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Twitter is testing threaded replies and status indicators – 03.08.2018

Twitter is testing threaded replies and status indicators

Twitter tests is testing two new features: a new threaded reply interface and status indicators to show who’s online.

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 * The threading feature seems like a sensible one, making the process of following a conversation easier – just like threading within a user’s own tweets did when that feature launched back in December of last year. The status update feature, however, may be not be such a smart idea when you consider how trolls could use it to ensure their replies are being seen – to address this, the platform need to make sure this is an opt-in rather than a compulsory feature.*

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 Snapchat’s Snap Maps falls prey to anti-semitic vandalism

 Snapchat faced another small crisis last week, as anti-semitic vandals changed New York’s name into “Jewtropolis” on Snap Maps.

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* This mistake highlights a key weakness in Snapchat’s use of Mapbox programming to provide its Snap Maps feature – that it is an easily-edited operation system. It also raises questions surrounding the risk/benefit balance of social apps using crowdsourcing programmes and techniques for the supply of their data.*

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 New Balance deploys AI to spot trendy NYFW attendees

 New Balance will set up a booth in the Soho neighbourhood with cameras facing out in every direction, in order to scan as many people as possible walking the streets. The cameras will track outfits and use AI to identify the ‘anomalies and exceptions to the norm’.

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 * This is a great way of New Balance separating itself from its largely sports-focused foundations and establishing itself within the fashion world. It also aligns with its wider “Be the Exception” campaign which aims to represent those who sit outside of fashion and are not slaves to trends.*

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