Yeah, I’m undecided that that is going to be a large purposeful addition, however with the platform’s rising push in the direction of video content material, it could possibly be invaluable, in numerous methods.
In response to a brand new submit from X designer Andrea Conway, you’ll quickly be capable of add timestamp-based links for video clips shared in-stream.
As you possibly can see on this instance, timestamp hyperlinks will allow you to direct viewers to a selected phase of the video clip, with the playback to start at that time.
Which is useful whenever you’re trying to spotlight a selected level, although most individuals simply screenshot or clip smaller segments for a similar objective.
Although there are nonetheless many posts that refer folks to “try 2:29” and the like, so it could serve a invaluable objective on this respect. However it seems like a fairly minor replace, which is one among my essential considerations for X shifting ahead.
As a result of whereas the X staff has been keen to tout its progress, and its speedy tempo of improvement beneath Elon Musk, virtually the entire new improvements that it’s rolled out since Musk took over on the app had really been in improvement lengthy earlier than he wandered into the constructing carrying a sink and laughing.
Certainly, out of an inventory of 73 key updates applied over the previous 9 months, which the X staff recently shared to highlight their efforts, solely 12 of them have been totally new.
Most, like Neighborhood Notes and Subscriptions, have been tweaked and amplified as a part of the brand new push, however they have been in place effectively earlier than Musk got here in. The primary new updates of observe have been its revamped X Premium verification program, the addition of longer video uploads, the launch of its advert income share program, bookmark counts, voice and video calls (nonetheless in improvement), the Highlights tab, and job listings.
However that’s it. There hasn’t been an inflow of latest concepts for the app which have revolutionized the way in which that it’s used.
My concern right here is that now, the X staff has just about exhausted its pantry of concepts that the earlier Twitter staff had shelved. As such, it’ll now be left to its personal units, and to date, not a lot of its new initiatives have both caught on, or been utterly completed as but.
Which is comprehensible, provided that the app has additionally cut 80% of its staff in that very same time interval. On this respect, any improvement in any respect is a major achievement, however once we’re getting all the way down to timestamp hyperlinks as a brand new announcement, it seems like issues could possibly be operating just a little skinny, each on inspiration and assets.
However it’s one thing, and it could possibly be of extra worth if X can get extra authentic video content material posted to its app, which new chief Yaccarino might be tasked with. But when it’s an indication of developments to return, it looks like X’s speedy tempo could possibly be slowing, now that it’s used up every little thing it already had out there.