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[Update: It's official] Longer tweets on Twitter are coming September 19

Back in May, Twitter revealed they were changing the way their tweet character limit worked. Currently everything you can shove in a tweet - text, media, polls, etc - counts towards the 140-character limit. Twitter has not revealed the exact date this change is coming, but The Verge believes it will be September 19.

The change will go into effect for images, GIFs, polls, and videos, although The Verge is unsure if it will all happen at once or over a gradual period.

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YouTube is testing new Community feature for supplementary content

I'll admit, YouTube has added some strange features lately, and at first glance this seemed like yet another useless addition. Starting with a few select channels, a new 'Community' tab will appear on the channel's profile, both on mobile apps and the desktop site. This essentially works like a social feed for the channel, allowing content creators to share text, images, GIFs, livestreams, and more straight through the YouTube app. You can even choose to receive push notifications for Community posts.

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Founder Of 4chan, Chris 'moot' Poole Joins Google Social Team

If you've never heard of or seen 4chan, you must be new to the internet and still unspoiled. I don't recommend you visit that particular hive of scum and villainy, but a great many people do spend a lot of time there. The founder of 4chan, one Chris Poole, has just made a big career change. He's now working at Google on the social team.

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Twitter Adds GIF Search, Plus Videos In Direct Messages

Twitter has made some less than popular decisions in the past, but who can really argue with GIFs? GIFs are great, and now you can add them to your posts more easily. Or rather, you will be able to soon. In different moving picture news, videos are coming to direct messages.

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Facebook Is Rolling Out A New Notification Tab With More Personalized Info

Facebook is about to put more things in the notification tab of your Android app. Note, that doesn't mean you're any more popular. If anything, less so. Facebook will start including notifications based on the people, pages, and locations you're connected to in this tab.

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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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Nuzzel Builds A News Feed Out Of What Your Friends Read, Has Just Released An Android App

Do you ever feel like there's a lot of interesting news shared by your friends on Facebook and Twitter, but you can't possibly read it all or figure out what's most relevant? I don't blame you. Nuzzel is a unique kind of news aggregator that creates an easier to manage feed based on what your friends have shared. After about a year on the web and iOS, Nuzzel has finally made its way to the Play Store.

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Nuzzel is fairly easy to use and is a nice balance of simplicity and configurability. You can organize the feed by popularity or recency in addition to specifying the time period it looks through.

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Flipboard Updated To v3.2 With Collaborative Magazine Creation, One-Step Twitter Sign-In, And More

Flipboard allows you to create a constantly changing news magazine from your social feeds, and it's getting a little bit more social today with the update to v3.2. This update makes it possible to share a magazine with other people, get their attention on Twitter, and more right from the app.

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[I Know What You Did Last Tuesday] Blinq Overlays Your Contacts' Social Updates On Top Of Your Messaging Conversations

Oh my. This is creepy. And cool. Very cool. It has stalker-like potential and unequivocal convenience. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Imagine you get a message from a contact, through SMS, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or other apps. You start talking to said contact and they go on blabbering about some very important event that happened in their life. You haven't the faintest idea what that is because, let's face it, you do not have the luxury of spending your entire day checking Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Plus, between all these networks, you follow a thousand people at least, so do they all expect you to keep up with their dog's latest trim and their baby's first burp?

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AOL Starlike Creates A Feed Of Your Friends' Favorite Posts From Facebook, Twitter, And Linkedin

Do you trust the judgement of your internet-friends? Then maybe you want to keep track of their favorite stuff on social networks with Starlike, a new app from AOL. It generates a feed from Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin of posts that are marked as favorites by your friends.

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