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Facebook Cutting Back on Spammy Auto-posts

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Fewer automatic posts will be showing up in your News Feed telling you what a friend is listening to on Spotify, which level they just defeated on “Candy Crush” or when they’ve posted a filtered selfie on Instagram.

The social-media giant has announced it will be giving those posts less clout in its News Feed algorithm — the tool that decides which posts you’re mostly likely to want to see — while giving extra emphasis to actions your friends choose to share.

So, to use the Spotify example, you’ll be less likely to see an automatic post when a friend listens to a song but more likely to notice when they share a playlist they just created.

“We’ve found that stories people choose to explicitly share from third party apps are typically more interesting and get more engagement in News Feed than stories shared from third party apps without explicit action,” Facebook’s Peter Yang wrote in a post on the company’s blog for developers.

“We’ve also heard that people often feel surprised or confused by stories that are shared without taking an explicit action. In the coming months, we will continue to prioritize explicitly shared stories from apps in News Feed over implicitly shared stories.”

Yang said that app creators will have to start specifically request that actions from their app be automatically shared.

“If your app is currently publishing stories implicitly, we encourage you to consider these options instead,” Yang wrote, listing tools that let users tell their friends what they’re up to.

They include a new tool that lets app users share their activity directly in Messenger chats (say, with all your friends who still play “FarmVille?”) and the ability to add the “Like” button, already appearing on more than 10 million Web pages, to mobile apps.

And Facebook is walking the walk, too. Instagram, which Facebook purchased in 2012, was among the first third-party apps to get rid of automatic posts.

Reactions on social media have been largely positive, even if many posts have a “What took you so long?” feel about them.

“Great news to start my day. I am truly happy,” wrote Lynda Appell, a Twitter user from Philadelphia.

“Hope Farmville’s in there,” Sarah-Jane Boden, founder of marketing group Soul Providers, added on the networking site.

The change came less than a week after Facebook announced that all new users will have their privacy settings default to “Friends Only” and that existing users will get messages urging them to make sure their settings are where they want them.

Critics have questioned Facebook’s commitment to privacy over the course of its 10-year history, claiming the company would prefer users share as openly as possible — which advertisers like — than adjust their settings to be more private.

But changes in recent months suggest the social platform has decided on a different tack.

Last month, Facebook rolled out the ability to log in “anonymously,” preventing other websites and third-party apps from collecting data about you.

Source: cnn

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A ‘Pay It Forward’ Startup Triggers a Wave of Kindness in the US

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Chummy startup launches in Seattle with a free social app for kind people providing the simplest way to ask for help and pay it forward.
Seattle, WA — (ReleaseWire) — 12/14/2017 –Chummy, an urban social network startup headquartered in Los Angeles, today announced the launch of its mobile app in Seattle and company’s new branch office in Shoreline. Chummy social app connects people who need help with those who are nearby and ready to lend a hand. After a year of beta-testing, the app’s ecosystem of kindness has attracted more than 62,000 users and now is available for iPhone and Android platforms.

“Gone are the days when we borrowed a cup of sugar from a neighbor, but we’re bringing back the power of human kindness,” – explained Anton Zapolskyi, CEO and cofounder of Chummy. “Like the Bat Signal in the real world, we unite caring individuals who enjoy paying it forward and make the world a better place. Literally.”

Federal studies of recent years show that 1 in 4 Americans age 16 and over officially volunteer, and 3 in 5 helped their neighbors last year. Those 62.6 million and 138 million, respectively, of kind people today make America the most responsive and compassionate nation in the world.

Chummy’s mission is as exalted as it is idealistic – to compound those good people together on our social ecosystem and enhance daily beneficial interactions between them. So that every Chummy user has real friendly help for any life-issues and can easily pay it forward. As more good people in the city join, the whole united community of goodwill should beget enough power to warm the hearts of cities. One by one, starting from Seattle – one of the five America’s most socially responsible big cities (according Conscious Consumer Spending Index 2017).

