Twitter has slightly pulled back its 140-character limit, giving people more room to type when composing certain types of tweets. Photos, links, videos, polls and other attachments will soon no longer count against the character limit, making it easier to post things.
Facebook's own machine learning software now provides the network with translations in place of Microsoft's Bing. The company says it completed its transition completely in December 2015 and Facebook is currently providing over 2 billion text translations every day.
Twitter is trying out a night mode in its Android app that will make it easier to view content in some situations. A Huawei employee, Taylor Wimberly, noticed the new night mode in the alpha version of Twitter's app. Because it isn't widely available, there are few reports on it.
Twitter's 140-character limit on posts is both good for the social network and annoying for users. Increasing it too much could change the network for the worse, but increasing it slightly seems reasonable. Twitter will reportedly stop counting links and photos against the limit.
Twitter is trying out a "go live" button on Android that lets people easily begin a broadcast on Periscope. With the button, which is located in the "select media" area, you are either taken to the Periscope app to deliver a livestream with your tweet or your taken to Google.
With anonymous employee claims and some evidence to suggest Facebook employees may have suppressed conservative topics in Facebook's trending section, the social network is facing a lot of questions. Mark Zuckerberg has now weighed in on the situation.
360-degree photos are soon going to be in your Facebook News Feed. The social network will be rolling out support for 360-degree photos to all users. You can either view the content by clicking and dragging around the image or by pulling it up in a VR headset.
Facebook's algorithm is now going to take into account how long you spend on an article after clicking away from the main Facebook app. The network already pays attention to how long you stay on a piece of content in the app, but now it'll track your activity on an article.
Facebook Messenger has been updated and it now comes with free group calling. The feature, which is headed to iOS and Android right now, will appear in the form of a phone icon in the top right corner of group chats. Calls can take place with up to 50 people.
Facebook is trialing an update to its mobile News Feed setup that highlights news sections (e.g. World, US, Sports). It's not the primary feed in Facebook's mobile app, but it does exist as an easily accessible alternative to the regular feed. Some users have seen the layout.
Without artificial intelligence systems, Facebook as we see it today could not exist, says director of applied machine learning Joaquin Quinonero Candela. During the F8 developer conference, Candela spoke about the importance of AI and its role in Facebook.
Automatic tagging already occurs for photos on Facebook and the social network hopes to extend that ability to videos. At the company's F8 developer conference, Facebook explained that tags will be tied to the exact moments when someone is on screen.
To get more companies involved with its live streaming service, Facebook is offering news outlets money. Speaking with Recode, Facebook noted it offers news companies a "financial incentive" to use the platform. It didn't mention which outlets have received money.
Twitter has added the ability to start a direct message directly from a tweet. Each tweet now includes a small DM button that can be clicked to privately share a public post without selecting the "share via DM" option in a tweet's menu. Messages is a growing part of Twitter.
Longer videos are now supported on Instagram, with support for 60-second pieces beginning to roll out. The social network says this feature is just "one step of many" that will be announced in the coming months. This change means Instagram is moving beyond short clips.
Instagram's move to an algorithm-based feed may still be a ways off. The new feed was announced earlier this month, with Instagram stating it would arrive in the coming months. It began appearing for some users this week, however, and that has worried everyone.
Following a bombing in Pakistan that has killed dozens of people, Facebook's Safety Check tool sent notifications around the world to places that weren't affected by the attack. Safety Check is supposed to help Facebook users tell everyone they're safe.
Twitter is testing a feature that lets you apply stickers to photos. Similar to what you can do with Facebook, Twitter's image editor lets you add colorful stickers through a new tab. Only some users have reported seeing the feature and it's still in the testing phase.
Facebook will stop supporting BlackBerry 10 and BBOS by the end of this year, putting BlackBerry in a more difficult spot. The network's departure from BlackBerry comes after WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) announced it'd stop supporting the barely used platform.
Long posts aren't going to be a part of Twitter in the near future. The social network is not getting rid of its 140-character limit on tweets, according to CEO Jack Dorsey. It was widely reported the network was going to ditch that limit, but Dorsey has countered those claims.