Last night, Twitter announced that it will be doubling the length of a tweet, to 280 characters. The social network launched originally as an alternative to the text message, which back then could only be 160 characters long. So Twitter factored in the username length, and gave each tweet a maximum of 140. This has been Twitter's USP since day one, but as user growth has slowed for Twitter, the company has been looking for new features to roll out that might reignite users' love for the social network.
Summer might not be over just yet, but the change in weather would certainly suggest otherwise. June, July and August have flown by, and as always, there have been loads of new developments in the social media world. I don’t know about you, but I can’t even remember what I ate for breakfast let alone what new social media features and innovations came out, so here’s a quick and handy recap of some of the key highlights from each platform.
If, you are anything like me, and logging into Twitter to see an ‘Update to Terms and Conditions’ message pop up doesn’t appeal in the slightest, you’re in luck. Reading new Terms of Service notes, if you even do, is like a game of hide and seek to find what has actually changed, how to interpret the new changes, not to mention did you ever read them before to actually know what has changed? I thought not. Well, the good news is that I’ve read Twitter’s new T&Cs so you don’t have to.
Thursday afternoon saw a subtle new design shake up for Twitter as the platform announced a fresher, faster, lighter and more ‘rounded’ product. Previously unannounced, users quickly started sharing their (mostly hilarious) opinions using the hashtag #NewTwitter, and there’s been plenty of chatter ever since.
This time last year, the Facebook empire launched Live in response to the then growing popularity of Meerkat and Periscope. Fast forward to 2017 and Facebook Live is still going strong. In fact, last week the social giant announced that one in every five Facebook videos is now a live broadcast.
Twitter has announced that the social network is this week introducing a slew of new features aimed at cleaning up the Twitter feed. Coming this week, you will be able to filter out key words, people, and types of account on Twitter, all aimed at tidying things up for the view of those you follow when browsing on Twitter.