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Twitter’s Answer to Snapchat: Direct Messages with Photos (ReadWrite)
Now you send pictures in Twitter direct messages, thanks to the latest update to Twitter’s mobile iOS and Android apps. DMs are Twitter’s answer to Snapchat, and apparently a big part of its goal to become your go-to messaging service. The Wall Street Journal / Digital The direct-messaging feature is looking increasingly more like a bona fide messaging service — already a crowded field. Twitter itself, in its pre-IPO prospectus just a couple months ago, ticked off competitors such as South Korea’s Kakao and Japan’s Line messaging apps that could pose challenges. The Next Web Other changes to the app include easier access to DMs, an option to only view interactions from people you follow and more direct navigation from search results. You’ll also be able to save articles to Safari’s Reading List. The Atlantic See that third tab in the lower navigation bar, that now says “Messages”? That used to be the “Discover” tab, a feature that algorithmically sorts tweets and stories to present a more summarized, aggregated view. Twitter has bumped that feature to “Timelines,” where a user’s main timeline also lives. NBC News The Twitter app also got an upgrade when it comes to switching feeds, Jeremy Gordon, the company’s senior director of product engineering, wrote in a blog post. Now, moving from the Home timeline to the Discover timeline to the Activity timeline is a simple matter of swiping left or right. That should make it easier to track trends on Twitter, as well as keep up-to-date on who is favoriting and retweeting your brilliant 140-word insights.
YouTube Suddenly Begins Flagging Hundreds of Game-Related Videos for Copyright Violations (VentureBeat)
Something is going down on YouTube that is causing a headache for many of the channels that upload video game-related footage. The automated Content ID system that finds copyrighted material in the massive amounts of content uploaded to YouTube every day suddenly began flagging videos that feature games like Dead Space 3, Metro: Last Light, and more.
More Than Half of U.S. Residents Get News from Social Media (SocialTimes)
Social media is being used as a news source by bigger percentages of its users. Fifty-two percent of Twitter users and 47 percent of Facebook users are using their feeds to get the latest news. Reddit is by far the most relied on for news, but it represents such a small percentage of the general U.S. population.
George H.W. Bush is Third U.S. President to Join Twitter (Mashable)
George Herbert Walker Bush posted his first tweet on Tuesday, becoming the third U.S. president — and the first Republican president — to join Twitter. Bush Sr. seems to have beaten his son, George W. Bush, to the service.
Twitter Partners with Pitney Bowes to Improve Location Intelligence in Tweets (AllTwitter)
Twitter has entered a multi-year licensing agreement with Pitney Bowes to improve tweet geotargeting for its mobile platform. Twitter will use Pitney Bowes Location Intelligence technology, which provides geocoding and reverse geocoding for mobile platforms for the insurance, financial services, retail and public sectors, to support location-sharing in tweets.
Irony Alert: Newspapers Were Social Media Long Before Blogs and Facebook Came Along (GigaOM)
There are a host of complex reasons why the newspaper industry is in the shape it is — including the disruption of the print advertising model that most of the business was based on — but there’s no question that the rise of social media, including blogs and Twitter and Facebook, has accelerated that process by fragmenting the market. So it’s more than a little ironic that newspapers themselves were very much like social media, and specifically the blogosphere, long before the Internet.
Infographic: 12 Facebook Contest Ideas for the Holidays (AllFacebook)
Forget “The 12 Days of Christmas:” Facebook application creator ShortStack has something more practical for page administrators looking for last-minute ways to capitalize on the holiday season. ShortStack put together this infographic, featuring 12 holiday contest ideas for Facebook pages.
Facebook Reportedly Tables Release of New News Feed (CNET)
Facebook’s new News Feed, unveiled with pomp and circumstance back in March, isn’t headed your way anytime soon, or even at all, according to a new report from AllThingsD. The now reportedly tabled News Feed design is defined by its larger presentation of content.
Dunkin’ Donuts Hanging Out with ‘Top Chef’ (LostRemote)
Dunkin’ Donuts continues its social media frenzy with a Google+ Hangout tonight during Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Dunkin has 63,000 followers on Google+ Hangout, and executive chef Stan Frankenthaler will host its first ever Hangout at 9:30pmET, a half-hour ahead of “Top Chef” at 10pmET.