best, the photo-sharing platform captures the transcendental moments of the human experience (the Perseid meteor shower; a sunset over the Manhattan skyline). At its worst, utterly delightful banality (your pancake breakfast).

Critics have condemned “the Instagram effect” as a detriment to the immense care and skill that photography demands. Some argue its easy cropping and preset filters offer an oversimplified view of the craft. But Instagram is continuing to expand, and the pros have adapted to the platform with haste and grace. Read more…

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9 Social Media Resolutions for 2014



You know the drill — new year, new start. You may be planning to slim down, give up that gross habit or get your life in order in some way. But have you given any thought to your online world?

We’re taking a look at your social media life with a list of new year’s resolutions we’d like to see everyone keep, from posting fewer annoying photos to being a bit more positive across your networks.

Take a look at our suggestions below. Have your own suggestions? Add them in the comment section below

1. No More Humblebragging

Can we please make 2014 the year the “humblebrag” dies a much-needed death? While we’re at it, let’s also stop namedropping and giving blatantly insincere pleas for advice that are clearly just made to highlight a glamorous, exotic or exciting “dilemma.” Read more…

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The Year in Facebook: Moving Fast, Breaking Less



If there’s one thing Facebook generates, besides selfies and baby pics, it’s lots and lots of press

The company has more than one billion users, one of tech’s most recognizable CEOs (still only 29!), and enormous stores of your personal data. Like it or not, we all seem to have a stake, whether big or small, in what happens at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. It makes sense, then, that the social network keeps us all, reporters and readers alike, busy week in and week out.

The company has a reputation for changing its product regularly, and this year was no different. Facebook’s 2013 activities ran the gamut from the good (Graph Search), to the bad (Facebook Home), and, of course, the ugly (its misuse of an extremely sensitive image in an ad) Read more…

More about Facebook, Twitter, Mark Zuckerberg, Features, and Social Media

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When You Compose a Tweet, Photos Now Come First



A small Twitter update is sending a strong message regarding how the company expects users to tweet moving forward

A change to Twitter’s iOS app on Monday automatically surfaces the user’s photo gallery instead of a keyboard when the user begins to compose a tweet. If a user does not want to include a photo, she can tap on the blank text box and the photo gallery will be replaced with the traditional keyboard

This change is now the default for users open a new tweet within the mobile app; users cannot change the default back to a text box at this time, according to a Twitter spokesperson. Read more…

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11 News Sources Using Instagram Video



Who has time for the news?

Between the pressing demands of real life and maintaining dozens of online personas, finding time to eat is difficult enough, let alone carving out half an hour to flip on the boob tube or rifle through a newspaper.

It’s social media to the rescue, once again. Just as Twitter heralded a brave new world for bite-size storytelling, Instagram Video now challenges digital innovators — and traditional news outlets — to use the platform to its full potential, packing 15-second video segments with vital information and titillating tidbits. Read more…

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Social Media Mixology: Which Networks to Use Together



Here at Mashable, we preach the importance of knowing your social networks. Different sites have different audiences, favor different types of content and require different kinds of humor. But like a fashionista pairing spots with stripes, sometimes a little mixing and matching with your networks can give you an edge

Being master of all the networks is a godly feat, but knowing how to use Tumblr to up your Twitter game, for example, takes you to a whole new level. Here are some of the easiest ways to pair your social networks together to grow your audiences and find new content

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