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Stop Freaking Out About the Instagram Update

3/28/16

By: Kate Enright

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You may have noticed your Instagram feed has been flooded with posts like above. Users are begging their followers to turn on post notifications to insure their audiences see every image they post. More than 250,000 people have even signed and shared a Change.org petition.  The question is, is this really necessary?

In the upcoming weeks, Instagram is testing an algorithm based feed opposed to their current chronological feed. The algorithm will be similar to Facebook’s Newsfeed, where posts will be ordered by what Instagram feels you want to see.

According to Instagram’s blog, “people miss on average 70 percent of their feeds… To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most. The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post. As we begin, we’re focusing on optimizing the order — all the posts will still be there, just in a different order.”

The point is, you will still see your favorite account’s posts. The adorable photo of your best friend’s baby will be there. That awesome shot your boyfriend snapped front row at Coachella will still be there. In fact, they will probably be at the top of your feed, despite what time they were posted.

Sure the change will be a bit jolting at first, but there is no need to resort to flooding your followers with post notifications. Just think of it like when Facebook or Twitter announced their algorithm feeds. This too shall pass.

 

What is Twitter’s new app #Periscope?

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4/17/15

By: Kate Enright

Periscope is Twitter’s newest acquisition. The app operates by allowing users to live-stream video directly to their Twitter accounts.

Simply, sign in with your Twitter account and begin broadcasting. You can check out what’s happening live globally, watch the “Most Loved” feeds, or see what the people you follow are up to.

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While the app has gained some traction, competitors such as Meerkat have surfaced. Meerkat works similarly, steaming live feeds.

Recently, Periscope discovered copycats weren’t their biggest problem. HBO issued takedown notices to Periscope last week after they realized fans were live-streaming “Game of Thrones.”

Although the quality is low, it does beg the question, will live-streaming apps become the next big copyright issue?

Have you used any of the new live-streaming apps like Periscope or Meerkat? What did you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Twitter Allows Comments on Retweets!

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4/15/15

By: Kate Enright

Gone are the days of the manual retweet. Last week, Twitter launched the updated “Quote Tweet” feature, which now allows users to embed tweets with commentary!

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The feature is available for iOS users and desktop users currently. Unfortunately, it has not rolled out to Android users but will soon be available.

Twitter has been testing out different retweeting features for some time, such as various image and video sizes, with the goal of delivering the best visual experience.

So far, reactions to the new feature have been mixed. How do you feel about the updated “Quote Tweet?” Let us know in the comments below!