TWITTER IS REDESIGNED ACROSS ALL APPS
After listening to feedback from users, Twitter has made a variety of design updates to its web and mobile apps, as well as revamping TweetDeck and Twitter Lite. These changes include simpler icons for replying to tweets, rounded profile pictures and a navigation menu that is hidden in the side panel. A set date has not been announced for these update releases, however we are expected to see design changes in the app within the coming week.
INSTAGRAM INTRODUCES ARCHIVE FEATURE
After completing a successful test on the new feature, Instagram have now allowed all users to archive photos on your profile instead of deleting them permanently. This feature can be found in the ‘…’ menu above your individual image and is listed as the first option. Archived photo will then be shown in a private folder which can be accessed by tapping on the clock icon on the top right of your profile.
FACEBOOKS ROLLS OUT A GIF REACTION BUTTON IN COMMENTS
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the GIF format, Facebook have now given users the ability to comment with a GIF. The GIF button enables users to search and post GIFs from services like Giphy and Tenor, which are then added directly in the comments box. Facebook have currently only enabled this feature in comments, however due to the popularity of animated responses it is likely that GIFs will be appearing on News Feeds soon.
GOOGLE GBOARD ALLOWS YOU TO DRAW TO SEARCH FOR EMOJI’S
Google’s Gboard for Android continues to roll out updates to help speed up conversations, including the ability to draw emoji’s when searching for the one you’d like to add to your conversation. Google should then recognise what you are trying to draw and offer suggestions, which can be extremely helpful when looking for an emoji you have not used previously. Other Gboard updates include the ability to predict entire phrases and showing multiple results when you initiate a web search through the keyboard.
FACEBOOK OFFER BRANDS ACCESS TO NEW GENERATION CHATBOTS
Facebook are continuously advancing the way that brands can use the platform to their advantage and bring them closer to their consumers. Using artificial intelligence research, Facebook are working to create advance chatbots that are capable of negotiating and thinking ahead like humans. To create these advanced chatbots Facebook are creating conversations between bots and real people to train them how to negotiate and then to use this experience with future customers.