In the social world today there are always plenty of news stories about the services people use to connect with each other, whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Flickr or any other platform of limitless possibilities. Today, we have Twitter testing a new functionality of the timeline including in-line pictures and videos and CardStar adding Foursquare integration into its iPhone app.
A mysterious new feature has popped up in a few users’ twitter accounts called “Tweet Media” which suggests that they are integrating videos and pictures into the timeline. The function, being sent to a test set of users at the moment, simply asks you if you’d like to view photos and videos from everyone. The description reads:
“By default, you’ll only see images and videos shared by people you’re following, and reveal those by people you’re not. Check this box to see media from everyone on Twitter.”
Despite having the option, the setting appears to currently have no function. Pictures and videos look the same after enabling the option. Twitter confirmed the feature:
“We’re constantly exploring features and settings. What you saw was a small test of a potential consumption setting for inline media. We show inline media on our own iPhone and Android apps.”
CardStar, known for being an excellent alternative to carrying around rewards cards from just about every store. Today, the service has added Foursquare integration to the iPhone app. When scanning a card from a store on CardStar, there will now be an option to check-in to Foursquare at the same time.
The idea is to eliminate the need for CardStar users to have to launch Foursquare separately and will center engagement for CardStar. “The typical CardStar user already launches the app at point-of-sale in retail locations, airports, gyms and libraries. The CardStar integration with Foursquare was the next logical step to deliver a more cohesive mobile experience,” says CEO Andy Miller.