Instagram adding several new features to Instagram Direct

instagram directInstagram Direct is the social media site’s way of directly sharing content with friends and family, and it’s been a success for the site since it launched a few years back. Today, Direct is getting some new features to make it even better, including threaded messaging and a way to share photos and videos on your feed straight to specific people. Read more

Facebook introduces Donate Now button on pages and links for nonprofit organizations

facebook app donate nowFacebook has brought a new button to their mobile app and website that will make it significantly easier to donate to your favorite nonprofit organizations. Previously, the company had donate buttons for certain organizations that would allow you to quickly make a one-time donation with whatever credit card you had on file with Facebook. This button expands that, but makes things a little less intuitive. Read more

Hootsuite’s Android app receives update bringing better image sharing and content publishing

hootsuitelogoHootsuite’s Android application has been updated with several new features, mostly focused on image sharing and scheduled content publishing. The update brings the app to version 3.1, marking the first iterative update since it’s massive 3.0 update not too long ago.

Most of the new features are noticeable in the tweaked interface. The UI for composing tweets has been moved around a bit, making the send tweet arrow more prominent while hiding scheduling options behind a drop-down menu. When placing images within a tweet, Hootsuite now also shows a live preview of those images, which it didn’t do before. There are a few other slight changes, including Hootsuite being able to send out images to social media as opposed to just links, and a menu for looking at your scheduled content before it goes live. Read more

Lyft tries to get social with latest update


Lyft, the “taxi & bus alternative,” is moving into the realm of social platforms with a new update they have rolled out that makes “Profiles” available to users. The new feature is designed to add a little extra level of comfort and familiarity between riders and drivers and perhaps bridge the awkwardness that is present when strangers meet. Lyft says they were inspired by some feedback they got from users of their Lyft Line carpooling service. Those users reported they ended up sharing interesting connections and in some cases forming friendships. Read more

Twitter introduces new tweet quoting system, rolling out to Android apps soon

twitter_new_banner_620pxTwitter has taken the wraps off of a new system for quoting tweets that makes it a little easier to add your own comment to others’ tweets. With the current quoting system, the contents of a tweet are literally “quoted” and posted to your followers. For longer tweets that hit that 140 character limit, that doesn’t really leave you much room to say anything. Read more

Nuzzel for Android keeps up with the most popular stories from your social circles

nuzzelNuzzel is a service that takes a unique spin on curating content for you by crowd sourcing what your friends and social circles think is popular.

The app hooks into your Facebook and Twitter accounts, then sees which stories and content are being tweeted and shared the most over a 24-hour span. Whichever stories are the most popular get dished up on your main feed in the app, from which you can share/tweet/link the stories again, thus completing the bloated cycle of viral news stories on social media. Seriously, though, if you have tons of Facebook friends and follow huge amounts of Twitter accounts, this is a great way to simplify things. Read more

Twitter’s “While You Were Away” feature going live for some users

Twitter-for-Android-Receives-Bug-Fix-UpdateTwitter has been working on implementing a new feature for the social network that displays the most popular Tweets at the top of a user’s feed so they don’t miss anything important while they weren’t checking Twitter. The point is to drive up user engagement on the site, similar to how Facebook implements its Timeline feature. The feature is aptly called “While You Were Away” and it looks like it’s starting a slow roll out to some users.

The recapping feature is one of the first moves Twitter is making in 2015 to keep users on the site and posting. The tricky part will be finding the right balance between displaying tweets in the app that people actually want to see, and not just junk that takes up space at the top of a Twitter feed. Read more