By Chris Sugrue

November 8th, 2017

1.Instagram Stories is ditching the 24-hour limit
In a significant change of MO, Instagram Stories now allow you to add picture or videos that are more than 24-hours old.

2. Twitter’s 280 character count is now official
The era of the network’s signature 180 character limit officially ended on Tuesday. Opinions are divided.

3. Facebook introduces a Messenger Chat Plugin
Messenger 2.2 now features a much-requested chat plugin to allow conversations between brands and customers.

4. Instagram’s bookmarked posts are now available
The network continues to channel Pinterest by trialing the ability to see bookmarks on your PC.

5. New polling presentation options for Facebook
All Facebook profiles and pages can now add GIFs and images to their polls.

Hungry for more news and updates?  Then check out our previous 5 things list:

1. Facebook is testing a split newsfeed
The network is experimenting with a feed that separates commercial and personal posts. Advertisers are excited, some publishers are panicking.

2. LinkedIn is adding ‘smart replies’
The app’s new feature uses machine learning to help you save time managing your messages.

3. Instagram is updating its CTAs
The update will make CTA buttons more subtle and integrated into the post content – a ploy to get more ads in there?

4. Facebook is straying into Pinterest territory
The network is testing ‘Sets’, a feature enabling you to create photo, video and post collections.

5. Twitter to label political ads
Following Facebook’s example, Twitter will now add labels to election ads and identify the poster.

Hungry for more news and updates?  Then check out our previous 5 things list:

1. Facebook may be muscling in on LinkedIn
In a surprise move with LinkedInesque implications, Facebook is reportedly trialing a resume feature.

Read more about this latest Game of Networks twist here.       

2. Twitter is working on a bookmarking button
A bookmarking feature could be coming to Twitter so you can save interesting content for later.

See the thought behind it here.

 3. New multi-company Groups announced for Facebook
Some are calling these new shared company workplaces a “game-changer” for marketing.

Judge for yourself here.

4. Snapchat is doing shows now
Snapchat is starting a studio with NBCUniversal to produce scripted programming for mobile.

Find out why here.

5. Facebook set to release an affordable VR headset 
At “just” $199, the new Oculus Rift headset is being seen as an early step in bringing VR mainstream.

Something for you? Find out here.

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