In this week’s #ICYMI we look at changes to Twitter and Instagram.
Last month Twitter made it easier to track conversations surrounding a particular tweet by grouping them together and highlighting the most interesting parts of the conversation right below the tweet. With this latest algorithm change, replies and popular tweets will be easier to find.
Along with this change, conversations and related tweets are linked by a blue line making it easy for users to follow along. The tweets that have the most responses will be pushed to the top.
Overall this update will make it easier for brands to track the sentiment of a certain conversation. By pushing the most popular replies to the top, this will also filter out a lot of noise that often surrounds a conversation.
Additionally Twitter has now removed the 140-character limit for direct messages and expanded it to 10,000 characters. When combined with the fact that DMs are no longer limited to users who follow each other, it becomes clear that Twitter wants to enable longer, more meaningful conversations between users.
In other news, Instagram has introduced a new web design on desktop and mobile that makes user accounts look cleaner and photos much larger.
The most noticeable change is to profile pages on the desktop, which now have three large images in each row as opposed to the original five. Also, the grid of cover images at the top is gone and there are no longer borders and rounded edges. This makes it easier for users to digest images faster, without so much surrounding clutter.
This update is great for brands that are product focused as users may stay on their Instagram account longer. The more user-friendly and visually pleasing design for the desktop also signifies Instagram’s attempt at becoming more than a mobile application and destination for professional photographers.
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