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Twitter's 140 Character Limit For Direct Messages Is Disappearing Starting Today

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.

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Instagram Rolls Out Support For Higher Resolution 1080x1080 Photos

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.

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Many Happy Returns: Google+ Is Four Years Old Today

Love it or loathe it - and plenty of people seem to do both - it doesn't look like Google's most recent attempt at a social network is going anywhere soon. Today marks four years since Google+ was first introduced as an invite-only beta, after which it rapidly expanded with an Android app and hooks into nearly every Google web and mobile service. Google continues to update and refine Google+ on a regular basis.

Estimated users of Google+ are over 500 million, though those numbers are deceptive - there are close to a billion users of Gmail, which automatically creates a Google+ page for new accounts.

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The Shared Circles Feature Is Now Gone From Google+

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Google+ v5.4 Begins Rollout In Preparation For New Collections Feature [APK Download]

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.

A quick teardown reveals a couple hundred new strings, some new activities, and even a few custom images (seen above).

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Secret Gets Big Visual Refresh In Update To Version 11, Including A New App Icon

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.

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Facebook Introduces Safety Check Feature That Lets You And Friends Quickly Tell Everyone You're Okay After Disaster Strikes

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.

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Now That Zoe 1.0 Has Gone Live In The Play Store, Look For HTC To Spread It To More Devices

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.

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New Google+ Content Restriction Options Let Page Managers Limit Who Can See Posts By Age And Location

If something goes up on the Internet, eventually someone is going to find it. But that doesn't mean you have to make it easy for them. There are certain things a Google+ page may want to say or share that isn't intended for all audiences. So Google has rolled out a few features that let people restrict who can see content based on age and country.

For clarification, these limitations apply to Google+ pages, such as the Android Police page, instead of individual profiles. The idea here is to help businesses and organizations better manager their PR. These options are present both for Google+ pages and individual profiles.

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Google Is Shutting Down Orkut, Its Oldest Social Network, On September 30th

Parents are supposed to love all of their children equally, but that isn't always the case. Google+ just turned three a few days ago, and my oh my how that toddler has grown. The site has picked up over half a billion users, and the Android app now looks drastically more appealing than just a few months ago (and let's not forget how it looked back when it took its first steps). Some of Google's other social networking offspring aren't so fortunate. Now the company is giving up on Orkut - its first attempt at social networking, and one that has been around for ten years now - on September 30th.

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