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Google Plus is now on Twitter (don’t panic)

Google Plus is now on Twitter (don’t panic)

So, uh, this is awkward. That social service you don’t really use is on the one you probably do. Today, Google Plus opened a Twitter account. You might assume (as many did) it's a troll account, but it’s not. The official Google account has retweeted their first tweet, and the Google Plus Google Plus account posted a link to their new Twitter account. It’s got people wondering what’s going on, but it’s pretty simple: they’re recruiting. In an attempt to get more traction in the social space, Plus is taking to Twitter to spread the word.

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Hungry? ‘Twitter Food’ curates tweets for foodies

Hungry? ‘Twitter Food’ curates tweets for foodies

You’re going to be on social media, and you’re going to talk about food; you can’t help yourself. Twitter knows. They see you doing it. Rather than leave you searching for hashtags, the microblogging site is going to start curating food content for you, but it won’t just be filtered pics of half-eaten hamburgers. Twitter Food will bring you best-of food tweets as well as the “best conversations” from “top foodies” on Twitter. The account is live today.

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Instagram update brings three new filters, emoji in hashtags

Instagram update brings three new filters, emoji in hashtags

Just in time for Spring, Instagram is announcing three new filters “inspired by weekend adventures outdoors”. Lark, Reyes, and Juno offer Instragrammers the chance to enhance photos for use with the social medium in new ways, while still capturing a distinct style that makes Instagram attractive. These three join the Color and Fade tools introduced last month, and the five new filers Instagram launched in December: Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua. In addition to the new filters, Instagram is also letting users add emoji to hashtags.

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Facebook changes News Feed; more pals, less pages

Facebook changes News Feed; more pals, less pages

Businesses posting to Facebook already have a lot of hoops to jump through. Don’t be ‘overly promotional’, and don’t elicit ‘Likes’. You can’t post content that may be relevant to your business, either. also, don’t try to be like The Onion. Now Facebook is changing their News Feed algorithm altogether, and just plain adding more content from your friends, providing they don’t chatter too much. It’s not off-the-cuff, though; Facebook says they’re making changes in response to user feedback.

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Vines can now be shared to multiple social sites at once

Vines can now be shared to multiple social sites at once

Vine is equal parts amazing and terrifying. The looping, quick-hit videos are often hilarious, or maybe even amazing, but before you know it you’ve wasted a lot of time on the platform. To make those looping takes easier to find, Vine is announcing a new sharing feature for the service. Users who want to share a Vine can now distribute it to multiple sources at once — including Tumblr, where looping videos need to be. The update will hit iOS first, with Android support “coming soon”.

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Twitter adjusts DM settings, now lets anyone contact you

Twitter adjusts DM settings, now lets anyone contact you

Getting Direct Messages via Twitter isn’t as good as a standalone chat client, but it’s a handy feature when you just need to have a quick chat with a contact. Today, Twitter is giving users a bit more control, and once again allowing Direct Messages from anyone (if you opt in, of course). Similarly, accounts you follow can now Direct Message you. While that sounds a bit sketchy, Twitter is a pretty profound customer service portal in addition to providing newsworthy content in 140 characters.

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Blogging platform Medium now lets you block accounts

Blogging platform Medium now lets you block accounts

With growth come pains for a social entity. Medium, though meant for the written word, still has a very implicit social aspect. You can comment on a blog post via a pop-out sidebar, so interaction is a s key as unique blog posts. Saying they want the platform to be “a safe place for everyone to share their stories and ideas”, Medium has introduced the ability to block accounts. Rather than force users to suffer trolls or harassment, Medium is giving us an out.

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Twitter’s new homepage tries to reel newbies in

Twitter’s new homepage tries to reel newbies in

If you visit Twitter while logged out (on the desktop), you’ll see a new landing page. In an attempt to encourage more users, Twitter ha launched a new homepage that shows you what categories may be of interest to you. Those tabs lead you to a stream of tweets you can peruse, which is the hook. If you’d like to do more — say retweet or reply to a post — you’ll need an account, or to log-in. The page seems geared to encourage more to sign up for the microblogging service.

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Tumblr for iOS revamped with new look, better blogging features

Tumblr for iOS revamped with new look, better blogging features

Tumblr is making another move toward being your blogging platform of choice. With version 4.0 for iOS, we’re not only getting a snappy new icon, but plenty of under-the-hood tweaks to go along with it. Not only are there many user-requested features now baked in,, Tumblr also takes full advantage of iOS 8, and brings a widget for your ‘Today’ view on the pull-down shade. When you need to actually get writing, Tumblr is now much more useful on mobile, bringing blog creation to the app.

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LinkedIn Elevate helps employees share content

LinkedIn Elevate helps employees share content

LinkedIn is a professional social network where people can share details about their professional lives and even look for a new job. LinkedIn has announced a new feature that is aimed at helping companies make it easier for workers to share content. The new feature is called LinkedIn Elevate and it is designed to make it easier for workers to share articles, blog posts, and presentations via the social network.

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Twitter is dropping the ‘Discover’ tab

Twitter is dropping the ‘Discover’ tab

Twitter’s Discover tab is gone. Today, the microblogging platform announces they’re retiring Discover, and will be transitioning Trends to the Search page. Trends is also getting a bit of attention in this process, signaling to us Twitter is keen to streamline our experience a bit. With Trends, Twitter will now provide a little context to hashtags you’re not immediately familiar with. The change is coming for both iOS and Android, and via an app update that’s already rolling out to all users.

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Twitter’s #PoweredbyTweets contest to test what platform is capable of

Twitter’s #PoweredbyTweets contest to test what platform is capable of

What can be accomplished with a Tweet? That’s what Twitter would like to know, and their new ‘#PoweredByTweets’ challenge in the UK is hopefully going to answer that question for them. The actual challenge is two-fold: either create something beautiful with Twitter/Tweets, or solve a problem using Twitter. Prizes will be awarded, with a judging panel handing out unnamed packages to the top three winners in each category. Not only a contest, those with the best ideas will have their ideas brought to life by Pixie Labs.

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