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Are you on top of the latest Instagram trends? Here are five current trends that have really taken off.

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Twitter's Latest Web Profile Redesign Now Available to All Users

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Twitter recently introduced a very different looking web layout for user profiles on the web, which only rolled out on a few selected accounts for popular celebs and other high profile individuals. Today, it's available to everyone.

Besides the giant header image and content that now spans across the whole page, there are a few other new feature tidbits you might want to know about that weren't previously available on the old web profile layout:

  • Your best tweets will be highlighted on your profile by appearing in a larger font, reflecting the fact those tweets received the most retweets, favorites and replies.
  • You can now pin specific tweets to the top of your page, making it useful to promote a specific message even when you want to keep on tweeting.
  • Filtered tweet timelines are now available, so you can choose whether you want to view a user's timeline of just their tweets, their tweets with replies to other users, or tweets of just videos and photos.

You can find out more about the new web layout here, and you can even use one of the default header images provided by Twitter if you don't have a personal one on hand.

Photo: Screenshot of Twitter.com

Facebook Takes Location-sharing a Step Further with 'Nearby Friends'

Monday April 21, 2014

Last week, Facebook gave us all new a way to stalk connect even closer with our friends.

Nearby Friends is a new optional feature you can use to receive notifications on your phone whenever a friend is at a nearby location. It's supposed to be useful for when you want to meet up with a friend.

Luckily, if not interested, you can completely ignore it by leaving it turned off without any worry that friends in your network are being notified of your location. Even if you do turn it on, you'll only receive notifications of friends' locations who have also opted in to use the new feature.

Nearby Friends is expected to roll out across the U.S. for both iOS and Android users over the next few weeks, but will it catch on? Who knows. This could mean big trouble for smaller location-based apps trying to stand out against the Facebook bahemoth, like Foursquare.

When Nearby Friends does become available to you, you should be able to find it under the "More" tab in the navigational menu of the Facebook app.

Photo Getty Images

Etsy Products Are Coming to Offline Retail Stores

Wednesday April 16, 2014

This summer, Etsy is opening its Wholesale channel publicly to qualified retailers in the U.S. and abroad. That means that you'll be able to find some of the very same handmade, vintage and artisian goods from Etsy sellers in your favorite physical retail stores -- like Nordstrom, West Elm and Indigo.

Etsy Wholesale, which launched in private beta last year, will require participants to pay a one-time sign up fee of $100 plus a 3.5-percent transaction fee for whoesale orders. Etsy sellers will be able to take advantage of the fact that nearly 90 percent of retail commerce still occurs offline these days by gaining the the opportunity to find more buyers so they can grow their businesses.

The public launch is scheduled for this August, and Etsy is currently taking applications from interested buyers and sellers now.

Photo Etsy, Inc.

1Password Is Having a Heartbleed Sale

Monday April 14, 2014

By now, you've probably been exposed to at least one chaotic news story about the Heartbleed bug and how terrible it is for all of us who need to maintain so many online accounts. Hackers gonna hack, and we've all got about a bajillion passwords that need to be changed because of it.

If you've already gone ahead and changed your passwords for the list of previously vulnerable but now patched sites, then good for you. As an additional step, I highly recommend getting set up with a good password manager like 1Password or LastPass to further secure all your online accounts and keep them organized.

I use 1Password, and right now they're offering 50 percent off in wake of the Heartbleed bug. A tool like 1Password can help you automatically build strong passwords, store them so you don't have to remember them all, and sync them up across all your web browsers and devices.

It's time to stop using the same birthday or phone number password for every single account you have, and avoid scribbling it down on a piece of paper or storing it in a random doc or notepad file somewhere on your computer.

For more on this topic, check out our mobile office technology expert's comparison of five of the web's top password managers.

Photo Laurence Dutton / Getty Images

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