Author: Darrell Etherington

Twitter adds Direct Message request review inbox feature

 Twitter will now allow you to review Direct Messages received from people who you don’t follow before responding to them in a consolidated inbox, adopting a feature that Facebook has long used for its own messaging feature and app. The new DM review inbox function works for anyone who’s turned on the setting that allows receipt of messages from people they don’t follow, and… Read More

Instagram direct messages now support web links and different photo orientations

 Instagram’s Direct feature just got more generally useful as a messaging option, with support added for external web links, and the ability to send photos and video in their original portrait or landscape aspect ratios without cropping. The first is really far more important than the second, mainly because it means users have less reason to go seeking other messaging options outside… Read More

Snapchat’s take on TV is very different from Twitter’s, but similarly motivated

 Snap, Inc. has been very successful in luring legacy TV content providers and networks to its yard, mostly on the back of its unique demographics. Wall Street Journal reports that Snap has deals in place with NBCUniversal, A&E, Discovery, ABC, the NFL and is in talks with CBS and Fox, and will today announce a deal with Scripps Network Interactive, which is responsible for the Food Network… Read More

Twitter will offer 24/7 streaming video news in partnership with Bloomberg

 Twitter’s always on video programming plans didn’t take long to come to light: The company’s COO and CFO Anthony Noto discussed the idea just last week, and then late Sunday the Wall Street Journal revealed that it would make good on this first with new media company Bloomberg, which will offer 24/7 video news broadcasts on Twitter starting this fall. The new stream… Read More

Twitter plans to eventually air live video 24/7

 Is Twitter the new TV? The social network hopes to become something resembling that, with plans revealed by CFO and COO Anthony Noto to eventually be airing live video content 24 hours a day, 7 days per week via both its website and app. Noto discussed the plans with BuzzFeed News, ahead of the company’s earnings report Wednesday morning. Twitter already plays host to a number of live… Read More

LinkedIn’s updated privacy policy covers wider profile sharing

 LinkedIn sounds like it’s getting a little less buttoned down under Microsoft — the social network has a new version of its Terms of Service going into effect and the changes include a new privacy policy that covers new and upcoming LinkedIn features that aim to give profiles more visibility, and to make it easier to actually achieve the social “links” implied in… Read More

Snapchat introduces World Lenses – live filters for just about anything

 Snapchat is adding a new way to use its app that brings its popular filters beyond faces. The new ‘World Lenses’ add augmented reality elements to any scene you can capture with your camera, placing 3D objects you can actually walk around with your smartphone’s camera, which is actually a lot closer to what we used to mean when we said “augmented reality” in… Read More