Periscope Beta Testing Sketching Feature for Streamers

According to at least a couple of users, Periscope is working on a Sketching feature for those who stream via the service, granting the ability to draw on top of the video that is being streamed to viewers. Sort of like what you would find on Snapchat, streamers can draw simple shapes or draw attention to a specific object by highlighting it with a circle.  (more…)

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Twitter Intros “Best Tweets First” Feature, Brings Top Tweets to Forefront

A new feature is hitting Twitter, one which brings important tweets you may have missed directly to the top of your timeline. If you are a Twitter user that follows hundreds or even thousands of people, you probably miss a whole ton of interesting tweets. With the “Show me the best Tweets first” feature turned on, Twitter will automatically populate the top of your timeline with the best tweets from the folks you follow.  (more…)

Twitter Ditches Favorites, Replaces With Hearts, Calls Them “Likes”

Twitter announced this morning that it is ditching Favorites, a feature that has been built into the service for years. Favorites allowed users to place a star on a tweet, so they could show tweeters how much they liked the tweet, or to save it for later reading. Now, instead of Favorites, you will Heart tweets, and we will all call them “Likes.” You know, because I wasn’t already liking enough content on social media.  (more…)

Google Intros AMP Project, Aims to Dramatically Increase Speed of the Mobile Web

This morning, Google announced a partnership with publishers and technology companies to build a faster mobile web experience for everyone. Named the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, or AMP for short, Google states that the goal of AMP is quite simple – dramatically improve the performance of the mobile web.

Using AMP HTML, an open framework built on existing web technologies, the idea is to build lightweight webpages, allowing for faster loading times on smartphones and tablets, regardless of the content they hold. Publishers will still be able to provide rich media content for readers, including pictures and videos, while also continuing to monetize the content with any ad network of their choosing. Essentially, it will be the same mobile web as we have today, complete with ads, but should load significantly faster.  (more…)