Twitter announced that it will stream PBS’ coverage of President-elect Donald Trump’s Inauguration ceremony on January 20. This is the latest coverage offered by Twitter, which has streamed other events and even Thursday Night Football games during the season.
Your friends and family don’t want to just read up on your political stances, see pictures of your adventures or partake in your multilevel marketing schemes: they also want you to publish all of the music you’re listening to. At least, that’s what Facebook thinks. The social network introduced a new way to overload your friends and family with information on Thursday. It’s called Facebook Music Stories.
Facebook said this weekend that it will alert users who it suspects have been the target of state sponsored attacks, or attacks by governments around the world. It’s a scary thought, that a world government might actually be trying to crack into your Facebook account, and that’s why the social network is going to extra lengths to protect you.
Twitter announced on Monday morning that, as of September 30, co-founder Jack Dorsey is the company’s new CEO. Dorsey had been serving as the interim CEO following Dick Costolo’s decision to step down from the appointment. Reports last week suggested Dorsey would take the role, though there had apparently been some concern about his involvement with Square.
Facebook on Thursday officially rolled out its latest iOS app that finally, finally, gives users control of what appears in their newsfeeds and what posts have priority over others.
Facebook doesn’t even need to see your face in order to identify who you are. Like some supernatural forensics expert, the social network’s technology has apparently become so advanced that it can use other cues—hairdo, body shape, pose, etc.—to identify individuals. That is freaky.
Instagram on Wednesday announced a new account that will serve as an all-encompassing home for music coverage. Instagram users can now follow the @music account for photos and clips from musicians and folks who live and breathe music around the world. It reminds us of similar verticals inside of Snapchat.
Back in October, 2013, Twitter launched a feature that allowed folks to send direct messages to anyone on the social network, provided that the option was enabled inside of settings. It lasted about a month before Twitter reverted the policy back to only allowing users who follow one another to DM. Now, in an effort to take on other popular chat apps, the feature is back.
In February GlobalWebIndex revealed that an estimated 160 million Twitter users don’t actually log into the social network. That’s a huge number, and it’s a base of users that Twitter is addressing in its latest homepage redesign. The site puts a focus on folks who aren’t logged in at all, but who are still important to the social network and its future.
Twitter is planning to join in on the fight against YouTube. The social networking platform said back in November that it had plans to offer its own native video service sometime in 2015, and a fresh FAQ page has revealed all the juicy details.
Fans of the NFL will start seeing a lot more football on Facebook in the coming days. The Wall Street Journal reports the social network has partnered with the league to show short clips in News Feeds, which will quickly be followed by ads from Verizon. The move is apparently part of Facebook’s larger video ambitions as it looks to tackle (see what I did there?) YouTube.
If you dig what someone posts on Facebook, you can simply Like it to let them know. But what happens when someone posts bad news? Maybe you don’t want to comment, but still want to acknowledge that you’ve read the post. Facebook doesn’t really have an option for that space, but that may change soon.