Facebook Favors Friends Feeds, Tweaking Twitter Tackles Trolls, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Facebook changes things up, Twitter tackles the trolls, YouTube stops working, Vine shares the love, celebrity Apple Watches, and the Age of Ultron trailer recreated in LEGO.
Facebook Makes It All About Your Friends
Everyone that Facebook suggests I be friends with are people I know and I hope I never see again.
— William Haynes (@MrWilliamHaynes) April 21, 2015
Facebook is updating the News Feed to ensure updates from your friends are favored over updates from publishers. From now on, posts published by friends will appear higher up in your News Feed to ensure you don’t miss that oh-so-important baby picture which looks identical to the 50 that came before. This will be at the expense of posts published by Pages you follow.
Two further updates bring further changes. You will no longer see so many updates that are simply your friends Liking or commenting on someone else’s posts. It should also take a lot longer to reach the end of your News Feed, as Facebook is relaxing the rules about showing multiple updates in a row from the same source.
These changes are designed to balance out the content you see on Facebook, with friends placed higher on the pecking order. This is clearly a good thing, but it could harm publishers who share their content via Facebook. Which, when coupled with Google’s Mobilegeddon , could spell disaster for some websites not keeping up with the demands being placed on them by various gatekeepers.
Twitter Changes Tact to Stop Abuse
Twitter is actively tackling the problem of people using the platform to verbally abuse people , threaten violence, and spread messages of hate. A couple of months after Twitter CEO Dick Costolo promised to deal with the problem, the social network has rolled out a couple of policy and product updates aimed at doing just that.
This is clearly just the start of Twitter’s fight back against those demeaning and devaluing its service. These changes might not solve all of the abuse problems associated with Twitter, but it strongly suggests the company is taking the issue seriously, and tackling it head-on. And as we all know, admitting you have a problem is the first step towards recovery.
Your YouTube App Needs Updating
The YouTube app will no longer work on a number of older smart TVs and iOS devices after this week, with an upgrade to the YouTube Data API effectively nixing support for products made before 2012. This includes second-generation Apple TVs, and both Sony and Panasonic television sets and Blu-ray players.
Even older iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches will be affected, but owners of these devices just need to upgrade to iOS 7 or higher to continue accessing the YouTube app . You’ll know if your hardware is affected, as the only video that will continue to work after the API upgrade will be the one embedded above.
Share Vines Everywhere All at Once
— Jovanni (@puffigi) April 15, 2015
You can now share your Vine videos to a number of different social networks all at once with minimal effort. This is thanks to Vine introducing a new share screen that lets you select a bunch of connected platforms at the same time. The update has already been pushed out to the iOS app, with the Android app set to get it soon.
While this may seem like a small update, Vine videos and their creators live or die by the number of times they’re shared across the Web. By focusing on this important aspect of the whole experience, Vine should be able to increase the shares, attract more users to its service, and provide content creators with a more attractive platform on which to air their wares.
The Apple Watch You Can’t Buy
While you probably shouldn’t buy an Apple Watch at all, there exists one version of Apple’s first smartwatch which you couldn’t buy even if you wanted to. No, not the $10,000+ Apple Watch Edition, as that’s for chumps with too much cash but not enough class. This is the Celebrity-Only Apple Watch, as sported in public by both Karl Lagerfeld and Beyoncé.
It’s even more blinged-up than the Edition, with a custom link bracelet made entirely from 18-carat gold. Which means you’ll need to be accompanied by at least two bodyguards before leaving the house. Which isn’t a problem for Beyoncé, who sported this ridiculously expensive piece of tat at Coachella. Not that she wants you to know about it. Obviously. You poor proles.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron LEGO Trailer
And finally, with The Avengers: Age of Ultron almost upon us, it’s time to celebrate its release with a LEGO version of the trailer. Because, as The LEGO Movie clearly proved, LEGO ensures everything is awesome, everything is cool.
This remake of the original teaser trailer by The Brotherhood Workshop is a shot-for-shot recreation, and the level of detail makes my tiny brain hurt a little. It’s really no surprise to find this took five months to complete. [H/T CNET]
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