Twitter @Replies No Longer Count Toward 140-Character Limit
Twitter today improved its service a little bit by cutting @replies from the character limit. Moving forward, when people reply to an individual or to a group, the @username(s) will not count toward the Tweet's 140 characters. Twitter says the addressees' names will appear above the Tweet text rather than within the Tweet itself. Toggles will let people see who's part of the reply chain. Perhaps most importantly, @usernames won't clog the beginning of each Tweet, making the actual conversation easier to read and understand. Twitter has already removed images and other content from the character limit. The update is expected to reach Twitter's mobile apps over the coming days.
Apr 5, 2019
Google has turned its Smart Reply technology into an API that third-party Android and iOS developers can easily deploy in their own messaging apps. The software looks at the (up to) ten most recent messages in a thread, applies Google's machine learning algorithm locally (nothing is sent to the cloud,) and suggests three complete replies that can be sent with one tap.
Nov 14, 2018
Google is adding a wide range of features to its AI-powered Google Assistant that focus on improving the experience at home. First, family members will be able to respond to broadcasts.
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Twitter today made it easier to publish tweet storms, or threads. The use of threads, a way to string together a series of tweets to tell a longer story, has risen in popularity over the last few years.
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WhatsApp today added a handful of features to its group chat function that should improve the experience. For example, a new group description provides a short blurb that explains the purpose, topic, and guidelines behind each group.
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Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.