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Twitter just launched a major profile redesign that will roll out to users over the next few weeks. This layout looks oddly similar to other social sites such as Facebook and Google+. Designer David Bellona shares that the new Web profiles will feature a larger profile photo, a header (cover) photo, and the ability to pin your favorite tweets to the top of your profile.
Vine just introduced direct video messaging, which is pretty self explanatory as it allows you to send private video messages to other users. This adds both a direct messaging channel and video clips to its messages, a big addition to Twitter’s video app. Instagram previously released a similar feature with Instagram Direct, but I can honestly say I don’t know anyone who uses this feature.
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Twitter recently made a big move in the minds of Android fans with their acquisition of Cover, an Android lock-screen app that automatically picks which apps are shown on the home screen depending on where you are. This implies that Twitter is working on making a more intuitive experience for Android users. This acquisition also emphasizes Twitter’s focus on mobile.
Pinterest can save the world one lost bracelet at a time. A detective in California shared photos of a lost bracelet on the department Pinterest page and then was given tips about the whereabouts of the jewelry piece. The bracelet was soon found, and the owner claims “It’s priceless. It’s priceless. I’ll be able to show it to my daughter and she’ll eventually have it.”
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