Twitter’s iOS app gains Peek and Pop previews

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2016

Although you couldn’t tell it by looking at official release notes for Twitter’s version 6.54 update, which make a passing mention of “a few minor updates that you didn’t even know you needed”, the app has finally gained additional 3D Touch goodies in the form of Peek and Pop previews within the app. Before today, Twitter for the iPhone and iPad only supported Quick Actions on the Home screen. Grab Twitter for iOS for free on the App Store. Read More

 

Facebook not loading on your iPhone? Try this

By Anthony Bouchard on May 25, 2016

I am a Facebook user, as I am sure many of you are too. With that being said, you may or may not be familiar with loading problems that can occur while using the social network via the free iOS app. In this troubleshooting tutorial, we’ll talk about some ways you can try to fix problems where the Facebook or Facebook Messenger app refuse to load. Read More

 

Duo of tweaks enables round profile pictures in Facebook & Twitter apps

By Anthony Bouchard on May 20, 2016

As iOS moves forward in design, square profile pictures across the platform are becoming somewhat dated in terms of aesthetics.

A new free jailbreak tweak duo called Round Profile Pic (for Facebook) and (for Twitter) are available in Cydia that let you bring the round profile picture effect to Facebook and Twitter, an aesthetic that already exists throughout all modern iOS versions in various native apps. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Twitter plans to stop counting photos and links within the 140-character limit

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

Twitter’s legendary 140-character limit per tweet (which mirrors limits on SMS messages) may not be going away anytime soon even though it was recently lifted from Direct Messages, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t plotting new ways to help users squeeze more words into tweets.

As reported by Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter, by not counting photos and links in tweets Twitter aims to make it easier to compose posts without losing 23 characters, or more, to these links—even after Twitter automatically shortens them. Read More

 

How to use Snapchat’s new one-handed zoom

By Christian Zibreg on May 9, 2016

We don’t hang out on Snapchat on a regular basis, but I myself use the app from time to time to check out new features. Earlier today, my boss Sébastien shared an amazing collection of handy Snapchat tips and trick, created by fifteen-year-old Victoria Samson.

Some of the tricks she demonstrates are quite brilliant, but her video how-tos don’t cover Snapchat’s latest feature addition—the ability to zoom while recording a video in one-handed mode using a simple gesture. That’s precisely what this quick tutorial will discuss: using Snapchat’s handy one-handed zoom mode during video capture. Read More

 

Tip: find tons of messages you didn’t know existed inside Messenger’s secret folder

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 29, 2016

What if I told you that you most likely have tons of messages you didn’t even know existed, stowed away in a little-known folder on Facebook?

While messages from your Facebook friends and Messenger contacts are delivered straight to your inbox, the system filters out those it deems spam and tucks them away into a hidden vault.

Some of those filtered messages could be from a distant family member trying to re-connect with you. Others might be vitally important. If you suspect Facebook is hiding messages you should’ve been aware of, this tutorial will teach you how to access a treasure trove of messages that you never knew you had. Read More

 

Facebook app gaining Live button, video broadcasts now more Periscope-like

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 6, 2016

The Messenger button in the mobile Facebook app for iOS and Android which sent users to the Messenger app has been replaced with a Live button as the popular social network aims to push live and pre-recorded videos in front of as many eyeballs as possible.

Announced in a blog post Wednesday, the company is also rolling out new features for Facebook Live that give users more ways to discover, share and interact with live video. Read More

 

Twitter launches Direct Message button in timeline

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

Twitter is making it a lot easier to send direct messages to anyone right from your timeline with today’s introduction of an inline button that’s present on all tweets. The new Direct Message button is launching later today in Twitter’s mobile applications for iOS and Android.

Conveniently located to the right of the Reply, Retweet and Like buttons below any tweet, tapping it attaches a tweet to a Direct Message, ready to be sent to one or more of your followers. Read More

 

Social Square puts your favorite social networks in one app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2016

As a rule thumb, the more popular a social network is the uglier, slower and more terrible its mobile app gets.

Facebook’s app, for instance, has long been criticized for its battery hogginess, especially after it’s been discovered that it’s suspiciously circumventing Background App Refresh to continue running in the background when it should not.

That’s where Social Square comes into play.

Formerly known as MySocial, this iPhone app by Chase Giles lets you browse Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Tumblr without having to worry about your iPhone’s battery life. Read More

 

How to disable notifications for some Facebook apps and games

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2016

Tired of being pinged about invites and activity notifications generated by apps and games you’ve added to your Facebook account? Want to mute those app alerts, but keep the notifications from Facebook games you actually care about flowing?

You’ve come to the right place.

iDownloadBlog recently told you about a master switch that instantly stops all game invites.

Additionally, we taught you how to stop apps from spamming your Facebook Timeline and shared how to stop receiving game invites from specific Facebook friends.

