5 Social Media News Stories You Need to Read This Week.

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Laura Daddiego
Laura Daddiego
November 22, 2019 - 34 min. read

Social media is constantly being updated—so you should be, too. Here are 5 of the top social media news stories from this week that you don’t want to miss.

1. Tik-Tok hits 1.5 billion downloads

Tik-Tok’s rise has been on everyone’s lips this year. It’s now the fourth most downloaded non-gaming app,  largely driven by Indian uptake. And despite experiencing its first growth setback a couple of months ago, it has just hit the 1.5 billion download mark. The app coupled the announcement with new monetization features such as the option to add links into user bios, and eCommerce URLs into uploaded videos. Only available in the US just now, Tik-Tok says the two new features are experimental and designed to “improve the user experience”.

2. Check out Whale, Facebook new memes app

A meme is worth a thousand words…eye-rolls…snide inferences…pop culture bonding moments – you name it. That’s why we love them. So naturally, Facebook is looking for a piece of the action with its new Whale app. The app is part of the experimental app division, NPE, and is currently being tested in Canada only. You can create memes with the help of templates, text, design and effect tools without any additional subscription. You start by selecting a photo from your personal library or a stock photo, and then you can add text, emojis, and filters. Will Facebook’s latest play pan out?

3. WhatsApp launches new Business Catalog

WhatsApp expansion into the ads realm just passed a new milestone with the new Business Catalog. This allows WhatsApp business users can now showcase their products or services in what amounts to an in-app digital store. The feature is currently available in the US, Brazil, Germany, India, Indonesia, and the UK. If that’s where you are you can set up and customize the catalog via Setting > WhatsApp for Business > Catalog. What’s next for WhatsApp? WhatsApp Pay, currently available in India. 
 

4. Facebook dynamic ads get a boost

Dynamic ads are not new to Facebook but now machine learning can now customize users’ experience at scale. This opens the door to delivering a specific ad to different users based on their activity or preferences. How does this work? It’s basically a combination of data, signals, and insights from Facebook and the advertisers. This will include Dynamic Format & Ad Creative, delivering content in different formats based on users’ behavior. If that’s not enough, Multiple Text Optimization allows you to customize your Facebook ads’ main text, headline, and description fields. It doesn’t stop there:  the new auto-translating feature will allow you to reach out to users based on their local language.
 

5. Pinterest is out to help you cope with negative emotions

Social platforms play a big role in our lives and are frequently blamed for exerting a negative influence. Pinterest is out to turn that around. Now, if somebody searches for terms related to mental health issues, Pinterest will serve up content designed to help.  For example, “if someone searches for a term related to self-injury, they’ll find ten new coping exercises that can help them work through difficult emotions and feelings, ” said a spokesperson from Pinterest. This initiative-for-good has been developed in collaboration with The Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation, Vibrant Emotional Health, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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1. Facebook is getting a new logo

But that familiar ol’ blue “F” won’t be disappearing from your apps. The new logo, technically a “watermark”, is intended for Facebook the corporation rather than Facebook the social platform. You will be seeing it in the login screens of Instagram and WhatsApp, each with a slight tint to match the respective brands. Rolling out in the “coming weeks”, the new logo is meant to make it clear which apps are owned by Facebook. Apparently, only 29% of US respondents know that Facebook owns Instagram; and that’s a bit of brand perception misalignment that Menlo Park has decided to call time on.

2. TikTok announces a new content-sharing option

TikTok just announced a new software development kit (SDK) that marketers using the network are going to love. The ‘Share to TikTok’ SDK lets third-party apps such as video editors integrate directly with TikTok. This development gifts marketers with more options to create richer, more polished content for the platform (which, granted, kind of goes against Tik Tok’s MO). Adobe Premiere Rush and Momento GIF Maker are just two of the seven apps currently supported by the new SDK. DIY content creators seem pretty siked about this one.

3. Facebook is limiting the number of ads a page can run

That may sound a little counter-intuitive coming from a company that – as Mark Zuckerberg once famously explained to a befuddled US senator – runs ads as the basis of its business model. But Facebook says the move is to protect advertisers’ ad spend. Apparently running too many ads at one time can affect performance by not giving the platform enough time to optimize them. Facebook stipulates that it expects this ad cap to affect only a “small percentage” of advertisers, and it will run it out in mid-2020.

4. New Work Groups launched for Facebook

In a LinkedInesque move, Facebook has just launched “Work Groups” designed to help people “connect with their coworkers more easily”. Social media expert Matt Navarra revealed the move just before Facebook’s official unveiling on Thursday. Creating a Work Group is no different from creating a standard Facebook Group. The option enables co-workers to interact in a purely professional section of the platform, by sharing only work-related info and messaging group members without becoming friends. This is definitely a win for the separation between their private life and work. Want to give it a try? You can currently switch your group type via Group Setting > Group Type. 

