This week’s digital and social news includes a minor Google+ design change, a collaboration between Facebook and TED and rumors of Twitter planning to do away with @-replies and hashtags sometime in the future.
- Is Twitter Getting Rid of @-Replies and Hashtags? – Although nothing has been confirmed, Twitter’s head of news made a comment this past week about hashtags and @-replies being “arcane.” The comment seems to be in line with comments other Twitter officials have made in the past. Worth keeping an eye on.
- Small Google+ Design Change Looks More Like Facebook – This week, link posts on Google+ were redesigned to include larger images and cleaner titles. This new look is now available to all users.
- Facebook and TED Team Up to Bring Exclusive Content to ‘Paper’ – This week, during TED2014 held in Vancouver, the Ideas section of Paper has featured TED material exclusively. This collaboration is being seen as a trial, according to a Facebook spokesperson. Collaborations with other organizations in the future could be a possibility.
- You’re Looking at It Wrong — Why the Web Demands Vertical Screens – Not really “news,” just an interesting look at why vertical monitors might make more sense for web surfing, writing, social media, etc.