Tumblr has taken advantage of the new feature that Apple has opened up. Opening this new feature to their users will put them ahead of Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. The feature that was added by them is known as Live Photos.
APPLE OPENS UP LIVE PHOTOS FEATURE
This is a very cool feature that Apple opened up to the public. They introduced it for their smartphones using the iOS 9.1 operating system. This would be the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus smartphones. Basically, Apple opened this Live Photos feature to make it so developers could share Live Photos. However, what exactly is this feature?
WHAT THE LIVE PHOTOS FEATURE IS THAT TUMBLR ADDED
This Live Photos feature is what you can imagine it is. It allows users to capture moving images. This will allow users to be able to include movement and sound into their photos. This adds a lot of diversity to image taking. Tumblr mentions how all users have to do to use this is to update the app’s latest version. When this is done, the feature will be available to the users. Sharing these photos will work the exact same way as any normal photo would. The only subtle alteration is users will see a special icon on any photo that is live. This will make them easy to find when looking through images.
TUMBLR ALSO ADD USES FOR 3D TOUCH
First of all, 3D Touch basically allows the live photo to come to life. The image must be pressed and then it will reveal all the animation and sound. However, the company has added more uses to this feature. The company points out that this feature will now play a role in searching across their domain. Using the 3D Touch when searching for something will initiate an avatar showing a preview. It will be done the same way that it would be done to animate a photo.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR TWITTER, PINTEREST, AND INSTAGRAM
Tumblr has positioned themselves above Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram after this one. Tumblr was the first major social networking service to implement this feature into their domain. This will now give users an extra incentive to switch over to them. As of right now Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram do not support this feature, but they might want to soon. This is such a cool feature that all three of these services need to take a page out of Tumblr’s book and implement it.
FACEBOOK ANNOUNCES WHAT TWITTER, PINTEREST, AND INSTAGRAM NEED TO
Facebook is certainly not waiting to take advantage of this great new feature provided by Apple. They announced that later this year they are going to update their app to support Live Photos. No specific date was stated, they just said it would be available for their users within the next year. Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest need to follow in Facebook’s steps and do the same. Live Photos is certainly a feature that needs to be present for all major social networking services.
KEEP ON EYE ON TWITTER, PINTEREST, AND INSTAGRAM IN THE FUTURE
It is not a guarantee, but it would be a surprise for these three services to not add this feature soon. There is no reason to believe that they would just allow Tumblr, and now Facebook, to have an advantage that they do not have. This is especially considering that Live Photos is a feature that Apple is opening to any developer that wants it. It is hard to believe a scenario in which Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram would not want to add Live Photos to their domain. Keep an eye on these three in the future.