According to a Mar. 18 report in the “Apple Insider”, “Facebook” has just launched another update into the App Store. This update includes new features like improvements to group messaging and the in-app option to change cover photos.
As far as group messaging goes, it now takes fewer taps to start a group message and it's a lot easier to name and find group conversations. With the new in-app ability to change cover photos, you now have a choice of either taking a new photo or choosing one from your camera roll.
This new update comes less than a month after it's big update in February that added free calling to family and friends through VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). It also continues the trend of merging the social network's desktop and mobile software.
Talking about photos, “Flickr” has just updated it's app too. This app now supports hashtags. You can add them to a photo's title and description, plus, you can use them in a search query to find every photo using that hashtag.
The hashtag (like #loseweight) links a photo to a topic. A hashtag is a word or phrase preceded by a pound sign. It was first widely used in Twitter to link tweets to subjects. The hashtag is becoming so popular that even Facebook is thinking of supporting it.
The ability to search photos in “Flickr” is big news. “Flickr” has more than 6 billion photos and up till now searching for certain photos was different from finding them. While “Flickr” users have employed hashtags for a long time, this is the first time that it is officially supported by the photo sharing service.
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