Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 170)

Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 170)

This week’s 5 most important social media changes

What’s changed in the last seven days? What does it mean?

Twitter opens applications for its public beta program, Instagram is working on a donation sticker and LinkedIn is making recruiters lives a little bit easier.

Let’s take a look at these changes in more detail.

Twitter opens applications for its public beta program

Announced back in January, Twitter has opened applications for their public beta program that will allow users to test and give feedback on new features. The first cab off the testing rank is the visual design of replies. The program is currently only open to users who access Twitter from and iOS device.

Read more here.

Instagram is working on a Donation sticker

Fundraising stickers were announced by Facebook at their communities summit. The Instagram Donation sticker for Stories is the first iteration of this. The stickers are still being tested but they pose an interesting proposition for Instagram who by all accounts are wanting t expand the e-commerce functionalities in their app.

Learn more here.

LinkedIn is moving its talent tools to one platform

Linkedin has three “core talent tools” Jobs, Recruiter and Pipeline Builder. LinkedIn has announced that these tools will now be moved onto a single platform that will provide a “new intelligent hiring experience” designed to make life easier for recruiters. As part of the shift, they’ll also be including some new functionalities which are due to start rolling out mid-year.

Find out more here.

Facebook introduces new location privacy controls to the Android app

Facebook is making it easier for Android users to control what location data is sent and stored by the app. Android users have previously expressed concern over the app’s ability to continuously log location data while it’s not in use which was due to Android’s “all-or-nothing” system approach to location permissions.

Learn more here.

Twitter is testing new “retweet with comment” layouts

While the new testing program will look into Twitter Replies, Twitter has confirmed that they’re currently running a public facing test which aims to make Twitter “more conversational” by giving retweets with comments a facelift. The layout in the new test makes comment retweets look like replies.

Take a look for yourself here.

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Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 169)

Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 169)

This week’s 5 most important social media changes

What’s changed in the last seven days? What does it mean?

Facebook’s rolling out unified inbox updates, LinkedIn is testing live video streaming and Instagram has a glitch.

Let’s take a look at these changes in more detail.

Instagram’s got a glitch and it’s making follower counts go nuts

Users across the globe have reported losing and gaining massive amounts of followers on their accounts. Some reported their accounts were unfollowing people as well. While it was first assumed that Instagram was cleaning up the platform, they have since confirmed that it’s actually a glitch that was affecting the follower counters, not the actual accounts.

Read more here.

Facebook has started rolling out unified page inbox updates

Unified inboxes have been a blessing to community managers everywhere. They allow Facebook and Instagram notifications and Facebook messages to be answered all in the one place. The newest update which Facebook has confirmed they’re beginning to roll out will also include Instagram Direct Messages.

Learn more here.

LinkedIn has launched Live Video Streaming

Video is the fastest growing format on LinkedIn. They’re capitalising on that by introducing LinkedIn Live, a live streaming video feature. It’s currently in invite-only beta testing in the United States but soon LinkedIn will allow people to apply to beta test the new feature.

Find out more here.

Facebook has announced new Group updates

Facebook wants to help group admins create “meaningful communities.” The latest round of updates has been designed to help admins better invest their time, engage members, and manage their groups. The features include mentorship, group subscriptions and a new post formatting tool.

Read more here.

Instagram is testing Direct Messages for the web

For years, Instagram has made it clear that it was a mobile app first. Currently, users can like and comment on posts and watch Stories on the desktop site but that’s it. Reports have surfaced this week that reveals an internal test is taking place which will see Instagram Direct Messages come to the desktop site.

Learn more here.

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Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 168)

Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 168)

This week’s 5 most important social media changes

What’s changed in the last seven days? What does it mean?

Facebook will soon disclose who uploaded custom audience information, Google+’s shut down date has been confirmed and Messages can now be unsent in Messenger.

Let’s take a look at these changes in more detail.

Facebook will reveal who uploaded ad targeting information

From February 28, the ‘Why am I seeing this?’ button on Facebook ads will not only reveal which brand has paid for the ad but who uploaded your contact information and when it was uploaded. A spokesperson for Facebook stated that the goal of this update is to give people a better understanding of how advertisers use their information.

Learn more here.

YouTube is expanding the test of its Content Discovery tool

YouTube is expanding the test of its explore feature to new devices including iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets and desktops. The feature isn’t dissimilar to Instagram’s Explore page which allows users to find new content based on accounts they follow. The new YouTube feature aims to “introduce users to a diverse set of personalised content.”

Read more here.

Facebook budget optimisation is coming to campaigns

Campaign budget optimisation has been available since 2017. It allows Facebook’s algorithm to optimise the budget across all ad sets. Now Facebook has announced that as of September 2019, all new and existing campaigns will automatically be budget optimised and advertisers will not be able to turn it off.

Find out more here.

Google has given Google+ its expiration date

Google announced in October last year that they would be shutting down Google+ for consumers by August 2019. When the privacy bug surfaced, they announced that they would expedite the closure to the end of April 2019. Google has now confirmed that Google+ will now be shut down on April 2nd.

Learn more about the shut down here.

You can now delete sent messages in Messenger

We’ve all sent a message and instantly wanted to delete it from our device, forgetting it was ever crafted. Messenger has announced that they’re finally rolling out the ability to delete messages after they’ve been sent. There’s a catch, messages will only be able to be deleted for up to 10 minutes after they were sent.

Read more here.

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Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 167)

Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 167)

This week’s 5 most important social media changes

What’s changed in the last seven days? What does it mean?

Instagram Stories have hit 500M daily active users, LinkedIn and Reddit are making improvements to advertising on the platform while TikTok has introduced ads for the first time.

Let’s take a look at these changes in more detail.

