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Twitter Enhances Viewing Options for Photos, Videos and Related Tweets (AllTwitter)
Twitter is kicking that photo/video train into high gear, with its announcement of new photo and video features that rolled out, starting Wednesday. Steamrolling out, rather. VentureBeat The enhanced interface shows images in a large lightbox. You can click any photo on a person’s Twitter profile page to see the new view, or you can click on images in search results. The image will pop up in the new lightbox without your having to leave the page. Mashable Media galleries on Twitter now include video from partners who are already supported in expanded tweets. That means you see videos from Vine, YouTube and Vimeo show up in the media gallery. TechCrunch Also new is an improved conversation view, which lets you see all of the replies to a tweet by scrolling down. You can see it in action on this call-out from Jimmy Fallon, which also illustrates its best uses. The Next Web As Twitter expands its service to be more content rich, this sort of update is to be expected. The company wants you to come, stay and enjoy your time with it as much as possible.
Facebook: The Mobile Network (AllFacebook)
As announced during Wednesday’s fourth-quarter earnings report, Facebook now has more people accessing the site via phones and tablets than on desktop. Zuckerberg said (but did not elaborate) during the earnings call that the company is developing mobile-first projects that will make the experience better for both users and advertisers. Inside Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said revenue from local businesses was strong in the fourth quarter of 2012, with the number of local businesses paying for advertising on Facebook doubling since the beginning of 2012. Sandberg says this is in large part because of Promoted Posts, which make it easy for businesses to buy ads directly from their pages instead of the more complicated ad dashboard. The New York Times Facebook reported fourth-quarter revenues of $1.59 billion, representing 40 percent growth. Analysts were looking for a 34 percent growth in revenue, to $1.52 billion in this quarter, according to analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
‘Posthuman’ Director on Fundraising Without a Crowdfunding Platform (SocialTimes)
The creators of “Posthuman,” a feature-length indie teenage superhero film that is currently in production, have turned to the Internet to raise money to make the project happen. But instead of going the popular route of using a crowdfunding platform like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, they’re doing it on their own. SocialTimes had the opportunity to speak with director Kyle Roberts to find out how they’re making it happen.
Here’s How the Z10, Q10 Get BlackBerry Back in the Game (CNET)
BlackBerry 10 offers a refreshingly slick and unique experience, and the two smartphones, the Z10 touchscreen BlackBerry and more traditional Bold-like Q10, look fairly competitive. But whether they’re enough to turn some heads and win lost customers back remains to be seen.
Tumblr Updates iPhone and iPad App with Mature ’17+’ Rating (The Verge)
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for iOS apps, with both 500px and Vine getting attention for allowing access to adult material. 500px was even pulled for a week before returning with a new 17+ rating — and now it appears the Tumblr iOS app has been updated with a mature rating as well.
YouTube Shuts Down its YouTube Create Program for Partner Apps (GigaOM)
YouTube is shutting down YouTube Create at the end of this month, ending what was supposed to be a promotion of both the YouTube API and third-party apps taking advantage of it. YouTube Create was launched some 18 months ago as a showcase for third-party video editors like WeVideo, Vibop and Magisto.
What’s Next for Dropbox This Year: Content Instead of Files (AllThingsD)
Dropbox Wednesday previewed a set of features to help its users share and view their content, at a press event at its snazzy San Francisco headquarters. The new features include photo albums, quick previews for PDFs and other documents and easier sharing to Facebook, Twitter and email.
Millennials: Why All My Friends Live in the Computer (SocialTimes)
I was staring at the list of my Facebook friends online and realized that having the ability to get instant social gratification is not so bad. Maybe, just maybe this is actually much better.
Cops Troll Murder Victim on Facebook (The Daily Dot)
Two New Jersey cops are facing an internal affairs investigation after trolling discussions on Facebook with false accusations about a 22-year-old murder victim. Raymar Lecky was killed on New Year’s Eve after a drunken dispute with a friend about a girl.