MakeUseOf: How to Manage Your Group Chats on Twitter

MakeUseOf: How to Manage Your Group Chats on Twitter. “Twitter Group Direct Messages, or group chats, have exploded in popularity since their introduction in 2015. What began as a modest addition to the direct messaging feature, multi-user DMs have evolved into a fun and convenient way to socialize with friends, family, and followers—and are well on their way to becoming the primary use of the Twitter app for many users. Here’s how to create and manage your group chat on Twitter.”

New York Times: Don’t Tweet That. Take It to the Group Chat.

New York Times: Don’t Tweet That. Take It to the Group Chat.. “I’m what you’d call a ‘very online’ person. I love the high of connection, and at another time, Twitter or Instagram might’ve been where I posted that Covid test pic, along with all my feelings. But I’m also Gen X. My reluctance to over-share in public, and the rising toxicity of social media platforms, often holds me back from posting.”

Neowin: Telegram adds group voice chats, lays out plans for monetization in 2021

Neowin: Telegram adds group voice chats, lays out plans for monetization in 2021. “Telegram is receiving one more update before the end of 2020, once again bringing new features to the platform. Throughout the year, the company has developed a handful of major new features, including support for video calls, video editing tools, support for bigger files, and more; this time, the highlight of the update is voice chats.”

CNET: Telegram says group video calls are coming later this year

CNET: Telegram says group video calls are coming later this year. “To help its users stay in touch during the coronavirus pandemic and after, Telegram will add group video calls this year to its popular messaging app, the company said Friday. Telegram also noted that its app — available on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac, as well as through a web browser — now has 400 million monthly users, up from 300 million from a year ago.”

Vulture: I Can’t Wait to Bully My Friends With Instagram’s New Group Video Chat Feature

Sometimes I really wonder about these headlines. Vulture: I Can’t Wait to Bully My Friends With Instagram’s New Group Video Chat Feature. “In an attempt to entertain people who are bored or anxious or sad at home, Instagram announced several new features this week. (To those of you who are bored or anxious or sad at home because you are in a position to be able to stay home … thank you for doing so.)”

MakeUseOf: Tumblr Launches Disappearing Group Chats

MakeUseOf: Tumblr Launches Disappearing Group Chats . “Tumblr has launched group chats. Tumblr’s group chats are ephemeral, publicly viewable, and designed to connect people who are passionate about niche interests. And they’re available right now on Tumblr’s mobile apps on Android and iOS.”

The Verge: Facebook is shutting down Bonfire, its Houseparty clone for group video chat

The Verge: Facebook is shutting down Bonfire, its Houseparty clone for group video chat. “Facebook is shutting down a clone of the group video chat app Houseparty, The Verge has learned. Bonfire, which Facebook began testing in the summer of 2017, will stop working sometime this month. The app began testing in Denmark in the fall of 2017, but it never came to the United States.”

TechCrunch: Facebook Groups can now launch up to 250-person chat rooms

TechCrunch: Facebook Groups can now launch up to 250-person chat rooms. “If you miss the old AOL chat rooms, you’ll love Facebook’s plan to combine Groups and Messenger without spamming you to death. Starting today, Facebook will gradually roll out the ability for members of Facebook Groups to launch group chats about specific sub-topics that up to 250 members can join.”

Neowin: WhatsApp launches group calling for voice and video

Neowin: WhatsApp launches group calling for voice and video. “If you use WhatsApp, starting today, you’ll be able to make group video and voice calls. The feature was first announced at Facebook’s developer conference, F8, with no real details given about it. Now we have a better understanding of the functionality, including that it offers enhanced security and promises reliability on weaker connections.”

Digital Trends: Hang out via video chat, then tag friends in Stories with Snapchat’s new tools

Digital Trends: Hang out via video chat, then tag friends in Stories with Snapchat’s new tools. “Snapchat is pushing to become the most popular virtual hangout destination. On Tuesday, April 3, Snapchat announced new group video chats. The tool allows up to 16 friends to join in and chat via video. The announcement comes alongside a wider rollout of the previously tested mention that allow users to tag another Snapchatter.”

CBR: Facebook launches open source group chat encryption tool

CBR: Facebook launches open source group chat encryption tool . “Facebook has made a new tool available via GitHub that allows users to apply encryption to their social media group chats. Named the Asynchronous Ratcheting Tree, the open source tool is designed to enhance the security of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and the Signal App among others. In the event of a security breach, the tool would work to re-establish security, instead of simply leaving the entry point open for a hacker to return to in future.”