Social media.

Ben Logan
18 December 2013

Music platform Spotify has begun rolling out a new desktop client update which features a refreshingly clean user interface. Although the update is currently being released for the Mac version of the app, a Windows version is expected to follow shortly. The first UI change that people will notice is a darker colour theme which is almost black in places, while deep greys accompany larger text, rounded graphics and filtered artwork. The overall effect is a cleaner appearance, however less information is immediately apparent compared to the previous UI. Theverge.com tested the new Spotify app, and have said that the…

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Ben Logan
29 November 2013

A new social media platform might just be the answer for disgruntled users of Facebook and WhatsApp who are worried about increasing media reports about how Governments and other bodies are accessing their personal data. Built and self-funded by three students in Montreal, the service is called Syme and has now made available to all after an invite-only beta trial. Co-founder Jonathan Hershon commented on its primary appeal: “The overarching goal of Syme is to make encryption accessible and easy to use for people who aren’t geeks or aren’t hackers or who aren’t cryptography experts.” Syme was designed to be…

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Ben Logan
27 November 2013

YouTube has now released their latest update – V5.3.23 features some user interface tweaks as well as a few other minor under-the-hood enhancements. It must be said that the UI changes are so subtle that many won’t notice them. For example, the slide-out menu used to have Uploads, History, Favourites, Playlists, and Watch later, followed by the user’s subscriptions; in the latest version Google has added “What to Watch and My Subscriptions” above those icons and have also mixed them up a little. Nevertheless, it’s good to know that Google’s usability team is constantly on the case when it comes…

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Marianne Brierley
10 November 2013

Organisations’ social media must deliver a clear benefit to the audience. Other usability considerations include having: a strong audience-focus, appropriate timing and custom copywriting. The first rule of social media is: social media is generally used to engage with friends and family, not organisations. The second rule of social media is: this makes social media a very challenging environment for most organisations. Of course, there are exceptions – it’s relatively easy, for example, to use social media to promote something sexy (such as upcoming film releases, sporting news or celebrity gossip). With topics that people are already interested in, social…

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Ben Logan
13 September 2013

Those who joined up for Twitter’s recent beta testing program are reporting that the new version comes with a completely redesigned user interface and even functions differently from the Twitter apps we know and love. The new design of the app’s interface is even more minimal than before, with tabs represented by text rather than buttons. A sliding pane on the left hand side allows quick access to all the tabs, and also displays the number of unread messages and notifications. In-line media previews have also come to the new app (rather than the text links experienced in previous releases),…

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