President Barack Obama begins answering questions on Quora about Affordable Care Act. Facebook reveals more details of new pages layout. These stories, and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.
Social media fails on Martin Luther King Day. Twitter to highlight diversity of users. These stories, and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.
Twitter made several updates to its apps late Tuesday, including the ability to send photos via direct message.
It’s the first time that users will be able to send photos via DM, adding a new level of interaction for Twitter fans. Twitter also added a new tab to find those direct messages right away.
Twitter’s Jeremy Gordon, senior director of product engineering, blogged the news Tuesday night:
Every day, people come to Twitter to find out what’s happening in the world and talk about it. Today, we’re updating our mobile apps to make this even easier.
Viral video “Seeing Eye People” uses humor to bring attention to NYC’s texting and walking epidemic—offering a “ridiculous solution” to the problem. Or not.
We’ve all been guilty of texting when drinking… right? Because this list from Mashable of the 21 drunk texters we all know rings a little too close to home. I’ll go first: I’m the Planner when I am not drunk and the Instigator when I am drunk. Of course, I just like the list because it’s also an accurate description of 21 drunk types we probably know, and since it’s Friday, let’s celebrate the weekend by dreaming up of different ways to use our phone when drinking.
Texting while driving in New York? Watch out. New York’s state troopers just got handed 32 “tall, unmarked SUVs” to help them look into vehicles zooming along the state’s highways for illegal texters, according to the AP.
Use of any hand-held mobile phone or device, including texting, gaming and browsing while driving is illegal in New York, where violators risk a $50 to $150 fine, plus points docked from their driving record. This goes for bus and taxi drivers, too. Read more
Facebook released an update to its Messenger app that allows you to reach anyone using the app whose number you have, not just your existing Facebook friends.
The update lets individuals text their contacts from within the app, rather than switching to Facebook, their phone’s SMS client, or any other chat app. For those still paying per text, it could be a real money saver. Of course, not everyone has signed up for Messenger, so it may depend how popular Messenger is with an individual’s group of friends and family whether it’s relevant.
A fresh design, more speed, swipe navigation, and icons showing who among your contacts is on Messenger and active round out the update. Read more
The Swedes are commonly known for giving Nobel Prizes, making great meatballs, and of course neatly packaging modern home furnishings. Personally, I think they should be known for having a heart of gold. SMSlivräddare, a Swedish organization that solicits CPR-trained Swedes for emergencies via texts, have help to increase cardiac survival rates from 3% to nearly 11%.
Since the first few minutes of a cardiac attack is the most crucial for survival, the fleet of 9,600 volunteers are capable of boosting the flagging emergency response service. In fact, every minute of waiting reduces the chances of survival by 10%. Read more
Phone calls aren’t really that hard, but they seem harder, at least to about a third of Americans, than text messaging. Enter Instaply. The mobile app allows users and participating businesses to exchange text messages.
WhatsApp Messenger dominated both major app stores in the number of downloads in April, according to data from Distimo.