05 September 2019
Snapchat releases latest update of trending topics on the platform
Snapchat has published its latest ‘Snap Chatter’ trends report, highlighting all the subjects seeing increased discussion in the app.
YouTube announces changes to data collection and Ad targeting on videos aimed at children
YouTube is changing its data collection and ad policies in relation to videos aimed at kids, which will impact some advertisers on the platform.
Twitter now allows line-breaks in profile bios – but only on Twitter.com
Twitter has added some new formatting options for profile bios – but they’re currently only showing in the web version, not the mobile app.
Facebook updates face recognition permissions to provide more control
Facebook is looking to provide more reassurance and data control to users in relation to its face recognition features.
Facebook may soon hide total like counts on posts, mirroring Instagram’s test
Following the same on Instagram, Facebook is now also considering hiding total post like counts in its main app.
Facebook highlights page stories in feed separate panel, expanding opportunity for brand exposure
Facebook is testing out yet another Facebook Stories promotion option, this time focused specifically on Stories content from businesses.
30 August 2019
Instagram is developing a separate Messaging App called ‘Threads’
Instagram is reportedly developing a new messaging app for close friends only, which would help keep people constantly updated.
Facebook brings 3D photos to android devices
Facebook is finally expanding its 3D photos feature to Android users.
YouTube will remove its In-App messaging option next month
YouTube is removing its chat feature in order to increase its focus on other forms of sharing in the app.
Twitter launches 6-Second video Ad bidding, providing new options for video marketers
Twitter is launching a new 6-second video ad bidding option, providing increased capacity for marketers to utilize Twitter video.
Facebook is removing its group chats feature to limit spammers
Facebook has announced that it will roll back its group chat option, which will impact communication across a range of Facebook groups.
Snapchat updates its lens studio to make it easier for creators to build their own AR experiences
Snapchat has launched a major update of its Lens Studio creative platform, expanding opportunities for creators.
16 August 2019
Instagram opens AR filter creation tools to all users
Instagram is opening up its augmented reality effects platform to all users, enabling a new range of creative options.
Facebook adds new booking and reminder prompts to movie Ads
Facebook is rolling out new updates for its movie ads, including reminder prompts in-app and direct booking options.
LinkedIn adds new audience insights through third-party partnerships
LinkedIn will provide more insights into key audience interests and trends via an expanded API program.
Facebook takes first steps towards building a dedicated, ‘Trusted’ news section
Facebook has approached several news publishers with a proposal for participation in a new, trusted news section on Facebook.
Snapchat announces a new version of spectacles, with Improved camera capacity.
Snapchat has announced another new version of its Spectacles, camera-enabled sunglasses
YouTube Super Chat gets rolled out to more countries.
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.
09 August 2019
Twitter begins a test of optional notifications for replies to any tweet
Twitter’s launched a new test of an option which would enable users to be notified about replies to any tweet.
Facebook adds new slideshow option to Facebook stories to boost usage
Facebook has added yet another option to Facebook Stories as it seeks to inspire more Stories usage.
Snapchat releases latest update of trending topics on the platform
Snapchat has published the latest edition of its ‘Snap Chatter’ trends report, which highlights key topics of discussion across its network.
Facebook adds Instagram scheduling to creator studio
Facebook is rolling out a new scheduling option for Instagram posts within its Creator Studio app.
Pinterest outlines rising pin trends in the latest report
Pinterest has published its latest listing of key on-platform trends, which may help guide your content decisions.
TikTok adds GIF integration with Giphy to add more creative capacity
Rising video app TikTok has added another tool to its arsenal, with a new Giphy integration, enabling users to add GIFs to their clips.
24 June 2019
Epic Games, the Creator of ‘Fortnite’, has Acquired Group Live-Streaming App Houseparty
The creator of popular online game ‘Fortnite’ has acquired group live-streaming app Houseparty, which has seen a steady rise in attention among younger audiences.
Facebook Announces New Tools for Watch, Updated Usage Stats [Infographic]
Facebook has published a new set of stats on Watch usage, which show that the platform is growing, though not particularly fast.
LinkedIn Officially Launches Photo Tagging, Adds Video Within Messaging
LinkedIn has announced a couple of new content features, including image tagging and video messaging.
Snapchat Sees Massive Increase in Downloads Following Launch of Gender-Swap and Baby Lenses
Snapchat’s recently launched baby and gender-swap Lenses have sparked a significant increase in app downloads.
Facebook and TikTok Lead in Overall App Downloads in May
While Facebook has continued its growth momentum, TikTok too manages to remain the trending app of the moment and maintain its growth momentum.
Instagram’s Working on a New Tool for Stories
Instagram is working on a new ‘Stop-Motion’ camera option for Stories, which could provide brands with an easy option for video posts.
29 May 2019
Instagram Adds Alternate Color Stories Notifier for Pride Month
Instagram celebrates Pride Month with a new rainbow coloured stories ring.
Snapchat’s Working on New Music Rights Deals to Enable Users to Add Songs to Their Snaps
Feeling the pinch from TikTok, Snapchat is working to establish new music rights deals with the major labels.
Instagram Adds Support for Landscape Videos in IGTV
Instagram will now give IGTV publishers the option to upload content in landscape format, a shift in direction from the original focus of the platform.
New Study Shows that Misinformation Sees Significantly More Engagement than Real News on Facebook
A new research report has shown that misinformation sees up to 4x more engagement than content from more reputable sources on The Social Network.
Facebook’s Working on a New Stories Composer Layout
As it continues to push Stories usage, Facebook is working on a new layout for its Stories composer screen.
