Twitter Starts to Change the Central Logic of Its Service
This week, the company tested a change to its core product that could alter the service in a small but important way. According to Mashable, Twitter is altering the timeline of a small number of users so that they see tweets from accounts they don’t follow.
Right now, users only see tweets for three reasons: They’re from an account that user follows; they were retweeted by an account that user follows; or they’re an ad. Now, a user might see tweets from an account that someone whom they follow follows, or a tweet that someone they follow favorited. (via The Atlantic)
Hands On With the New Vine: 6-Second Videos Will Never Be the Same
The new camera features on Vine aren't just shiny and new, they've totally changed the platform. It’s been nearly two years since Twitter acquired Vine and added it to the canon of notable social media platforms. Six-second looping videos simply weren’t “a thing” before Vine proved that our short attention spans were, in fact, good for something.
Scores of users descended on the simple new tool, discovering the world of complex six-second animations that could change perspective simply by touching the tapping the screen.
But there were limits. Users had to create Vines totally within the Vine app, which meant that all the restrictions of the 4:3 aspect ratio Vine camera were applied to your recording endeavors. Some got around this by shooting and editing video elsewhere, playing it back on a computer (or even tablet or phone screen) and then filming that with Vine on a phone. The results were uneven, and Vine purists started talking about “natural Vines” versus, one would guess, “unnatural” ones. (via Mashable)
Unseen, An Anonymous Photo Sharing App For Colleges, Raises $2.1 Million
An Austin-based company called Bearch has raised $2.1 million in seed funding for its anonymous photo-sharing app Unseen, which has been trending on college campuses. Investors in the round include Rackspace co-founder Dirk Elmendorf, Indeed.com CEO Rony Kahan, CEO of Woodbolt International Doss Cunningham, and several other angel investors.
At first glance, Unseen looks similar to other anonymous networking apps that have become popular in recent months, including competitors like Secret or Whisper for example. But co-founder Michael Schramm stresses its intention is to ultimately build a different type of community for its users. Using both manual and outsourced moderation procedures, the idea with Unseen is to cut down on the bullying and other inappropriate behaviors that anonymous apps can contribute to without being heavy-handed. (Via Techcrunch)
Social media monitoring by employers predicted to rise
A third of young people would be happy for their employer to have access to their social media profiles in return for job security, according to a report that claims such personal data monitoring will become more commonplace.
The report, written by consultants from PwC using a survey of 10,000 workers worldwide and 500 human resource (HR) professionals, suggests personal data from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites could be used by employers to understand what motivates their workforce, reasons why people might move jobs and to improve employee wellbeing. (via The Guardian)
Looksee Debuts A Tinder-Meets-Instagram For Connecting Around Shared Photos
A new “anonymish” app called Looksee has launched, combining mobile photography with a Tinder-like matching element that lets anonymous users connect with each other over their shared photos. The idea is that when two users mutually like one another’s photos, their identities will then be revealed to each other, allowing them to make a personal connection and begin messaging within the app.
Tinder without the superficiality, perhaps. Or just a different way to make Internet friends? Looksee_4LikedLooksee is largely an experiment at this point, given its launch took place July 31st. The app is a product from Quebec Drive, a company which has previously released a handful of single-named photo apps and games, including Dropin, Phodeo, and Flyin. (via Techcrunch)