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Social Media News - October 15, 2019

Social Media News - October 15, 2019

Instagram Launches Create Mode

Instagram has added a new Stories feature called Create that helps users make new layouts for their Stories posts. Replacing the former Type mode in stories, the Create option now appears in along the bottom of a user’s screen when he or she goes to upload a Stories post. Once a user is in Create mode, there are even more options to choose from! The features don’t have names and are simply represented by symbols, but among them is the ability to create text, layouts, polls, quizzes, and even post from a user’s archives. One of the most talked-about tools in Create mode is the “On This Day” option, which was previously featured only in the Archive section of a user’s account. Now users can head straight to Stories to show off what they did five years ago instead of navigating through other menus within the app.

Social Media News - October 8, 2019

Social Media News - October 8, 2019

Instagram Launches Messaging App ‘Threads’

The Instagram messaging app first discussed in early September launched last Friday to iOS and Android users. Threads was built to service smaller groups of friends rather than a larger network, much like Snapchat does, by connecting to Instagram and allowing you to add a list of your close friends. It then opens right to your camera where you can send single-use or permanent images to your close friends that will live both in your direct messages and your Threads app. You can also set a status with an emoji that your close friends will be able to see within the app. Should you set this option to auto-status, Threads will automatically populate a status based on what you are doing. For example, if the app detects you are driving, it will share to your friends that you are “On the move” with a car emoji.

Social Media News - September 30, 2019

Social Media News - September 30, 2019

Instagram Adds Branded Content Tags to IGTV

Instagram’s branded content tags alert users to content that is specifically an ad. This option has only available to business and creator account posts and stories, but will now be expanded to include IGTV videos. Instagram has struggled to keep users engaged on IGTV, but this addition will facilitate brand-influencer collaborations. It will also give top creators more opportunities to monetize their content. Creators can access the tag by going to post a video and clicking on “Advanced Settings” where they will be prompted to tag a business partner. To tag someone, users will need to make sure the business partner has added them as an approved contact in their branded content settings. Once tagged, Instagram will add a “Paid Partnership With” tag to the header of the IGTV video.

Social Media News - September 25, 2019

Facebook to Get Rid of Group Stories

Facebook recently added a multi-contributor option for Stories where multiple public figures can contribute to one story. As of September 26th, Facebook will sunset its similar “Group Stories” feature, which allows multiple members of one group to contribute to a singular Story for that group. No new Group Stories will be able to be posted, and all existing Group Stories will be deleted. Archived Group Stories will still be visible, but users will not be able to re-share them.

Facebook Suspended ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Apps Post-Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Facebook provided an update this week on its investigation into every app that could have been granted the same data access as Cambridge Analytica. Facebook has looked into millions of apps, and has, to date, suspended tens of thousands for a variety of reasons. However, Facebook has said the investigation is “by no means finished” and it is continuing to look into these apps.

Instagram Putting New Restrictions on Diet and Cosmetic Surgery Ads

With influencers like Kylie Jenner promoting weight loss products such as “detox teas” becoming more prominent, there has been a lot of discussion about the effect that it has on younger users. Instagram consulted with mental health and wellbeing experts and decided to pose restrictions on the age demographics available for targeting with these ads. Instagram will restrict posts promoting certain weight loss procedures or cosmetic procedures with the incentive to purchase to users under the age of 18. This follows Instagram’s recent efforts to make the social platform a more positive place.

Snapchat Is Adding a 3D Camera Mode

Snapchat is keeping up with Instagram’s new 3D features by releasing one of its own – a 3D camera mode that will let users create and use 3D-like depth effects in their images. Users can access this feature by going to the camera mode and accessing the drop-down menu on the right. Users will be able to save any 3D creations to use later. In addition to creating these effects, users will also have access to a new selection of 3D lenses and filters.

Source:  TechCrunch

Source: TechCrunch

Social Media News - September 17, 2019

Social Media News - September 17, 2019

Facebook Testing a New Chat Feature

Jane Manchun Wong discovered a new chat feature for Facebook that is very similar to the “Join Chat” feature that Instagram Stories released earlier this year. The new feature will direct followers to a private message group from a Story or Post. The addition falls in line with the rise in popularity of messaging apps and with what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg said in his keynote speech at the Facebook F8 Developer conference: “the future is private.”

Social Media News - September 10, 2019

Social Media News - September 10, 2019

Facebook Testing Removing Likes

Following suit with many of the other social platforms, Facebook said it is  “considering testing” hiding likes. Jane Manchun Wong found the potential test while looking into the code of the Facebook Android app. The company did comment, saying it may test this feature in the future, but did not provide any information on how its live testing of the same feature on Instagram was going.

Social Media News - September 3, 2019

Social Media News - September 3, 2019

Instagram Develops Location Sharing App

Instagram is challenging Snapchat once again with a new Instagram family messaging app called ‘Threads.’ The app is supposed to share with your close friends list on Instagram, and will be a way to stay connected with your inner circle. The app will allow users to share their location, speed, and battery life with friends in addition to the video, text, and photo messaging abilities. Threads will also allow for automatic posting which would let the app post real-time updates of your location, speed, and more. However, rather than provide an actual location, the app will say a friend is “on the move.” Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, has not confirmed anything about the partner app, and it is unclear right now when Threads would actually launch.