Elon Musk just bought Twitter and now the whole internet is on fire (or at least, it seems so). Some big changes are likely to be implemented when the dust starts to subside, but Twitter users can look forward to some great new features as we wait to see what Musk has in store for the 16-year-old social media platform.
First, you can now choose to turn on or off closed captions (often abbreviated CC) whenever you want. This is not the first CC feature to come from Twitter, but it looks highly customizable and completes other accessibility features that Twitter is currently releasing, including the highly anticipated ALT badge that allows input for this updated CC function image. Descriptions.
No video titles or captions, now it’s easy for some of you to choose from on iOS and soon on Android. In videos where captions are available, we are testing the option to turn on / off the captions with the new “CC” button. pic.twitter.com/Q2Q2Wmr78UApril 22, 2022
Another feature is the ability for iOS users to create their own GIFs for the platform. Video can be captured in the app on your iOS device and easily converted into a GIF for “Capture your vibe” as described by Twitter.
Its functionality seems to be limited as there are no edit features that allow you to apply filters or effects, but it is a great asset for content creators who want to spend less time editing social content outside the app.
OK GIFs are not new but the option to capture your own using the app’s camera in iOS is * new *. pic.twitter.com/3Hl6q78e6sMarch 22, 2022
Speaking of GIFs …
It’s not just a new GIF-related feature on the horizon, it looks like Twitter is currently developing something that allows users to add photos, GIFs and videos to any tweet. Reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi discovered this, although nothing was visible at the time, but in July 2020 found hints about the feature in the Android app.
Don’t worry if you are an iOS user, it looks like hints for the same feature have been found in the iOS version of the app. All of this is clearly still under development so we do not know when this feature will be available to the public, but we hope it will come soon.
#Twitter lets you add photos, videos and GIFs to a tweet at the same time 👀 pic.twitter.com/uZazWRX0YrApril 23, 2022
Finally, Twitter announced that it was banning misleading advertisements contrary to established scientific consensus on climate change. The announcement was made on Earth Day (Friday, April 22) Official Twitter Blog.
The blog states, “This month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was published a New and terrible reportEmphasizing the need for a climate crisis – “immediate and deep emissions reductions,” they wrote, the need to change the tide on global warming.
Now, as never before, meaningful weather action from all of us is crucial. Today – # EarthDay2022 – we’re sharing more about our work to provide ongoing weather conversations across Twitter, as well as sharing the latest on our own sustainability commitments. “
There is very little information on how this will be regulated, and Twitter has confirmed that the ban on objectionable advertising will be guided by authoritative sources. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Evaluation Reports “.
However, Twitter aims for its data centers to use 100% carbon-neutral power source by the end of 2022 and the company looks set to reach that deadline.
Blog post “To further enhance these conversations, misleading advertisements on Twitter against the scientific consensus on climate change are banned, according to us Inappropriate content policy. We believe that climate rejection should not make money on Twitter and should not remove misleading statements from important conversations about the climate crisis. “
It is worth pointing out what is clear here: Elon Musk has nothing to do with any of these new features, but he is likely to start developing in the coming weeks to implement some of his own. We do not know what the billionaire has in store for at least a few months for his latest toy, though we should not be surprised if an announcement detailing the planned changes is made in advance.
Analysis: What did Elon plan for Twitter?
Musk may be planning to track the tweet edits feature that is already under development, he tweeted in support of its implementation. This furthers his public appeal, but he keeps his sleeve a mystery anyway.
In Release on purchaseMusk said, “Free speech is the foundation of democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where crucial issues for the future of humanity are discussed.
“I want to make Twitter better than ever by improving product with new features, open source algorithms to increase trust, defeating spam bots and authenticating all human beings. Twitter has amazing potential – the community of users I look forward to working with to unlock the company.”
What we do Do Musk wants to make sure Twitter supports free speech from all sides, but there is some confusion over what this means, as there is no empirical evidence to support it.
He may also revisit some consumer bans, including former President Trump and Infowars creator Alex Jones. You can examine the list Current Twitter bans and suspensions on Wikipedia are overAnd given how many of those blocked from the platform have a history of misinformation, conspiracy theories and general terrorism, it is only natural that some current Twitter users should be concerned about returning to the platform.
Musk can also push NFTs and cryptocurrencies using the Twitter platform as long as he uses his own account. This led to claims that he was using market manipulation tactics because of his position of authority, a valid critique, but his lawyers pushed back.
However, investors and supporters are most interested in Musk’s growth plan and how he can transform the platform to generate more revenue from existing customers. His ability to express money and a business-minded mind may be a real asset to the company, but just because anything is marketable, does not mean it retains its userbase or following.
Social media purchases have been messy in the past. Hopefully Musk will have time to study what happened to Tumblr after the Yahoo acquisition and be ready to learn from its mistakes so that a large number of migrations away from Twitter do not occur in a more welcome place. With Facebook’s user-base tanking, the potential transformation or desecration of Twitter could be the spark that brings us closer to Internet 2.0.