Twitter Tip Jar lets you pay people for good tweetin’ (via TechCrunch)
Twitter recently confirmed they’re testing a new tip jar feature. A number of different payment options will be utilized from platforms like PayPal, Venmo, Patreon, Cash App and Bandcamp. Currently available on both iOS and android, the feature gives the user a way to quickly tip creators for their tweets/content. It will begin to roll out to a select few users which include non profits, journalists, experts, and creators. Only people who use Twitter in English will be able to use the feature for now but multiple languages will be available in the future.
Following Apple's launch of privacy labels, Google to add a 'safety' section in Google Play (via Yahoo! News)
After Apple’s recent launch of privacy labels for apps on their app store, Google is looking to follow suit. The company announced plans to introduce a new “safety” section in Google Play which they plan on rolling out next year. It will require app developers to share what sort of data their apps collect, how it’s stored, and how it’s used. Developers will need to share the personal information their apps collect such as the users’ names or emails and if they collect information from the phone like their precise location, media files, or contacts. The app will also need to explain how the app uses that information. Developers who already do this will be able to highlight that in their app listing. Privacy policies will also be provided as a requirement. Even though it is inspired by Apple’s privacy labels, there are some key differences. Apple focuses on what data is being collected for tracking purposes and Google’s seems to be more about whether or not you can trust the data being collected is handled properly.
TikTok’s new developer tools allow apps to offer ‘Login with TikTok,’ sound sharing, and more (via TechCrunch)
TikTok announced on May 6th the launch of two tool sets for app developers, the TikTok Login Kit and Sound Kit. These tools will allow apps on mobile, web, and consoles to authenticate users via their TikTok credentials and share music and sounds back to TikTok from their own apps. This is already offered but the new software development kits expand upon this making TikTok a more deeply integrated part of the third-party app experience. Users will be able to use the sign in through Tik Tok functionality similar to how you can use Facebook or Google. Once signed in, users can access their TikTok videos in the third-party app. An example is on the dating app called Snack. When using the Login Kit, it allows users to share their Tik Tok videos on their dating profile. A game recording app called Medal will allow users to share their TikTok videos with other gamers on the site. Apps and sites allowing this feature include Allstar, Breathwrk, IRL, Lolly, MeetMe, Monet, Swipehouse, and even video games such as PUBG will allow the login feature. Sound Kit allows users to do the same but with original sound and music from other apps. This will be accessed through the Login Kit feature as well. So far you’ll be able to use this on Audiobridge, LANDR, Rapchat, and Yourdio. Information on both Kits will be released on the Tik Tok website.
Substack introduces publication sections for newsletters so writers can ‘grow their media empire’ (via The Verge)
Substack, a newsletter publishing platform, recently introduced publication sections for it’s newsletters which will give writers the ability to manage and create multiple newsletters and/or podcasts with just one publication. In a recent blog post, Substack explained that as publications grow, they might want to expand what they offer to their readers. Subscribers can opt in and out of receiving emails for each session. CEO Hamish McKenzie talked about what these sections might look like to the Financial Times. “Maybe you have something on politics for example, and something on sports, and something on religion within the same publication.” Although this isn’t a new feature in the publishing world, it does help the push to get individual publications into the inboxes of people.
Google will soon switch on two-factor authentication by default (via The Verge)
Google will begin to roll out two-factor authentication for each of it’s users by default, making the platform a whole lot safer. When signing into any device with their google account, a prompt will show up on their smartphone asking them to verify that the attempted login was legitimate. This is also a lot more secure than SMS messages which can be intercepted. Physical security keys will be an alternative if users decide not to opt in. This comes in part with Google’s push for “afuture where one day you won’t need a password at all.”
YouTube may soon auto-translate video titles into your local language (via TNW)
YouTube will be testing a feature which will allow you to search videos across all language using queries in your native tongue. This feature will automatically translate the video title and description on the search page. Video suggestions from all around the world will be made available to users who don’t mind listening to videos in other languages while having translated text on screen. YouTube is also testing an auto-captioning feature with support for more languages. Currently the feature is only available in Portuguese but will soon launch it officially with support for additional languages.