Friday Social Round Up: Instagram 3.0, Homophobic Tweets BHAFC, Tumblr and Twitter. Alan Rickman likes Tea.

Written by Nazilla Allahiary - 24 Aug 2012

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Instagram 3.0 update

Late last week Instagram released a major update on both Apple and Android devices. It has introduced a new and unique way to browse photos on a map. It has also had a bit of a redesign as you can see by the profile picture to the left.

The photos that appear on the map must be Geotagged; you can select the “Add to Your Photo Map” option and then it will appear. When you enable geotagging it will store your location at the time of uploading and then show up on your map.

It has also made the app faster and more responsive.

As well as the update last week, the Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that it had finished its investigation into Facebook’s purchase of Instagram. April Tabor, the acting secretary at the FTC, wrote:

“It now appears that no further action is warranted by the Commission at this time…Accordingly, the investigation has been closed … [but] the Commission reserves the right to take such further action as the public interest may require.”

The decision to close the investigation was unanimous, 5-0.

Instagram 3.0 - Photo Maps Walkthrough from Instagram on Vimeo.


Twitter removes Tumblr friend finding

A couple of weeks ago we spoke about how Twitter had cut the ability to send tweets to LinkedIn by using #in. In another move to tighten controls over its API, Twitter has now removed the “Find Twitter Friends” ability from Tumblr after removing this service form Instagram last week.

In an email a Tumblr spokesperson said:

To our dismay, Twitter has restricted our users’ ability to “Find Twitter Friends” on Tumblr. Given our history of embracing its platform, this is especially upsetting. Our syndication feature is responsible for hundreds of millions of tweets, and we eagerly enabled Twitter Cards across 70 million blogs and 30 billion posts as one of Twitter’s first partners. While we’re delighted by the response to our integrations with Facebook and Gmail, we are truly disappointed by Twitter’s decision.

Homophobic football tweets

Homophobia in football is not a new issue and neither is prejudice on Twitter. Earlier this month three teenage fans of Brighton and Hove Albion’s arch-nemesis, Crystal Palace, posted some homophobic tweets targeting the Seagulls’ supporters.

The tweets were reported to Sussex police, which is now facing a lot of criticism for not arresting the youths. Instead the boys’ parents were visited by the police.

Brighton LGBT Community Safety Forum, vice chairman, Billie Lewis, said: "A stronger message needs to come from the top," going on to say, "the message they've given out at the moment is a pale puff of smoke really - a slap on the wrist is no good."

PC Darren Balkham, who is involved in football intelligence on match days, believes that education can be better than punishment, defending the decision:

"If we use the criminal justice system for everything then it isn't actually an education, it gives people a criminal record," he said.

"I want to go behind why they do it and to try and educate and meet with people and explain how their behaviour affects other people."

Viral video

In this video the amazing Alan Rickman has Epic Tea Time.

Infographic time

This week’s infographic looks at how the internet has grown in the last decade.