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Twitter is testing its own version of Stories called 'Fleets'

The internet is good for a lot of things like sharing photos, keeping in contact with distant relations, and preserving that dumb thing you said five years ago so it can come back to haunt you later. According to Twitter, that last part might keep people from tweeting as often as they'd like, so it's testing a feature called "Fleets" in Brazil. Fleets are basically Twitter's version of Snapchat Stories.

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Why YouTube videos 'made for kids' won't play in the miniplayer: A summary of COPPA compliance

It can take a fair bit of time for a series of major changes to a service everyone's seemingly familiar with to register with constituents. When YouTube announced its beefed-up compliance measures for the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, independent content creators rang the first alarm bells, fearing their videos would be subject to restrictions on their creative voice and revenue. Now, viewers are beginning to complain about the loss of features on their end whether they're trying to keep their kids educated and entertained or if they happen to enjoy some nostalgic puppetry themselves. So, we're taking a comprehensive yet concise look at what's been going on and what might come next.

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Vine's successor Byte is now out on the Play Store

Vine was the internet phenomenon that proved that short, easily digestible video clips could be tremendously popular and spark creativity. However, the rigid six-second format had soon been adopted and loosened up by Instagram and later TikTok, and after Twitter purchased Vine, it vanished into obscurity. An unceremonious death followed in 2016. But Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann still believes in the format and has been working on a successor for a long time. After an extensive beta phase, this new product, Byte, is now official and stable on the Play Store.

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Twitter patches crash-prone Android app (Updated)

Twitter has had a long night after releasing a bugged-out update for its Android app. We have the details on that small saga as well as a fix that's rolling out right now.

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Twitter testing 'continue thread' option to keep your last tweetstorm rolling

Twitter, the microblogging platform that rose to social media fame in 2006, is known for testing out features with controlled groups of users before pushing them out to the public at large. Just this year, the app tried out conversation subscriptions and followable topics, neither of which have been rolled out en masse just yet. Now it appears Twitter is testing another small feature that allows some users to quickly continue a previous conversation thread from within the main tweet composer.

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Twitter will begin deleting inactive accounts next month (Update: Further clarification)

Your Twitter follower count might take a nosedive next month. That's when the company says it will begin a purge of inactive accounts, ostensibly because it needs people to agree to its new privacy policy. However, it will have the added benefit of freeing up usernames.

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(Update: Available worldwide) Twitter lets US users hide replies in their threads

Social media can be thought of as an ant colony: if you want to introduce a new factor in how people can or can't communicate with each other, you should probably test it out with a sequestered region before introducing it to the whole place. Such was the case as Twitter began testing hidden replies in Canada beginning in July. Today, it is expanding that test to Japan and the United States.

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Twitter rolls out Topics to let you follow subjects, instead of just people

Twitter can be a confusing place for those used to services like Facebook, given its limited content discovery options. Such shortcomings have held the platform’s user count to a few hundred million, while its peers are sailing in the billion-user territory. The Explore tab tries to address this, but we all know how useful its suggestions can be. With Topics, the microblogging service wants you to take control of the subjects you wish to follow, without having to go through the tedious process of finding individual accounts.

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Instagram pushes quick, private messaging with yet another new app, Threads

Peer-to-peer media sharing apps have gone through all of their growth phases — from Snapchat opening people up to private pics to competition with Instagram through to the commoditization of the dreaded Stories format — that we figure it's about time things came full circle. And from none other than Facebook comes Threads, a private sharing app that enables you to quickly send snaps to your Close Friends on Instagram.

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Google Photos gets nostalgic with AI-curated Memories, lets you show off favorites with canvas prints

Google Photos isn't just resting on its laurels today by making 4x6" prints available within the same day at your local pharmacy or big box store — the cloud storage service is amping up its own boutique print offerings and using artificial intelligence to help you stroll through the tons of memories you've backed up.

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