Tag: social media

WhatsApp launches new Live Location feature for Android, iOS users

WhatsApp launches new Live Location feature for Android, iOS users

social media
WhatsApp, the popular messaging App globally is launching a new feature that will let contacts track one another in real time. WhatsApp has come a long way since its launch as just an instant messaging application. The message service's 1.3 billion active monthly users are increasingly depending on the platform to share and communicate. It has launched another new feature that enables users to share their live location for certain period of time. The live location tracking feature, will allow users to share their movements if they're trying to find their friends or let them know they're safe. The feature, which WhatsApp said is encrypted, asks users to set a time limit on how long their location is shared for and lets them stop doing so at any time. Despite being available on
Tweeps to get double tweet length to express themselves

Tweeps to get double tweet length to express themselves

social media
The 140-character limit is Twitter's defining feature and also its most controversial. Critics say that it makes the service confining and unfriendly to new users. Defenders say that enforced brevity is what makes the service so useful. For the first time in history, twitter is now changing its character limit. The service announced on Tuesday it is doubling its character count for tweets -- from 140 characters to 280 characters -- for some of its users. The test group will include those who tweet in certain languages, including English, Spanish and Portuguese. The cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey has hinted at expanding the character limit before. Earlier this year, Twitter removed user handles -- a person's Twitter name preceded by the @ sign -- from replies to tweets, instead linkin...
Facebook to start making money off WhatsApp by charging businesses

Facebook to start making money off WhatsApp by charging businesses

Mobile, social media, Technology
Facebook, the biggest social networking giant, has decided to finally make money from WhatsApp by charging businesses that want to conduct customer support in the app. The social media platform snatched up WhatsApp in 2014 for a whopping $22 billion, but the popular messaging service still isn't making Facebook much cash despite WhatsApp's 1 billion daily users. The app used to charge users a $1 per year subscription but dropped the fee in early 2016. WhatsApp co founder Jan Koum has long been a staunch opponent of traditional advertising and has promised that the app will never show ads. WhatsApp's program for businesses will charge large companies that want to be verified and have access to a suite of automated tools for helping and responding to customers, the Facebook-owned ap...
WhatsApp to soon have verified accounts

WhatsApp to soon have verified accounts

social media
According to a new beta version of WhatsApp, the messaging App will soon have a verified account with green ticks for businesses. The WhatsApp Verified account will have a green tick next to it, just like verified accounts on Facebook, Twitter have a blue tick next to them. WhatsApp’s new feature will be rolling out soon, and the company has also put out a detailed blogpost explaining this. The blogpost reads, “WhatsApp is exploring ways for you to communicate with the businesses that matter to you. Some business accounts have been verified by WhatsApp. If you see a green badge next to a contact’s name, it means that WhatsApp has confirmed that the phone number of this contact belongs to a business account.”  So how will you know that the WhatsApp account is verified as a busi
Social media #Hashtag turned 10 this week

Social media #Hashtag turned 10 this week

social media
You may have a hard time envisioning conversations on social media these days that don't have a #hashtag. The hashtag, the symbol attached to keywords to tag topics online, on Wednesday celebrated 10 years making social media just a bit more navigable. The sign has preceded the keywords that mark out all major events around the world since 2007, when it got its first outing on Twitter. Before long, it had spread to other social media including Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. It's become a part of pop culture, sitting at the bottom of the TV screen during an ad, or as a catchphrase for a celebrity's fans, just as the Justin Bieber's #Beliebers. Hashtags themselves have ranged from silly to serious. Meanwhile, there's been the campaign to draw attention to nearly 300 kidnapped Ni...