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Twitter set to boost user experience by combining features

Posted on January 31, 2017

Microblogging site Twitter has announced its intentions to give users the best experience and the opportunity to find the best content on the site by merging a couple of its well-known features.

In a blog post from last week, the company explained that it was introducing a new way for users to discover what’s happening on the site with the launch of the Explore tab. This will be a new section of the site where trending topics, news and its Moments feature will all move to.

In its post, the social network explains that it has been exploring (pardon the pun) a number of different options to make searching for content and looking at trending topics much simpler for users.

In October 2015, the company initially revealed Moments, a tab dedicated to providing the most recent news stories, categorised into different subjects including politics, sports and entertainment. At the time of release, it was the most high-profile feature introduction the site had ever made and had months of build-up before its initial launch.

Moments appeared along the top menu bar with a thunderbolt icon. This relegated the site’s famous trending topics and search feature to a separate section represented by a magnifying glass in the top corner of the mobile app. As a result of this month’s changes, the magnifying glass icon will be completely removed.

With the site undergoing a large rearranging of its interface, there is potential for the site to accidentally leave something behind along the way, or remove something without informing users. However, the company has assured its 317 million active users that it will not forget anything and no features are actually going to be removed. The introduction of the Explore tab is a way for the site to be streamlined for users to have easier access to the content they wish to see.

Twitter has not really revealed any metrics relating to Moments since its launch and it hasn’t really lived up to the hype the company was creating back in 2015. This could suggest that it hasn’t had the impact Twitter bosses thought it was going to have, and they have now decided to remove its dedicated tab and push it deeper into the site.

Twitter has already begun rolling out the new feature on iOS devices and is expecting to do the same with Android devices in the next couple of weeks.

Posted by Alan Littler

Facebook hopes it’s SIXTEENTH time lucky

Posted on January 30, 2017

Barely a month into 2017 and Facebook has continued its Snapchat obsession saga, by introducing a new feature to its main platform.

The social media giant will be (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Web design: there’s always someone who will do it cheaper

Posted on January 27, 2017

In whatever industry you work, the old adage that “there’s always someone who will do it cheaper” rings true. The idea being that, when someone shops around based on price, the quality of the service they receive may not be what they were expecting.

There’s even a (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

How long would it take to guess your password?

Posted on January 26, 2017

We’re constantly reminded today of the need to make our passwords as difficult to guess as possible, but why is this so important, and how much difference does it make if you choose a password that’s a little bit more imaginative than, well, ‘password’?

If your password is one of the 50 most popular of 2016, it would probably not take very long at all to (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Masses of fake accounts uncovered by Twitter

Posted on January 25, 2017

Recent research has suggested that there are hundreds of thousands of fake Twitter accounts lying dormant on the site.

Furthermore, these fake accounts are all (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Selfie central: where are the most selfies taken?

Posted on January 24, 2017

At the start of the month, popular photo-sharing site, Instagram had collated a list of the most Instagrammed locations in the world for 2016. It has followed this up by announcing a similar list of locations, this time informing us of the top locations around the world where people take selfies (by locations, we mean landmarks around the world rather than the toilets at a nightclub).

Selfie is one of those modern-day terms that quite often gets thrown about to describe a photo and, believe it or not, some people do get the meaning wrong. I’ve seen people describe a photo of two people taken by someone behind the camera called a selfie. This is incorrect. For those of you who do not know, a selfie is a photograph taken by (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Brits quitting social media

Posted on January 23, 2017

A number of social media sites are beginning to lose a significant number of British users, according to a recent poll.

The study surveyed a total of 1,000 British social media users and a staggering 78% stated that they had either ditched some of the largest social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, or had at lease seriously considered deleting their accounts for good.

The survey was completed by Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cyber security firm that is operated by a holding company in the UK. The company operates in more than 200 countries worldwide and boasts a team of 3,300 cyber security specialists.

When asked about their reasoning behind abandoning social media, the main reasons appeared to be that users were fed up of being trolled, the number of adverts that were being shown on the sites, and the amount of (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

New social media platform for kids launched

Posted on January 20, 2017

A new social media platform has been designed and launched for children under the age of 13, and has been dubbed the ‘Facebook for seven year olds’.

The new site is named Go Bubble and is the brainchild of former police chief Henry Platten. The network was created to make social media a safer place for children at a time where the number of internet trolls and cyber bullies is growing.

The main difference between Go Bubble and its social media siblings is that it is schools who are (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler
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