16 May 2019
Facebook Re-Enables Option to View Profile as a Non-Connection
Facebook is bringing back the option to view your profile as a non-connection would see it, while its also making it easier to edit your publicly available information.
YouTube’s Adding New Still Image Ads
YouTube is adding a new option for non-video advertisers on the platform.
Facebook’s Developing New Link and Mention Stickers for Facebook Stories
Facebook looks to be developing a couple of new Stories options which could be of significant interest to social media marketers.
Facebook Implements New Restrictions on Who Can Go Live to Stop the Spread of Disturbing Content
Facebook has announced a new process which will see access to Facebook Live removed for those who violate platform policies.
Instagram Separates New Likes on Posts, Adds Unfollower Stats for Creator Accounts
Instagram is testing out a couple of new audience insights tools which, while small, could provide significant benefit.
YouTube Tests New Tool to Automatically Generate 6-Second Ad Variants from Longer Videos
YouTube is testing a new process that would use machine learning to automatically generate shorter video ad variants, based on longer video.
08 May 2019
Facebook F8 2019: New Tools for Messenger and WhatsApp
Facebook has announced a range of coming updates for its messaging tools at its annual F8 conference.
Instagram is Working on a New ‘Join Chat’ Sticker for Stories
Instagram is working on a new Sticker which would enable Instagram Stories viewers to join a private chat group.
YouTube Announces Changes to ‘Preferred’ Ad Offering, Makes YouTube Originals Free to View
YouTube has announced some updates to its ad offerings and premium video at its eighth annual Brandcast event.
Facebook Will Shutdown its Group Video Chat App Bonfire
Facebook has announced that its group video chat app Bonfire, which it launched in selected regions, will be shuttered.
Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Project Could Change the eCommerce Landscape
New details have emerged about Facebook’s cryptocurrency exchange project, which could become a major consideration in the near future.
30 April 2019
Snapchat Announces New Shopify Ads Integration, Expanding Advertising Opportunities
Snap Inc. has announced a new advertising partnership with Shopify which will enable small businesses to purchase ads on Snapchat.
Facebook is Testing New, More Animated Reactions
Facebook is working on some new animation styles for its reactions.
Facebook is Working on a New Creator Studio Dashboard for Instagram
Facebook is working on a new Instagram Creator Studio dashboard, which will be part of the existing Facebook Creator Studio app.
LinkedIn’s Testing a New ‘Services’ Listing on Profiles to Help Freelancers
LinkedIn is working on a new profile option which will enable users to list services they offer, thus helping freelancers promote their offerings
Snapchat Announces Bitmoji Characters for Snap Games to Add More Personalization
Snapchat is adding a new option which will enable users to add their own Bitmoji avatars as playable characters in Snap games.
Twitter Launches Simplified Process to Report Voter Misinformation
Twitter has launched a new option to help users report tweets which attempt to mislead voters with a view to skewing elections.
22 April 2019
Facebook’s Testing New Font Style Options for Posts
Facebook is testing out a new text styles option for News Feed posts, with a selection of fonts to choose from.
Instagram Tests Hiding Like Counts to Reduce Focus on Vanity Metrics
Instagram is experimenting with a new option that would hide total like counts on posts from all but the post creator.
Instagram’s Testing a New Communal Video Viewing Option
Instagram looks to be testing out a new option which would enable users to view video content while also seeing each other’s reactions on screen.
Twitter Will Test Option to Hide Replies, Outlines Improvements in Platform Safety
Twitter has announced that it will allow users to hide tweet replies as part of its ongoing efforts to improve on platform discourse.
LinkedIn Adds New ‘Teammates’ Option to Maintain Connection with Colleagues
LinkedIn has added a new tool which will enable users to prioritize updates from colleagues in their feeds.
Facebook Adds New Options for Posting 3D Photos, Including 3D Photos in Stories
After launching its 3D posts option last year, Facebook is now looking to advance its 3D tools, including a new option to post 3D images in Facebook Stories.
15 April 2019
LinkedIn’s Rolling Out Photo-Tagging, New Photo Stickers
LinkedIn has been gradually rolling out some new image features
Facebook’s Looking to Bring Messaging Back into the Main App
As part of its wider shift towards messaging, and to integrate its various messaging tools, Facebook may be looking to bring messaging back into its main app.
LinkedIn Begins Rolling Out its Own Version of Reactions for Posts
LinkedIn is now rolling out its own variation of Reactions for posts, providing more ways for users to quickly respond to updates.
Facebook Launches New Brand Safety Controls to Better Protect Advertisers
Facebook has updated its Brand Safety tools in order to help businesses ensure their ads don’t appear alongside potentially offensive content.
Pinterest Adds Conversion Optimization, New Video Ad Options
Pinterest has added some new ad options, including Conversion optimization and Promoted Video for Conversions.
Pinterest is Now Up to 265 Million Users, Added 51 Million Within the Last Year
Pinterest has released updated usage figures ahead of its IPO, showing solid, steady growth.
Twitter Reduces Maximum Number of Accounts Users Can Follow Per Day to 400
Twitter has reduced its limit on the maximum number of accounts users can follow per day in its latest effort to tackle spammers.
08 April 2019
Snapchat Announces a Range of New Tools at its First Ever Partner Summit
Snapchat has hosted its first ever Partner Summit, outlining a range of new tools and features for the app.
Twitter is Testing Out New Labels to Clarify Tweet Reply Streams
Twitter is testing out a new option which would label tweets to clarify who’s saying what in reply threads.
Twitter Adds Streamlined In-App Appeal Process for Reported Tweets
Twitter has added a new, streamlined appeals process for reported tweets which will help users unlock their accounts for incorrect reports.
