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“Let me see your phone”

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Twitter Eases Process of Embedding Timelines

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Twitter streamlined the process for publishers looking to generate and embed multiple timelines.

Senior product manager Mollie Vandor used a blog post to reveal three ways for publishers to generate an unlimited number of timelines: factory functions, Twitter’s new oEmbed application-programming interface and via publish.twitter.com.

Vandor also said publishers no longer need to create and save widgets to their accounts.


She wrote:

Whether you want to programmatically generate thousands of timelines at once, or you’re just looking for the quickest way to add a single Twitter timeline to your site, we’ve got you covered. With factory functions, you can now easily generate timelines for any web application, whether you want one timeline or 1 million. You can also use our new oEmbed API to seamlessly integrate profile, list, like or collection timelines directly into your CMS (content-management system). Or you can go straight to publish.twitter.com to customize your own embedded timeline display and get the code you need to copy and paste into your site–no computer science degree required.

As part of these improvements, we’ve also removed the need to create and save widgets to your account. Of course, if you already have timeline widgets, you can always access them in your Twitter settings. But going forward, you won’t need to log in to create or configure embedded timelines, and you’ll never need another widget ID again. All you need is a public profile, list, like or collection URL to get started. Check out our documentation or go to publish.twitter.com for more information. And, as always, by embedding Twitter content in your website or app, you are agreeing to the Developer Agreement and Developer Policy.

Readers: Do you have experience with embedding Twitter timelines?

Article courtesy of SocialTimes

Twitter Updates Android App With Material Design

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Twitter launched a redesigned application for Android users, which aligns with Google’s Material design. In the process, Twitter included three changes that it said will make its app easier to use.

First, the app now has a tab-based menu at the top of the screen, which allows users to quickly move between their home timelines, notifications, direct messages and more.

A revamped look and feel for our @Android app, now rolling out globally! See what’s new: https://t.co/MOaWKJgjqc pic.twitter.com/snL8pBLnDL

— Twitter (@twitter) June 7, 2016

Next, users have access to a navigation menu that slides out from the side of the screen, which allows them to access their profiles, highlights, lists, the connect tab and their settings.

Finally, the “new tweet” button has been turned into a floating button in the corner of the screen, so users can quickly send a new tweet whenever they’d like.

This updated Twitter experience is now rolling out to Android users around the world.

Readers: What do you think of these changes to Twitter’s Android app?

Article courtesy of SocialTimes

iOS 9 Now Available To Download

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Facebook Says Hello to New Android Dialer, Caller ID App

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HelloThe Phone Android dialer application Facebook was testing last month has been rechristened Hello, and it was officially rolled out in the Google Play store Wednesday.

Hello, currently available only for Android, serves as a phone dialer, caller ID provider, search engine and blocker of unwanted calls.

Android Police reported last month that an app called Phone was discovered in the Google Play store, and the two apps are clearly one in the same, since the Google Play URL for Hello contains “Facebook Phone.”

The entry for Phone last month was labeled “FB-ONLY,” likely meaning that it was only intended for use by employees of the social network, and users attempting to install it were unsuccessful, encountering “no page found” errors, which Android Police believed was due to the app being stored on Facebook’s internal servers.

As for Hello, from Facebook Creative Labs, product manager Andrea Vaccari provided an overview of the app’s features in a Newsroom post:

When you get a call, Hello will show you info about who’s calling you, even if you don’t have that number saved in your phone. You will only see info that people have already shared with you on Facebook.


You can also search for people and businesses on Facebook and call them with just one tap. So if a friend tells you about a new restaurant in your neighborhood, you can use Hello to find their hours, make a reservation and get directions, all without leaving the app.


Hello makes it easy to block unwanted calls. From your settings, you can block specific numbers and adjust whether you want to automatically block calls from commonly blocked numbers. Blocked calls go straight to voicemail and can be reviewed in your recent calls.


With Hello, people will only see info they could otherwise find on Facebook. We’ve also made it easy to control your experience using your settings on Facebook and in the app.

Readers: What are your initial impressions of Hello?


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Facebook’s iOS App Gets Noisy

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WomanNoisesCellPhoneAre you hearing strange sounds while navigating the Facebook iOS application? Don’t worry: You’re not going crazy.

Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that it is adding sounds to its iOS app, saying:

We are in the process of adding sounds to a variety of common Facebook actions for a more delightful experience.

Josh Constine of TechCrunch reported noticing sounds during actions including navigating via the buttons on the navigation bar, liking, resharing, posting and hitting the back button.

The sounds can be disabled by going to the settings menu within the Facebook app, clocking on sounds, and then turning off in-app sounds.

Constine also pointed out that the team behind audio-production company WaveGroup Sound joined Facebook last August.

Readers: Have you noticed sounds in your Facebook apps? What do you think?

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Amazon’s Connected Speaker Echo Now Has An iOS App

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Twitter’s New App Tracking Capabilities To Help Personalize User Experience, Benefit Advertisers

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Android Lollipop Easter Egg Casts Andy The Android As Flappy Bird

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Third-Party Apps Are Gossiping About You

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Gossiping650Tailoring your News Feed to your interests and likes has been a core concept of Facebook since its early beginnings. But have you noticed that now, when Facebook recommends a store, brand, film, etc., it also lets you know which of your friends like it, too? When that happens, do you scratch your head and say to yourself, “Well, how do they know what my friends like?”

The answer is that all of the third-party applications you and your friends have installed on your computers have access to your information. And boy, do those apps like to gossip. Ok, maybe they’re not GOSSIPING, but they are trading information back and forth, even when you’re not specifically using the app in question.

In their ongoing quest to “enhance your social experience,” Facebook allowed third-party apps to not only have access to your data, but also the information you can see from your friends. Or, put another way, even if you’ve locked your account up tighter than Fort Knox, someone on your friends list who is not quite as diligent at locking their privacy could be giving out all your particulars.

Users NEED to understand that Facebook privacy is a tenuous thing, at best. Taking precautions with your profile and privacy settings is hugely important. And now, with the fast-growing proliferation of new apps hitting the digital universe, it is even more important to lock the gate against the information flow from these apps.

So before posting a long, passive-aggressive rant about your dummy friends and their privacy idiocies compromising YOURS, take a look at your own app settings.

App Settings

To get to the app settings page, simply click on the settings drop-down on the top-right corner of the Facebook banner (it looks like a downward facing arrow).

This brings you to the settings page, where in the left-hand column you can find apps. Click on that and you’ll see the apps page.

On the apps page, you can edit who can see it and how you’re notified. It also tells you what information it needs and shows other pertinent details, including how to remove or report the app.

It’s a good rule of thumb to go through your apps list every quarter and delete the ones you don’t use, because even if you’ve gotten bored with Candy Crush Saga or the latest quiz, they’re still there and still pulling data. In addition, even though you may delete apps, any data they pulled prior to deletion is still on third-party companies’ servers.

Now, let’s look at your friends’ apps.

Apps Others Use

On this page, simply uncheck the information you don’t want shared.

This is where the third-party apps are getting your vitals, so if you don’t want that information circulating, leave the page blank, save changes and move on.

Facebook also offers a way for users to completely disable ALL apps from their page — a scorched Earth answer to apps. Under “Apps You Use,” the first line says, “Use apps, plugins, games and websites on Facebook and elsewhere?” Change the answer to no, save changes and you will never have to deal with apps again. Well, until something changes. And then you can check back here to see what’s what.

Be aware, though, that you will not be able to use any apps of any kind on Facebook once you turned the platform off.  Nor will you be able to login to other sites using your Facebook credentials. That sucks, so you probably don’t want to do it.

Mindful of the ongoing concerns about privacy, Facebook is looking into ways to allow users to use apps without having to login. Back in April, at the F8 developer’s conference, Facebook announced Anonymous Login. The new login is designed for users who don’t want to share their information when they use an app. It will give the users the opportunity to share their information later, if they so desire.

According to Facebook, Anonymous Login is being shared with developers for testing, and it will be rolling out in the next few months.

Facebook users want to be able to login to multiple sites without having to remember several different user names and passwords. Nor do they want to have their personal information shared without their knowledge or consent. Locking down your account settings and Anonymous Login may let those users eat their cake and have it too.

Readers: Have you examined your app settings recently?

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Article courtesy of Inside Facebook

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