Social media seems like it’s changing every second, and it seems nearly impossible to stay up-to-date with all of the changes, new apps, news, and more. We’ve decided to put together a weekly summary of the important social media stories and apps you need to learn about, so start checking in with our blog every Friday to learn what you can do to make your brand or business better online.
1) Twitter releases Vine for Android
After much anticipation, Twitter announced Monday that the Vine app for Android is now available. Android engineer Sara Haider said:
Though we’ve been very focused on releasing Vine for Android, we’ve continued to release updates and add new features to the iOS app. As a result, the two apps are not perfectly in sync, but that won’t be the case for long. Over the coming weeks, you’ll see frequent updates with new features –– including front-facing camera, search, mentions and hashtags, and the ability to share to Facebook. Of course, this is only the beginning –– we have exciting plans for features that could exist only on Android.
2) Facebook assures users no government organization had access to servers
Recently, rumors have been going around that there’s been a long-term Internet-spying initiative conducted from the National Security Agency to get access to users’ Facebook accounts. On Thursday, Facebook denied that it has ever allowed any government agency to have access to its information, explicitly stating that “we do not provide any government organization with direct access to Facebook servers” in an email to VentureBeat.
Now that there are over 100 million users, Instagram is a pretty cluttered social network and users have a hard time sorting through the content. The new iOS application Instafeed allows Instagram users to browse through curated feeds in various categories, including sports, fashion, food, and more. They can also subscribe to other users with content that they’re interested in, allowing them to create their own custom feeds. Users can comment, like, and repost photos directly to Instagram through this app.
TweetDeck has a new design that’s simple and easy to use, like Twitter’s original design:
The revamp also allows users to reorder columns and navigate around the app more easily. The overall aim was to make everything smoother, easier to use, and more fresh.
Be sure to tune in next week for the latest news and overviews of the weekly changes and additions in the world of social media marketing!