Twitter’s Vine App Is Now Apple’s Top Downloaded Free Software

Twitter Vine

Twitter VineThe Twitter Vine app is now the number one downloaded free application in the Apple App Store.

Twitter purchased the popular app in late 2012 and launched Vine in January 2013.

Vine allows customers to record 6-second long videos and then share them on the Vine platform and through Twitter and Facebook.

Starting in March the Vine platform began allowing users to embed users with basic and postcard setups. The Vine embeds have begun to show up on various news reporting websites. [Read more…]

Flickr Adds Hashtags To iOS App

Flickr Hashtag

Flickr HashtagFlickr on Saturday rolled out an update to its iOS app. The new update includes the ability to add hashtags to photo titles and descriptions.

For years Flickr has allowed users to add and search for “Tags” but the industry in general has moved towards the Twitter friendly hashtag setup.

Flickr isn’t the first social network to jump on the hashtag bandwagon, Facebook owned Instagram also offers the tags, as does Pinterest. Facebook is believed to be preparing a hashtags based search function of its own.

Just like other networks users who click on Flickr hashtags are brought to a search page populated with other hashtags of the same type.

Flickr has also announced the ability to enter its weekly photo challenge by tagging worthwhile pictures with the #FlickrFriday tag.  [Read more…]

Twitter iOS Update Does Away With Several Video Uploading Services

Twitter iOS update and Video

Twitter iOS update and VideoTwitter iOS version 5.4 was released on Wednesday and as expected it did away with many popular third party video uploading services.

No longer available to Twitter iOS app users are Mobypicture, Vodpod and Posterous.

The Posterous removal shouldn’t come as a surprise to users as Twitter prepares to close the doors on the company it acquired in 2012.

Not all video services have been shuddered, Telly (formerly Twitvid) remains on the service, as does the popular platform option YFrog.

Twitter has been actively pushing its users away from third party video apps, although YouTube and Vimeo still remain as big players in the Tweet space.  [Read more…]

Facebook Releases iOS App Update, Speeds And Overall Performance Dramatically Increased

Facebook iOS App Twice As Fast

Facebook iOS App Twice As FastIt’s about time! Facebook on Thursday began rolling out the new version of its iOS mobile based application to Apple users. As promised the mobile network application is much faster and performs at a higher level.

Before the update an HTML5 heavy application caused Facebook users to wade through an ultra-slow mobile version of the social networks system. Even simply opening the Facebook app took longer than other programs installed on a users mobile device.

In an interview withAll Things Don Thursday morning Facebook iOS mobile product manager Mick Johnson admitted that users expected more from the app:

People have different expectations when it comes to using Facebook for iOS. They expect a level of performance and speed that just wasnt there.

In the interview Johnson claims that benchmark speed tests show that basic functions such as scrolling through a news feed, viewing photos and loading the app are faster by 200%. [Read more…]