I’m a huge fan of Twitter. I probably use it more than any other social network because the 140-character limit on updates mean people have to be short and snappy. However the design of Twitter lacks imagination, opting for a simple list format. It’s a design scheme which fits the purpose fine, but it’s boring, and could be changed to look like this concept.
Earlier today we reported on Twitter CEO Dick Costolo’s tweet, which included a 6 second ‘vine’ video embedded into it. This morning we were unaware that Twitter actually planned to roll the product out today, which is exactly what the company has done in the form of an iPhone application.
It seems that each new feature released by Facebook is met with a negative response. Most of the time, the user is right to get annoyed with the features brought out by the company. In the past few years, updates have brought adverts which distract you from the news feed, which is filled up with information about people you barely know, who then find out what you have read online in the past few days. Oh, and while all that’s happening, you’ll have been invited to a thousand events which you either can’t attend because it’s in a different region, or you simply don’t know the person inviting you.
In October of last year, Twitter bought out ‘Vine’, a video clip company that hadn’t even launched at the time of the buyout. Since then, it’s remained unclear as to what Twitter actually had planned for the company, however a recent tweet by the social network’s CEO has revealed exactly that.
The main excitement around Facebook’s announcement yesterday was due to the rumours that there would be a Facebook phone making an appearance. There were also rumours that the social network was going to rival Google by releasing a search engine. The rumours were half right.
Facebook has rolled out an update to the iOS version of Facebook Messenger which has enabled the ability to call your friends directly from the application. The feature currently only works iPhone-to-iPhone and has only been released in Canada and the US so far, however it hopefully won’t be long until it reaches the UK.
This Windows 8 Facebook application concept, created by Shalva Bukia, looks good enough to be the real deal. He has used the social network’s blue colours to make a really incredible looking application for Microsoft’s tiled interface. Unfortunately, Facebook aren’t planning to release a Windows 8 application any time soon if at all, so until then all we can do is look at amazing concepts like this, and hope that this is what an official version may look like someday.
When Facebook announced timeline profiles last year, it was met with a very mixed response. Many people, myself included, liked the modern design, however many were opposed to any change at all. Those people will be unhappy to learn that, only a matter of months after pushing the timeline feature to everybody, Facebook is changing the profile page once again.
After launching on iOS months ago, Facebook have launched ‘Pages Manager’ for Android. As the name would suggest, Pages Manager allows you to, well, manage your Facebook page. The app shows you the latest insights of the page, such as people who have recently liked the page, interacted with it and have shared it. It looks very similar to the standard Facebook app but is much easier to operate for people who mainly use Facebook for their page.
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YuleTube is a new browser extension which replaces any profanities in the comment section of YouTube with festive words, like Rudolph, Elves and Gift-Giving. The comments section on YouTube is rarely a place to find smart and intellectual thoughts, but many people take it to a whole new level by publish profanities based at the uploader, the video and it’s viewers.