Social Media Briefs: Twitter Conversations, Facebook Albums, Google Hangouts in HD

It seems like there was a little bit of everything for all the social networks. Let's take a look at what made headlines. 

Tweet Better

Twitter made it easier to keep track of conversations that take place within the microblogging platform. Tweets that are part of a conversation are shown in chronological order. Users will see up to three Tweets in sequence in their home timeline. If you want to see more, you can tap a Tweet to see all the replies, including those from people you don’t follow. 

Twitter has also made it easier to share conversations. Now users can share conversations over email — whether your friends are on Twitter or not. iPhone users can share individual Tweets over email, while Android users can share via direct message (DM) as well. 

Instagram Acquires Luma

The folks at Instagam acquired Luma, a video sharing app. Though we don't know how much Instagram paid for the acquisition, we can only guess that Instagram will have access to Luma's talent and technology, which can help boost the app’s video functionality


LinkedIn is Watching You

LinkedIn is now showing the company websites you have visited right on the homepage. Why? They seem to want to make their attempts to track user behaviors more than obvious to their members. But this new update does raise a variety of other questions, like will LinkedIn allow this information to be used by advertisers? or will LinkedIn tell users exactly what they're tracking, and what are they not tracking? 

Google Hangouts in HD

Does your Google Hangout need a little HD? Now you can with Hangouts on Air, the live-streamed version of Hangouts, where anyone with a Google+ account can watch. Hangouts have switched from the H.264 video codec to their own VP8, an open and royalty-free codec. The update, which has be quietly transitioning, makes it possible for Google to improve the quality and look of its streams at low bit rates, which is especially important when it comes to mobile video chats. Perhaps most important, the transition makes it so that users don't have to rely on third-party code to run Hangouts chats. 

Facebook Shares Albums

Facebook announced shared photo albums, a new feature that allows multiple users to upload images to the same album. The album creator can now share access to as many as 50 "contributors," who can each in turn share up to 200 photos.


They once were only able to upload photos to albums they created, and were limited to 1,000 total photos. Additionally, users can choose a setting that allows contributors to invite others to the album, or retain total control over album invitations.