Twitter introduced a quality filter for the Notifications timeline a while ago. It is enabled by default and it effects other timelines, not just the Notification timeline. It can result in you missing quite a few tweets. Case in point, I’ve been seeing very few new tweets in my timeline despite following over 800 accounts. I don’t recall enabling the quality filter which leads me to believe Twitter enabled it by default when the feature was rolled out for my account. If you have been seeing too few new tweets in your timeline, you might need to disable the quality filter. If you are overwhelmed by too many tweets in your timeline, you might want to consider enabling the quality filter. Here’s how.
Twitter For Web
Visit Twitter and sign in to your account. Click your profile picture at the top right and select ‘Settings’ from the menu. On the Settings screen, select ‘Notifications’ from the left column. Check the ‘Quality filter’ box to enable the filter.
If you want to disable it, simply uncheck the box and click ‘Save changes’. The setting will sync to your mobile apps.
Twitter Apps For iOS & Android
Open the Twitter app for iOS or Android. Go to your Account settings and tap Notifications. On the Notifications screen, you will see a switch for ‘Quality Filter’. Turn it On/Off to enable/disable the filter.
The change takes effect immediately. If you were seeing too few tweets, you will automatically start seeing more of them. Likewise, if your timeline was too difficult for you to keep up with, you will see fewer tweets.
Twitter applies its own algorithm for judging the quality of a tweet. It doesn’t have much to do with the number of times a tweet has been liked or retweeted, nor does it matter if you interact frequently with a particular account. This filter is aimed at the Twitter notifications timeline but enabling and disabling it effects other timelines as well.
The YouTube web interface and mobile apps have been updated with a resume watching feature. When you watch a YouTube video but don’t finish watching it all the way to the end, YouTube remembers where you left off. It then indicates on the video’s thumbnail how much of the video you’ve watched. When you click on it, the video resumes from the exact place you left it off. Here’s what the feature looks like in action.
In order to view how much of a video you’ve watched, and resume where you left off on a mobile device, you must be running the latest version of the YouTube app. On iOS, it is 11.45 and on Android, it is 11.43.45.
Tap a video and allow it to play. You can navigate away from it any time. When you next see the video’s thumbnail, it will have red bar at the bottom. This red bar indicates how much of the video you have watch.
Tap the video again and it will pick from that same place.
You resume watching the video from the YouTube app or from the web interface. Simply visit YouTube in your browser and look for the ‘Watch It Again’ section where the partially watched video will appear. Tap it and it will pick from where you left it.
There is no way to disable this bookmarking feature. You can update the bookmarked position simply by jumping to a different one in the video, and then navigating away from it. YouTube saves the most recent position as the bookmark and picks up from there.
These bookmarks are added regardless if the video is from a channel you have subscribed to or not. The red bar appears at the bottom of the video thumbnail but not all videos will appear in the ‘Watch It Again’ section. You might have to go through your history to find them again but the red bar will be there regardless.
Snapchat has released a product called ‘Spectacles’. You can buy these spectacles from special vending machines for $130. They’re basically camera glasses that you can’t buy from any place other than the vending machines. If you don’t have the money to spend on Snapchat’s new little toy, or you can’t find a vending machine near you, you’re going to have to do with a work around. SnapView is a web app that takes any video formats it exactly like a Spectacles video. You can then share it with your friends on Snapchat. Here’s how it works.
We should mention that SnapView only formats the video. It won’t allow you to create the first person view you would get from Spectacles or any other camera glasses.
Find the video you want to transform. You can upload it from your desktop or from an online source such as YouTube. SnapView will format it and allow you to download it with or without audio. You cannot include the video’s original audio but you can record your own.
Visit SnapView and enter the URL of the video you want to transform or click the ‘Upload’ button to upload it from your desktop. Once you’ve uploaded the video, click ‘Start Recording’.
Your video will appear in the white box and you can start recording audio through your system’s microphone. Click ‘Stop Recording’ when you’re satisfied with the video.
SnapView will then convert the video to the correct format. You can download it with or without the audio. If you choose to download it without audio, the video will be in WEBM format which you may need to convert to MP4 before you can share it Snapchat. If you download it with audio, it will download in MP4 format which you can share directly to Snapchat.
Once you download the video, it’s up to you to move it to your phone’s storage so you can share it on Snapchat. Android users won’t have much trouble doing this. iPhone users can use a cloud drive service or iTunes to get the video on to their device.
SnapView unfortunately doesn’t work from a web browser just yet.
Chrome supports multiple profiles. If you have multiple users logged into the same Windows or macOS account, they will likely share the Chrome browser. One simple way to keep everyone’s auto-fill data and search history separate is to create different Chrome profiles for each user. The profiles are easy to create and we’ve detailed how you can switch between them via keyboard shortcuts. You can also create special desktop shortcuts to launch a particular profile. That said, the quickest way to switch between profiles isn’t via the keyboard. The mouse is the superior tool in this regard.
In Chrome, your profile name is displayed in a little badge at the top left. It’s not there to annoy you but instead is there to help you switch profiles.
Right-click it and select the profile you want to switch to from the little list of profiles. A new window will open in the profile you selected.
This isn’t a secret Chrome feature or anything. People might stumble on it but most users instinctively left-click the profile badge which opens the profile selection window. It’s a few clicks too many to open a window in a different profile.
This method is ideal for when you need to have multiple profiles open at once. If you’re starting a new Chrome session, using dedicated desktop shortcuts to launch the correct profile is the smarter choice. You can also use those shortcuts to ‘switch’ between profiles but it means either going to the desktop or opening the Start menu to do so.
If Chrome had dedicated keyboard shortcuts that users could associate with profiles, it would make for an ideal solution. Much like you can select tabs with the Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2… keyboard shortcuts, similar shortcuts for profiles would be great though we’re not sure if that is technically possible.
YouTube is where some of the best videos live but Facebook is where lower quality bootlegged versions of them are uploaded. Jokes and copyright infringement aside, Facebook has a lot of video content. It might pale in comparison to YouTube but that still doesn’t mean you can rule it out as a place to watch videos. Lots of pages run solely by sharing videos and some pages like Mental Floss are actually fun to watch. If you’ve got a Chromecast hooked up at home, you can even cast a Facebook video to your Chromecast. Here’s how.
Casting From Facebook Web
You must be running the latest version of Chrome. You do not need to install the official Chromecast extension however, you must have the Chromecast device already set up and ready to receive a stream.
Find a video you would like to watch and play it. If videos auto-play in your timeline, look at the bottom right corner of the player and you will see a Cast button between the settings and full screen buttons. Tap it and Chrome will prompt you to select your Chromecast device. Once the device has been selected, the video will be cast to your TV/monitor.
On Facebook Apps For iOS And Android
Facebook’s apps support both Chromecast and AirPlay (iOS only). Look for a video you want to watch and tap it. You can’t cast the video from your timeline view. It must switch to its own viewing mode. Inside this viewing mode, you will see a cast button next to the full screen button. Tap it. On iOS you’ll get two casting options; Chromecast and AirPlay. On Android, you will only see Chromecast.
Tap the ‘Chromecast’ button and select your device to start casting the video.
Facebook has been experimenting with Chromecast support for awhile. It never really came out and made the feature official and its smartphone apps always update silently with a boilerplate change log. When the support was officially added is hard to say but it’s there now and working well.