December social media roundup.
Before team LEWIS finish up for our Christmas shut down, we thought we better fill you in on any social media updates you might have missed with all the festive celebrations!
Sick of spending time on your Instagram story for it to disappear after 24 hours? You're not the only one! Instagram have introduced a new feature where you can save your stories, either privately, or in a ‘highlights’ feature that will appear on your profile.
In another update, to try and tackle animal cruelty, Instagram have introduced content advisory messages. With more and more people going to extremes to get likes on their photos, Instagram are concerned that users are impacting animal’s welfare to get content. As a result, the photo sharing platform have introduced a new feature where users will be presented with a content advisory message when they search for anything “associated with harmful behaviour to animals or the environment”.
Even with the new character limit, some users are still restricted when they want to tell a story on Twitter, often leading to them replying to their own tweets to create a thread. After this increasing in popularity, