Twitter is testing a brand new feature that lets you share short voice recordings in your Tweets, and it looks like this will be a successful thing, positioning the social network well for the voice first future. And Liz Phair has shown us how it is done.#technology #tech #SocialMedia #Twitter
Twitter is already the go-to platform for breaking news in the U.S. and often around the world. Voice Tweets will add a new dimension to breaking news for the site, as users can record what's happening around them or record their thoughts and reflections immediately and post them as events unfold.#technology #tech #internet #SocialMedia #Twitter
Last year, Google launched the beta of Currents, which was essentially a rebrand of Google+ for G Suite users, since Google+ for consumers went to meet its maker in April 2019. While Google+ was meant to be an all-purpose social network, the idea behind current is more akin to what Microsoft is doing with Yammer or Facebook with Workplace. It’s meant to give employees a forum for internal discussions and announcements."It ain't over 'til it's over".
To complicate matters, Google kept Google+ around, even after the launch of currents, but in an email to G Suite admins, it has now announced that Google+ for G Suite will close its doors on July 6, after which there will be no way to opt out of Currents or revert back to Google+.
Twitter now lets you schedule tweets on the web.#technology #tech #internet #SocialMedia #Twitter
The service started testing out scheduling for a select group of users earlier this year.
Twitter's web-app has also been updated to include saving of drafted tweets and draft syncing to other instances of the web-app.
Twitter has started testing a new threaded conversation layout that’s meant to make it more obvious who’s talking to whom. Based on the GIF posted by the Twitter Support account, the new layout makes use of lines and indentations to clearly indicate that a reply is meant for a specific tweet. As TechCrunch notes, it looks particularly useful for longer threads where participants go back-and-forth and where people post responses to several separate tweets.#technology #tech #SocialMedia #Twitter
Just one day after launching a new chat room feature, Reddit has reversed course and pulled it entirely following an outcry from the site’s moderators.#technology #tech #internet #SocialMedia #Reddit #chat
The company yanked “Start Chatting,” which aimed to create small, randomized chat rooms within the site’s subreddits, on Thursday, Reddit confirmed in a statement. The company said the move was in response to negative feedback from its users and moderators.
The "front page of the internet" is bringing back one of the web's oldest features: chat rooms. Reddit company is introducing a new chat tool, which allows Reddit users to start small group chats from within popular subreddits.Any Redditors here?
Called “Start Chatting,” it randomly matches small groups of up to seven users in a given subreddit who want to chat and creates a group thread where they can exchange messages, share posts or swap GIFs.
The older I get, the less energy I have for social media. Twitter is too busy, Facebook is too stupid and dating apps are just... ugh. But I still have that need to connect with people in some way, something I can approach at my own pace and not feel any kind of obligation. Last year came Popcannibal's Kind Words, a non-game game that lets you reach out, but expects nothing from you in return except good vibes.Time to put aside any cynicism, snark, or flippancy with this one. It seems ideal for children over ten and up to mid-teenage years, but some adults might find it a peaceful haven while socially isolating.
Photographer Rosie Hardy recently recently opened a pandora’s box of image theft and appropriation when she discovered that several of her images were being shared as “free to use” stickers through the PicsArt photo editing app. After a bit of digging, she found that her stolen photos had been used without permission, credit, or compensation over 1,500 times.#photography #SocialMedia #PicsArt #theft
youtube-dlmore to keep my focus
I have joined a company called Inrupt that is working to bring Tim Berners-Lee's distributed data ownership model that is Solid into the mainstream. (I think of Inrupt basically as the Red Hat of Solid.) I joined the Inrupt team last summer as its Chief of Security Architecture, and have been in stealth mode until now.This was one of the more interesting (though not yet ready for prime-time) options we looked at in the #Plexodus G+ shutdown migration.
The idea behind Solid is both simple and extraordinarily powerful. Your data lives in a pod that is controlled by you. Data generated by your things -- your computer, your phone, your IoT whatever -- is written to your pod. You authorize granular access to that pod to whoever you want for whatever reason you want. Your data is no longer in a bazillion places on the Internet, controlled by you-have-no-idea-who. It's yours. If you want your insurance company to have access to your fitness data, you grant it through your pod. If you want your friends to have access to your vacation photos, you grant it through your pod. If you want your thermostat to share data with your air conditioner, you give both of them access through your pod.
Today, Reddit updated its policies about impersonation to no longer allow impersonation of an individual or entity in a misleading or deceptive manner. That means the new policies won’t just affect things like misleadingly altered videos (like deepfakes), but could implicate simple lies made by people impersonating others online.The good news is that Reddit can no longer keep pretending to be Reddit, and has to go back to being Google+ 😉
At CES 2020, Twitter has revealed that it's introducing a feature that will allow you to control who can reply to your tweets.#technology #tech #Internet #SocialMedia #Twitter #WhatTookYouSoLong
Mashable's Karissa Bell tweeted from an event held by the company that this new feature will finally allow users to control who replies to their tweets by granting them the ability to limit replies to specific users, for example, followers or those mentioned in the tweet.
Don't want any replies at all? Apparently that option will be also be made available.
Fed up with #Facebook and #Twitter? If so, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales hopes you'll join WT:Social, a new social media platform that promises not to run advertisements or sell user data.So why isn't he championing #Diaspora* / the #Federation? Hmmm...
WT:Social features a Facebook-like feed on which users can share news or other content. But unlike Facebook, whose algorithms prioritize content that's sponsored or receiving a lot of engagement, WT:Social simply shows new content first.
About 160,000 people have signed up for WT:Social since it launched in October. The platform is free to join, but new users are put on a wait-list, which can be instantly bypassed if you donate money. WT:Social hopes to survive only on donations.
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales thinks he can create a better social network. Called WT:Social, the network has no financial association with Wikipedia, but operates on a similar business model: donations, not advertising.#technology #SocialMedia #WTSocial
WT:Social went live last month and is currently nearing 50,000 users. The company is rolling out access slowly; when I signed up, I was approximately number 28,000 on the waitlist. Alternatively, you can pay 13 bucks a month or 100 a year to get access right away.
MediaLab has announced the acquisition of Kik Messenger from Kik Interactive, and the news that it plans to keep Kik Messenger running! Kik's parent company had previously announced plans to shut down the app to focus on cryptocurrency. Now it seems, Kik is here to stay.Thousands of Kik users flooded over to MeWe when they heard the news. I hope MeWe didn't spend too much on new infrastructure, as they're possibly going to go back.