In this tutorial, we’ll discuss disabling activity notifications for specific apps and games sans those that you do care about.
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How to stop specific Facebook friends from sending you app requests and game invites

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 3, 2016

We recently told you about a master switch that instantly stops all game invites that people you’re friends with on Facebook pester you with. In addition, we taught you how to stop apps from spamming your Facebook Timeline. But if you like playing some games on Facebook, turning off all game invites from everyone might not be the best solution.

If you want to keep seeing app-related requests from some friends, this tutorial will show you how to block game invites from everyone except a select few people. Read More

 

Apple creates support account on Twitter

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 3, 2016

Apple has created a brand new company-maintained account on Twitter dedicated to tips, tricks and customer service. @AppleSupport provides “tips and tutorials from the same Apple Advisors you know and trust,” according to the company.

The first tip shared on Apple Support on Twitter is about turning lists into checklists in the updated Notes app on OS X El Capitan and iOS 9. Read More

 

How to stop receiving all game invites on Facebook

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 2, 2016

I couldn’t care less about FarmVille or Candy Crush Saga or any other game on Facebook, for that matter. If you’re anything like me, I suppose pesky invite notifications for Facebook games have been ticking you off.

But don’t worry, you can block those annoying requests with just a few taps. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to stop getting invites for apps and games from Facebook friends, both on the web and in the app. Read More

 

How to see how many people viewed your video post on Instagram

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2016

Instagram has long relied on ‘Likes’ to quantify how popular your posts are, making it easy to see if that photo or video you posted is gaining any traction at all. While likes are great, they don’t quite tell the whole story when it comes to video posts.

Liking a video clip doesn’t necessarily mean a person has watched it so this is not the best stat to measure the level of your followers’ engagement with your Instagram videos.

As of today, these worries are a thing of the past as Instagram’s newly updated iPhone app now makes it easy to see how many people viewed your videos on the service. Read More

 

Instead of a much-wanted Dislike button, Facebook adds six reactions to its Like button

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2016

Facebook on Wednesday announced a move that has been long in the making: the company is extending the functionality of its ubiquitous Like button with six different reactions that help describe users’ mood and express how something they see in the News Feed makes them feel.

Available to all users globally across all mobile and desktop platforms, the six new reactions—Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry—can be applied by holding down the Like button on mobile or hovering over the Like button on desktop. Read More

 

How to keep apps from spamming you on Twitter

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2016

A lot of people are saying that Twitter is not doing a very good job of stopping spammy posts from appearing in their timelines, and I concur.

My Twitter feed used to be infested with spammy weight loss messages from apps and unwanted tweets from games. Worse, I’ve noticed that some applications caused unwanted behavior on my account, like following other users and retweeting on my behalf.

For its part, Twitter lets users select which apps are allowed to post on the service on their behalf. It’s actually incredibly easy to stop unwanted apps from spamming you on Twitter with just a few clicks, let me show you how. Read More

 

How to enable ‘Show me the best tweets first’ on Twitter

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2016

Twitter recently unveiled a new feature that lets you elect to have the service surface new and interesting content at the top of your timeline since your last visit.

Called “Show me the best tweets first,” it’s a staggered release so not everyone may have it at the same time although the majority of Twitter’s user base should now see this option in their settings.

This post will take you through the steps you need to take in order to enable this feature in Twitter’s mobile apps and in the desktop interface, so that you never miss important updates from people you follow. Read More

 

How to keep apps, games and websites from spamming your Facebook Timeline

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2016

One of the biggest challenges Facebook users face in their daily usage of the service involves keeping apps, games and websites that connect to Facebook as a sign-in mechanism from posting random updates, unwanted stores, ad links and other garbage on their Timeline.

For most people, this constitutes spamming because not only do these posts appear on your own Timeline, but also in your friends’ News Feed and ticker.

Unfortunately, too few people are aware that they can easily squelch this spammy behavior with just a few clicks. In this tutorial, we’re going to show you the tools Facebook put at your disposal which were designed to stop apps from posting updates on your behalf. Read More

 

Twitter rolls out a new timeline feature

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2016

The pressure mounts on Twitter to re-ignite growth, which has virtually come to a halt as average users increasingly find the service too confusing and difficult to use. Today, the micro-blogging service unveiled yet another refinement designed to adjust how the timeline surfaces interesting content.

Similar to the “While you were away” timeline feature which released a year ago, Twitter will now put recommended, not the newest, tweets at the top of your timeline so that you never miss important updates from people you follow. Read More

 

Accessing Facebook in Safari can increase iPhone 6s Plus battery life by 15 percent

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 8, 2016

According to The Guardian’s technology reporter Samuel Gibbs, uninstalling Facebook’s battery draining iOS app and accessing the mobile Facebook interface through the Safari browser can boost an iPhone 6s Plus’s battery life by as much as fifteen percent.

Gibbs cited his own testing, which has revealed that Facebook’s mobile application continues to drain the life out of an iPhone’s battery even when it isn’t being actively used. Read More

 
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