Backslash Week #03 – News of the Week
Week 03 has ended and a lot of interesting things happened. Google is redesigning it’s mobile research style to be more simple and clear. LinkedIn reveals new control tools that enable users to restrict interactions on their posts. Snapchat is testing dark mode as a new feature, joining many other social media platforms.
Be sure to read on.
1. Google Mobile Research: Result Over Frills
Significant changes take some time to be developed and are strictly tested by Google. The company announced a significant redesign of how Search will look on mobile. The new style is focused on simplicity.
Easier Mobile Research?
Yes, at least this is what Google stated. You might find it confusing and overwhelming when it comes to research on the platform. Soon you will experience that searching on the web from your phone will smoother. Google is introducing a visual redesign of mobile search that should help you find what you are actually looking for. Results pages now run edge-to-edge with larger text, fewer shadows and more purposeful use of colour to illustrate what is important. You should be able to spot what you are searching faster and easier.
How will the Research Experience change exactly?
It starts at the top of the screen where the search field is now visually elevated from the company logo, profile avatar, and other elements. This added feature replaces the old way where the bar was highlighted with the help of faint grey outlines. The search filters that appear underneath are no longer uppercased, while the current category in view is just marked by a narrow black, instead of blue, underline.
Knowledge Panels currently have a large header that includes the name, category, and carousel, while the background is lightly themed. The new design with rounded corners drops this separate top section and makes it one with the information and image gallery.
#lets #grow #with #google
2. On-Platform Interaction Controls by LinkedIn
New Tool on LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is introducing the reply-control tool on posts. With this new feature, users will be able to restrict who can comment on their platform updates. For example, you might want to ask your connections, who you know and trust, for a particular piece of advice. Or you may want to ask an industry question just to a specific group you are a member of. You can also select no replies, if you want to make a statement on LinkedIn, without opening up a discussion.
LinkedIn has also added a new ‘mute’ option to eliminate selected users or company pages from your feed. You can also signal LinkedIn what you want to see more and less of by clicking the three dots on a post. A toolbox of options appears, including the options of saving the post to review later or hiding the specific post from your feed. The mute option allows you to mute an individual or page who might show up on your feed because a connection of yours commented, reacted, or reshared that individual’s content.
Why sould you engage?
Your engagement provides the platform with relevant information. LinkedIn’s algorithm can be strange at times, using varying factors of relevance which can re-surface posts from months ago, seemingly at random. It is good to have more ways to control what you see in your News Feed, therefor the controlling tools can be useful for everyone.
#linkedin #restrictions #on
3. Snapchat is Testing Dark Mode
New Snapchat Mode.
Snapchat has good news to dark mode enthusiasts. The application is following trends applied by other social media platforms. Facebook has now added dark mode options to all of its apps, while Twitter, Pinterest, TikTok and Reddit also provide dark mode toggles. LinkedIn’s dark mode option is also in development. There is a new ‘App appearance’ section in your settings. There, you can select whether you want your app to align with your device settings and to switch to dark mode at a certain time of the day, or run in dark mode all the time.
Dark mode options do also serve a functional purpose, they limit the use of blue light. Blue light is designed to improve device readability in daylight, but in a low-light environment, blue light can actually cause your brain to stop producing melatonin. It can have a negative effect on sleep cycles, making it harder to fall and stay asleep. And since so many of us check our phones before going to bed or right before sleeping, this is a significant concern. The feature is still in the making, but Snapchat has moved forward with the testing.
#snapchat #dark #mode #testing
4. Final Words
Last week’s news reached out to Google mobile, LinkedIn control tools and Snapchat dark mode testing. Google reveals a new, simpler style for mobile research. LinkedIn gives users the opportunity to select their audience interaction on their posts and Snapchat is testing dark mode, which is an important feature due to blue light concerns.
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