Thursday, January 14

Social Media

Apps & Games, Donald Trump, Facebook, News, snapchat, Social Media, Twitter

Snapchat permanently bans US President Donald Trump

Snapchat has joined Twitter to permanently ban Donald Trump from its platform following the violent siege of the US Capitol. "Last week we announced an indefinite suspension of President Trump's Snapchat account and we have been evaluating what long-term action is best for our Snapchat community," the company said in a statement. "In the interest of public safety, and based on your attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have made the decision to permanently terminate your account." Following the attack, the digital giants have taken steps to prevent violent rhetoric from spreading on the Internet through their platforms. Twitter has permanently banned Tru...
Apps & Games, News, slack, Social Media

Slack is low at the moment

It looks like Slack is suffering from a Christmas hangover. The popular chat platform that many companies (including MobileSyrup) rely on to communicate and get work done in this new world of remote work, is completely down. A quick glance at Twitter reveals a wide range of people from various industries complaining that Slack is not currently working. Some users cannot log into the platform fully, while others cannot send messages.Why does the slack have the same energy as when the teachers didn't show up for class in high school and someone said "we are legally allowed to leave if they don't show up in 15 minutes"? - Connor Perrett (@connorperrett) January 4, 2021If Slack is down, so am I. I see you tomorrow @Patrick_ORour...
Apps & Games, News, Social Media, TikTok

TikTok Launches Its First Custom ‘Year On TikTok’ Summary Feature

TikTok has launched a custom "Year on TikTok" summary feature that highlights users' habits on the app over the 12 months. "From top-played tracks to favorite creative effects, Year on TikTok lets you revisit some of your defining TikTok memories in true TikTok style," TikTok described in a blog post. Each personalized video highlights the TikTok favorites that users enjoyed throughout the year. It also includes 'vibes' based on the type of content you liked the most. This could include 'so funny', 'hopeless romantic' and 'all about family'. The summary reflects your stats as of December 5 and will show you what day you downloaded the app, if it was in 2020. It will also show you how many times you shared a video. For example, m...
Apps & Games, News, Social Media, Twitter

Twitter relaunches its verification process on January 20

After revealing plans to review its process last month with user feedback, Twitter says it is relaunching its verification process on January 20, 2021. The social network says it gathered 22,000 responses to the survey in preparation for relaunching the program. Based on feedback, Twitter users will no longer need a bio or header image to have a 'full' profile, and the minimum follower requirements are based on region rather than country. "This new policy will lay the foundation for future improvements by defining what verification means, who is eligible for verification, and why some accounts may lose verification to ensure the program is more equitable," Twitter said in a statement. press release about the announcement. Addition...
Apps & Games, News, Social Media, Twitter

Twitter confirms plans to relaunch verification program soon

Twitter has confirmed that it will relaunch its verification program soon. In June, the news leaked courtesy of Jane Manchun, a reverse engineer known for uncovering unpublished social media features, that Twitter is working on a new verification network for the social network. As it is now, Twitter's verification system has been a bit of a mystery. For example, while I could be verified when I was working for Postmedia more than half a decade ago, no one from MobileSyrup The team earned the coveted blue check mark despite writing for Canada's largest tech publication.We are planning to relaunch verification in 2021, but first we want to hear from you. Help us shape our approach to verification on Twitter by letting us know what...
Apps & Games, Fleets, News, Social Media, Twitter

Twitter’s disposable tweets feature ‘Fleet’ is now available globally

After a long test in Brazil, Italy, India and South Korea, Twitter's 'Fleet' function is now available globally. The concept behind these new disposable tweets is to facilitate the exchange of "momentary" thoughts that users only want to be present for 24 hours. The social media platform hopes that the fact that the fleets are not permanent will make users more comfortable sharing their "casual thoughts, opinions and feelings." What's unique about fleets beyond the fact that they disappear after 24 hours and have a funny name is that, unlike tweets, they can't receive likes, replies, or retweets. They also do not circulate on the Twitter network, cannot be embedded in an external website and will never be part of a 'Moment'. In a way, fleets sound like the Twitter version of Snapc...
Apps, Apps & Games, Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, News, Social Media

