The rise of social networks has generally been a boon to people everywhere... and I'm going to keep believing that no matter how many times I have to point my relatives to a Snopes article. But there's no denying that it's also become more complicated. Facebook is trying out some new tools specifically aimed at making using the service easier, or at least more comfortable, following the end of a romantic relationship.
The time has come. Dear people who use Twitter as their instant messenger of choice, your direct messages are no longer limited to 140 characters. Twitter announced today that it has removed the restriction and will begin rolling out the change to both Android and iOS.
It's easy to hate on Instagram. It's not just that most of the photos have user-applied filters. The photo-centric social network has capped images at 640 by 640. Even if your phone can take a decent shot, it only gets scaled down when you share it with the world.
But now the site is rolling out support for sharper photos on both Android and iOS. Users will be able to upload and view images at a resolution of 1080x1080. Here's the word from Instragram Co-Founder Mike Krieger.
We're rolling out 1080x1080 uploads (and higher-quality viewing) for IG on iOS and Android.
A few days ago, we posted about a new Google+ feature called Collections expected to launch in early May. An update to the social network's app appeared earlier today, and while it probably won't produce any noticeable changes to the interface for most of us, it's packing everything Google needs to begin rolling out Collections to everybody. There are also some reports that a few people are already gaining access to Collections a little earlier than expected without being a part of the initial test group.
Secret is a social network that doesn't connect you with other people, it connects you with their semi-private thoughts. People send their musings out into the Internet anonymously, where folks in their community or the far reaches of the globe can respond. It's intended to be a safe place to communicate about things you may not want to associate with your name.
The latest version of the app comes with a complete refresh. We're not talking a material makeover. There are bright new colors all over the place, sure, but the changes here reach out far enough to impact the app's icon.
Say what you will about Facebook (seriously, go ahead, that's what our comments section is for), there comes a time when the social network fills a role better than anyone else. When bad things happen, a quick status update can inform friends and family of your safety much more quickly than calling everyone individually. The last couple of times a school shooting or freak accident took place near a college campus, I know I turned to Facebook to make sure the students I knew there were okay.
Facebook knows this, so the company is making its network even better at managing this role.
During its Double Exposure event yesterday, HTC announced that it was bringing Zoe out of beta and expanding it to all Android devices running Android 4.3 or higher. It also intends to bring the service to the iPhone later this fall. The company clearly has large plans for something that began as a camera perk exclusively available on a small number of its devices. Zoe has become a social network, and HTC wants as many people to use it as possible.
Zoe began as the ability to take a series of photos in rapid succession and string them together into short videos that resembled animated GIFs.