Twitter launches another fight against harassment, Super Bowl 50 sets streaming record, switch between multiple Instagram accounts, get 2GB of Google Drive storage, and the fastest mobility scooter in the world.
Twitter Launches Trust & Safety Council
Wow people on Twitter are mean
— Brandon Carpenter (@bhcarpenter) February 6, 2016
Twitter has launched another initiative aimed at combating harassment on its platform. However, just like the previous attempts at making Twitter a nicer place to play, it’s only worthwhile if it actually enacts real change. Twitter has previously changed the wording of its policies towards abuse, but the problem has continued on regardless.
The new initiative takes a different approach. Twitter has formed what it calls the Twitter Trust and Safety Council. Made up of more than 40 contributors — including members from the Samaritans, GLAAD, The Anti-Defamation League, and the Internet Watch Foundation — the council is charged with ensuring “anyone, anywhere can express themselves safely and confidently”.
The harassment of certain individuals on Twitter is clearly a problem in need of fixing. However, the vast majority of users will not have experienced harassment, and this change is unlikely to even register with those who aren’t yet using the service. And make no mistake about it, Twitter needs to attract new users to stop its stock tanking.
So, this is a good start, but Twitter needs to do a lot more work on its product if it hopes to live on for much longer.
Millions Streamed Super Bowl 50
Most-watched TV shows in US history:
1. Super Bowl 49: 114.4 million
2. Super Bowl 48: 112.2 million
3. Super Bowl 50: 111.9 million
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) February 8, 2016
More people streamed Super Bowl 50 than any previous Super Bowl. According to CBS, 3.96 million unique viewers tuned into watch the big game on Sunday (Feb 7th), using their desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and smart televisions to do so. This compares to the 1.3 million who watched NBC’s live stream last year, and the 1.1 million who watched Fox’s live stream in 2014.
As noted by TechCrunch, this year’s stream was by far the easiest to find, with CBS hosting it on its website, as well as its apps on a range of different devices. Still, these figures are mightily impressive, and while still only a fraction of the number of people who watched Super Bowl 50 overall, indicative of a trend that’s only set to grow year-on-year from here on in.
Instagram Launches Account Switching
Instagram has officially rolled out support for multiple accounts. The much-requested feature is included in Version 7.15 on Android and on iOS after months of testing. So, if Instagram hasn’t yet updated itself to the latest version, update it manually to turn the feature on.
This now means that any individual can link up to five Instagram accounts, which will be especially useful for brands, power users, and social media managers. Once initiated, you simply tap the username to switch to that account, with your profile picture remaining visible to give you a visual clue as to which account you’re using at any given moment.
Google Gives Away Free Drive Storage
Google is currently giving away 2GB extra of Google Drive storage, but the company is asking you for something in return. Luckily, it’s not a difficult task, and could actually make you more secure when browsing the Web. Just don’t delay, as it’s not clear how long the offer is set to last.
All you need to do is log in to your Google account and review your current security settings. These include general settings, permissions, connected devices, and 2-step verification details. Once completed, whether by updating or confirming, you’ll get 2GB of extra Google Drive storage. Result!
The Fastest Mobility Scooter In the World
And finally, this is the fastest mobility scooter in the world, with a top speed of 107.6 miles-per-hour. It’s the brainchild of two British engineers who decided this would be a good world record to break. Why? Why not?! How? By strapping a 600cc motorcycle engine to a go-kart frame.
This may seem a little pointless because, well, it is. But then so are 99 percent of all Guinness World Record attempts. All I know is that you couldn’t pay me enough to drive that thing, because it doesn’t look like the safest vehicle on the road. However, my grandma may disagree. [DamnGeeky]
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