This Week in Social: May 16 – May 20


Happy Friday everyone! In this week’s social media recap we take a look at Twitter live-streams, Twitter links, and Google’s IO news. As always, don’t forget to share, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Twitter to Stop Counting Photos and Links in 140-Character Limit

Social media managers rejoice! No longer will you have to sacrifice characters to include the engagement friendly photo. Twitter has announced it plans to change what it considers part of the Twitter character limit. Tweets can be a maximum of 140 characters, which can seem like a lot of space, but when adding in links or a photo that number can shrink. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them, and photos take up 22 characters, leaving 117/118 characters to provide your context. Well this week, Twitter revealed that they will be removing these character restrictions on links and photos, giving users back 22-23 characters of their sentence. You’ll be surprised with how much space this really does open up!

The 10 biggest announcements from Google I/O 2016

If you’ve been following recent tech press, you couldn’t have missed news of Google’s I/O conference Wednesday. Google I/O is Google’s yearly developer conference where they announce new Google products and features and tell press and developers how to use them. This year Google went on the offense, launching many products directed at their competitors. These new announcements include Virtual Reality (VR) products like the Daydream mobile VR platform, and a VR reference design, as well as Allo and Duo – a text and video messaging service. Alongside these new announcements, Google announced new ways it plans to work in the internet of things with Google Home and Android Auto. Watch the video above to get the full scoop on the conference and let us know what you think!


Twitter adds button to Android app for launching Periscope broadcasts

This week, Twitter tried an experiment that shows just how they feel about their future in live-streaming. Twitter owned Periscope allows users to live-stream directly from their phones, letting others with the periscope app view those streams. Some Android users have noticed a new feature on their Twitter app, adding the ability to live-stream directly from Twitter, without the need for the Periscope app. This seems like a direct response to Facebook Live’s success and the ease-of-use that viewing the streams right from the app provides, without the need for a second download. We’re interested to see how Twitter plans to use this new feature and what that will mean for Periscope.

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