Social Media Sites To Roll Out Updates

Various social media platforms will be rolling out new system upgrades for its users in the following months. Photo by Animated Heaven/Flickr
Various social media platforms will be rolling out new system upgrades for its users in the following months. Photo by Animated Heaven/Flickr

From Twitter limiting its daily follow count to Viber adding a local number subscription service, various social media platforms will be rolling out new system upgrades for its users in the following months.

One of which is social networking site Facebook. Facebook users should expect a few changes in their favorite app.

One of its brand-new features is the “Clear History” tool, which enables users to erase their account history. It was supposed to be released in 2018 but was delayed.

Facebook Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen explained the reason for this new Facebook option’s postponed release: “We’re [still] working to reengineer our systems, and how we process that data so that we can do it right.”

Facebook also plans to create a “Tributes” section to memorialize accounts of users who have passed on. This will be an extension of Facebook’s current “Legacy Contact” feature, which allows another individual to handle a deceased user’s account. Through this new Tributes option, families and friends are able to manage the deceased user’s Facebook content. This includes changing its tagging mechanics and post visibility settings.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote in her blog: “This helps them manage content that might be hard for friends and family to see if they’re not ready. These new controls build on features we’ve had in place for years, like the ability to update the person’s profile picture and cover photo and to pin a post to the top of their profile.”

Micro-blogging site Twitter also made a slight change to its app to reduce spamming incidents. The daily follow count of a user, which was previously 1,000 users per day, is now limited to 400 users per day.

Aside from Twitter, instant messaging platform Viber is working on incorporating a Local Number Subscription service into its app. Users who travel overseas can own a local phone number, enabling them to call or text outside the Viber app without roaming costs. The Viber local number will be made available in iOS and Android.

Google is also revamping its social network feature Google+. This tech giant is expected to launch “Google Currents” which functions like Google+ but with improved design and tool options.