5. Facebook continues with Messenger encryption plans

Yesterday, Facebook outlined its plans for further Messenger encryption at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon. When first announced in March this raised a few eyebrows among lawmakers due to the extreme privacy they say it affords to criminals. Facebook has pointed out that the option already exists in the platform and is standard in Facebook-owned WhatsApp. The company is also considering banning new Messenger accounts not linked to a regular Facebook profile. The network is couching these features as a next phase in protecting user privacy – let’s see how the debate develops.

 

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1. Facebook changes organic impressions and dumps gray badges

So what’s the deal with organic impressions? Easy, from now on Facebook’s organic impression calculation will be more in line with the paid methodology calculation. This is to avoid the issue of metric duplication. Don’t worry, this won’t affect the distribution of your content on Facebook. On to the demise of “gray badges”. Gray what, you ask? While never as appealing as the blue ones, gray badges have nonetheless been around since 2015. Who knew? Back in the day, this would be the only way for small businesses to confirm their authenticity. But their ambiguity has proved fatal and Facebook has decided to only focus on the blue ones.

2. IGTV “series” is out

Now you can brand your video series with a title and theme on IGTV. Yep, just like on Snapchat. This new labeling system allows users to easily find content via playlist while making it easier for creators to arrange content. What’s cool is that the on-screen tab will help you opt-in to get episode notifications from your favorite accounts. If you’re creator, you’ll have the option to create a series when uploading a video or to upload an existing one via the “edit” video option.

 

3. Facebook Search makes it to automatic placement

Are you using automatic placement on Facebook? Well, Search Result ads are now one of the options. This will allow your ads to be automatically distributed across general search and Marketplace. Bear in mind, if you don’t want to use Search Result ads, you won’t be able to use the Automatic Placement. This is a good choice as the cost is still low due to a non-competitive environment, at least compared to standard ad placements. Facebook has reportedly been testing a new ad placement in the Facebook Group tab too. Just keep in mind that you won’t be able to target people based on a specific group.

4. Snapchat grows its advertising offering with dynamic ads

2020 will be all about personalization, that’s why if you use Snapchat, you might want to consider Dynamic Ads. What’s cool about them is that you’ll only need to add a product catalog, and you’ll automatically get access to a variety of templates to help you quickly execute without a design team. The big payoff is the time you’ll cut off production. The great thing about Snapchat ads is that they allow you to create ads at scale and serve them in real-time. Just be patient, this is currently a beta for US advertisers.

 

 

5. Check the Facebook News Tab out!

Rolled out to only a few thousand users, this customizable tab will collect the stream of publisher news in one place. The news will be curated by a team of editors and it’ll have different sections according to topics like business, entertainment, science and technology, health and more. We don’t know how many publishers have joined the test, but we do know some of them are being paid to distribute news and they’ll need to register on Facebook as “news pages”. Let’s see if the tab lasts the distance.

 
 
 
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1. LinkedIn is rolling out enhanced targeting tools

Let’s start with the audience forecasting tool within LinkedIn campaign creation. It gives you a more precise overview of your campaign/ad insights with an additional industry breakdown. And not just that: you can expand the tab to surface more info like the years of experience or company sizes of your audience.

Boolean targeting is also coming to the platform. How does that work? Boolean targeting logic is based on “And/Or” queries allowing you to combine different characteristics for more advanced combinations. LinkedIn has also improved its demographic reporting. You can now see which audiences are engaging with particular types of content.

2. Instagram Threads is here

Is the social media space too crowded? Don’t worry, IG is here to save us all. A standalone app, Instagram Threads purports to offer a “persistent connection” with only your close friends. That means quicker access to the camera and text messaging to keep in touch with your tribe. The app automatically opens on the camera with a “Camera Shortcuts” featuring the faces of your friends (the order is customizable). By swiping up, you’ll instantly access their messages.

A Status and Auto Status option will automatically set an emoji as an away message for your best friends. Instagram Threads will be synced to your Close Friends list on the main Instagram app, which you can edit on both apps.

3. Pinterest is offering an academy now

Getting started with Pinterest for marketing? This set of free educational e-learning courses and tools will help you settle in.  You can choose from nine topics such as Pinterest Narrative or Creative Strategy to get a tailored lesson with additional tips and tricks. You’ll also be able to map out your educational journey with optional notifications for telling your boss about your progress.

Available on mobile and desktop, Pinterest Academy is currently only rolling out in the following countries: US, Canada, UK, Australia, France and Germany. Pinterest will release more updates in the next few months. Stay tuned!

