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Twitter Users: Expect to See a New Web Design Soon (VentureBeat)
Twitter gave its web presence an upgrade Monday, which it says will mimic its iOS and Android applications. The company tweeted, naturally, that account holders would start to see the new web experience. If you haven’t seen it yet, Twitter is still in the process of rolling it out site-wide. The Verge The new look replaces the dark black navigation bar at the top of the site with a clean white design. The navigational elements — Connect, Discover, and so on — all remain the same. TechCrunch It looks, in some ways, a lot like the old version of Twitter — with a profile box and other information presented to the left of the main timeline. One of the biggest changes, of course, is that there is now an inline compose box on the left side, allowing you to pound out tweets without having to deal with the pop-up compose box. The pop up is still accessible via the “new tweet” button in the upper right corner and the keyboard shortcut. Bloomberg Businessweek In related news, division about Twitter is reflected across the analyst community — even among the firms that managed Twitter’s IPO such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley — spurring large swings in trading. After Twitter extended its post-IPO rally to more than 180 percent last month, bearish ratings have now climbed to outnumber positive ones by more than any other technology company, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
Yandex Inks Firehose Deal with Facebook to Promote ‘Hot Topics’ in its Search Results (VentureBeat)
Yandex announced a partnership with Facebook to incorporate social networking data in its search results. Yandex, which is often referred to as the Google of Eastern Europe, will begin indexing publicly-held content from countries where it’s popular, like Russia and Turkey.
Reddit GM: ‘We’re Not in the Business of Sending Traffic to Publishers’ (SocialTimes)
Reddit general manager Erik Martin told SocialTimes that they’ve always regarded reports from Shareaholic to be suspect: “The way that people share to and from Reddit are different from other social networks,” he said. “We block [Shareaholic] because they’re frequently used by spammers … I would not trust their data in regards to Reddit.”
Wordeo: A New Video-Messaging Social Network That Lets You Tap Getty for Content (The Next Web)
Former Apple executive David Bailey and ex-BBC iPlayer back-end builder Bob Johnson have launched Wordeo, offering their own take on what a social video-messaging app should look like. The London-based company has been building and iterating for the past 12 months or so, and now employs around 15 people in its Shoreditch office.
Facebook Acquires Branch, Potluck; Will Form Facebook Conversations Group (AllFacebook)
Facebook’s acquisition roll returned stateside, as Josh Miller, CEO of link-sharing service Branch, announced in a Facebook post Monday morning that Facebook acquired Branch and its sister service, Potluck. The Branch team, which is made up of nine people, according to The Verge, will remain based in New York, where it will form the new Facebook Conversations group.
YouTube Streamlines Comment Management with New Tool (CNET)
YouTube is continuing to iron out its new commenting system. The latest feature, which was launched Monday, is a comment management page that lets users organize comments all in one place.
Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest – Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet 2014 [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
Whether you’re brand new to social media or a savvy, seen-it-done-it-all veteran, working out the heights and widths of all those images you need to make your favorite social media channels look good is a time-consuming and, it’s fair to say, laborious process. Help is at hand via this infographic from InfinPixels, which provides a quick snapshot of dimension info for the main images on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.
Here’s How to Stop Snapchat Spam (The Huffington Post)
Snapchat’s terrible month just got worse. The app apparently has a big spam problem and its users are complaining about a flood of Snaps, disappearing photo messages, from strangers. On Monday, the company apologized for the spam in a blog post.
Usage of Mobile Apps Surged 115 Percent in 2013, Led By Messaging Apps (AppNewser)
A recent report by Flurry Analytics showed a growth of 115 percent for mobile apps last year, with growth of every category of app. Messaging apps led the pack with a growth of 203 percent, with even news and magazine apps growing by 31 percent.