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Twitter may be developing a new layout that makes it look more like Facebook

Twitter's apparent layout change is still in development.

Twitter may soon make photos just a tiny bit wider on mobile.

Noted tech detective Jane Manchun Wong revealed on Thursday that Twitter appears to be developing a new timeline layout for its mobile app. Rather than the current format that gives images a margin around them, the new layout will make pictures large enough to reach the edges of your phone screen.

Wong’s screenshot of the potential changes also indicates that users’ profile images will be repositioned to accommodate for the new manner in which images are displayed. Rather than appearing next to the text of a tweet, profile images will appear above it next to the profile name and username.

It all looks very Facebook.

Wong noted that reply tweets don’t appear to be affected by the design change, with a grey line still linking them to the tweet they’re responding to and the margin still present. Still, this could easily change. Twitter’s redesign is still in development, and there isn’t any guarantee that it will be released soon — if it is even released at all.

Mashable has reached out to Twitter for comment. However, CEO Jack Dorsey has already responded to Wong’s tweet to say the change is “much better,” lending even more credence to her historically credible reverse engineering. Wong previously revealed accurate details of subscription service Twitter Blue before it was even announced.


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How to send a text message in Clubhouse

Clubhouse: It's not just for audio anymore.

Clubhouse has introduced a new text messaging feature called Backchannel, allowing users to chat to each other in writing while simultaneously chatting to each other verbally. The social media app’s big point of difference may be that it’s audio-based, but even Clubhouse can’t deny the practical benefits of being able to shoot off a quick DM.

Here’s how to send a text message in Clubhouse.

  1. Open Clubhouse.

  2. Tap the paper airplane icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.

  3. Tap the pen and paper icon in the top right corner of the screen.

  4. Type the name of the person you want to chat to and select them. If you’re following their profile, they’ll appear. You can also add more than one name, forming a group chat of up to 15 people.

  5. Hit Done and the text chat will open, ready for you to type in your written missives.

You can also message people that you don’t follow. Simply navigate to their profile and click the paper airplane icon to the left of the follow button.

This doesn’t mean you have full access to spam the Bee Movie script to everyone on the app though. If your recipient doesn’t follow you then your messages will appear in their Requests tab, and users can turn off message requests from people they don’t follow.

Backchannel currently has no image or video sharing and you can’t react to messages, leaving it markedly less robust than Twitter and Facebook’s direct messaging systems. However, Clubhouse has stated that it intends to update Backhannel to include more features in the future.


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Those who attack Elon Musk’s space tweet have made a new Twitter meme

You can't eat hope, Elon.

The billionaire space race has been heating up lately, with Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson boarding a test flight on Sunday to beat Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to the outer reaches of our atmosphere. SpaceX founder Elon Musk has also thrown his astronaut helmet into the ring, recently booking a flight to space with Virgin Galactic.

Many have expressed the opinion that such undertakings by disgustingly wealthy private citizens are indicative of deep societal and moral failings, particularly as poverty and homelessness continue to run rampant. Of course, the spacefaring billionaires don’t see it that way. In fact, some of them consider their jaunts as beneficial for mankind. Your own mileage may vary.

“Those who attack space maybe don’t realize that space represents hope for so many people,” Musk wrote in a tweet earlier this week, reeking of “hopes and prayers” sentiment and completely misunderstanding criticisms of the cashed up elite’s space obsession.

Musk’s attempt to spin his personal interest in space as a benevolent humanitarian effort is a stretch. Space exploration may represent hope for some people, but giving people actual hope in the form of physical assistance would be much more immediate and effective — and is well within Musk’s power.

As of 2019, 34 million people in the U.S. were living in poverty, with the country’s official poverty rate siting at 10.5 percent even before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Nearly 20 percent of essential care workers in the U.S. live in poverty and over 40 percent need public assistance. Meanwhile, Elon Musk is currently ranked second on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index with a net worth of $183 billion.

As such, Twitter users were quick to riff on Musk’s self-aggrandising tweet, coming up with many other things that represent hope for so many people.

None of this is to say that learning about space is a completely valueless endeavour, or that we should abolish NASA. However, when billionaires are joyriding in rockets while 38 million people are on food stamps in the U.S. alone, it seems fair to question priorities.

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