Instagram Stories reach 500M daily active users

Instagram has 1 billion daily active users. This means that roughly half of Instagram’s users are looking at Instagram Stories every day. This is a much-needed success for Facebook and comes amid their many PR issues and their quaterly earnings call in which the platform outlined several areas where they’ll be focusing their energy in 2019.

Learn more here.

LinkedIn is creating Lookalike Audiences

LinkedIn is finally getting their ad game on. Last week, they introduced Interest-based targeting to their campaign manager. This week they’ve announced that they’re working on their own version of lookalike audiences which will allow advertisers to target users who are similar to their current page followers. LinkedIn advertising can still be quite expensive when compared to other advertising avenues but hopefully, these changes will encourage more marketers to jump on board and bring costs down in the long run.

Read more here.

TikTok is testing ads on their platform

TikTok took the Western world by storm in late 2018 after already successfully capturing the Asian markets. The platform took over Musical.ly last year and has grown exponentially since. They’ve grown so much that they’ve already begun to test ads within their platform. The ads are reported to appear ‘right after the hero screen’ and last around 5 seconds.

Find out more here.

Reddit launches cost-per-click ads

Reddit isn’t a platform we get to talk about much in Platform Five but it seems that they too are beginning to get their ad game on. The platform announced this week that they will be launching cost-per-click (CPC) ads which are the platform’s first performance-based ad unit. Reddit hopes that this change will increase ad performance and inventories across the site.

Read more here.

Instagram is introducing the ability to share links to entire Stories

Stories have become hugely popular (just in case you couldn’t work that one out from the first update). So now they’re giving brands better options to help them promote their Stories. The new feature will allow users to share a link to entire Stories. This will help people and brands create greater awareness and hopefully engagement on their Stories.

Learn more here.

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Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 166)

Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 166)

This week’s 5 most important social media changes

What’s changed in the last seven days? What does it mean?

Facebook launched a new petition feature, LinkedIn announced interest targeting for ads and you can now share your favourite Netflix shows to your Instagram Stories.

Let’s take a look at these changes in more detail.

Facebook removes the ability to automatically add Group members

If you are a group admin, you may have noticed a drop in members in recent weeks. Up until now, users could be automatically added to groups by their friends, they’d receive a notification that they’d been added, then content from the group would enter their newsfeeds. This means that many users were part of groups but had never visited or interacted with them. Facebook is now moving those members to an invited section which will not count towards the group member total.

Read more here.

You can now share your Netflix favourites to Instagram Stories

Stories are showing no signs of slowing down in 2019. They continue to grow in popularity which makes it a useful marketing tool for brands. Netflix is capitalising on this by allowing users to share the latest TV show or movie they’re watching straight to their Instagram Stories. Other users will then be able to open the show/movie in Netflix directly from the Instagram Story.

Learn more here.

Facebook has launched a new petition feature

Getting mixed up with politics hasn’t helped Facebook in the past but that hasn’t stopped them from launching a new petition feature called Community Actions which will help users call for action and notify government officials. The feature was launched in the US this week after being tested in a few markets. There’s no indication yet of when the feature will be rolled out globally.

Find out more here.

LinkedIn announces Interest Targeting in Campaign Manager

LinkedIn is looking to up their advertising game and has a series of new features that will hopefully help them do that. The first of which is interest-based targeting. Interest Targeting will allow advertisers to “fine tune their campaign targeting by using more than 200 professional interest categories.” These categories are based on the individual’s professional interests and the topics that they are engaging with across the platform.

Read more here.

Facebook adds new Page tab call ‘Page Quality’

Stamping out platform misuse has been a long term goal for Facebook. They’ve announced a couple new measures which they hope will help make page managers more aware of potential rule violations and limit those who do continue to break the Facebook Community Standards. For now, the Page Quality tab will display any content that has been removed due to Community Standards violations but Facebook noted that they will be providing more information in the tab over time.

Learn more here.

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Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 165)

Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 165)

This week’s 5 most important social media changes

What’s changed in the last seven days? What does it mean?

YouTube has been busy making a lot of changes this week, Facebook has introduced automatic translation for Dynamic Ads and Twitter has rolled out reverse chronological timelines for Andriod users.

Let’s take a look at these changes in more detail.

YouTube is testing a ‘Recommended Downloads’ feature

Downloading YouTube videos for later offline viewing is not a new feature. Users in all almost all countries have been able to do this for the last five years. YouTube is taking this feature a step further by testing download recommendations for users. It’s not yet known if the feature will be rolled out more widely.

Learn more here.

Twitter rolls out chronological feeds for Android

The ability to switch between reverse chronological and algorithm based Twitter timelines was given to iOS users almost a month ago but Andriod users were left in the dark about when they’d be getting the update. Finally, Twitter rolled out the new ‘sparkle’ button to Android users yesterday and they are loving it.

Read more here.

Facebook adds new language option for Dynamic Ads

Facebook has been pushing cross-border initiatives for the last couple of years the aim of which is to help people and business’ communicate with anyone, anywhere. To further this ambition along, Facebook has introduced automatic translation for Dynamic Ads. This is an incredibly useful addition for any business who reaches an international audience.

Find out more here.

YouTube is letting users swipe between videos

Swiping is the new tapping for YouTube in 2019. Unsurprisingly given the high video view rates that come from mobile, YouTube has introduced a few new features to make the platform more mobile friendly, one of which is the ability to swipe left and right between new videos. iOS users should start to see the feature in the coming weeks.

Read more here.

YouTube is removing some sharing capabilities

YouTube has announced this week that it will be removing the ability for users to automatically share their YouTube activities to Google+ and Twitter. The removal of Google+ comes as no surprise given it’s no longer available to everyday users but Twitter is more of a surprise. The feature will be removed after Jan 31st.

Learn more here.

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