“Chummy is a community where your best friend, your neighbor, your colleague, the handyman down the road, the babysitter in the apartment below, the partner at the gym and console, the delivery mate, converge in one place,” – explained Zapolskyi. “It’s a social app to propel the kindness movement daily, one act at a time. And it’s doing so through everyday interactions of people like you, people who have a word of advice, a shoulder to lean on, or a strong hand to help.”

About Chummy
Chummy is the simplest app to ask for help and pay it forward.

Chummy is based on three simple principles:
– uniting caring people who believe in paying it forward;
– quality of the local community is more important than its quantity;
– no fees, no ads, no gimmicks.

The idea was borne on August 2015, in Miami during a phone call between the founders, Anton Zapolskyi and Vitalii Betin. Three months later, 13 November 2015 the headquarters in Los Angeles was established and Chummy was officially born. It took approximately five months to develop the alpha version, and in March of 2016, the app was released on Apple Store and Google Play. One year and 62,000 beta users later, Chummy is finally being released in Seattle, WA.

Hotlinks:
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow9FEQBWumg
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chummy-find-help-nearby/id1061000949
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.friendlyworld.chummy

Website: https://chummyapp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/chummyhelp
Instagram: https://instagram.com/chummyhelp
Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/chummyhelp
Product Hunt: https://producthunt.com/posts/chummy

Journalists interested in further information, additional assets or interviews are welcome to contact Chummy by sending an email to:

jp@chummyapp.com
John Popel
Head of Growth
Chummy, Inc
17313 Ashworth Ave N Shoreline, WA 98133
213-325-6668

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Property Search Website Launch Gives Easy Access to What’s Long Since Been an Effort to Unearth

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PropertySearch.net launches to help homeowners, homebuyers, developers, investors, and agents find the records they need fast, easy, and free of charge.

Brooklyn, NY — (ReleaseWire) — 12/14/2017 –Making a must-have for homeowners and industry professionals more approachable than ever, a new website has taken the mystery out of property records. Enter, PropertySearch.net. It’s the newly-launched online directory that puts a high value on simplicity. Now consumers and industry pros can visit the site and run a deed search, look for a property assessment, or get immediate information on things like property taxes nationwide. Giving easy access regardless of location, the search is over; property records just got easy to find.

Peter Miller, the manager of the site, said of the new free resource, “We couldn’t be happier to announce the launch of PropertySearch.net mainly because it streamlines a process that should have never been complicated in the first place. Up until now, finding public records has been difficult because the state, county, and local government structures are complicated. Property records have been especially hard to locate. Our site is very straightforward. By consolidating data which was previously segmented online, we have created a phenomenal asset to the end user.”

So how does it work? To get the benefit of a compilation of record-focused government office information users need only visit the new site. From there they will search for their property’s state, county, and city and instantly they will find contact details. These details include all the government offices in that location along with a description of what types of property records can be found there. The information is manually compiled by a team that has verified it by calling each municipality for the utmost clarity. Now, the site is available to ease the consumer pain point of doing extensive research on their own.

PropertySearch.net is on point for industry pros like land developers, commercial and residential real estate investors and real estate agents, appraisers and insurance agents. Property records such as titles, deeds, liens, ownership, tax records, appraisals, and unclaimed property can be found quickly. Searches for local government assessors, auditors, clerks, property appraisers, deeds recorders, treasurers, tax collectors, city halls, and town halls are available.

In addition to a comprehensive listing of physical addresses and phone numbers for local government offices, PropertySearch.net also offers partner sites like TrueID for public records based on one’s full name. Property deeds with property value, owners’ names, and tax information can also be obtained via the partnering site, USRealtyRecords.com.

For more information visit http://www.propertysearch.net/.

About PropertySearch.net
PropertySearch.net headquarters is based in Brooklyn, New York and provides the marketplace with an extensive nationwide resource for property records.

