Social Web Recap 09.07.18
My weekly annotated summary of significant social web platform developments from the previous week, with links and carping marginalia as needed . . . Posted every Monday morning or thereabouts.
This week it’s a little shorter since, at the moment, I’m about to dock in Skagen, the northernmost point of Denmark.
Twitter will be making major changes to its API on August 16, 2018 that will see more limits on what third-party apps can do on the platform. Popular apps like Twitterific have already started pedalling quickly top bring in updates to suit.
You will now see a new notification on Instagram called ‘You’re All Caught Up” when you’ve seen every post from the last two days.
TechCrunch also notes that Instagram could be “testing a feature that would allow users to post questions to their followers and receive answers.” You can already conduct Instagram polls, but “this test seems to point toward the option to offer lengthier responses to users’ questions.”
Given the concerns expressed at Cannes about fraud and misrepresentation among so-called ‘influencers’ this article from Social Media Examiner about tools for vetting creators of the YouTube variety is timely and relevant. It’s not standard content for my blog post but worth the digression.
Tinder introduced ‘Loops’ some time ago, but the functionality has been made more broadly available than the test countries of Canada and Sweden: “Loops are two-second, looping videos that can be posted to users’ profiles. Users can’t shoot Tinder Loops from within the app, but rather have to upload and edit existing videos in their camera roll or upload a Live Photo from an iOS device.”