4. Throwback Thursday is officially an Instagram feature

Instagram Create mode has just been released! Create is replacing Type and will help users more easily access the various Stories tools by grouping them together. There will also be an “On This Day” feature reminiscent of Facebook Memories. Anyone who needs to create Stories on a regular basis knows how time-consuming and challenging this can be. This new offering from Instagram could help lighten the workload, not least by making repurposing content easier to do.

5. What’s trending on Snapchat?

If you’re regularly using Snapchat, the new monthly ‘Snap Chatter‘ updates should be a great help. This is basically a round-up of the most chatted about topics and trends out there.

A cursory glance shows that FIFA 20 and iPhone 11 are what’s cool among young users right now. And it seems that content based on National Grandparents Day, National Daughter Day and IT Chapter II are attracting a lot of attention. Stop wondering what are the trending topics among your Snapchat users, this report will eye-opening, jump on it now!

 

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1. Facebook Messenger rolls out new tools, and drops the Discover tab

 It wasn’t all Apple headlines this week. To kick our recap off, Facebook just started rolling out new tools including appointment booking and lead generation — but what’s turning heads is that it’s killing the Discover tab in Messenger. 

To be phased out over the next few months, the Discover Tab has been a favorite feature for games and businesses. Facebook said it will invest more in other tools to “connect businesses and people”. Let’s see if these fill the gap that Discover leaves for many. 

2. Facebook may soon start hiding likes, too

Yep, the rumors are true: Facebook has confirmed that it may soon extend its hiding likes experiment from Instagram to the mother ship.  

Facebook began testing on removing total like posts in Canada back in April, and has since expanded the test to six other countries citing a focus on “user wellbeing”. Whether Zuck & crew will go all out on hiding likes on their two signature networks has yet to be seen, but it’s clearly being carefully considered. 

3. Twitter introduces drag-and-drop images 

Twitter’s UX just got – a wee bit – better. The network just revealed a simple but handy tweak that allows you to drag and rearrange multiple tweet images. 

While hardly a headliner or gamechanger, the new drag-and-drop functionality is being welcomed by many on the marketing side. It gives individuals and brands a fraction more space for image creativity on this most text-based of networks.

4. New in-app shopping ads may be coming to Facebook 

Many foresee a future where Facebook and shopping are synonymous; this week the network may have inched a little closer to making that a reality. 

On Monday, Facebook announced it is testing two new advertising features, namely an in-app checkout for dynamic ads — and a feature that will allow you to turn organic shopping posts into ads. Facebook has already added the in-app checkout to Instagram so appears to be being doubling down on creating a seamless online shopping experience for users. 

5. YouTube launches a Fashion “hub”

In a move some see as a challenge to IGTV and Instagram’s grip on fashion and lifestyle, YouTube just launched youtube.com/fashion.

The launch appropriately coincides with New York fashion week and according to YouTube’s blog is intended to “create an ultimate destination for style content that bridges both our fabulous endemic creator community and the more traditional worlds of fashion and beauty.” The new category already occupies pride of place alongside Movies, Gaming and Live, time will tell if the fashionistas do indeed flock to it. 


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1. Spotify is working on Stories for playlists

We have previously reported on the discoveries of Jane Manchun Wong, app whisperer and code hunter, who has gained a level of fame among the tech crowd for revealing upcoming app features. Now, it seems like she’s made a new discovery.

In a recent blog post, she reports finding unreleased features within a Spotify playlist. The feature resembles the Stories feature we know and love from Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. The story in question featured a Q&A session embedded within a playlist. While we don’t have a release date yet, it would certainly make playlists on Spotify more interactive and fun, so we’re all for it.

2. Twitter is releasing six second viewable video ad bids

Twitter is releasing a new video ad bidding option that allows advertisers to run 15-second or shorter video ads, but only be charged if the ad is viewed for a full six seconds with pixels at least 50% in view.

The new ad option should be attractive to advertisers who are focused on the metric of video views and are also ready to develop short-form video clips designed to be viewed on the feed. As more than half of Twitter’s ad revenue comes from video ads, this is an important update for Twitter.

3. Instagram is developing a new separate messaging app called “Threads”

Does the world need another standalone messaging app? At least Instagram thinks we do.

The company is reportedly working on a new messaging app called “Threads”, which will focus on building stronger, more constant connections and conversations between close-knit groups. A key feature would be an automatic sharing option, allowing connections to observe each others’ location, speed, and more in real-time. When it comes to messaging apps, this is not Instagram’s first rodeo. The company’s previous messaging app, “Direct”, was shut down earlier this year, after it struggled to gain popularity in key markets.

