All in aid of the start of the LV= County Championship this weekend. I’ve been playing around with a few gifs at work so stay tuned for a few more over the coming weeks - There will be loads on ecb.co.uk, I promise!
Twitter is trying out a new version of its service that removes @ replies.
A fascinating move if Twitter do end up going this way. You can already see it happening though if you deal with Twitter regularly. It’s more obvious in hashtags element of the business, @replies is slightly more complicated.
Trending topics is where I first noticed it. Once a place for the best hashtags of the day, trending topics started to include searchable terms not too long ago. Similarly when I ask Twitter for stats on use of hashtags, recently, they’ve provided me with stats that include the number of times a phrase was searched on Twitter too. Twitter is becoming a search engine of it’s own.
Each of the sites listed above are sites I admire from how well they write, but more than that, the way they construct articles and pieces of news for the modern reader. Vox Media is one of the few organisations I’ve seen that’s got their finger on the pulse when it comes to pushing the boundaries of how we consume news on the internet today.
Almost exactly one year ago, Facebook laid out its vision for the future of News Feed. Facebook spent months refining its new design, which touted huge photos, a dynamic navigation bar, and Tumblr-esque profile photos. The company rolled out its new design to a fraction of its billion users, and then called the whole thing off. Users hated the new design. So for its next News Feed, Facebook went back to square one.
And here it is…
Very similar to what we have now…
It’s seemingly not so easy to “move fast and break things” when you have 1.2 billion users.
It would seem so.
“WhatsApp is the only app we’ve ever seen with higher engagement than Facebook itself”
The time of the most frustrating, yet addictive game to ever grace app stores everywhere (well, this week anyway) has come to an end as Dong Nguyen, the games creator, has pulled Flappy Bird off our virtual shelves.
If you’re one of the lucky ones like me you’ll still have the game on your phone so no doubt have plenty more sleepless nights to come as you tirelessly strive for that perfect rhythmic finger motion, the one that those pipes dread.
If you’re still struggling, I suggest you watch the above tutorial. It really works…
A Filtered World
Since returning from Australia and getting my first personal iPhone I’ve developed a mini obsession with iPhone photography. With so many apps like Instagram littered with photos taken on high powered cameras and imported via various apps it almost ruins the achievement of taking a really good picture just using the camera on your smartphone.
The iPhone 5s’ camera is so good anyway you should have no reason to be importing pictures from elsewhere. My iPhone photography gallery, A Filtered World, is my attempt to prove exactly that. Take a look.
Most of the pictures are edited using Vsco Cam. I occasionally use filters, but the great thing about Vsco Cam is that you can dial up and down the amount of the filter you want to use. It’s far more subtle than Instagram, which most of the time seems to overwhelm the picture rather than accentuate its features.
Try it. Smartphone photography is fun.
The Amazing SpiderMan 2 - Trailer
I quite enjoyed the first of these, but it looks like they’re going down the same route as the first trilogy already and including too many bad guys in one film because they can’t fit them all in the trilogy. Mistake.