Twitter started rolling out a redesign today, with larger cover photos and profile pictures, as well as new features and a more full-screen layout that closely resembles Facebook.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison with our Facebook Page.
New features include the ability to “Pin” a Tweet to the top of your Twitter Timeline, showcasing it for followers. As well as a new, separate, Tweets & Replies tab.
Explore and share stories from
friends and the world around you.
Available February 3.
Facebook introduced Paper on its website https://www.facebook.com/paper.
Facebook announced a new feature on Jan. 16 via blog post, Trending. A news section that features popular topics and hashtags that are being shared across the network.
Trending sits on the right column of the Newsfeed, though the feature is still rolling out to users, and just appeared on my feed today. Facebook said in a blog post, “Trending is currently rolling out on web in select countries and we are going to continue to test on mobile. As with other features, expect continuous improvements from us over time.”
Selecting a Trending topic from the list displays a feed of conversation, including activity from your Facebook friends.
Trending appears to be a move by Facebook to be more relevant in news, much like Twitter’s Trends, leaving an option open for Facebook to promote trends (also just like Twitter). Facebook also recently adopted Hashtags, though that feature seems slow to catch on.
Instagram on Thursday introduced Instagram Direct, an internal messaging service. Seemingly a direct competitor to messaging app Snapchat.
Facebook failed in its attempt to acquire Snapchat, after a $3 billion cash offer was turned down, so they’ve now introduced this service within Instagram.
(Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion in 2012.)
Facebook could have just as easily rolled out this new picture- and video-messaging service within Facebook, but they understand that Instagram’s demo — and mobile-first strategy — is more in line with Snapchat, hitting Snapchat right where it counts.
After sending, you’ll be able to find out who’s seen your photo or video, see who’s liked it and watch your recipients commenting in real time as the conversation unfolds. – from the Instagram blog