Sure, social media platforms have allowed us to connect better with each other. But they have also become unwitting breeding grounds of hate speech and trolls. Social media brands are now trying to make their platforms more hate-free, and Twitter is no exception to this. Just recently, the company has rolled out additional updates to its settings, specifically introducing more mute options.
Twitter has recently revealed that it is joining forces with Live Nation in order to start exclusively live streaming video of concert events. The social media giant is reportedly already lining up a formidable lineup of recording artists, including Train, Portugal The Man, August Alsina, and Marian Hill. This coming May 13th, Zac Brown Band is said to be scheduled to air a live musical performance.
During this year’s VidCon (an event focusing on the online video market) held in the city of Anaheim, California, YouTube took the opportunity to reveal that it has added a live streaming feature to its mobile app. It appears that live streaming features have become the rage right now, with Facebook touting its Live feature while Twitter has its Periscope, and YouTube would do well to join in on the program. But with Internet giants such as YouTube and Facebook now offering live streaming services, will wireless carriers be able to handle all that load?
Here is some good news for iOS mobile users -- Apple now has a fix for that Siri bug found on iOS 9. As reported by various sources earlier this week, this particular bug makes full use of Apple’s digital assistant, Siri, in starting a Twitter search session in order to look for email address information.
Apart from announcing that it is planning to live stream the National Football League’s Thursday Night Football, Twitter also took the opportunity to officially reveal that it is launching a new service that should help enhance user experience, particularly in relation to the use of the social media giant’s Direct Message (DM) feature. Indeed, the company has added a new DM button every tweet on the Android and iOS platforms, which should allow mobile tweeters to initiate private conversations (from public tweets) more conveniently. In other words, users who click this new DM button will be able to share the tweet by way of DM straight from their Twitter Timeline.
Users of GoPros will now be allowed to stream live videos from their action cameras. This piece of news was revealed by Meerkat just recently during this year’s VidCon online video convention held at the city of Anaheim in Orange County, California.
Animated GIFs and videos now auto play as seen on timelines on Twitter, whether or not they are viewed on the web or via Twitter's mobile app for the iOS platform. This means that any GIF, video, or Vine that has been uploaded natively to Twitter will now play automatically as users scroll through timelines (similar to how Facebook handles videos in its pages). As for Android users, the social media giant is currently working on a version that works on the Android platform, and it will be out soon.
Periscope, the live video streaming app developed by Twitter, has finally been made available on the Android mobile operating system. The social media giant debuted its Periscope mobile app on the iOS platform early this year, and now it is doing the same to the Android platform. It has been a rather significant wait, but through the efforts of Sara Haider (formerly of Twitter for Android, who now heads the company's Android app development projects), the app can now be used by Android users everywhere.
While its rival Periscope was busy celebrating the fact that many viewers of the much-hyped Mayweather-Pacquiao fight chose to watch the match on Periscope instead of on HBO or Showtime, Meerkat continues to add enhancements to its mobile app. And this time around, the latest update could allow Meerkat to break out from its dependence on Twitter (which owns Periscope).
The Meerkat live video streaming mobile app has beaten Twitter's own Periscope in penetrating the iOS market. Now, it is doing it again but on the Android platform (supporting version Android 4.2). The Periscope app now has a lot of catching up to do.
The Meerkat mobile app for Android may have been labeled as a “beta” version (similar to an earlier version that was only made available to a very limited number of invited users) but it appears to have no restrictions when it comes to device options. Moreover, the list of core features seem to be complete, at least when compared to the Meerkat mobile app for iOS.
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