Snapchat’s Testing New Snap Map Tools and Mention Stickers
Snapchat is working on some new tools for its maps feature, including a ‘Passport’ tool to track where you’ve been.
LinkedIn Adds Document Upload Options to Regular Posts, Providing New Sharing Options
LinkedIn has announced that all users can now upload documents and presentations in their feed posts.
Facebook May Add a Separate News Tab to Promote ‘High Quality, Trusted’ Journalism
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is looking at new ways to ensure accurate information is shared on Facebook, which may include a new, separate news tab.
01 April 2019
Facebook’s Considering Implementing Restrictions on Who Can Go Live
In the wake of the Christchurch terror attacks, Facebook is considering a range of new processes, including restricting access to Facebook Live.
Twitter Releases Darker Dark Mode in Response to User Complaints
Twitter has unveiled its promised darker ‘Dark Mode’ after users said that the original dark mode didn’t cut it.
Twitter’s Considering New Labels for Tweets from Public Figures Which Violate its Rules
Twitter is considering a new way to label tweets from public figures which technically violate the platform’s rules but serve a public interest purpose.
Facebook’s Making it Easier to Quickly React to Posts
Facebook’s added a new quick Reaction option, which enables users to tap and hold on a post, then choose a response.
Instagram’s Testing a Video Scrubbing Option
Instagram is testing a new option which would let you scan through posted video content.
25 March 2019
Facebook Discovers Another Data Security Issue, with Millions of Passwords Inadequately Stored
Facebook has found that millions of user passwords were being accessed internally via a plain text document without adequate protection.
LinkedIn Adds New Meeting Planner Tools Within it Messaging Stream
LinkedIn has added some new options to make it easier to plan meetings direct from your messaging stream.
Snapchat Launches First Voice-Activated Promoted Lens for Upcoming Movie ‘Shazam’
Snapchat has launched a new, voice-activated lens as part of a new promotion for the movie ‘Shazam’.
LinkedIn Adds New Ad Targeting Options, Including Lookalike Audiences
LinkedIn has added three new ways to better target your on-platform ads, including Lookalike Audiences.
Facebook Adds New Replies Option to Clarify Messenger Streams
Facebook’s adding a new threaded replies option to Messenger to better clarify group message streams.
Instagram Launches ‘Checkout on Instagram’ to Facilitate In-App Shopping
Instagram is taking the next big step with its on-platform shopping options by adding a new way for users to make streamlined purchases without leaving the app.
18 March 2019
Instagram Rolls Out Option to ‘Pause All’ Notifications
Instagram is rolling out a new option which will enable users to stop the app sending them notifications for a selected period of time.
Twitter Has Launched its New Beta Testing App with the First Round of Users
Twitter has released its new beta testing app, ‘Twttr’, to the first round of approved users, showcasing its experimental format for tweet replies.
Facebook Adds New ‘Watch Party’ Option, Spotify Links to Songs on Profiles
Facebook is adding a new option to host a Watch Party for regular TV shows, and a new way to link profile posted songs to Spotify.
Twitter Launches New Camera Tools to Increase Visual Focus
Twitter has launched a new Twitter camera, which better aligns with the visual tools on other apps and will give the platform more opportunity to add in image-based tools.
Facebook Outlines New Machine Learning Tools to Detect and Remove ‘Revenge Porn’
Facebook has outlined new tools to better detect and remove non-consensual intimate images, and new resources to assist victims.
Snapchat Will Reportedly Launch a New, In-App Gaming Platform Next Month
Snapchat looks set to unveil its new gaming platform, which will provide another avenue for the company to generate revenue.
11 March 2019
Twitter Adds More Options to Report Tweets Sharing Personal Information
Twitter is making it easier for users to report violations of their personal information with a new tweet reporting option.
Google’s Adding New, Advanced AR Masks to YouTube Stories
Google has outlined its advanced AR effects process, which it will use to power new creative tools for YouTube Stories.
YouTube tests Out New ‘Fact Checks’ on Misinformation Prone Content
YouTube is testing a new Facebook-style fact check pop-up which will appear on certain content.
Snapchat Releases Latest Update of Trending Topics on the Platform
Snapchat released the latest update on their platform.
Instagram’s Working on New Sorting Options for Followers, Karaoke-Style Music Videos
Instagram is working on some new options which would enable you to sort your follower and following lists, and search through your likes.
Snapchat Launches Beta Test in Eight Different Languages
Snapchat is testing out new language compatibility as it seeks to expand its business horizons.
Instagram’s Working on a New Way for Brands to Expand Influencer Campaigns
At an event in New York, Instagram outlined a range of coming additions for influencers, including a new ad option.
05 March 2019
WhatsApp Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary as it Continues to Broaden its Business Push
Messaging giant WhatsApp celebrates is tenth anniversary last week, as its shift into business tools continues to evolve.
LinkedIn Adds New Salary Insights on Job Listings, Expands Availability of Salary info
LinkedIn is expanding access to its LinkedIn salary tool, providing more insight into what you can expect to earn in advertised positions.
LinkedIn Expands Rollout of ‘What People Are Talking About’ Trending News Section
LinkedIn is giving more users access to its new trending content feature, with a big focus on Indian users.
Instagram Tests New Title Option for Instagram Live
Instagram’s trying out a new option which will enable users to add titles to their Instagram Live videos
Twitter’s Testing a New Option Which Would Enable Users to Hide Selected Tweet Replies
Twitter is reportedly working on a new tool which would enable users to hide selected replies from any of their tweets.
Facebook Launches Legal Action Against Companies Selling Fake Followers and Likes
The days of those selling social media followers and engagement may be numbered, with Facebook launching legal action in the US Federal Court.
