Friday Round-Up: November 29th
The Launch of WT: Social by Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales
If the conversations about Facebook’s political ads, fake news, and data privacy has you down, never fear, WT: Social is here. WikiTribune Social, which is being marketing as WT: Social is the brainchild of Jimmy Wales. The London, England based company describes itself as a “Wiki-style community with paid professional journalists in an effort to create a collaborative news space; a high-quality neutral platform that is genuinely community-controlled and which also has a backbone of professional journalism.”
Canva Adds “Stickers” to Graphic Options
A new feature on Canva allows users to add animated graphics to social posts. The animated graphics, or stickers, are located in the elements panel. The vector-based graphics can be placed directly into your custom graphic and resized for a variety of social media channels.
Is Twitter Removing Accounts?
In early November Reuters reported that Twitter had removed over 10,000 accounts throughout late September and early October. In an effort to cull inactive accounts it was announced that handles that had remained inactive for six months or more would be deleted after December 11th, 2019. In an about-face, Twitter announced on Thursday, November 28th that those plans are on hold. The pause came in response from the friends and family members of deceased Twitter users who wanted to have continual access to old tweets. The company is now looking into ways to create a memorial process that can preserve tweets of demised Twitter users.
HubSpot Now Uploads Video to Instagram
Content planners rejoice! HubSpot has recently added video uploading capabilities for Instagram in its social media scheduling module. The videos can be uploaded just as they are for other connected platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Administrators can then select the date and time of the post and the video will be shared with Instagram as appointed.
Twitter Tries to Stay on Topic
Have you ever had a tweet take on a life of its own? Perhaps the tweet that started with your love of Hawaiian pizza ended with a political rant, an unsolicited request for a follow on another platform, and your Aunt asking why you aren’t married. That, dear friends, is conversation hi-jacking and Twitter will stand for it no longer!
Twitter recently announced that authors of tweets now have the power to moderate comments and hide replies. See the instructions from Twitter below and feel empowered to take political rants, bots, or Aunt Helen off your feed as you deem necessary.
Tweet authors have the option to hide replies to their Tweets. Everyone can still access hidden replies through the hidden reply icon, which shows up on the original Tweet when there are hidden replies. Additionally, the Tweet author can unhide a reply at any time. When a Tweet author hides a reply, the author of the reply will not be notified.
How to hide a reply
- From a reply to one of your Tweets, click or tap the icon.
- Select hide reply and confirm.
- To view your hidden replies, click or tap the hidden reply icon which will be available in the bottom-right of your original Tweet.
How to unhide a reply
- Click or tap the hidden reply icon
- Click or tap the icon from the reply you’d like to unhide.
- Select Unhide reply.
When hidden replies won’t be available within the hidden reply page
- Hidden replies from a protected account will not be available within the hidden replies page, which is behind the hidden reply icon Similarly if a hidden reply is then deleted by the author, it will also no longer show up in that section.
- If you hide a reply and that account mutes or blocks you, you’ll be unable to view or unhide that reply.
When hidden replies will have a notice
- A hidden reply will be replaced by a notice, which is a message stating the Tweet is unavailable when viewed from the Home timeline only when another account replies to it (which can be done from the hidden reply page).
- If a hidden reply is not replied to by anyone else, it will not be replaced by a notice in the Home timeline.
Note: This feature is available via Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, and twitter.com. This feature is not available on Tweetdeck.