4. It is now even easier for creators to build their own AR experiences on Snap

With the surging popularity of AR filters, it’s not surprising that Snap Inc. wants to bring the feature to the masses.

To date, only those quite technically-skilled have been able to create filters on the company’s Lens Studio AR creation platform. The new update will make it easier for novice creators to build their own experiences, while also adding new tools for more advanced creators. As Instagram has also released its own creation studio, Spark AR, staying ahead of the game is vital for the company.

5. Facebook will now have stricter requirements for certain ads

Facebook is introducing stricter new policies for political and social issue-related ads. The news doesn’t come as a surprise, as Facebook has recently focused heavily on cutting down biased content on the platform.

The updates include a new disclaimer policy, updates to the company’s list of social issue topics in the US, stricter requirements for advertisers to verify their identities, and labeling on ads indicating they’re coming from verified organizations. They apply to ads on Facebook and Instagram, and extend even to organizations and companies attached to political causes that may be running ads.

 

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1. Facebook to play a role in news sharing

We mentioned this a few months back and now, it seems like a dedicated Facebook News section could happen before the end of the year. The reality is that at the moment, the demand for news content on Facebook is higher than ever. Simultaneously, Facebook has gotten backlash from some for not doing enough to stop the spread of fake and biased news. So what’s the update? The new section would be like Facebook Watch but for news content. Basically, it would allow users to read news articles coming only from trusted partners and publishers. Facebook is currently working on an expensive agreement with some publishers to license content.

2. What if you could follow a specific topic on Twitter?

Consider this: Twitter is now planning to create topics for everything its users might be interested in. Once the feature is rolled out, you’ll be able to follow a selected range of topics like sports teams or celebrities, curate your own lists, and engage with the content. In order for this to work, Twitter will generate topics with the help of a machine learning tool.  It’s unclear at the moment how the algorithmic promotion of topics of interest will interact with other algorithm promotions.

3. Anybody can be an AR vizard!

Yes, you heard it. It’s now possible to create and publish your own Augmented Reality (AR) effects on Instagram. All you need to do is download Facebook’s Spark AR Studio and let your creativity flow! If you’re looking to spice up your next IG campaign, seek inspiration in the user’s library and use the various tools offered. If you’re a designer, build rich effects and share them with your community. Lens creators have been around for a while on Snapchat, so this could be the next big thing to help you monetize your design portfolio, and gain popularity in the Instagram world. Even if you haven’t worked with 3D before, this feature will make it easier to get started.

4. Add a stream of images on your Facebook Stories

Once upon a time, Facebook Stories was thought to take over the main feed and, well, that hasn’t happened yet. In fact, only 1/3 of the platform’s users use Stories regularly. This new feature allows you to update a stream of still images to your Stories. Technically, you already can do that, but having the clear option will probably push more people to try the feature and update more content to the platform.

5. YouTube Super Chat gets rolled out to more countries.

If you’re using YouTube live streams, you might want to check this feature out. Let’s start with what Super Chat is. Super Chat allows a user to purchase and highlight a message during a live stream. YouTube is now expanding the program to more countries in order to incentivize creators. A message stays pinned in the chat for a set period of time, depending on the amount you paid, it can be from 0.099$ to 500$. All chat messages are moderated by creators and YouTube. If you’re a moderator, Super Chat is not any different from a regular live chat, since you still have full control over your live chat.

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1. Instagram is looking into a “Stories About You” section

Simple but potentially highly useful, Instagram is looking to add a separate notification section for Stories. If this makes it past testing, you will be notified whenever a Story mentions or tags you. There’s no official announcement yet, Jane Manchun Wong simply spotted and tweeted about it. This could be extremely relevant for those who have a high volume of mentions and struggle to keep on top of their responses. Let’s see if it makes the cut.

2. Tik Tok is testing an Instagram-like grid and much more.

Any Tik Tok fans out there? Well, the fourth most downloaded app in the world is testing some cool new stuff. Here’s what you need to know, starting with the “For You” section.  This allows you to check out more video content in a grid-style layout a la Instagram. The new “Discover” button will most likely help users find new people or accounts to follow. Another feature seemingly in the pipeline is the addition of the count of downloads alongside video Likes and Shares.

3. Facebook to remove outdated interest targets

Thousands of outdated and infrequently interest targets are about to be deprecated on Facebook. Don’t worry, this is not as drastic as it sounds. Facebook says the majority of advertisers won’t even notice the difference and, if you are using any of them, you’ll be notified on your Ads Manager. As a bigger plus, this should help advertisers by clearing out the clutter and making target selection a lot simpler. Another update to keep on your radar is ‘Search’ ads, for some advertisers it’s now an option within their Ad Placements tools.

