Social Media Newsfeed: Twitter Video & Group Messaging | YouTube Defaults to HTML 5

Twitter adds in-app video, group messaging features. YouTube changes video default to HTML5 instead of Flash.

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New Twitter Video Lets You Capture, Edit and Share Footage on the Fly (SocialTimes)
Twitter has launched its new video product for mobile, which allows all users to capture, edit and share videos from the official Twitter apps. Videos of up to 30 seconds in length can be recorded and shared, and Twitter for iOS users can upload videos from their camera roll as well (this feature is coming to Android soon). The New York Times/Bits Blog
While hardly groundbreaking, the video and group messaging (which lets users send a private message to a group) features finally bring Twitter on par with Facebook, its much larger rival, which has offered group messaging and integrated video for some time. Perhaps more important for Twitter’s investors, the improvements show that the company, which was notorious for the creeping pace of its product improvements, is picking up the tempo under the new leadership installed by Dick Costolo, its chief executive, in a series of management shake-ups last year. The Wall Street Journal/Digits Giving users the power to share their own videos draws a line under what Twitter does best: Capture the here and now. While Twitter took off among the tech elite in its early years, the ability to share photos amplified its appeal, helping the uninitiated understand how it can be used. CNET By letting people shoot, edit and post their own videos from within the Twitter app, the company has a potential to both attract advertisers and increase usage of its platform. Twitter focused its engineering efforts on making it as easy as possible for people to shoot and share video, said Jinen Kamdar, a product director the social network.

YouTube Will Now Default to HTML5 Players for Better Support on More Devices (The Next Web)
YouTube has announced that its Web video player will now default to HTML5 over Adobe Flash to add more flexibility for developers, bloggers and consumers. The team wrote that it waited on switching to HTML5 players due to numerous technical issues.

Seeking Higher Daily Engagement, Yahoo CEO Hints at Messaging Product (VentureBeat)
Monthly active users are a fine metric, but Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wants to grow the number of people who touch her company’s products daily. To do that, she’s considering messaging.

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Things I Did When Facebook Was Down: Social Media Sites Suffer Outage (NBC News)
What to do when social-media services go down? Complain or joke about it on the sites that are working, of course. The hashtag #ThingsIDidWhenFacebookWasDown was a trending topic on Twitter, with users tweeting about the shock of living life offline, and the tribulations of actually speaking to other humans.

Pinterest Expands Search to Include More ‘Guy Stuff’ (SocialTimes)
No, it’s not an Onion headline. Pinterest really wants more men. According to reports, they’re changing their search to feature more “gender neutral” results.

Taylor Swift Shakes Off Twitter, Instagram Hack (Re/code)
Taylor Swift has a message for all you hackers out there: “You got NOTHING.” The pop star’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked Tuesday morning, a noticeable breach given Swift is the fourth most-followed tweeter on the planet with more than 51 million followers.

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April 9 Start Date for Class-Action vs. Facebook (SocialTimes)
The first hearing in a class-action lawsuit against Facebook filed in Vienna by Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group is scheduled for April 9, TechCrunch reported. Schrems and Europe Versus Facebook filed the class-action suit in Vienna Aug. 1 and quickly reached the cap of 25,000 claimants that they specified.