25 February 2019
Instagram’s Working on New Updates for IGTV, Public Collections
Instagram is working on a couple of new features for IGTV, and a new public Collections display.
Users Can Now Apply to be Part of Twitter’s Beta Test Group and Get a First Look at Coming Features
Twitter is inviting users to apply to test its new conversational features via a new beta test group.
Facebook’s Migrating All Ad Campaigns to Campaign Budget Optimization
Facebook will soon be migrating all ad campaigns to its Campaign Budget Optimization process
Facebook Changes Location Settings on Android to Reassure Users
Facebook is looking to give users more control over how it uses location tracking in order to provide additional reassurance and privacy.
TikTok tests native video ads that point to websites
The ad was spotted in a video clip labeled “Sponsored” from retailer Specialized Bikes.
Instagram Tests ‘Donation’ Sticker in Stories
Instagram is reportedly testing a new donation sticker on Stories as a fundraising tool for organizations and personal causes.
18 February 2019
Instagram Launches New Creative Tools for Black History Month
Instagram has launched some new creative tools for Black History Month, as well as a new promotion to showcase relevant creators.
LinkedIn Updates Recruiter Platforms, Adds New AI Tools to Improve Matches
LinkedIn is rolling out a new update for its recruitment tools, including the addition of improved candidate matching via AI.
Reddit Adds App Install Ads, Improved Tracking and Measurement
Reddit continues to build out its advertising options, this time with the addition of app install campaigns.
LinkedIn Announces New Groups Features, Catering to Increased Group Engagement
LinkedIn has announced some new features for groups, with group engagement on the rise.
Instagram’s Bringing Direct Messages to Desktop
Instagram’s looking to expand access to its direct messaging feature by extending it to the web.
12 February 2019
Instagram’s Developing an Account Linking Feature to Simplify Multiple Account Management
Instagram is working on a new option that would enable users to link multiple accounts to a single login.
Snapchat Launches Virtual Art Gallery for Black History Month
Snapchat has launched a new AR Millennial art exhibition to celebrate Black History Month.
LinkedIn Launches its Own Variation of Live-Streaming Called ‘LinkedIn Live’
LinkedIn is launching its own version of on-platform live-streaming, starting in the US.
Instagram Will Now Remove Any Self-Harm Related Images as Part of New Safety Measures
Instagram has announced new rules around images related self-harm as part of measures designed to protect vulnerable users.
Instagram Rolls Out New IGTV Promotions in the Main Feed
As part of its efforts to get more people watching IGTV content, Instagram is launching new IGTV promotions within the main feed.
Facebook Page Admins Will Now Be Able to Respond to Instagram Messages from Page Inbox
Facebook has quietly taken another step towards the unification of its messaging apps.
Twitter Reports Another Decline in Users, Shifts to Alternate Performance Metric
Twitter has reported its Q4 and full year 2018 performance numbers, showing an increase in revenue and a decrease in users.
Facebook Rolls Out Messenger ‘Unsend’ Feature to All Users
Facebook is now rolling out its ‘Unsend’ option in Facebook Messenger to all users after testing it in selected regions.
05 February 2019
LinkedIn’s Developing its Own Form of Lookalike Audiences, According to Reports
According to reports, LinkedIn is developing its own form of Lookalike Audiences, which could help marketers maximize their on-platform ad efforts.
Pinterest Adds ‘Skin Tone’ Search Qualifier to Increase Discovery Personalization
Pinterest has added a new ‘skin tone’ option which will better enable users to find more relevant search results on the platform.
Facebook Launches New Privacy and Data Hub to Help Businesses Understand its Policies
To mark Data Privacy Day, Facebook has launched a new website which provides easy access to its data usage policies, and notes on how to protect people’s information.
Facebook Outlines Plans for Independent Board to Review Content Decisions
Facebook has outlined its plans for an independent content review board to better manage its appeal process.
Rising Video App TikTok is Already Testing Ads
As Facebook works to win back the youth, rising video app TikTok is looking to build its business tools and help brands connect with younger audiences.
Amidst New Privacy Scandal, Facebook Releases Bumper Q4 Report
In the midst of a new user privacy controversy, Facebook has released its Q4 2018 earnings report, showing an increase in users and beating analysts estimates on revenue.
Instagram Stories is Now Being Used by 500 Million People Daily
Facebook has reported that Instagram Stories has reached a new milestone of 500 million daily active users.
Reddit Launches New CPC Ad Option, Expanding Marketing Potential
Reddit has launched a new CPC ad option, and flagged coming changes to broaden its ad offerings.
Google Provides Official End Date for Google+
Google has outlined the official timeline for the closure of Google+, giving users time to download any content they might want to keep.
28 January 2019
Twitter’s ‘Night Mode’ to Go Darker After User Complaints
Twitter is making its night mode even darker after users complained that the dark blue background was still too light.
Facebook Launches New Option for Users to Create their Own On-Platform Petitions
Facebook’s launching a new option which will enable users to create their own petitions to rally support for causes.
Facebook Adds New ‘Page Quality’ Information as Part of Measures to Stop Misuse
Facebook is rolling out a new Page update which will provide more insight into potential rule violations that could be impacting performance.
LinkedIn Adds New Interest Targeting Options for Ad Campaigns
LinkedIn is adding over 200 professional interest categories to help brands target their on-platform campaigns.
Netflix Adds New Instagram Stories Sharing Function, a New Marketing Consideration
Streaming giant Netflix has added a new option to share the latest show or movie you’re watching to your Instagram Story, which may become a popular consideration for more brands.
Facebook Announces New Brand Safety Certification to Assist with Safe Ad Placement
Facebook is adding another new option to provide advertisers with more control over where their ads appear.
