Go On Head, Retweet Yourself: Twitter Gets an Update

We bet that quite a few of you are on Twitter. And since there are over 300 million active monthly users, the odds are in our favor. Well, just so ya know, Twitter got a whole lot cooler this week. Here’s our breakdown of what’s new in the Twitter-sphere:

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  1. Say bye-bye to harsh 140 character restrictions
    • You heard us right. Twitter just got a little more lenient with the character count. You’re now able to add pictures, GIFs, quoted tweets, and videos without adding to the total number of characters. Alas!
  2. Go on head, retweet yourself.
    •  Did we stutter? You can retweet yourself. Feel free to share all the glorious comments from your Twitter’s past.
  3. Replies sans @username
    • When you’d reply to a tweet, the tweet would start with @username before your comment. That’s no longer the case. Now there’s a thread line that shows who you’re replying to with your tweet below. So that just means that you have even more characters to share your reply.

So what do you think? Was this update everything you hoped for and more? If so, you can – shameless plug – tweet us @newswatchtv. Or if the update didn’t live up to the hype, you can still tweet us; we’ll be happy to reply.

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Even More Changes for Twitter

By: Kassidy Coleman

 

 

Earlier this month, it was huge news that Snapchat totally beat Twitter in daily usage. Now it’s becoming more evident that Twitter has been working hard to try to catch back up to Snapchat and become more relevant in the world of social media.

 

Today, Twitter announced they will be giving users more room for creativity. Soon, you will be able to add #stickers to your pictures and share them with the Twitter world.

 

Every day, millions of photos are Tweeted every day and Twitter wants #stickers to help connect them all. Twitter plans on using #stickers as a visual hashtag. Basically, when you tap on a sticker in a Tweet, you are then taken to a new timeline and can see how other people are using that sticker on their photos. It sounds kind of like they may have just one-up’d Snapchat. Snapchat already allows users to add silly stickers, however there is no database to see how other users are using them.

 

Lately Twitter has been having a problem with getting users to actually Tweet and not just lurk around. Their solution to that is now allowing you to see Tweets from specific places, such as a restaurant, sports game, or business. Powered by Foursquare, when you tag a specific location, it will be visible on the main timeline. Click the location on the Tweet, and you’ll be able to see other people’s tweets from that location. So if you could see Tweets people posted about a certain restaurant and decide whether or not you actually want to eat there. This feature should encourage users to Tweet while on the go and get completely immersed in their environment. Although an issue that has risen is locations are not geofenced, meaning anyone can put their location as anywhere and spam certain locations.

 

Do you think that Twitter’s new features are going to help it catchup to Snapchat? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

Snapchat Beats Twitter in Daily Usage

By: Kassidy Coleman

It is becoming more and more clear that what people want out of a social media app is quickly evolving. Remember when it was weird if you weren’t on Twitter? Well, now its not that weird. Although we know Twitter can be very influential, especially with their trending hashtags, they are starting to see a steep decline. As far as daily use goes, Snapchat is beating Twitter. According to The Verge, Snapchat has 150 million people using the app every day, while only 140 million people use Twitter every day.

That might not sound like a big deal until you think about how old each of the social networks are. This past March, Twitter turned a decade old. While Snapchat is only five years old. It is obvious that Snapchat is swiftly building an empire while the one Twitter has built up is kind of starting to crumble.

And Twitter is really feeling the struggle to stay relevant in the world of social media. Twitter Chief Executive Officer, Jack Dorsey said that Snapchat is “very modern” and he is aware that Twitter can be both confusing and alienating, but he is trying to fix that. Maybe that’s what led Twitter to stop counting links and images in their notorious 140-character limit in an attempt to make it easier for new users. But it doesn’t help that Snapchat continues to roll out features that users quickly fall in love with. From silly filters to face swapping to being able to send stickers to friends, Snapchat’s most recent changes have users begging for more. And businesses looking to advertise on a social platform are well aware that Snapchat is where they should be doing it. Meanwhile, Twitter has been struggling to convince advertisers that they can make them money, but businesses are practically begging to be able to advertise on Snapchat to be able to reach the 13-34 year old demographic.

IMG_0891Regardless, it is apparent that Snapchat is more favorable than Twitter. It makes you wonder if Twitter will soon face the same doom as Myspace did back in the day. Of course, without question, Facebook is still the most used with a total of 1.09 billion daily active users and it isn’t likely to decline any time soon.

Do you think Twitter will be able to catch back up with Snapchat? Let us know in the comments below!
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Twitter Rumored to Stop Counting Links and Images in Character Limit

By: Kassidy Coleman

 
Everyone is familiar with the social media company that limits their posts to 140-characters. But just in case you’ve been living under a rock since 2006, we’re talking about Twitter. The 140-character limit originated from the era before smartphones (also known as the dark ages). In case you forgot or weren’t into Twitter back then, a common way to Tweet used to be by texting, meaning it HAD to be 140-characters or the message would literally get cut off. It makes sense for the time, but clearly things have changed since people were Tweeting from their RAZR phone. Right now rumors are going around that Twitter will soon no longer count photos and links as part of the 140-character limit for Tweets.

 

The purpose of this change would be to give us more flexibility and freedom. Right now, links take up 23 characters (even after they’ve been shortened) and pictures take up another 24! That means if you want to spice up your Tweets with a photo and a link, you only have 94 characters to type your message. Some people have tried cheating the system by posting screenshots of articles to get more information into their Tweets, but that kind of looks tacky. Earlier this year, it was rumored that Twitter was thinking about increasing the limit to up to 10,000 characters. But of course, what sets Twitter apart from other social media networks is that fact that posts are short and quick (unlike on Facebook where some people feel the need to post long stories).

 
Although they may not exactly be increasing the character limit, Twitter is making a smart move. Seriously, have you ever written the perfect Tweet and then gone to add a link to the article you’re talking about or a photo and been crushed at how much information you had to take out of the Tweet? It is frustrating!

While this change is still a rumor, Twitter is currently declining to comment. There is speculation that this change could be happen in the next few weeks.

 

What do you think about this possible change to Twitter? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

Who is Watching you?

App Review

You spend a lot of time on social media, don’t you? Don’t worry, most of us do. And if you are like us, you have probably been at least a little bit curious about who is actually looking at your profile the most. Maybe a former friend or someone you like is secretly lurking your profile? Well now there is a mobile app that can show you your top profile views. Check out the mobile app Social Network Analyzer.

Social Network Analyzer was created by Bilal Raad. This innovative app retrieves a full list of your social network profiles – like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Then it goes on to work analyzing your top interactions like comments, likes, and chats – it even goes as far as showing you your profile views. In order to find out who views your profile you have to interpret the list a little bit. But don’t worry, it is easy. All you have to do is exclude the people that you normally interact with, the rest will be your viewers. There is a free version and a paid version. Check out the free version first and try it out, if you like what you see you will have the option to switch to the paid version. The free version shows you a part of the list but for a complete list you will have to purchase the full version. If you do not want to pay, there are still bonuses that allow you to unlock the top spots. All you have to do is share Social Network Analyzer on your Twitter or Facebook profile.

Ready to find out who is secretly viewing your social media profiles? Go download Social Network Analyzer. The app is currently available on iOS and Android devices. Head to your app store and search for “Social Network Analyzer” to download it today.

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