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 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 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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Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 162)

Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 162)

This week’s 5 most important social media changes

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

YouTube introduces new CTA extensions for video ads, Facebook is testing search as an ad placement option and Instagram has added a new sticker.

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

YouTube introduces a new call-to-action extension for video ads

YouTube has introduced a new call-to-action extension that will take the place of their existing CTA overlays. Then CTAs will be displayed on screen both while your ad is playing and after it has finished. YouTube hope this new format will be “a great way to enhance viewer engagement.”

Read more here.

Facebook adds search to the list of ad placement options

Ad revenue has slowed for the social networking giant so they’re trying to find new ways to kick-start ad spend. Facebook announced this week that they’re beginning a small test of ads in search results. Facebook originally tried to introduce search ads back in 2012 but ultimately decided to roll them back.

Learn more here.

Instagram adds a new countdown sticker

A new sticker has been added to Instagram Stories. The ‘Countdown’ sticker allows you to display a timer that counts down to a specific event or time. Users have the option to be notified when the timer runs out so it could be a useful tool for building hype around product launches or big announcements.

Find out more here.

Instagram is testing new account features aimed at influencers

New reports suggest that Instagram is testing profiles for creators. “Creators are an important part of [the Instagram] community” as such, the creator profiles will reportedly have new, creator specific tools that include more detailed audience insights.

Learn more here.

Facebook gives ‘Life Events’ an update

Facebook is updating ‘Life Events’ with new interactive features and it’s getting a new place to live on the main profile page. According to Facebook, life events are incredibly popular and research suggests that people want to see more of this kind of content in their feeds.

Read more here.

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Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 157)

Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 157)

This week’s 5 most important social media changes

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

Facebook Messenger introduces the ability to delete messages after they’ve been sent, Facebook is beginning to roll out 1:1 images for link ads and Instagram is trying to incorporate IGTV with the rest of the Instagram app.

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

Facebook announced Instagram and Advanced Page analytics beta

A major announcement came from Facebook this week that will help marketers everywhere measure the impact that Instagram accounts and Facebook pages have on their bottom lines. Two new additions have been introduced to analytics, Instagram Account analytics and Advanced Page analytics which will help marketers answer questions like “how do these numbers actually relate to revenue?”

Learn more here.

IGTV videos can now be added to Instagram Stories

Instagram announced this week that all users will have the ability to share their IGTV videos directly to their Story. The feature works in a similar way to reposting Stories that they’re mentioned in and has previously only been available to business accounts. This change is a part of a broader effort to bridge the gap between IGTV and the rest of the Instagram app.

Read more here.

The ability to delete messages in Facebook Messenger is coming

Better late than never, Facebook has announced that they will be bringing their ‘unsend’ feature to Facebook Messenger. There’s a catch though, messages will only be able to be deleted in the 10 minutes after it has been sent. The feature will be useful if you’ve “accidentally send the wrong photo, incorrect information or messaged the wrong thread.”

Find out more here.

Facebook rolls out 1:1 image link ads

With the majority of users accessing Facebook through a mobile app, it makes sense for Facebook to be introducing 1:1 image previews for link ads. The advantages to a 1:1 link image over a 1:1.91 image is that it’ll take up more screen space and that ads will look less out of place when they appear in Instagram feeds.

Learn more here.

Facebook is expanding the ‘Breaking News’ tag to more countries

The Breaking News tag was introduced to help fill the gap left by the removal of the trending news section on Facebook. Australia has had the Breaking News Facebook tag for a while but now Facebook is expanding the test to include France, Germany, Mexico, Spain and the UK.

Read more here.

Follow us on Twitter for news of these social media and content marketing changes as they happen.

Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 156)

Platform Five: This week’s most important social media changes (edition 156)

This week’s 5 most important social media changes

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

Snapchat lenses have come to desktop to make your business meetings all the more interesting, Twitter is making it easier to change up your news feed and Vimeo videos can now be shared directly to LinkedIn.

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

Facebook is testing a new layout for Facebook Stories

It’s no secret that Facebook Stories have not been as successful as Facebook would’ve liked. So now they’re trying a new, rather in your face, tactic – a new layout that places six Stories right at the top of the news feed. When you first open the app, the new layout takes up almost the entire screen so there’s no missing it.

Find out more here.

Twitter is testing a new home screen button

Previously, the option to switch between a reverse chronological feed and an algorithmic feed was buried deep within Twitter’s settings. Twitter announced today that they’ll be testing a new button on the home screen of a select number of iOS users that will allow them instantly switch between the two newsfeed options.

Learn more here.

Snapchat brings lenses to desktop

A new desktop extension has been released by Snapchat this week that will allow users to access lenses from their desktop computers. Lenses can now be integrated with Skype, YouTube, Facebook live, even Zoom. This new addition may temporarily increase app usage but it is unlikely to help stop Snap’s user drop off in the long term.

Read more here.

Page and Business recommendations have been added to Facebook Groups

A ‘Recommendations’ panel has been added to Facebook groups. This new addition will collate all the Business’ and Pages that group members have recommended into one place. It creates a new avenue for business discovery with potentially a more engaged audience as users are more likely to trust and act on the opinions of those they’re interacting with.

Find out more here.

Vimeo subscribers can now publish directly to LinkedIn

Vimeo announced a new feature that will allow videos to be published directly to LinkedIn. This may seem like a small change but it’s an indication that Vimeo has given up on being just an online video watching platform, rather a leading platform for publishers who need to embed content.

Learn more here.

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