News tagged: Social Network
Facebook's livestreaming push has worked out well. The social network says 1 in 5 videos on the site are streams and the amount of time spent watching Live content had quadrupled in a year. Those stats were shared by Fidji Simo, Facebook's head of video.
Direct messages with businesses on Twitter can now use location sharing. The social network has added the ability for brands to request and share location data. An example of this feature in action is having a wireless subscriber send their phone's location to a carrier.
Twitter "eggs" have become a thing of the past. The social network has finally replaced its default egg profile pictures with a human-shaped icon. People have been presented with an egg for their default photo ever since 2010. Egg accounts are strongly associated with trolls.
Twitter had adjusted its character limit again so that replies can be longer. Usernames in replies are no longer going to count against the limit, thereby increasing the amount of unique text that's allowed. The network has been testing the updated system for months.
Anything deemed "sensitive" on Instagram will be blurred from here on out and you'll have to manually reveal each photo or video you want to view. Instagram provided some details about what content will be considered "sensitive." It'll utilize user reports.
More than a million advertisers are active on Instagram, meaning the social network has added 500,000 just since September of last year. Instagram believes it's a particularly good spot for advertising due to some unique qualities as well as its 400 million user base.
Reddit is moving in the direction of functioning a little more like a social network. It has begun testing user profiles that come with a new design, a banner image, a list of recent posts, and a display of the subreddits someone has been actively posting in.
Twitter has significantly increased its suspensions of pro-terrorism accounts over the past year. A new transparency report from the social network reveals terrorism-related suspensions tripled during the second half of 2016. It suspended 376,000 accounts during that period.
Apple has released an app for creating social videos, but it's not accompanied by an actual social network, meaning you can share the videos elsewhere. The 'Clips' app is separate from iOS' camera app. You can capture videos/photos and then edit them.
Facebook is working on a redesign of its comments section that'll see that part of the social network look a lot more like Messenger. BuzzFeed News has confirmed the company is now testing a new mobile layout that looks quite a bit different. This is only a test for right now.
Facebook's News Feed has received a seasonal greeting message for the first time. The social network added an animation to celebrate the first day of spring/fall. If you're in the northern hemisphere, you may see a message with birds. The animations are only on mobile.
Facebook is going to start livestreaming Major League Soccer (MLS) matches beginning this season. Through a deal with Univision, the social network has gained streams for at least 22 live matches in 2017. There will also be an exclusive talk show during the season.
A social network operated by Microsoft that few people ever heard of is closing down next week. Socl will no longer be available come March 15. It launched over four years ago and never gained much traction. Socl was available on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.
Game streaming site Twitch has taken a step towards functioning more like a social network. It now has its own Twitter-like news feed called Pulse. You'll be able to see all of the content from your favorite streamers. Streamers are encouraged to share many kinds of content.
Facebook has introduced a travel planning feature called City Guides to its network. The feature, located in the More menu, will highlight cities your friends have visited and also highlight top places to visit and activities to engage in. It shows you which friends have visited.
A simple tool has been added to Facebook that lets users add their country's flag to their profile photo. The social network introduced support for photo frames in December 2016 and now it has added around 200 flags to the frame maker, which is found on the web and mobile.
Instagram has taken a step beyond letting people post single photos and videos. The image-centric social network now comes with support for albums, enabling users to attach up to 10 photos and videos to a single post. The feature appeared in the beta earlier this month.
Facebook has introduced an update that changes its default video settings. Sound is now enabled as long as your phone isn't on silent and you haven't adjusted your settings. This means you'll be presented with brief bits of audio when scrolling through your feed.
Over 200 million people are using Facebook Lite each month. Lite is a version of the network's mobile app intended for people with limited data connections. It works better than the regular mobile app in low-bandwidth situations, making it a good option in 2G regions.
Facebook is enhancing its Safety Check tool to help people find food and shelter from nearby users in emergency situations. A "Community Help" feature will assist people in locating help or helping them provide for others. You'll be taken to the feature once marked as "safe."