There's news from LinkedIn and Twitter this week, as well as a major mistake from GIPHY affecting one of Insta and Snap's most loved features! Read on to find out more and click the links at the end of each post for the full story.
After LinkedIn was taken over by Microsoft, it was clear that we would start to see Microsoft integrate its own products with LinkedIn. The most recent of these is the integration of LinkedIn with Microsoft Pix. Microsoft Pix is an AI-infused camera app for iPhone. This will allow you to scan a business card using the Pix camera. The app will then connect to your LinkedIn account and look for profiles using any emails, phone numbers or URLs on the card. What a great way of connecting with a new networking pal via LinkedIn quickly! You can read the story here.
During a Periscope chat late last week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explained that the process that Twitter uses to verify users is “broken.” Verification by Twitter has been paused for the moment whilst they work on their new process. Previously, Twitter would verify accounts if they seemed of public interest, whereas now Twitter is thinking of opening up verification to everyone. Verification is meant to symbolise authenticity of a profile, but it seems that people view this differently, thinking that being verified is more a symbol of status – such as being a celebrity. Maybe with the new process, we could get a blue tick by our name soon! Click here to read the full article. Here’s a link to a recent thread from Twitter talking about the pause.
After introducing a GIF feature to both platforms in recent months, Instagram and Snapchat have had to abruptly remove the feature after a racist GIF made it through GIPHY’s content moderation filter and ended up being made available to users of both apps. GIPHY is now carrying out an investigation into the racist GIF and taking time to recheck all of its content to make sure it meets its guidelines. You can read more here.