In my Pick of the Month for March, I am focusing on news about some FREE tools that I came across last month. But, if you’d like to see all the 45 links to articles and posts I shared on Twitter last month, you can find them here. If you are not on Twitter you can subscribe here to get email notifications of the links I share.
Twitter turned 9 on 21st March, I recently shared my own experiences with Twitter, but a Time magazine article appropriately explains How Twitter is beautiful, terrible and addictive all at once. In fact …
“With one billion tweets sent nearly every two days, Twitter has become something nearly impossible to describe, because it’s different for every user.”
How you make use of Twitter is probably Iargely dependent on the apps you use, and in March there was news about some new Twitter apps :
The biggest news was undoubtedly the release of Twitter’s own mobile app, Periscope, that lets you broadcast live video to the world. This came within days of another similar (third-party) app, Meerkat.
- What’s the difference between Periscope and Meerkat? Take a look at this Telegraph article.
- Want to find out how Periscope works? The Daily Genius has a useful post Live from … your classroom! Here’s how Twitter’s new Periscope app works – even if you don’t intend to use it in a classroom
- Is this an important new step for Twitter? Owen Williams in The Next Web, believes that Periscope and live video are changing the internet forever. We will have to wait and see!
There was also news of an extension to TweetDeck – TweetDeck Teams – a simple way to share access to your Twitter accounts without sharing passwords. Very useful if you share a Twitter account.
As for news about other free tools …
Firefox’s Hello – “the easiest way to connect for free over video with anyone, anywhere” – was actually released in October 2014, but Wired recently reported that it is shortly due for an upgrade, in order to support screensharing on video calls. I wonder when it will become a true competitor to Skype.
And finally, Google introduced Google Feud. This is Google’s guessing game (an adaption of Family Feud), which lets you guess how Google would auto-complete sentences. But beware, you could end up spending a lot of time on this game!
Do you know of the release of (or upgrades to) any good, new FREE tools last month?