Digital Deep Dive: Facebook Polls, Twitter Character Limit & More

The online landscape is ever-changing. New devices, platforms and features are introduced on what feels like a daily basis. We’ve put together a roundup of five of this week’s biggest stories to help you stay ahead of the curve!

Twitter officially expands its character count to 280

After a successful trial period, Twitter has changed one of its most iconic features — the 140-character limit. After realising that the character limitation impacts certain languages more heavily than others, the social network came to a decision that a longer limit of 280-characters would be beneficial for select languages — including English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

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Pinterest introduces feature that allows users to create sections within boards

Pinterest has added a new feature that allows users to separate their boards into organised sections. The social network says that this board-within-a-board feature was one of their top requested features of all time, so it is likely to be a hit among avid pinners.

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Facebook introduces two-option polls

Facebook has launched a new two-option poll feature, available to both personal profiles and Pages. The feature provides a new way to boost engagement and gather options — and has the added option of using photos or GIFs as answers.

To create a poll, users simply need to open the status composer and choose “Polls” before filling out the simple form, selecting any GIFs, and setting an expiration date. It’s important to note that answers aren’t anonymous and are visible to all.

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Instagram Stories expands photo and video sharing options

Instagram Stories is giving users more flexibility by allowing users to post photos and videos from their camera roll — even if they’re older than 24 hours. The limitation was previously in place to encourage spontaneity. However, it’s clear that Stories is becoming less about spur of the moment sharing and more about providing a platfrom to share content that’s less permanent and more casual.

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LinkedIn considers a push into original content

According to the company’s CEO Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn may be in the early stages of creating or acquiring original video content for its platform. This seems to be part of the professional network’s overall push to become more video-centric. Watch this space!

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