4. Create your campaign on the go with Pinterest

Pinterest campaign creation is going mobile! A simplified ad creation experience is coming to the platform via a Mobile Ad Tools update that is currently only available in the US. How does it work? Just choose the right Pin, pick the targeting and check your campaign controls and editing options on the go. It’s deliciously appropriate that everyone’s (arguably) favorite lifestyle sharing platform is finally no longer tied to desktop.

5. Twitter tests icons to label conversations

Despite a slew of small updates over the past year, Twitter conversation threads can still be hard to read. Following the failure of the “Original Tweeter” and “Author”, Twitter is now testing icons designed to make conversation easier on the platform.  As you can see from the tweet below, if the original tweet author engages in the thread, their tweet will be labeled with a microphone. People directly mentioned in the original tweet will be marked with a @ icon and, last but not least, if a person you’re following engages with the tweet, it will be assigned with a small person icon with the checkmark. Will these little gray tweaks help ease our tired eyes and feckless thumbs?

 

 
 
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1. What is Shoelace, Google’s latest social network

Shoelace is a hyper-local social networking app designed to bring together people that share the same interests. Google’s new app encourages people to spend more time seeking non-online activities, real-life experiences. In short, an app that helps “help facilitate real-world connection”. How does Shoelace work? You can suggest events, share them with the online community or simply browse the recommended activities. The downside? Shoelace is invite-only for now and available in the NYC area.

2. Keeping up with LinkedIn Campaign Manager

If you advertise on LinkedIn, there’s great news for you: You can now select three new advertising campaign objectives when creating a campaign from scratch. LinkedIn is working hard to build an objective-based advertising platform – this small change will facilitate the way you create and optimize campaigns based on your marketing objectives. Let’s check out the three new objectives! 1) For your top-of-funnel campaigns, you now have the Brand Awareness campaign objective which are charged by impressions. 2) If you’re looking to optimize your advertising strategy for specific website actions, Website Conversions might be the right objective for you. 3) Last but not least, Job Applicants which allows you to create job ads using Campaign Manager.  

3. Time to check the new Twitter redesign

The new design is in and we can’t wait to know what you think! This new upgraded and simpler experience will help you easily access all your essential features. Practically, the DMs section has been expanded, the left-hand bar contains all the core actions of the network like Notifications or Bookmarks. Keep an eye on the Explore section too, it will help you find the popular local news and Top Trends. If you have multiple accounts, it will be easier to switch from one to another via the left-hand bar. The Search feature was upgraded and you now have advanced filters to search for people and/or tweets. It will be pretty much impossible to miss your Personalized Trends in the (way bigger) right-side bar.

4. Pinterest launches 4 new brand video tools

Crazy about Pinterest Marketing? Last week, during the VidCon conference in Anaheim, California, Pinterest announced some cool video features. Let’s check what’s new in the network: 1) a new uploader to seamlessly upload video content, 2) check all the video content shared by a brand on the new video tab, 3) the lifetime analytics will give you insights on your videos performance and 4) the Pin Scheduling to schedule pin in advance. Why is video content more powerful than ever on Pinterest? To put it simply, it doesn’t disappear in feeds which makes it easier for users to discover them.

5. What you need to know about Twitter ArtHouse

Creator content has never been more important than now for Twitter. According to one of the latest Twitter and GroupM’s research, video content optimized for Twitter drives 33% more emotional engagement than non-optimized one. Here is where ArtHouse comes in handy assisting advertisers in the creative process with several tools such as video creation/editing, influencer management, and event live-streaming. So if you are struggling with content strategy and content creation, or simply if you are lacking in resources, you might want to check ArtHouse.

 
 
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1. LinkedIn’s new algorithm rewards the ‘builders’

Did you know that each LinkedIn algorithm has an assigned objective? LinkedIn recently introduced a “contribution” objective to its feed algorithm. That means the network now rewards audience “builders”—contributors basically—all those people that regularly share, comment and react to content. LinkedIn wants you to become a valuable member of your community, so the new algorithm will be rewarding people for getting more involved, more regularly on the network. 

If you are looking to become a pro with LinkedIn Marketing (and win the algorithm over), guess what? We are hosting a webinar on the 25th of July and you might want to check it out.

2. Facebook downranks misleading health information

Facebook is calling time on snake oil salesmen, at least the medical kind. The network recently stated that from now on “posts with sensational health claims or solicitation using health-related claims will have reduced distribution.” To that end, the social network just released two new feed algorithm updates. The first one aims to reduce the spread of content that makes exaggerated health claims. The second one will try to control the sale of products and services labeled “miracle cures”. This won’t affect only Business Pages but also personal profiles. 

