Twitter Loosens its Belt
My guess is that for most dedicated Twitter
users the 140 character limit is usually a welcome challenge. But not always. So, I'm mostly okay with the recently announced changes that will allow the message to get a bit longer.
If you're replying to a tweet that contains a number of handles, they use up some of your precious characters. Going forward they won't be counted as tweet characters. But, if you add new handles, (@somebodynew) they will count toward the limit.
Currently, when you add attachments. be they photos, video, gifs or polls, they eat up 24 characters. That's going away too.
gurus encourage you to retweet your best stuff, but Twitter
didn't make it easy. You had to start over, making even just a punctuation change from the original, anything so it wasn't identical. Not any more. The new Twitter
will let you retweet and quote tweet your prior goodness. The illustrated article here
One change may irritate veteran users. Those in the know knew that when a tweet begins with a handle, it will only be seen by the owner of the handle and his/her followers. Putting a period in front of the @ sign sends it to everyone. That's going away too. We'll just have to find a new Easter egg to make us feel superior.
Banking on Beacons
beacons you haven't interacted with yet are popping up all over the map. In NYC
has installed beacons in select branches, enabling customers to enter ATM
lobbies after hours, without using a card. With your wallet in your hand you become a target of opportunity for a thief.
initiative works with iPhones
and Apple Watches
, pushing out a notification to nearby customers asking "Do you want to unlock the ATM
lobby door?". Beacons will also inevitably give notice when a customer enters a branch, giving a heads up that high value clients are in the house. And, of course, just as retailers have increasingly learned to do, banks will broadcast offers, rewards and investment and other information to users of their app.
Thanks to a very promising new Google
development called "Progressive Web Apps
" it will soon be possible to duplicate much of the look and function of custom apps without
the app. The look and function will be created on the web. Users will be offered a screen icon just like an app and thanks to advances in code under the hood, these web apps will work even when the user is offline. But that's a story for another issue. If you're curious, there's an example at airhorner.com
. Visit on your phone and be careful with your volume. It is an airhorn after all. Tap the three dots at the top right and look down. You'll see an "Add to Home Screen" option that makes the web app as available as any other app on your screen.
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