Sometimes it can be quite difficult to keep up with the ever changing face of social media. Quite often, social platforms will make changes to their systems which they claim is for the benefit of the user. Not all changes are welcome though, and sometimes they are more trouble than they’re worth. Here are 3 updates that have been irking us recently…
Twitter’s Profile Change
Twitter’s new profile layout has been criticised for looking too much like Facebook as it introduced a bigger header image and other sorting features. Perhaps this more familiar design has been brought in to appeal to new users who perhaps found the old design confusing.
Existing profiles have had their header image dimensions messed around with as a result though and have been left with either stretched, pixelated or cropped images. To get your desktop profile looking its best, profile pictures need to be 400 x 400 pixels and your header should be 1500 x 500 pixels. For full details on the changes, see our earlier blog on Twitter’s redesign.
Facebook’s Auto-play Videos
First rolled out by Instagram, Facebook have decided to get in on the trend of auto-play videos. As you scroll down your news feed you may have noticed that your friend’s videos start playing on their own without sound. To activate sound you must click the un-mute icon in the corner of the video.
This can be extremely annoying, but if you want to turn off this feature there are just a few simple steps to follow…
1. First, click the arrow in the top right hand corner of the page, and click on Settings from the resulting menu.
2. On the left hand side of the page there is a menu bar. Click Videos right at the bottom.
3. There is one option here – “Auto-play videos”. Click the “on” button to “off” and you’re sorted.
It’s worth noting that this only fixes the setting on the desktop version of Facebook
Vine’s Private Messages
Vine is the 7-second video sharing service that allows users to get creative by chopping together small snippets of footage. The relatively new, an increasingly popular app was acquired by Twitter in 2012. At the start of the month, Vine introduced private messaging.
Why is this an annoyance? Well, more and more apps are incorporating private messaging, which is not necessarily a problem, however there seems to be a lack of differentiation between apps now. If you are able to send videos, images and text to each other on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc. then what is the difference? It seems that Vine is just another media sharing app, except with Vine you are limited to 7 seconds worth of video.