Anybody with over a hundred followers or followees on Twitter has their work cut out for them if they want to be on top of everybody’s updates. 140-character online pieces of repartee are even harder to follow once back-and-forth mentions come in. Thankfully, the micro-blogging site’s latest update includes an organizational feature that keeps conversations in line, literally:
Conversations now appear in chronological order, making it easier for anyone to keep updated sans confusion. A vertical line connects the first three tweets in the sequence; if there are more, a link appears telling you how many more tweets you can read in the conversation:
Clicking on “more replies” will expand the tree and add the succeeding tweets in the conversation line, including those from people you don’t currently follow.
The latest update affects Twitter’s Web platform as well as its official iPhone and Android apps. Users can easily share conversations through email from the Web, to both Twitter and non-Twitter friends. For both mobile apps, users can share individual tweets by email, and additionally on Android, by direct message.
That’s not the only highlight of the update. According to Twitter’s official announcement, reporting abusive or spam-laden tweets are now easier. The feature – already available on Twitter for iPhone – will be made available on both Twitter’s Web platform and Android app.
Like a cautious parent,Facebook is giving teen users new freedom despite risks. For the first time, users under 18 can post publicly. The logic is that other sites don’t restrict kids, teens are getting more web savvy, and young celebrities want a voice. This could let minors publicly share things they’ll regret, so they must manually opt in to public sharing and confirm they understand the risks. Somewhat disingenuously, Facebook frames its blog post about the change as being about adding more protection for teens. It starts off saying that now when people age 13 to 17 sign up, their posts to the News Feed are defaulted to “friends only” instead of “friends of friends (fof)” as they were before. That is important because many people don’t change their default settings, and if you have thousands of friends with thousands of friends, the fof setting would share your posts to more than a million people.
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Instagram has gone through a whirlwind of changes the past few months. Between bookmarks, likable comments, live video, tags, zoom, drafts, Stories and of course the controversial algorithmic feed – no one can argue that the Facebook-owned photo sharing app hasn’t been innovating at a rapid pace. But the real question is what effect are these product enhancements having on the bottom line – which in the case of Instagram is measured in user growth. And the answers seems to be that it’s working. The app just announced that they have grown to over 600 million monthly active users. This is almost 10% of the world population – and 100 million more than the company had 6 months ago when they announced a milestone of 500M monthly actives. As a comparison, it took about 9 months to get from 400M to 500M monthly actives – so their growth is still accelerating, even with such a large user base. While the growth over the past 6 months was still broad-based, the company noted that they were doing p…