Twitter Implements Emoji Equality For All

Facebook is taking things 3-D. Meanwhile, Twitter recently announced that it was implementing emoji equality for all, and Pinterest is gearing up for the holiday season! These are the stories trending on social media this week.

Facebook Launches 3D posts

A new look is coming to your Facebook newsfeed.  According to Cnet, Facebook is allowing us to post 3D photos on our timelines.  Thursday, Facebook rolled out a feature that gives us the ability to take our 2D photos taken with a dual-lens phone and display them as 3D photos.  

The trick is the technology, which balances the foreground and background distances between your subject.  The key factor is the depth maps stored in photos taken using Apple’s Portrait mode on the newer iPhones.

 

Twitter Now Counts All Emoji Equally   

Twitter has announced that it is changing the way it counts emojis so that they’re all counted equally, as two characters. Tweeting is a fine art. You have only 280 characters to work with, so you gotta keep it short and sweet. However, until now, a quirk in the way Unicode handles emoji has meant that some of the symbols take up many more characters than others. For example, a flag can take up as many as 14 spaces in your Tweet

 

It’s a step in the right direction for the social media giant. Despite adding a more inclusive emoji selection, the platform was encouraging people to continue using the default colors and genders to stay within Twitter’s character count limit.

 

Pinterest Announces Holiday Shopping Trends

The holiday season is just around the corner, and with more than 62 million people using Pinterest as a holiday giving guide in 2017, the platform has offered a sneak peek of trends that are already emerging on its network.

Pinterest analyzed searches containing the word “gift” in the first six months of this year, then compared them with the same time period in 2017, uncovering six areas that are trending upward:

  • Home décor has seen year-over-year growth of 123 percent in searches
  • Searches for jewelry were up 37 percent compared with the first six months of 2017
  • Legos and eco-friendly games pushed the toy category up 32 percent compared with last year

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