Facebook’s Shutting Down its Standalone ‘Moments’ Photo App
Facebook has announced the closure of its standalone ‘Moments’ photo sharing app.
Instagram Adds Option to Link to Instagram Stories, Expands Stories Promote Tool
Instagram has added a new option which enables users to share a direct link to an Instagram Story.
YouTube Updates Recommendations Algorithm to Lessen the Spread of ‘Borderline Content’
Responding to user complaints, YouTube is changing the way it recommends content to stop the spread of questionable videos.
24 January 2019
Facebook Adds New Option to Create Dynamic Ads in Multiple Languages
Facebook has added a new option which enables businesses to create Dynamic Ads for multiple languages and regions.
Facebook’s Bringing its Political Ad Restrictions to More Regions
Facebook has announced that it will be extending its political ad restrictions into more regions ahead of coming elections.
Facebook Updates Group Invites, Removing Ability to Automatically Add Members
Facebook has updated some of its rules relating to how group admins can invite new members.
LinkedIn Unveils New Additions to Company Pages, Including Employee Insights
LinkedIn has announced some new company page functions, built on the back of its recent company page update.
Facebook Offers More Cross-Posting Options to Better Connect Instagram and Facebook
Facebook is adding more ways to integrate Instagram and Facebook posting, boosting content opportunities for both platforms.
Twitter Details Plans for Beta Testing of New Conversational Features
Twitter is running a new beta test of its ‘conversational’ updates, which could significantly change the Twitter process.
24 January 2019
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26 November 2018
YouTube Will Let Users Watch More Ads to Start in Order to Avoid Disrupted Viewing
YouTube is looking to make something of a compromise – you watch two ads before your video plays, and you can avoid being disrupted later.
Facebook Begins Rolling Out New Dashboards Tracking Time Spent in App
Facebook is now rolling out its promised ‘time spent’ dashboard within its main app, enabling users to track the time they’re active on Facebook each day, and set prompts to limit their use.
Twitter Seeks to De-Emphasize Follower Counts with New Update
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey noted that he wants to make follower counts a less significant element in the app
16 November 2018
Facebook Starts Rolling Out ‘Unsend’ Option in Messenger
Facebook will enable users to remove messages they’ve sent within 10 minutes of sending, so you can correct mistakes
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Addresses Possibility of an Edit Function at Event in India
Twitter boss told his audience, “We have been considering [an edit button] for a while,” adding that it needed to be done “in the right way.”
Instagram now lets you check your obsession for the platform
Your Activity, is available in the dashboard in the top right menu which will show you how much time you have spent on the app on average and how much you use it daily.
Instagram says it’s not testing or building a reposting feature
The company is looking to introduce native reposting, which will allow users to share posts from other accounts to your own feed.
07 September 2018
Twitter Rolls Out Audio-Only Live-Streams on Twitter and Periscope
Twitter has this week announced that it’s rolling out audio-only live streams, first on iOS, with Android to follow shortly.
Instagram Adds New ‘Super Zoom’ Variants in Stories, New Emoji Shortcuts in Comments
The platform has added some new Super Zoom variants, providing additional ways to use the option in your Stories. Instagram’s also making it easier to add emojis to your comments, by providing a new emoji selector right above your comment composer prompt.
Instagram Launches New ‘Parent’s Guide’ to Help Better Understand and Manage Time Spent
Instagram has launched a new resource to help parents better understand what their children are doing on the platform, and how to manage their time.
Snapchat Releases Latest Update of Trending Topics
Snapchat has released the latest edition of it’s ‘Snap Chatter’ monthly report, which highlights the most discussed, trending topics among Snapchat users.
03 August 2018
WhatsApp video calls will now support up to four people
Soon WhatsApp would be getting group video calling, an update is now rolling out for the Android and iOS apps that allows users to create video calls with up to four people at once.
Twitter cleans up spam, monthly users drop, but daily engagement increases
July 27, Twitter reported a loss of about a million monthly active users in the U.S. which also reflected internationally.
Facebook Stories adds group chat and reactions
Facebook is trying to make its Stories feature more engaging by adding a new feature to it. The social media firm has added new ways for users to interact with them. This includes tagging people in a reply and even post stickers in it.
Facebook is developing a singing ‘Talent Show’ feature; to compete with Musically.
Social media giant Facebook now plans to take on Musical.ly, with its own lip-syncing feature.
06 July 2018
Facebook Adds Stories Archive, Enabling Re-Use of Stories Posts
Facebook has quietly rolled out a new Facebook Stories archive, enabling users to keep their Stories updates for re-use.
Users Who Had Been Blocked on Facebook Messenger May Have Been Unblocked Due to a Bug
Facebook has revealed a bug which may have unblocked users on Messenger who users had previously blocked.
Instagram Rolls Out ‘All Caught Up’ Tool, Tests Option to Mute App Notifications
Instagram is adding new measures to help users keep track of their in-app actions and limit notifications.
Twitter Finally Launches its Ads Transparency Center
Twitter has launched its new Ads Transparency Center, which will give everyone the ability to see all the ads being run by a Twitter account at any given time.
29 June 2018
Instagram Adds Music Stickers, Another New Creative Option
The new music stickers option will give users the capability to add a soundtrack to their Instagram Stories. When you do add a music sticker, viewers will be able to tap on it within your Story to see artist and song title info.
Instagram Rolls Out Group Video Calls, New Explore Layout
Instagram’s new group video calling feature is available within direct message threads. It enhances the more private communication elements of the app – which, like most messaging tools, have become increasingly popular over time.