3. Have you checked out the new Instagram Join Chat sticker?

As we said a few months ago, 2019 is all about private messaging apps! The new Instagram “Join Chat” sticker allows you to invite people to private chats directly from your IG Stories. Initially tested in May, the new feature triggers a notification to the creator every time somebody asks to join the chat. What’s in for marketers? This features could help a lot of brands nurture even more communities than Facebook Groups is currently doing. As for influencers, this could really make a difference, bringing creators and followers together in one place.

4. Remember Audience Reach for Custom Audience? It’s back

All you advertisers out there, this one is for you. Looks like the Audience Reach for Custom Audience will soon be back on Facebook. This tool was removed last year after discovering a vulnerability in the tool that let people deduce user attributes such as gender or country. Facebook has brought it back in from the cold while working on three factors: privacy, protection, and new usage restrictions. This tool is particularly useful for assigning and adjusting campaign budget. Its return will definitely make life easier for many. Check out the official message from Facebook below.

UPDATE JULY 2, 2019: Since suspending this feature last year, we’ve been working with researchers to improve the…

Posted by Facebook Bug Bounty on Friday, March 23, 2018

 

5. YouTube could hide comments on all videos

YouTube’s comment section has long been infamous as a troll-infested trail of vitriol. But it seems civilization and civility could be on its way if the network rolls out a feature currently being tested on Android in India.  This would hide all the comments by default, though they can be unhidden with a click if the viewer wishes. There hasn’t been a clear statement on the future here, but it is definitely a move many would welcome should it become standard.

 

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1. Instagram Creator Account: all you need to know 

Should you switch from a Personal or Business Account to a Creator one? What are the perks of being a creator? To begin with, you need to have at least 10,000 followers and your account has to be linked to your Facebook Page. The new Creator Account allows you to switch profile category (such as blogger, author, entrepreneur or musician), it has better growth insights such as daily “follow” and “unfollow” as well as telling you when your fans are online. With messaging, you get an extra tab for more filtering on your incoming messages. Then there are Shoppable Posts, if you have a Creator Account you’ll be able to work on more creative sponsorships opportunities. Click below to find out more.

2. Facebook announces its digital wallet

Facebook is getting ready to launch its own digital-currency in 2020. Libra, as it’s called, is pegged to be the next big thing, a global currency that will provide secure and easy financial services. The powered blockchain digital wallet, Calibra, will let you send Libra to everyone with access to a smartphone. One of the first goals with the app is to support people with limited access to proper financial services. A big step for Facebook, folks. The app will be fully integrated with Facebook’s massive ecosystem and, according to an official source, Calibra data and Facebook data will be kept separated. You will also need a government-issued ID to create an account.

3. Check out LinkedIn’s latest batch of features 

If you love LinkedIn as much as we do you’ll definitely want to catch up with all its latest feature launches. Let’s start with Photo Tagging that was just released to all users. This will make it easier to recognize and connect with new people. Next is Messenger, which now supports video messages so you can directly record and share video content via direct mail. Meanwhile, the LinkedIn app’s post button has been moved to the bottom center of your screen to make sharing updates faster. You may already have seen that you can discover all your favorite topics and hashtags on the right side of your feed. If that’s not enough, don’t forget about Reactions and Live video (still in beta).

4. Facebook is removing some of the Business Page Info sections

Starting from August 1, 2019, Facebook will be removing some of the fields in the Business Page “About” section. Information such as Company Overview, Biography, Mission, Affiliation, Personal Interests and perhaps more will soon be deleted for good. If you are managing one or more Business Pages, you may want to start working on how you’ll be communicating your brand/business story through your page. Facebook is currently suggesting to use the Page Description section to keep the most important information. Remember, you can access this information via the Setting – Page info.

5. YouTube interactive video ads–now for makeup

Google loves experimenting with AR and, guess what? Starting from this summer YouTube will let you experience makeup products through interactive video ads by enabling the new “virtual try on” feature. It’s still in Alpha and will initially only be available to selected brands such as MAC Cosmetics, but other brands could be admitted soon. During a preliminary test, YouTube found out that 30% of people activated the AR experience to try a product, spending around a little less than a minute. 

 
 
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1. IGTV surrenders to the landscape video format

Is the vertical video era over? Well, yes, at least for IGTV. Until recently, it wasn’t possible to upload horizontal landscape videos to IGTV. Now, not only you’ll be able to do that, but your IGTV videos will also appear full-screen when users turn their phones. The decision is powered by an Instagram change of vision focused on “enabling creativity” and on content rather than format. After the quiet redesign of the IGTV app, this new format flexibility could definitely drive more creators onto the platform.