Facebook begins to merge Messenger and Instagram chats

Facebook now asks users if they want to merge their Messenger and Instagram chats. During the last day, Instagram users reported that Facebook is providing them with a notification titled "There is a new way to send messages on Instagram" when opening the application. This message lists several new features, including "chat with friends who use Facebook", "a new colorful look for your chats", "react with any emoji" and "swipe to reply". Overall, this update brings the Instagram messaging feature more in line with Messenger. Namely, the update replaces the usual Instagram DM icon with the Messenger logo. Additionally, messages will appear in blue and purple as you scroll, in stark contrast to the standard Instagram gray and white ...
Apps & Games, News, Social Media, Twitter

Twitter launches a new API for third-party developers

Twitter has released its new developer API software after previously delaying the release due to the recent high-profile attack. The new API will make it easier for developers and third-party companies to build on your platform. The edge highlights that the new release is Twitter's way of trying to fix its relationship with its developer community. For context, Twitter began limiting how developers could build on its platform in 2012. This meant that developers could no longer customize the Twitter experience for their own clients. Twitter decided to prioritize its advertising business and ended up slowly blocking new features from developers. With this latest API, social networks offer developers access to features such as "threa...
01s-stories, Ant Anstead, break, Celebs, Christina Anstead, Social Media, Wheelers Dealers

‘Wheelers Dealers’ star Star Ant Anstead announces breakup on social media after blocking ‘over 100 people’

Ant Anstead will go offline after being "saddened" by the toxicity on social media.The star of "Wheelers Dealers" announced its decision in an Instagram post on Sunday. Staking advantage of a video of his wife, HGTV star Christina said: “The world is crazy right now. And for all the good things that social networks have, it also has a toxic element! I have blocked over 100 people in the past few days. Humans are lashing out. And it saddens me!Ant told fans he would take "a little break" from social media, instead of using his time to "pamper the wife, tease the kids, eat lots of carbs, and watch movies that were made in the 1980s. "(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = ...
Coronavirus, Life, Pandemic, Social Media, wedding invitation, Weddings

Insulting wedding invitation sparks outrage on social media: ‘Please understand…’

A bride- and groom-to-be are under fire on social media after a photo of instructions included in their wedding invitation went viral.A photo of the note, which was shared on Twitter on July 23 by Mary von Aue, reveals the unusual method of RSVPing to the celebration laid out by the couple.According to the letter, guests in group A are asked to RSVP “as soon as possible” through the bride and groom’s wedding website. Invitees in groups B and C are asked to wait for seats to free up on a rolling basis, should any guests in group A decline the invitation.“Please understand that our venue is limited in the number of guests we will be able to accommodate for our wedding day,” the note reads. “As much as we would love to have each and every one of you join us...
Data privacy, Internet, Online, Social Media

This is what happens to your personal data online.

All you want to do was walk in, sit down, get out your notebook and (try to) pay attention. But now? Now you've got to talk to a stranger about moving their stuff and there goes your day, already bogged down with petty annoyances.Sound familiar? It should. We've all got so much to do these days that interacting with people we see every day — not our friends, but our classmates, fellow commuters, co-workers, the people in line for coffee with us every day — can feel like a burden. So, when these people do something we perceive as annoying, like putting their stuff on our desks, we don't have the time or the energy to assume their intentions or think about the lives they're leading. But if we stepped out of ourselves for a second, we might just realize that we're all much mor...
Apps & Games, News, Social Media, Twitter

Twitter sees record increase in users amid COVID-19 pandemic

Twitter’s user base has increased by 34 percent year-over-year to 186 million amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The social media giant released its second-quarter figures on July 23rd, which show that it’s seeing a record surge in users. This isn’t surprising, especially since people around the world were looking for more things to do online while being stuck at home due to the pandemic. However, although the pandemic can be attributed to an increase in users, it also contributed to a slowed economy and companies slashing their advertising budgets. This is significant for Twitter because it is reliant on ad money. Twitter’s revenue decreased 19 percent year-over-year to $683 million USD ($916 million CAD). The social media giant faced a ...