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No, Twitter is not removing its like button ‘soon’, but it is considering it

Twitter’s like button — the heart at the bottom of a Tweet — is one of the more enduring and popular parts of the Twitter experience. So it took some by surprise to see a story published earlier today claiming that Twitter would “soon” be removing the feature.

Not so soon, it seems. Twitter today said that while it’s been “considering” a move to remove the “Like” button for a while now — CEO Jack Dorsey has mentioned it more than once over the the last few months — there is no timeline for the move, nor is it happening in the near future.

“As we’ve been saying for a while, we are rethinking everything about the service to ensure we are incentivizing healthy conversation, that includes the like button,” the Twitter Comms account noted. “We are in the early stages of the work and have no plans to share right now.”

What’s the backstory here? Twitter’s heart button — which controversially replaced a star back in 2015 — gets used by millions as a quick way of sending an acknowledgement of what someone else has written, without the full force of a re-tweet. It also can be a way to help you track things you found interesting but are otherwise likely to forget.

But nothing is sacred on social media, and so it seems that even the simple heart has become subject to abuse. As with any Tweet, one that is harassing or harmful, or that might contain incendiary content, will go viral when it gets Re-Tweeted.

But if a large amount of people — or, maybe just as likely, bots — like that Tweet, this can also help push it along in Twitter’s algorithms, where it gets surfaced in lists, in your notifications, and in people’s timelines because of its popularity. Thus, when that Tweet might have a nefarious intention, hearts can lead to heartbreak.

In the meantime, the company has been on a long-term process of rethinking what it can do on its platform to make it less toxic — or as Twitter might say it, improve public conversation.

Its strike rate is not always perfect, though. Just this weekend, it emerged that it had given a pass to a user who had been reported as abusive on the platform: it turned out that it was the person sending bombs in the mail to public figures. (His account has since been suspended and Twitter has apologised.)

On a more productive level, Twitter has been expanding options it gives users to save Tweets that are less ‘social’, such as the creation of Bookmarks, which are private to the user creating them — in effect creating a new tool to replicate one of the ways that the like button has been used.

Removing ways of responding to Tweets seems anathema to the idea of a conversational platform, although there are many options for what Twitter might consider before removing the heart (or whatever shape its fave/like takes) altogether: they could include a variety of responses similar to Facebook’s, or changing how a like affects a Tweet’s position in Twitter’s wider algorithms.

Twitter’s move to reconsider the like button and what it does isn’t ridiculous in that context, although abandoning it abruptly would be odd, and potentially controversial in itself. Or perhaps not: the company’s stock is up nearly four percent in trading this morning.


Source: TechCrunch

Goodbye Gab, a Haven for the Far Right

After the Squirrel Hill massacre, the tech industry needs to grapple with a major question: Do platforms like Gab radicalize attackers?
Source: Wired

What to Expect from Apple's October 30 iPad Pro and Macbook Event

Apple just plain refuses to give your wallet some rest.
Source: Wired

Vimeo subscribers can now publish videos directly to LinkedIn

Vimeo announced today a new feature that will allow videos to be published directly to LinkedIn. The added support is a part of the company’s “Publish to Social” feature, which already offers publishing to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and is available to paid subscribers. The expansion to LinkedIn is another example of the company’s shift in focus from being a video destination site to one that sells tools and services to professional and semi-professional video creators.

The company last year scrapped its plans for a subscription video-on-demand service, promoted its creator business lead Anjali Sud to CEO, and acquired live video streaming platform Livestream, as a part of its broader plan to serve the video creator community through services.

Earlier this year, it announced “Publish to Social,” a tool that support uploading videos to multiple sites at once, as a part of all Plus, PRO, Business, and live plans.

Now it’s adding LinkedIn to its list of supported sites, which makes it the first video platform to integrate with LinkedIn, the company says.

The move also follows Microsoft’s earlier announcement that LinkedIn would open to video uploads as part of a larger video push on its part. Last summer, LinkedIn launched a new feature that allowed users to upload videos to the site from its iOS or Android mobile app – the idea being that users could highlight their work  projects or demonstration products, for example.

With Vimeo’s integration, however, the focus is on uploading to Company Pages, where businesses may be using video in a variety of ways to connect with their customers, prospective employees, and others.

Video has become one of the key drivers for member engagement on LinkedIn, and businesses who want to start a conversation with their audiences are increasingly turning to Company Page videos,” said Peter Roybal, principal product manager at LinkedIn, in a statement about the partnership with Vimeo. “Our new integration with Vimeo is an exciting step for anyone who wants to gain more exposure, and understand their reach to LinkedIn’s highly-engaged professional audiences,” he added.

In addition to the ability to publish to LinkedIn, Vimeo will also provide creators with analytics on the videos, including things like video viewership, engagement, and performance stats. These are available on the Vimeo dashboard, alongside the metrics for other social platforms, as well as other websites and blogs, allowing creators to compare their campaigns’ performance across various destinations.

Creators can also take advantage of Vimeo’s other marketing tools from this dashboard to further customize and monetize their content, the company says.

Using video on LinkedIn can be a big boost for businesses. According to LinkedIn’s own data, LinkedIn Company Page videos see 5x the engagement than any other type of post. And because today’s social platforms favor native uploads, the ability to push a video from Vimeo to sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in that same manner means creators are likely also expanding their reach, rather than using embeds or links.

 

 


Source: TechCrunch

Chrome OS 70 update makes it easier to get touchy with your Chromebook

Chrome OS 70 introduces a series of new changes focused on making Chrome OS more touch-friendly, including a centered system taskbar with larger icons, and a new Gboard-inspired touch keyboard.

The post Chrome OS 70 update makes it easier to get touchy with your Chromebook appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards are dying on a lot of users

Nvidia’s new flagship RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards may have a higher failure rate than normal, as hundreds of users are reporting crashes, artifacts, and sometimes dead cards altogether, even when replaced via RMA.

The post Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards are dying on a lot of users appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

The Science of the Sniff: Why Dogs Are Great Disease Detectors

Dogs have been trained to detect a dozen human diseases—most recently, malaria—but even these pups may ultimately find their jobs replaced by machines.
Source: Wired

Alienware to offer Threadripper 2 CPUs in new Area-51 builds

Alienware’s Area-51 configurations just got a lot more interesting. The new Threadripper Edition builds offer AMD’s flagship gaming and productivity chips in the form of the 2950X and 2920X.

The post Alienware to offer Threadripper 2 CPUs in new Area-51 builds appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

The Singular Joy of the Dumb, Fun Slasher-Movie Threequel, From 'Halloween III' to 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 3'

The threequel is often the most interesting installment of a long-running horror series, an attempt to break away from its predecessors—no matter how ridiculously.
Source: Wired

Red Hydrogen One review: You have never seen a phone like this – CNET

With a 3D screen, the ability to capture 3D photos and videos and the promise of high-end modularity, this is by far the most curious and ambitious phone I’ve ever reviewed.
Source: CNET

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