LinkedIn Adds New Translation Tools and QR Codes for Profiles
Where LinkedIn’s auto-translation tool is interesting is that the platform has immediately added the capacity to translate more than 60 languages. QR code option will provide a simple way to quickly find user profiles, and connect on-the-spot.
Facebook Adds Keyword ‘Snooze’ Option to Help User Avoid Spoilers
Facebook’s adding a new option which will enable users to mute certain words from their Facebook experience (News Feed and groups), ensuring they don’t see mentions of those terms for 30 days.
22 June 2018
Instagram launches IGTV
IGTV is giving people, brands, and business an opportunity to lead and be the first to create long-form vertical videos in your space. It allows you to upload videos of length- 15 secs to 60 mins. Brands/users can now benefit by using IGTV for: Interviews/Q&A’s, Video greetings/Introductions, Product Demos/Tutorials/How To’s, IGTV Exclusives, Webinars, etc.
Facebook launches a Brand Collabs Manager
Facebook is officially launching its new ‘Brand Collabs Manager’ dashboard, which will highlight relevant influencers to brands, and enable them to make connections.
Facebook has announced a new set of interactive video features
These features are designed to make video on Facebook more active – like engaging with a studio audience – as opposed to less psychologically beneficial passive consumption. The biggest announcement within this is a HQ Trivia-style interactive quiz option, which is now in testing for both Facebook Live and on-demand videos.
Facebook Announces 3D-180 Video – Another Step Towards VR Social
Facebook’s rolling out the new 3D-180 video option. Now, you’re not going to get the full, immersive experience of this video without a VR headset but FB is surely working towards making this an experience for all.
Snapchat Announces New Additions to Snap Map, Including Weather Effects
Now with this new feature, you can see if it’s raining in a person’s location on Snap Map’.
15 June 2018
Instagram Tests New Video Stickers in Stories
The new option enables you to create single frame collages of your images, with the moving video being the standout option. This new feature will be seen in your stickers tray.
Twitter Announces Major Updates for Content Discovery and Real-Time Alerts
Twitter’s also adding related news, events and stories panels at the top of Explore, which will relate to your entered topic searches. In addition, Twitter will also expand the Happening Now alerts to cover not only sports, but also breaking news, personalized to your interests.
Instagram Adds New Shopping Tags Within Instagram Stories
On Instagram Stories, you can now see a sticker with a shopping bag icon which you can tap on to see more details about a product. The tool will enable brands to add in shopping tags for multiple items within a single frame.
LinkedIn Adds new ‘Kudos’ Feature to Acknowledge the Contributions of Connections
LinkedIn’s latest addition, called ‘LinkedIn Kudos’, enables you to share a graphic in praise of a connection.
01 June 2018
Instagram now allows you to share posts directly to your stories
Instagram has enabled a new function to post any post on your timeline as your story.
85% Of Teens Use YouTube While Facebook Slides Down The Ranks
A new study released by Pew Research Center has revealed that YouTube has taken the lead as the most popular social media platform amongst the teens, while Facebook’s hold has slipped away.
WhatsApp is reportedly rolling out a “Restrict Group” feature
The feature will only allow WhatsApp group admins to send messages in the group. While all group members will be able to see these messages, only admins will be allowed to respond to these texts. Other group members can only read them.
Google photos to gain favourites” and ‘like feature’
Google has announced that it is adding the ability to add photos as your “favourites” and an option to “like” photos in Google Photos.
25 May 2018
Mute posts and stories of people on your feed without unfollowing them on Instagram
Instagram just added a feature to its photo-sharing app that finally gives users to remove specific accounts’ posts and stories from your Instagram feed without unfollowing them or even alerting them to what you did.
New features for Group admins designed to help keep groups safe and make it easier for admins
Group administrators now have a process to let members know why their content was removed and can collaborate with moderators via the admin activity log.
Instagram will tell you if you’ve seen all the posts on your feed
Instagram is showing some users a mid-feed alert after a bunch of browsing that says “You’re All Caught Up – You’ve seen all new post from the past 48 hours.”
Twitter is modifying the way conversations happen based on the behavior and conduct of users
The site will now use thousands of behavior signals when filtering search, replies and algorithmic recommendations, pushing tweets from offending users farther down the timeline
18 May 2018
India is getting three new Facebook features before the rest of the world
The three features are Voice Posts, the ability to archive Stories, and access to the cloud to store unshared photos. It is not yet known when the rest of the world will see these new Facebook features.
Instagram will soon give its users some insight into their individual app usage
Instagram will soon start showing its users the ‘time they have spent on the platform’ per Code spotted on their Android app. The experimentation titled, Instagram Usage Insights, has been confirmed by CEO Kevin Systrom on Twitter.
The line between Instagram stories and posts is getting thinner
There’s a new feature that will let users share posts — both from their own account and from public accounts they follow — directly to their story as a sticker. Instagram imagines the feature will be used to help promote friends and brands you like on your own story.
Twitter has made changes that will make third-party Twitter clients a bit substandard
The changes, which go into effect August 16th, do two main things: first, they prevent new tweets from streaming into an app in real time; and second, they prevent and delay some push notifications. Neither of these are going to break Twitter apps completely, but they could be very annoying depending on how and where you use it.
Twitter is changing how conversations happen based on user behavior and conduct
The site will now use thousands of behavior signals when filtering search, replies and algorithmic recommendations, pushing tweets from offending users farther down the timeline.
11 May 2018
Facebook To Allow Cross Posting LIVE Streaming Videos
Facebook is soon going to let brands cross post LIVE videos to multiple pages at the same time. This allows the content to be original post on multiples pages without having to re-share one sent by the main account manually.