2.Why Twitter acquired deep learning app Fabula AI

For social media networks, the pressure is definitely on when it comes to privacy and disinformation issues. So how can they protect users from the trolls and “fake news”? In the case of Twitter, they just joined forces with a London-based deep learning startup Fabula AI. In the past few years, Fabula AI’s talented group of machine learning researchers have been working on developing a technology to identify online disinformation. “There are characteristic patterns to how fake news’ spreads vs the genuine ones,” said Fabula co-founder, Michael Bronstein. At the moment it’s not clear yet how Twitter will integrate Fabula’s technology. Stay tuned for more updates.

3. Instagram’s new Branded Content ads option

In case you missed it, the Branded Content feature has been around for a while, making it possible to sponsor branded content posts as feed ads. Until recently the option had been available to a handful of influencers, allowing the sponsored content to reach only the influencer followers. But now any content creator can produce them, and you’ll see these posts regardless of whether you’re following a creator or not. These will feature the tag “Paid partnership with” for transparency sake.  But how does it work? Both creator and advertiser will need to enable the feature in “Settings” under Business – Branded Content — after that, posts will appear in the Ads Manager under Existing Posts where they can be boosted. 

4. Powering up LinkedIn advertising capabilities

LinkedIn recently closed a deal to acquire an advanced machine learning company Drawbridge. According to LinkedIn, 78% of B2B marketers see the platform as “the most effective” social network—if you are one of them, this will come as welcome news. This should open the door to the latest advanced machine learning tools to spur LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions growth even more. Drawbridge is also expected to accelerate LinkedIn ads efficiency with more accurate Matched Audiences, Audience Network campaigns and better channels/device attribution.

5. Sharing links to Stories.

Instagram has been working on this for some time now—and the signs are that it could be rolled out soon. Stories link sharing would allow you to share your Instagram Story via a unique link. Amazing, right? And just think about the bigger picture for marketers. This will allow brands to integrate Stories directly into other marketing channels. You could, for example, share your Story in a newsletter. One thing is for sure, this will inspire many more companies to invest in Instagram Stories.

 

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1. Facebook reveals its new Stories Composer

Reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong just unveiled the new Facebook Stories composer. Have a look below—the new layout has an additional right sidebar with new options such as Privacy’ and ‘Studio effects’. With  500 million daily users, Stories have been a big deal for Facebook over the past year or so, even if they’ve never had the appeal of Instagram Stories. Fingers crossed Facebook: hopefully, this new composer will get more people onto the platform—and help them craft some awesome content. 

2. IGTV gets a revamp to adapt to the latest video trends consumption

Well, sort of. With only 4.2 million installs worldwide,  IGTV has far from lived up to expectations. So now Instagram is clearly seeking inspiration from the success of other video apps such as  TikTok and Snapchat. The app has recently undergone a quiet makeover, ditching the category-based navigation and central feed horizontal and vertical scrolling. How does it look? There is now an auto-play mode video at the top of the screen. By scrolling down you can access a full-screen content grid where you can discover more videos. 

3. @shop account to boost Instagram e-commerce initiatives

Fact: The @shop account had nearly 16,000 followers in the first twelve hours. After revealing the new Explore tab, which it redesigned to ramp up its e-commerce and content discovery, Instagram has just launched a @shop account to boost shoppable posts. This involves an  Instagram team curating shoppable content across the platform behind the scenes. What makes @shop unique is that it’s 100% driven by trends and aimed to help you discover emerging brands/products/services. You should totally check it out!

4. What’s new with the Facebook News Feed algorithm?

There are some  Facebook News Feed algorithm updates you should know about. Let’s start with the greater reach restriction. Yes, you read it correctly. Basically, Facebook is tweaking its algorithm to help you see more content from your most relevant connections. How? By factoring in signals such as photo tags, the people you constantly interact with, and likes. It’s the latest in Facebook’s move to prioritize quality over quantity. The network has been working hard on fostering a safe community, fighting against the spread of misinformation, demoting posts users have reported as not ‘worth their time’ and unoriginal/unsafe content.

5. LinkedIn announces new Jobs features 

LinkedIn is an essential tool when it comes to job-seekers and hiring managers. Did you know that every week 600 million users apply to jobs 25 million times? Cool, right? Now its job app will soon include a redesign of its homepage, job alerts, skills assessment, and salary insights. To support all the recruiters using the platform, LinkedIn is bringing LinkedIn Jobs, Recruiter, and Pipeline Builder together in one place. And, if that’s not enough, it’s adding Screening Questions to collect even more information on candidates.

 

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1. What’s up with the latest Facebook algorithm change?