Contact:
Peter Miller
Manager, Property Search
peter@propertysearch.net
516-545-1510

Website:
http://www.propertysearch.net/

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RumbleOn Announces Strategic Partnership with Sonic Automotive

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RumbleOn’s First Partnership within the Automotive Industry   
Provides Sonic Automotive Customers at More than 100 Dealerships with Instant Values and Enhanced Liquidity Options

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — RumbleOn, Inc. (Nasdaq:RMBL), a disruptive e-commerce platform that facilitates the ability of consumers and dealers to buy, sell, trade, and finance pre-owned motorcycles in one online location, today announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership with Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH). Sonic Automotive currently operates over 100 dealerships in 13 states and 25 major metropolitan markets. This strategic partnership enhances RumbleOn’s ability to acquire quality inventory direct from consumers for the RumbleOn Marketplace. Under this strategic partnership, Sonic will gain access to RumbleOn’s e-commerce platform to provide instant appraisals and liquidity, enabling Sonic to aggressively trade for motorcycles on their car and truck transactions. This significantly enhances RumbleOn’s ability to scale its direct from consumer acquisition strategy while providing incremental sales opportunities for auto dealers across the country.

Marshall Chesrown, RumbleOn Founder and CEO, commented, “We are proud to have created a unique online platform, with applications that extend far beyond just enabling RumbleOn to facilitate buying, selling, trading and financing of powersport vehicles.  This partnership is the first of its kind, streamlining the process for consumers wanting to sell a motorcycle as part of a car or truck transaction, and offering benefits to both RumbleOn and Sonic. It expands RumbleOn’s ability to acquire quality inventory from consumers.  It is also expected to create a significant benefit to Sonic, enabling them to aggressively trade for motorcycles as part of their car and truck transactions, and generating additional sales while providing enhanced customer service.  Importantly, this marks our Company’s first step beyond the traditional powersport industry.”

Jeff Dyke, President at Sonic Automotive, stated, “We are excited to work with RumbleOn to enhance our ability to serve our customers.  With the support of RumbleOn’s seamless, easy to use online appraisal platform, we can now offer customers the opportunity to trade their motorcycle towards the purchase of a new or used car or truck. We look forward to working with RumbleOn to continue to offer our customers innovative solutions to current inefficiencies in the market place, as we believe RumbleOn will assist Sonic in continuing to provide exceptional customer service.”

About RumbleOn

RumbleOn operates a capital light disruptive e-commerce platform facilitating the ability of both consumers and dealers to Buy-Sell-Trade-Finance pre-owned motorcycle and other powersport and recreation vehicles in one online location. RumbleOn’s goal is to transform the way motorcycles and other powersport and recreation vehicles are bought and sold by providing users with the most efficient, timely and transparent transaction experience. RumbleOn’s initial focus is the market for 601cc and larger on-road motorcycles.  Serving both consumers and dealers, through its online platform, RumbleOn makes cash offers for the purchase of their vehicles and intends to provide them the flexibility to trade, list, or auction their vehicle through RumbleOn’s website and mobile applications. In addition, RumbleOn offers a large inventory of used vehicles for sale along with third-party financing and associated products.  For additional information, please visit RumbleOn’s website at www.RumbleOn.com. Also visit the Company on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.  

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” as that term is defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA), which statements may be identified by words such as “expects,” “plans,” “projects,” “will,” “may,” “anticipate,” “believes,” “should,” “intends,” “estimates,” and other words of similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements include whether this partnership will make a significant and immediate contribution to the Company and whether this partnership will be able to assist in the Company’s rapid expansion. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are based on our expectations as of the date of this press release and speak only as of the date of this press release and are advised to consider the factors listed above together with the additional factors under the heading “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, as may be supplemented or amended by the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other SEC filings. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Contact:
Alecia Pulman (Media) / Megan Crudele (Investors)
ICR
RumbleOn@icrinc.com
646-277-1200

Source: RumbleOn, Inc.

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