Watch Facebook and Instagram Videos on Whatsapp!
Whatsapp would now allow you to play Facebook and Instagram videos within the app itself. Enjoy watching the video while chatting on the app. The feature has currently been rolled out only for iOS users. WhatsApp has also modified the message revoke limit.
Instagram Adds Fun Emoji Slider to Stories
Seen as a new variation to the poll sticker, the new sticker lets you rate the story with an animated emoji on a sliding scale. The sliding scale allows users to ask people “how” instead of simply picking between two options. Instagram has also updated the inbox feature for business profiles as well as changing discovery to action.
04 May 2018
Instagram Introduces Video calling
Instagram is taking audience engagement to the next level by introducing Video Chats. The video call can be done between two users or a small group. Soon the users will also be able to share stories directly from other apps like Spotify and GoPro. These apps will have the new feature of adding direct stories on the user’s account.
Facebook adds AR Filters to Messenger
Facebook expands AR filters to its Messenger app. Users engaging with a few selected brands on Messenger w ill have the option to access AR through a special button, which opens up their phone camera, and offers a number of branded AR overlays. The messaging app is also set to undergo a design change, becoming simpler and cleaner.
Filters by Accounts for Followers on Instagram
Instagram is planning to launch interactive story filter for users by the brands they follow. When you see an account you follow using a new camera effect, tap “Try it on” to add it to your tray, so you can then use it within your personal Stories.
Snapchat brings back its stories format
After Snapchat’s recent redesign inviting ire of users for separating interactions as per friends and brands, the social media platform has brought back its previous version.
27 April 2018
Download personal data from Instagram
Following Facebook, Instagram has enabled personal data downloading for its users. Giving users more power and security, the platform now allows users to download the videos, photos and messages.
Snapchat launches Snappables; relaunches Spectacles
Snapchat Spectacles has been relaunched with improved design and features. The devise now comes with improved battery life and more storage, apart from being water resistant. Snappables, new interactive Lenses allow users to play augmented reality games against their Snapchap contacts with users able to control it using touch, motion, and even facial expressions.
More Stories now on Instagram
Instagram’s latest update will allow users to upload up to 10 multiple photos and videos as a story at once, along with a “preview” option. The users will be able to edit each of the multiple photos and videos individually with stickers, text and all the other creative tools while uploading the stories.
Twitter focuses on becoming a news app
Twitter’s latest updates highlights the links shared by users in the feed. The move comes as Twitter plans to change its identity from a social networking app to news app which now airs live news broadcasts alongside the Home timeline.
20 April 2018
Now add Boomerang, 3D Drawings, Poll Stickers to your Facebook Stories
Facebook adds new features to its stories; makes them more engaging and interesting by adding boomerangs, 3D drawings and Poll Stickers. The 3D drawing allows users to ‘draw’ on their surroundings, both before and during recording a video, a step ahead of SnapChat’s World Lens.
Snapchat’s Lens Studio gets 7 new templates
The addition of new templates to its Lens Studio is aimed at giving users more AR resources to play with. The new face templates come with integrated GIPHY stickers. The new features will be available to all Snapchatters to create and submit custom Lenses through its dedicated Creator Program.
Content to be moderated by real people on YouTube Kids
YouTube Kids, meant for kids under 13 years of age, will now have real people to moderate the content being shared on the platform. The whitelisted version, where the content will be curated by humans, will exist along side the algorithm based app, giving the parents the liberty to choose out of the versions.
Google Launches Outstream Video Ads
Google has launched Outstream video ads for exclusively for mobile apps and the mobile web. The new ad unit doesn’t require placement in a YouTube video. The ad would appear in banners for mobile web placements and as banners, interstitials, in-feed and native for apps. The new ad unit would only appear on Google video partners, such as publisher websites and mobile apps.
13 April 2018
Facebook to push quality content to generate conversations
Content that are non-original & that people watch passively will see a drop in reach. News that are high quality and generate great conversations will be seen more in your newsfeed. This is to reduce the amount of time people spend passively on the social network, aimlessly scrolling through their newsfeed.
Google revamps Gmail
Google is preparing to roll out a revamped version of its email service, Gmail, in coming weeks. One of the highlights include snooze reminder by Google in case of being unable to attend to the email. Google is also reportedly working on a new way to store emails for offline access, following the dilution of Chrome Apps.
Now check Facebook status updates on WhatsApp
WhatsApp will now let users check the Facebook status updates they missed. The WhatsApp widget will sport a Today View section for the same. The app will also allow you to listen to recorded messages from your contacts even after if you switch apps or if your screen turns off.
Snapchat removes its controversial redesign
Snapchat brings back its reverse chronological order that allowed users to see recent stories first. Snapchat replaced its algorithmically sorted feeds that made the stories of the users you interact with more, appear first. The new update lets users see the latest stories first.
06 April 2018
Snapchat Introduces Group Video Calling
Snapchat introduces group video calling on its platform. The feature allows up to 16 users to participate in a video call at once. The voice call feature supports up to 32 users.
LinkedIn Introduces Video Ads for Company Pages
LinkedIn has taken a step forward by introducing video ads for its platform. Now promote video content with a call to action button while generating leads with your content. LinkedIn has also introduced the video uploading feature for company pages.
Facebook rolls out feature to identify bogus news sharers
As part of making the social media platform more reliant, Facebook has rolled out a new feature for its news feed that lets you know which of your friends are sharing fake news. Tapping on the ‘i’ icon of the story’s headline, the article source will be revealed with a map showing the location of the story’s previous source and the user.
Twitter suspends 1.2 million accounts
Twitter recently announced it has suspended 274,460 accounts for terrorist content since August 2015. The accounts suspended in the second half of 2017 were flagged by the company’s internal tools, as stated by Twitter.
