Facebook updates the algorithm (again), Ad Relevancy Score reporting, external tracking , and brings back “View As Public”; their rumored cryptocurrency gets its own Swiss bank account; Instagram Explore gets new tabs and loses the Direct app; Twitter Developer Labs launching; TweetDeck gets GIFs and Polls.Read More
A day late… and WAY TOO MUCH news!
Basically, everyone’s making tweaks to their layouts and ads…
Facebook’s playing with swipeable hybrid interfaces & Messenger reabsorption; Insta cracks down on buttcracks; “twttr” (yes) also plays with swipes, and goes darker; I give LinkedIn’s newest feature an “angry face” emoji.
Facebook cryptocurrency (maybe); FB bans 200 data-trolling apps; FB Live multi-stream & rewind; India-first FB Story features; Instagram emoji slider & unreleased "Time Spent" metric; YouTube "take a break" feature & Android voice remote; Snapchat re-redesign; Twitter troll traps; LinkedIn sizes you up.Read More
Facebook explores blockchain, expands reactions with Avatars, won’t advertise on dating service, tests possible subscription model, and develops image AI; Twitter encrypting DMs; Instagram business tools include ecommerce & CTAs; Story Song Stickers; beauty unit; WhatsApp integrates Facebook & Instagram videos; Pinterest on Hootsuite.Read More
FB’s Hate Speech glitch; Messenger Bots, translation & AR; FB dating, 3D photos & VR Memories; Oculus Go VR headset & FB smart speakers. Instagram group video chats, third-party integrations, Camera Effects, feature testing rumors, customized Explore & anti-bullying AI. Twitter prioritizes news. Snapchat specs & Snappable AR game, Story Ads, non-skippable video ads & redesign rollback. Pinterest filters beauty results & enhances experience for the visually impaired.Read More
Facebook transparency in content standards & data use; "Premieres” streams pre-recorded video & pre-roll ads roll out to more videos; playable game preview ads, "loyalty prediction" advertising, and political ad identity verification; Instagram Story batch uploads; Snapchat selfie game, Viacom programming, and tabs; Pinterest dynamic cover images for businesses; Reddit advertising.Read More
Facebook political ad verification, Messenger retraction, Story encouragement; FB & Twitter back Honest Ads Act; Instagram Nametags, story Focus Mode & tag stickers; Snapchat iPhoneX lenses, group video chat, semi-chronological algorithm, new Specs, & Tegna news partnership; Twitter API tweaks; LinkedIn hashtag update confusion; Pinterest Propel program & Promote button expand.Read More
Facebook tightens ad targeting restrictions, adds HD video & 360 photos to Messenger, & improves Spaces VR; Instagram also restricts third-party app partnerships, brings GIFs back to stories, & makes story ads full-screen; Snapchat announces 16-person video chats; Pinterest splits discovery from following; LinkedIn debuts B2B video; YouTube short reach ads.Read More
Facebook faces FTC woes & Android data controversy, tweaks privacy controls, and takes its local news push global; Instagram makes its algorithm more chronological, and adds tags & hashtags to profiles; Snapchat introduces third-party app integrations, buys a 3D VR gaming developer, & unveils Map Explore.
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Twitter re-examines verification; Facebook's data-mining App Lock, news for Watch, music licensing, location-based AR, and disappearing Messages; Snapchat user-generated AR lenses, story tagging, and branded Explore ads; GIPHY down; chronological Instagram; Microsoft Pix adds business card contacts to LinkedIn & ups business news; PLUS a live update from #SXSW courtesy of Brian Wallace of NowSourcing!Read More
NEW & IMPROVED #MidweekMinute!!! Also... Have you downloaded Vero?; New Snap Specs, Hands-Free mode & Full Body lenses; Instagram Video/Voice Calling & Portrait Mode; Twitter Bookmarks; Facebook Explore, Breaking News, Video Ads, Trip Advisor, Voice Clips, & Messenger BroadcastRead More
Facebook metrics, news subscriptions, jobs, facial recognition opt-out, & streaming music rumor; Facebook Messenger friend adds & chat plug-in; Twitter limits automated tweets; YouTube adds tagging, captioning, & chat replay.Read More
Facebook Lists, paywalls, & video news; Instagram Direct privacy controls; Snapchat adds GIFs & tabs; Snapchat/Nike eCommerce partnership; Twitter livestreams news & drops Mac app; LinkedIn estimates salaries & eases scheduling.Read More
Facebook tests downvotes, and gets animated, communal, and protective; Instagram story sharing; Snapchat opens marketing API, Maps feature, creator tools, and free ads; Pinterest rearrangements & visual/text search; Google AMPs up Gmail & search.Read More
Facebook friend limits, Watch revamp, and audience insights; Google Pixel 2 Visual Core expands to apps; Snapchat text options, mute, and Snap Store; Instagram Stories type, Story ads, and video chat rumors; welcome Daisie.Read More
Instagram Scheduling... and maybe video chat (maybe); Twitter Sponsored Moments and video sharing; Snapchat's Bitmoji expands; Facebook prioritizes local stories, ups the ante on privacy, tests tipping for gamers, and bans cryptocurrency advertising.Read More
Facebook upgrades security, newsworthiness, Story publishing flexibility, and makes video viewing more social. Instagram Stories adds GIFs, text-only stories, a screenshot notification feature, and activity status. Snapchat Stories are now shareable, and adds valuable advertising features. WhatsApp goes business.Read More
Facebook's infamous algorithm reprioritizes people over brands; simplifying Messenger; Facebook "Today In" app; Snapchat's unpopular redesign.Read More