Monday Mashup #13 - Facebook Video Updates, Musical.ly drops new app and Twitter Features Periscope Video in Top Trends Section of Explore

Facebook Rolls Out Major Video Updates

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Facebook has released four new video updates this week “that make watching video on Facebook richer, more engaging and more flexible.”

·      Bringing Sound to Videos in News Feed

As more and more people are now using mobile devices as their primary platform for using social media, they are expecting to hear sound. However, if your phone is set to silent, videos will not play with sound and there is also the option to permanently disable sound on videos, if you prefer the old system.

·      Vertical Video

Changes have also been made to make vertical videos look better on mobile devices. The new, larger format is now available to everyone watching videos on iOS and Android.

·      Watch and Scroll

It’s now possible to minimise the video you’re watching to a picture-in-picture view that keeps playing in the corner of your screen while you browse other stories in News Feed, much lke how you would do on Youtube. You can drag the video to any corner of the screen, and if you’re using an Android device, you can keep the video playing even when you exit the Facebook app to do something else on your phone (even better than Youtube!).

·      Facebook Video App for TV

Facebook’s TV app is expected to roll out “soon” to app stores for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TV “with more platforms to come.”

Musical.ly release new video messenger app

Musical.ly, the lip-syncing app aimed at teens, has just released another app onto the App Store.

Days ago, the company launched a video messaging app called Ping Pong on the App Store. This is the fourth app for the rapidly growing Shanghai-based startup, whose flagship app had over 100 million users as of last autumn, and whose live video streaming app Live.ly became larger than Twitter’s Periscope only months after its arrival.

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Ping Pong appears to be an almost copy of Squad, one of the company's existing apps, except that instead of supporting group video chats, the app allows for one-to-one video messaging.

It is likely that the goal here is to see if users prefer to chat in real-time, or if they would prefer one-to-one video messaging.

Twitter Features Periscope Video in Top Trends Section of Explore

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Twitter has announced that users will “now see Periscopes surfaced in top trends” section of the Explore tab.

Live videos in this section will be marked with a bright red ‘LIVE’ label for easy spotting and will offer the same viewing experience as in Periscope “with the ability to heart and comment on the video content, as well as retweet.”

As reported earlier this year, the latest version of the Explore tab now features “trends, Moments, search and the best of live video” but is currently only available on Twitter for iOS. On Twitter for Android, live Periscopes can be found in the Moments section.

Twitter Blocks Blocked or Muted Accounts From Your Notifications:

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Twitter made a second announcement this week, stating that users will no longer see any replies or conversations started from accounts they’ve blocked or muted in their notifications. This update will effectively filter abusive users out of a user’s notifications, however it will also prevent positive replies to the same conversations from showing up “unless the replies are from people [they] follow.”

You will be able to see all of you mentions (bad an all) if you wish, as explained by Twitter here:

"You will not receive notifications from accounts you block, or accounts that you do not follow who mention you in conversations started by accounts that you block. You will, however, see notifications from accounts you follow when they mention you in a conversation started by an account you block. If you’d like to view all of your mentions, you can do so by searching your username"

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