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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 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.