Instagram launches IGTV 2018 social media
Sharing longer videos is something a lot of people have been wanting. Taking a page out of YouTube’s playbook, Instagram has created the new feature Instagram TV, an app that connects with your Instagram profile and lets you post vertical longer videos.
The idea seems interesting in theory, but it has yet to be as positively received as the app’s other Stories or Highlights features. Hopefully Instagram can find a redesign that works more seamlessly for users.
Twitter increases the tweet character count to 280 2017 social media
In attempt to increase its user base, Twitter made the commendable decision to double its 140-character limit to 280. Users have been clamoring for longer text lengths for a long time, and the move by Twitter has effectively encouraged users to tweet more frequently. Despite the progressive move, users are still hoping the they’ll one day be graced with the option of an edit button.
Facebook starts blocking the use of ad blocking extensions 2016 social media
Facebook has started forcing ads to appear for all users of its desktop website, even if they use ad-blocking software. The social network announced that it will change the way advertising is loaded into its desktop website to make its ad units considerably more difficult for ad blockers to detect. Vice President of Facebook’s ads and business platform Andrew “Boz” Bozworth said that, “Facebook is ad-supported. Ads are a part of the Facebook experience; they’re not a tack on.” The move risks turning off some of Facebook’s 1.7 billion monthly users who prefer not to see ads while browsing the internet.
Twitter announces that it would be discontinuing the Vine mobile app 2016 social media
Twitter Inc. announced that it would discontinue the video-sharing mobile app Vine, as it moves to cut nine per cent of its workforce worldwide to keep costs down after beating Wall Street quarterly earnings expectations. The decision came on the heels of a failed attempt to sell Twitter as it fights against stagnant user growth and mounting competition from other social media platforms. The social media service said that the Vine website would stay live even after the mobile app is discontinued, giving users the chance to download and save any videos.
Yahoo discontinues its services for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris 2016 social media
Yahoo! announced today that it will shut down the infrastructure behind the legacy Yahoo! Messenger desktop client, after it stopped providing it as a downloadable option in April. The company stated that as of 5 August 2016, users of the Yahoo! Messenger desktop clients won’t be able to log into their accounts anymore. Despite this, the web & mobile versions continued.
Snapchat launches Discover section 2016 social media
Snapchat now has a Discover feature, which will let you see content from brands like ESPN, CNN, Vice and Warner Music. Users are now able to watch daily stories compiled by artists, publishers, and even Snapchat’s own editorial staff. These stories feature full screen photos & videos, awesome long form layouts, and gorgeous advertising. This update reflects Snapchat’s goal to monetize faster.
Twitter ups its video length to 140 seconds 2016 social media
Twitter, known for its 140-character limit on tweets, is now allowing users to post longer videos – of up to 140 seconds. Twitter previously restricted videos to 30 seconds, and the change highlights the company’s new push into video, an area where it lags in comparison to Facebook and YouTube
Instagram adds the Stories feature 2016 social media
Instagram’s new Stories feature works very similarly to Snapchat stories. The format mixes the 10-second max display of photos and videos with the 24-hour life duration. The Stories allow for users to share content that might not be suitable for their regular Instagram feeds. It allows for people to share more content than they usually would without the risk of possibly compromising their personal profiles’ aesthetic.
Facebook Buys Instagram 2012 social media
Facebook purchased Instagram, the popular photo sharing social network for $1 billion. Mark Zuckerberg stated, “We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagram on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook. This is an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all.”