They did it again! Over the coming months, Facebook will be once more tweaking its algorithm. This time the changes are a series of ranking updates that will favor quality video content creators and publishers. This will definitely impact the way video is consumed on the platform. So, what’s new? Basically, these three factors will now have a greater impact on video rankings: loyalty and intent, video and viewing duration, and originality. And that means that video creators will all have to work harder than ever on producing truly engaging content.

2. Instagram is making shopping even more simple

Facebook’s annual F8 conference just wrapped up, and this was one of the year’s biggest announcements. Creators and influencers will be able to tag and sell items directly to people viewing their posts or Stories. This will initially only be available on items from members of the Checkout beta program launched a few months ago, which includes influencers such as Gigi Hadid or Kim Kardashian. Creators and brands will also receive insights to get a deeper understanding of how posts are performing.

3. YouTube Brandcast top updates

The recent eighth annual Brandcast conference announced a bunch of new changes for YouTube. To begin with, they’ll be adding two new ways to make the YouTube Google Preferred program more “useful to brands”: now videos that are frequently watched on larger screens or have higher production value will rank higher in its P-Score algorithm. Another big announcement was that YouTube is now supported by Nielsen Total Ad Ratings (TAR), meaning brands can compare YouTube and TV. If that’s not enough, the YouTube Original series will soon become free (with ads), plus the network is “doubling down” on the amount of content around music festivals and other cultural events streaming on the platform.

4. Twitter upgrades its Retweet function 

This will definitely make it easier to express yourself, why? Because now Twitter lets you add a photo, video or gif to your shared content. You will be able to add up to four multimedia elements to a retweet, which will definitely liven up our feeds. Twitter described this as a highly requested feature. Meanwhile, the people of Twitter are still awaiting that much-needed “edit” button. A Social Media Manager only can hope.

5. Facebook introduces a new Instagram Creator Studio 

What’s that you ask? A new dashboard to help users access a range of analytics metrics including engagement stats, audience activity or demographic info via desktop. This is currently still in test mode and available only to a few accounts. It will be integrated into Facebook’s Creator Studio app for now. Bear in mind that these won’t be any metrics you haven’t seen before or different to what you can see in the mobile app, but, this has the potential to become a very helpful tool.

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1. What you need to know about WhatsApp new privacy settings

The new feature will allow users to check who has the admin rights to add them to any conversation. What for? Mostly protecting users from misinformation and keeping phone numbers as private as possible. WhatsApp will also introduce an invite system to give you the chance to accept or deny any group invite. You’ll soon be able to decide who can add you to a group text with these three options: Nobody, My Contacts or Everybody. This feature will most likely be enabled as the default, but if you want to double check you can find whether it’s active or not under Settings>Account>Privacy section on your app. Additionally, the app is also removing around 2 million suspicious accounts globally per month. 

2. Facebook might add a News Tab

The battle against misinformation is on. With the demand for more news only increasing, can a dedicated Facebook news section really work? For many years Facebook has held a very important role in the distribution of news across the web.  Now, some of the “Social Network” representatives have been teasing with the idea of a News Tab to only distribute news content from “high quality, trusted sources.” There isn’t much else to know at the moment, the new tab will probably have the look and feel of Facebook Watch. According to Zuckerberg, the News Feed has never been the right place for news and they are currently still looking for ways to make this work together with publishers.

3. Twitter changes the number of accounts you can follow per day

From 1000 to 400, Twitter has decided to cut the number of accounts you can follow per day. After the massive clean-up of its API users, this is another big step to block bot spammers on the platform. If you are thinking about why 400? The company stated: “We looked at follow behavior at various thresholds, and selected 400 as a reasonable limit…”- In the past few months, Twitter has been focused on updating its spam reporting tools and, only lately, it has introduced a new security measures for verification/sign-up.

4.  1:1 Aspect Ratio for image link ads on Facebook

Facebook has just announced that they will allow advertisers to create image link ads with an aspect ratio up to 1:1. This will help you to be more flexible using the same creative across Facebook and Instagram. Why going square? Well, primarily because this is already available for IG ads and, additionally, Facebook discovered that 1:1 image ads showed a significantly higher click-through rate. What’s not to like?

Facebook aspect ratio
5.  New LinkedIn options for uploading documents

From PDFs to PowerPoint presentations to whitepaper, all users will now be able to upload documents directly to their feed post. The feature was first rolled out on LinkedIn messenger and, only recently, to Company Pages. This is an amazing opportunity for all marketers out there trying to build a strong personal and professional branding. Knowledge sharing is a good option to make new connections and start conversations. How do you do that? Just tap the document icon on feed message box on your desktop feed and choose a document, but don’t forget to use a couple of well-related hashtags!