President Obama recently gained a new presence on Twitter in the form of @POTUS. In doing so, Obama broke a worldwide record on the social network by reaching 1 million followers faster than anyone else. It took 5 hours for the president to reach that amount of followers.
Twitter's updated search results interface has expanded to become available for all web users. Logged-in users will see more filter options and a cleaner design when searching the network. Some users have had access to the interface since 2014. Many filters are available.
Games could be the next addition to Facebook Messenger, according to a report in The Information. Facebook has confirmed it is talking with developers about games for Messenger that would be available inside of its app store. Games for Messenger could be months away.
After six years of being president of the United States, Barack Obama now has a presidential Twitter account. The president has communicated with the country through @WhiteHouse and a personal account for the past few years but now there is @POTUS for the president.
Facebook is not operating in accordance with privacy laws in Belgium, according to the Belgian Privacy Commission. That commission has issued recommendations that Facebook must comply with if it is to avoid legal action from the country. Belgium has fought Facebook before.
Instant Articles is a new feature on Facebook that aims to quickly deliver your news. If you've ever had to wait for a link to load after clicking it on the site, this feature is for you. Facebook is promising faster load times and more interactive features with Instant Articles.
Periscope is owned and operated by Twitter but it's dropping its Twitter sign up requirement. Following Meerkat, another live streaming service, Periscope will no longer require a deep connection to Twitter. Users can opt to use their phone number for verification.
Discover is one of the largest parts of Snapchat but it stands apart from the rest of the app in a strange way. That section of the app is used to provide content from CNN, Food Network, and other sources. Snapchat was first just a way to send photos of yourself to other people.
Facebook will begin using Nokia's mapping services in some of its features. The social network has signed a deal with Nokia to use Here maps in its mobile web version and Facebook is testing Here in Instagram and Messenger. Facebook is one potential buyer of Nokia Here.
Facebook does not like the way Europe's legal system works for digital companies. Instead of there being one set of laws across Europe, there are 28 sets of laws. Companies do indeed spend more money and time working on projects in Europe because of all the different regulations.
Snapchat is going to launch a news division and it is bringing in a CNN correspondent to help. Peter Hamby will leave CNN to become the Head of News at Snapchat, though he will not ditch his current job until 2016. Hamby has been the national political reporter at CNN.
Emoji support for hashtags has come to Instagram. Users can now put emojis in their hashtags. Instagram's latest update also includes three new filters for photos. The additional emoji support is the most important part of this update. Users can also search for emojis.
The "Highlights" feature in Twitter has now reached the social network's Android app. Highlights is a new feature that provides users with push notifications that summarize the best tweets from a particular day. Users must opt-in to Highlights if they want notifications.
The number of active monthly users on Facebook keeps growing and there are now 1.44 billion people using the social network each month. During the Facebook Q1 2015 earnings call it was revealed the network had grown since last quarter when it reported 1.39B active monthly users
Twitter's direct message (DM) feature has been upgraded so that users can receive messages from anyone. Before this update, you could only send DMs to someone who was following you. Twitter first launched a wider DM feature in 2013 but it was limited to a small group of users.
Twitter's updated terms of services shows that the company will be changing the way it handles data. Just as it has been, data from the US will stay in the US, but data from Europe will be processed through Ireland. This could result in better privacy protection.
Instagram already has rules covering nudity and harassment but they are more explicit in the updated version of the guidelines. Users are not allowed to post any photos of buttocks, genitals, intercourse, and "some photos of female nipples." Male nipples are fine.
Internet.org, Facebook's initiative to provide some web services to people for free, is losing supporters in India due to a push for net neutrality in that country. Companies like Cleartrip, NDTV, and the Times Group are leaving Internet.org which began in August 2013.
Twitter has a new homepage for people who are not signed in. The homepage will be used to attract non-users and it will also appear for those with an account who just happen to be logged out. Non-users had previously only seen a sign-up page when visiting the site.