Social Media News February 2017
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all made some recent changes. For February 2017 we offer another installation in our Social Media News. Instagram expanded your storytelling capabilities, Facebook is giving LinkedIn a run for their money, and Twitter strengthens their efforts to curb bullying.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But sometimes one picture is not enough. Instagram now lets you share up to ten posts with the same caption. You can use your photographs or videos to tell a story about a memorable day or night out.
“With this update, you no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember. Now, you can combine up to 10 photos and videos in one post and swipe through to see them all.” (Source Instagram’s blog post)
This new feature is part of the 2/22 update and is available as part of Instagram version 10.9 for iOS in the Apple App Store and Android on Google Play.
Facebook Social Media News
Is Facebook the new LinkedIn? Some commentators wonder as Facebook debuted a new feature that allows business page administrators to post jobs. The Facebook Jobs listing shows users jobs in their local area. Facebook even makes it easier for users to apply using the “Apply now” button that pulls information from your profile for your application. Don’t worry! Facebook gives you the chance to review and edit the application before you send it to the potential employer.
Facebook also is rolling out new changes to video. They now play videos with sound within your news feed (unless you change your settings or set your device to silent). They are also introducing a larger format for vertical videos. The new “Watch and Scroll” allows you to look at a video while you scroll through your News Feed. Finally, Facebook announced a new Facebook video app for TV. Initially, the app will be available in app stores for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TV.
“People are watching and sharing more video on Facebook than ever, and we’re focused on continuously improving the video experience.” (Source Facebook news announcement)
Twitter Social Media News
Twitter is taking action intended to cut down on bullying on the platform. Efforts include an improvement in their system that allows users to report abusive tweets. They also fine-tuned the way they filter replies and conversations.
“We’re also working on ‘safe search’ which removes Tweets that contain potentially sensitive content and Tweets from blocked and muted accounts from search results. While this type of content will be discoverable if you want to find it, it won’t clutter search results any longer.” (Source Twitter’s blog post)
What do you think about these changes? Do you see them as positive or negative? Will they affect how you use your social media accounts?1