In the News
Google rolls out a new UI for Key Moments – The feature that breaks down important parts of a video into sections on a timeline so users can quickly navigate to parts of interest will be getting a new look.
Short videos search results expanded – Facebook and Tik Tok videos will also now appear under the “short videos” section of Google search results, in addition to clips from Youtube.
YouTube adds ‘new’ and ‘returning viewer’ metrics – Youtube Analytics Studio will display metrics for new and returning users, allowing creators to understand better their audience trends over time. The feature will be accessible on the web via the Analytics > Audience page.
Google won’t adopt new tracking tech – Google’s director of product management for ads privacy and trust, David Temkin, announced the company wouldn’t be building an alternative tracking system after the recent removal of third-party cookie support.
Twitter testing undo timer – First identified by social media analyst Jane Manchun Wong, this feature will give users a 5-second window to reverse a sent tweet. Like the hugely successful feature already found on Gmail, but not quite the edit tweet button users are still yearning for.
Spaces now available on Android – Twitter just made a power move to cement itself as the top dog in the social audio vertical by launching the “Spaces” feature on android before its biggest rival, Clubhouse.
eCommerce features in testing – Twitter is testing a new tweet card that shows a product’s name, shop name, product price and shop button—becoming the latest social platform looking to capitalise on the eCommerce boom.
COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation Label – In a bid to tackle fake news, this new label will appear on all tweets that contain inaccurate information or conspiracies concerning the COVID-19 vaccine.
Instagram reveals live rooms – This updated feature will now allow users to go live with three more people than they can at the moment. In addition to this, “live rooms” viewers can buy badges for the hosts and use other interactive features like shopping and fundraising.
Facebook trains A.I. to ‘see’ – The new “computer vision” program, nicknamed SEER, secured an image classification score of 84.2%, significantly outperforming other A. I model’s on the same test. The new software will supposedly be open-source; however, critical details are soon to follow.
Facebook allows users to turn off political Ads – From March 4th, users in over 90 countries will have the option to switch off from seeing political content. These new controls will also require advertisers to get authorisation and add disclaimers indicating important information such as the funding source behind any political ads.
Facebook simplifies Instagram message access – User accounts with Facebook pages or Business Suite can now also be given access to Instagram messages from one place. To grant access to your Instagram messages: Go to Settings>Privacy, then scroll down and check the box for “Allow access to Messages.
Pinterest content moderation system revealed – Vishwakarma Singh, Head of Pinterest’s trust and safety machine learning team, detailed how the various AI and machine learning models used by the social platform have successfully reduced harmful content distribution and impressions by over 80%.
Pinterest Announces New Marketing Tools – Pinterest revealed a host of new tools at the first-ever global advertiser summit, “Pinterest Presents”. The stand-out was ‘Pinterest Premiere’, an option that enables advertisers to buy premium video placements in the home feed for a specific demographic, interest or category, over a particular time.
Q&A rolls out to all Tik Tok creators – The new design feature will label User questions in comments with a Q & A tag, to which creators can respond as they would with any other video content.
Tik Tok Launches Safety Council – Tik Tok revealed the key members of their new European Safety Council, who will help the social giant shape policies relating to user safety and wellbeing. These include:
- Alex Holmes, Deputy CEO of the UK non-profit The Diana Award
- Ethel Quayle, Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology University of Edinburgh
- Justine Atlan, CEO of e-Enfance
- Satu Raappana, Executive Director, Mental Collective, MIELI Mental Health, Finland.
Netflix launches’ Fast Laughs,’ – Available now on iPhone in select countries, this new TikTok style feature will allow usrs to browse through short clips, share them across Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat and save the corresponding series, films and stand-up specials to their lists for later viewing.
WhatsApp adds call feature for Desktop – In addition to Mobile, Whatsapp users will now be able to make both voice and audio calls directly through their desktop app.
Microsoft’s new ‘Group Transcribe’ iPhone app – The tech giants new app aims to aid communication during in-person meetings with many useful features. These include a highly accurate translation feature for non-native speakers and real-time transcription for deaf and hard hearing individuals.
Soundcloud Adjusts Revenue Model for Artists – Known as Fan-powered royalties; this new system will pay creators based on their music’s listening time.
Case Study: Delivering a Fully-Fledged Website – Read about how we designed and developed both the brand and online platform of Hungary’s most prominent non-profits, Highlights of Hungary.
Why is Clubhouse UX is so Alluring? – This article explores how the UX of this new social network, which taps into an age-old need for intimacy, has played a vital role in helping it become the hottest thing in tech right now.
Top vs side navigation: Which one is better? – This article provides a detailed side by side comparison of these two popular types of navigation. Highlighting the features, best practices, advantages, and disadvantages to help you decide which one to use in your product’s context.
Getting started with grids in digital design – This article provides an in-depth insight into the what, why, how, when and where of one of the essential UX design tools, the Grid.
Shopify’s 4-step process for testing Design Accessibility – In this article, the author provides an in-depth guide to how she and the design team at the eCommerce giant used screen readers to conduct an in-depth accessibility audit.
A designer’s guide to digital sustainability – This article delves deeper into the concept of digital sustainability, how you can help raise awareness around the issue and educate clients on the potential growth they could experience by adopting this eco-ethical approach to their product.
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