This week’s 5 most important social media changes

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

Facebook has introduced a new profile layout option, 4-way group video chats are now available on Instagram and new monetisation features are being introduced to YouTube.

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

Facebook is changing the way profiles look

Your Facebook profile can now have a striking resemblance to your Instagram profile. Spotted by users earlier this year, the new layout gives users the option to transform their Facebook profile from the current ‘list view’ to a ‘grid view’.

More details for you here.

Instagram launches 4-way group video chats

If you’ve used Instagram this week you’ve probably seen the new update which allows you to video chat up to four friends at once. While it doesn’t allow you to call as many people at once as other platforms (Snapchat lets you have up to 15 users and FaceTime up to 32) it is the first platform that allows fully app functionality while using the video call feature.

Find out more here.

Messenger can automatically translate conversations

Messenger bot ‘M’ has had an upgrade. Aside from being able to help generate replies and polls, M can now translate your conversations. For now, M only translates between English and Spanish but Facebook has confirmed that other languages will be added in the near future.

Read more about the new feature here.

Youtube introduces new channel monetisation features

A range of new tools is being given to YouTube content creators to help them “earn more money and build stronger communities.” Channel memberships, merchandise options and premieres are all being rolled out to YouTube Partners.

Read more about these new features here.

Facebook is launching a print magazine for business leaders

It’s no secret that print magazine sales have been on the decline for quite some time, this hasn’t deterred Facebook from creating their own. ‘GROW’ is a thought leadership print magazine available in the UK that “shines a light on people, companies, and trends that are challenging the status quo.”

Find out more here.

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