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As if it wasn't bad enough as it is with autoplay for all media set to on by default, now even Periscope live feeds will start playing as you scroll through your Twitter feed.
Twitter's own real-time video streaming app has been a very successful venture once it was acquired early on in 2015. It's used for a variety of entertaining things, from pre-show interaction with fans to simply showing the world a small part of your life. It's interesting and can potentially be a tremendous creative outlet. The possibilities are endless, and what would happen if they integrated live 3D video streaming (with an external camera, of course). The world would nearly end.
But before it does, Twitter has naturally turned on autoplay in the iOS app, much to the behest of many social media moguls. This follows a trend set by Facebook that plays videos in as you scroll. In Twitter, only on the iOS app for now, you'll be able to watch, though tapping it will prompt you to open the actual Periscope app in order to actually interact with people.
Authorities have located and arrested a 19-year-old located in Pennsylvania recently, accusing this teenager of using 57 total Twitter accounts to recruit and advertise for ISIS.
19-year-old Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz was also found in possession of a stockpile of weapons, with authorities homing in on this man due to various tweets about buying female slaves and killing US soldiers while using Twitter names such as '@MuslinBruh0', reports Gizmodo. Found inside his closet were items such as five loaded magazines (explained to look like belonging to an M4) and a large kitchen knife.
While it has been explained that not all of these 57 accounts were operating at any one time, Twitter was reportedly closing accounts quite regularly, with this teenager continuing to make a new handle in response each time, continuing the spread of ISIS propaganda.
With the 2015 Facebook 'Year in Review' being published recently, the social media giant has announced that the 2016 American presidential election has been the most discussed topic over the last 11-12 months.
With one of the biggest posts about this topic being Hillary Clinton announcing her candidacy, one single Facebook post alone by her drew in just under 80,000 likes, 10,500 comments and 41,289 shares. This was followed by Donald Trump's tax plan press conference, drawing 54,000 likes, 22,000 comments and 17,000 shares.
There's no denying that many different individuals have taken to Facebook in order to express their opinions and often engage in heated debate about the election to come, with the statistics showing that maybe its something the globe cares about more than other things. While its interesting to point out how much reach Clinton and Trump both have, they're still tiny compared to copious meme and pop culture Facebook pages.
Photos get some key enhancements on Twitter as of today. Now uploaded photos will be uncropped for full, accurate viewing, and multi-photo displays are made bigger.
As you can see from the image comparisons here, the improvement is massive. However, it does take up more space, adding some work to scrolling.
While there has been some interesting names 'invented' in the last decade during the rise of 'millennial parents', research from BabyCenter.com was used to analyse 340,000 parents and subsequent naming choices for their brand new bundles of joy.
A concerning trend was a rise in parents naming their children after Instagram filters, a smartphone tool often used by people to alter images quickly before posting them on this massive social network, aiming to give photos a slightly modified and improved look in order to impress peers or market products. While News.com.au reported that none of these Instagram babies ranked in the top 10 most common, they are certainly on the rise.
The name Lux was at the top of the list, rising 75 percent in popularity over recent times. This was followed by other popular filters (and names) including Ludwig which saw a 42 percent increase, Juno at 30 percent and other various filters such as Amaro, Reyes, Hudson, Kelvin, Valencia and Willow.
With over 4.1 million people announcing their safety in the first 24 hours after the recent terrorist attacks in France, this meant that 360 million people globally were told that their family, friend or loved one was safe from harm.
Described by News.com.au as created initially for the Tokyo Tsumani and nuclear tragedy in 2011, this implementation of Safety Check marks the first time that it has been used for something other than a natural disaster.
While it has been misused in the past by people not from targeted areas somehow able to mark themselves as safe, this time around the system seemed to work quite well. While this check allowed for some peace of mind, Facebook's Alex Schultz reminded everyone that it isn't always perfect: "During an ongoing crisis, like war or epidemic, Safety Check in its current form is not that useful for people: because there isn't a clear start or end point and, unfortunately, it's impossible to know when someone is truly 'safe.'"
"How on earth is this a lipstick color?" asks verified Twitter user Parker Molloy, posting a photo of 'Underage Red' to a mildly annoyed audience.
While everybody was a little weirded-out at this naming scheme, articles by Business Insider, Forbes and more labeled followers as much more vocal, stating them to be in "outrage" and overall quite angry, explained on Gizmodo recently. This saw Molloy become flooded with Tweets from readers, saying that she was stupid be so angry about such a thing.
While Molloy mentioned on her Twitter that no apologies are needed because it's completely unnecessary, the makers of this lipstick even released a statement claiming they will not bow to community pressure. This is one small lesson on how something small taken out of context can really blow out of proportion quickly - don't mess with social media!
Just how powerful is Facebook? Well, how about over 1 billion daily active users? It's the first time the social network has reached this peak, with Q3 2015 being quite good indeed.
Back in Q2, Facebook sat at 968 million DAUs, and this time last year the social network had 864 million DAUs. Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg explained during the company's earnings statement: "we're focused on innovating and investing for the long term to serve our community and connect the entire world".
Zuckerberg also added that Facebook is pushing to become a big destination for video, where he believes the company will have users engaging more in the next few years with short form clips. Facebook is experiencing around 8 billion video views per day, so we can see the importance of videos for the social network. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg added that Facebook video targeting is beating other platforms such as YouTube.
Comcast customers then responded in kind, citing their dissatisfaction with their service with comments like, "Screw yourself, Xfinity. Google Fiber has failed once, and you are failing continuously", and, "But I'm still paying a high bill for Internet service that's slower than Google Fiber."
To their credit, various Comcast employees responded to specific concerns, asking for account information via private message to deal with them hands-on. Still, the incident does well to highlight the public perception of Comcast's service.
Facebook has updated its search functionality significantly, the basic aim of which is to encourage public conversation.
The jist of it is this: you can now search popular stories and what people are saying about them, both your friends and public figures. For example, if you search "Canada Election", an option to read 1,000+ posts about it pops up. Clicking it, you'll see a variety of news articles about it, and posts from public figures and your friends (if they're talking about it).
Facebook says this is a "first step" and it will continue to develop and improve on search functionality.