What’s New In Social Media

This is Next

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 9.53.33 AMThere is a new social media site on the scene. It’s called This.

Unlike Ello, “This” isn’t make any bold statements about being the anti-Facebook. But, nonetheless, the site is attempting to address one of the biggest complaints Facebook has been hearing lately: too much clutter because on “This” – people can only share one link per day.

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Constantly Improving

Facebook Messenger offers the ability to send voice clips to your friends without typing any text. Now Facebook is testing a feature that helps people read the voice clips that were received instead of having to play them out loud.

In order to send a voice message on Facebook Messenger, the users taps on the microphone icon and then records their message. After you send the message, Facebook will transcribe it for users. Next to the voice message is an icon with three lines. Tapping on that icon auto-creates the transcription of the voice message.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2015/01/20/facebook-is-testing-a-voice-to-text-feature-for-its-me ssenger-app/

twitter-1024x1024Twitter Is in Danger of Becoming the Bing of Social Media

What is Twitter? To people who use it all the time, the question is almost laughable, like asking “What is talking?” But to people who don’t use it, the question is hard to answer. It’s also hard, apparently, if you’re Twitter.

The social media company recently announced its quarterly earnings. More than any dollar amount, shareholders will continue towatch closely for signs of life among Twitter’s users—more sign-ups, more visits, more tweets. When Twitter last reported its financial results in October, growth in user numbers and activity had been sluggish, leading to a big drop in Twitter’s share price and much badmouthing of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. Since then, Twitter has rolled out several new features aimed at making the service more inviting and user-friendly.

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Real-Time Search

Earlier this week, the tech world was abuzz with rumors that real-time search was going to make a comeback, thanks to the new deal between Twitter and Google. About four years ago, tweets used to show up in Google’s real-time search results, as space above the search results was reserved for tweets about the particular search term.

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Eye-Opening Stats About Instagramimgres-1 

In less than five years, photo-sharing app Instagram has grown from Internet infant to social media star. New data from the Pew Research Center shows that among social media networks, Instagram has surpassed Twitter in popularity among U.S. adults. Pew’s report states that 26 percent of online adults in the U.S. used Instagram in 2014. That’s up from 17 percent in 2013 and 13 percent in 2012. By comparison, 23 percent of online adults in the U.S. used Twitter in 2014.

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