The Next Web: Twitter now lets you create tweetstorms before tweeting. “Twitter today revealed plans to give users a better way to create threaded tweets. Thanks to a new button in the tweet composer, you can add new tweets to a thread before you publish them.”
The Verge: New Instagram test adds posts your friends like into your feed. “Instagram has started testing a new “recommended for you” section within the feeds of a small group of users. The new section will show you Instagram posts that your friends have liked or that the algorithm thinks will appeal to you directly in your feed, which could mark another major shift for the photo sharing service if the feature is officially rolled out.” So if I like a page on Facebook, I have approximately a snowball’s chance in hell of seeing that page’s post on my feed. Meanwhile, Instagram is going to insert images of people I don’t even follow. WHAT KIND OF STUPID ISH IS THIS.
Search Engine Journal: Facebook Removes Ticker News Feed For Monitoring Friends’ Activity . “Have you noticed the ticker is missing when viewing your Facebook news feed? It’s not just you— Facebook has officially removed the ticker and confirmed it’s no longer available. Since its launch in 2011, the ticker has been a permanent fixture of peoples’ news feeds. It allowed users to monitor their friends’ public activity on Facebook in real-time.”
TechCrunch: WhatsApp business accounts will either be verified, confirmed or unconfirmed. “Another tidbit around how WhatsApp’s incoming business accounts will function: According to a FAQ for users of the messaging platform — on ‘Chatting with businesses’ — they will either have one of three status types: unconfirmed, confirmed or verified.”
The Next Web: Facebook is testing ‘private comments’ to save you from idiots. “Facebook is experimenting with privacy settings that apply to individual comments. This means that you could write a reply to a thread, but only pre-approved individuals can see it. “
CNET: Internet sites to protest Trump Admin’s net neutrality plan. “A group of activists and websites including Imgur, Mozilla, Pinterest, Reddit, GitHub, Etsy, BitTorrent and Pornhub are planning a campaign Tuesday to draw attention to an upcoming FCC vote that could radically reshape the way the internet works. “
Techradar: Google launches three fun new experiemental photography apps. “Google is experimenting with photography, and it’s inviting us to join in on the fun. Today the tech giant released three different apps focusing on experimental tech along the lines of object recognition, person segmentation, algorithms for stylization and image encoding, but for all that lofty language, they mostly resemble the one-trick-pony apps you often see on Google and Apple’s app stores.” Storyboard sounds like it’s worth a try.