Here is a quick roundup of some of the latest happenings in the social media world.
Pinterest may be primarily focused on pictures and videos, but users also like to pin articles – five million of them every day actually.
On Tuesday, the team announced a new look for those pinned items. Now, whenever you bookmark an article, it will automatically include more information. Beyond the usual link, you can expect to see the headlines, names of authors, and story descriptions.
According to Software Engineer Jon Parise, this is similar to what already happens when pinning recipes, movies or products: "We’re always looking for ways to make pins more useful so that when you discover and pin something great, it’s easy to act on it, whether that’s cooking a dish, watching a movie, buying a new gadget or reading an article."
Note that there is no need to pin old articles. They will be updated automatically to reflect the changes.
Twitter is rolling out a personalized recommendation system for Android and iPhone users. Based on an experimental account called @MagicRecs, the new feature will send them a direct message when a specific account or Tweet starts getting popular among members of their networks.
“As with any notification, you can change your settings at any time; you can turn these notifications off or on with the “Recommendations” toggle in your notifications settings,” says Venu Satuluri on the Twitter Blog. `
YouTube is introducing a new commenting system powered by Google+. The idea behind the change is to put an end to spam and provide users with a more personalized experience.
First, comments that come from the creator of the video, popular YouTubers, and people in a viewer’s Circles will be moved to the top of the list. Engaged discussions around the video will also get the same treatment.
The second improvement lies in the privacy area. Users can now decide to make their comments private or public. "Like Gmail, replies are threaded so you can easily follow conversations," says the YouTube Official Blog.
Finally, YouTube is giving video creators access to better tools to moderate comments. For example, they have the ability to block certain words and auto-approve comments from specific fans. More information about this can be found on the YouTube Help page.