30 Mar 2018
Instagram Feed Update
Instagram gives its users yet another treat. The latest update now lets the new posts appear in your feed first. This update would ensure flow of fresh content every time you visit the app.
Google acquires GIF platform Tenor
The popular GIF platform Tenor has been acquired by Google. GIFs from Tenor has already been incorporated into a few Google apps like Gboard, Allo, etc.
Giphy makes Insta comeback!
Giphy was seen to be a huge hit with Instagram users. However, the brand disappeared from the platform while posting stories. Recent news state that Giphy is all set to make a comeback in Insta Stories.
23 Mar 2018
LinkedIn lets you spruce up your video content
LinkedIn added new video filters and text styles to make your content more appealing. The filters have themes related to work place and text styles or adding context so your community knows what’s happening, even when the sound is off.
Google Assistant now in Hindi
Google Assistant will now be available in Hindi for some Android phones. The Hindi support will be available on Android 6.0+ versions. Google Assistant is already available in Hindi in the instant-messaging platform Allo.
Instagram introduces clickable hashtags to bio
Make your Instagram account more exciting by adding clickable hashtags and account names. Earlier, only links added in the bio were clickable. This comes as a boon for marketers as the right hashtags would make their profile appear in the search results.
Snapchat adds location based ad options
Snapchat adds two new location based ad tools. This gives business more options to reach their right audience within the right time frame. Snap will now enable advertisers to reach audiences based on ‘Location Categories’ and ‘Radius Targeting’.
16 Mar 2018
Messenger to now have disappearing photos and videos
Facebook’s messenger will now have the feature of disappearing photos and videos. Reports suggest there can be more minor changes to the interface, including change in designs and addition of automatic translations.
Instagram’s new feature makes your photos just better
The popular portrait mode from iOS will soon be available on Instagram. This photograph feature gave the images a shallow depth, similar to a DSLR. The new Instagram feature would allow users to focus the portrait subject while blurring the background.
Twitter gets inspired for a Snapchat-like makeover
Reports suggest that Twitter’s Moment feature would soon be similar to Snapchat’s Discover feature. Twitter Moments would focus on photos and videos with a geotag, arranging the visual content around nearby events.
A solution for auto sound playing websites: Mute them
Google Chrome adds a new feature for its users to mute the websites that have auto-play sound videos. Now right-click on a tab and select “Mute Site” to make sure that the site never plays sound.
09 Mar 2018
Google Search to highlight posts from Verified Musicians
Google now enables the direct content and links of verified music artists to appear in a user’s search list. The catch is, the artists should have a Knowledge Panel to be able to make the most of this update. The update serves as a means for artists to connect direct with their followers through search results.
Voice Clips as Status Update in Facebook
Facebook is all set to introduce voice clip updates for its users. The social media giant is testing the update with a small section of users in India. Users will be able to share voice clips as their status update, with no length limit as of now.
Snapchat enables the ‘@’tag to snaps
Snapchat seems to be inspired by Instagram! As part of new update tests, Snapchat is letting a few set of users to tag a handle via text option on snaps. Users can tag multiple people on their snaps with a ‘Swipe Up’ prompt taking you through to a full list of those mentioned.
Google Chrome can now export passwords
Chrome adds yet another useful feature for its users. The hugely successful web browser now allows users to export passwords stored in the built-in password manager. To activate the feature, Android and Desktop users need to type a specific command by Chome, thereby revealing the export passwords option.
01 Mar 2018
Now save tweets without having to save them!
Twitter is rolling out Bookmarks for its users. The platform now allows users to save a tweet without having to tap the heart button. And the best part is, it’s only visible to you. The update is similar to ‘Save It for Later’ feature, allowing users to revisit the content directly in the bookmarks, places in the slide-out menu!
Facebook introduces Face Recognition feature
Aiming to give the users more control over the platform’s experience, Facebook has introduced Face Recognition feature. Enabling it notifies the user whenever they appear in another user’s photo update, despite not being tagged. However, the users have the privilege to accept or deny being tagged in the photos.
Now Find Jobs Directly Through Facebook!
Facebook is all set to roll out Job Hunting Tool in more than 40 nations. According to Facebook, users will be able to visit facebook.com/jobs or select “Jobs” in the “Explore” section on mobile. Once applied, business and the applicants are connected through messenger.
WhatsApp’s Instagram like time and location stickers for iOS users
WhatsApp’s new update, already in use on Instagram and Snapchat, allows location and time based stickers to be used on photos and videos being shared on the platform. The update will be available to Android users soon.
23 Feb 2018
The all new Chrome update makes those messy URLs short and clean.
The v64 update of Google Chrome app is making URLs user-friendly. The browser automatically trims off all the unnecessary information at the end of a URL before you share it. At the end of it, you’re left with a nice clean link without any clutter.
Snapchat now lets you add Giphy to your stories and introduces a new Tab feature for the stories.
Snapchat seems to be taking the Instagram route. The social media app now lets users add Giphy stickers to their stories. The new update will also have a Tab feature for stories for the users to organize their stories section.
The new Instagram update lets you control the duration of your direct message.
The revised privacy setting is allowing the users to decide how long they want their message, videos and photos, to the recipient. Unlike the current setting which makes the message disappear after a while, the current update would let the message appear for only a temporary moment.
Facebook feed to now feature higher-quality 3D content
Facebook is all set to promote higher quality 3D content on the platform. The latest update will integrate “glTF 2.0” file format, which can bring interesting objects and experiences with them across Augmented Rality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), mobile and web, as per the latest blog rolled out from Facebook.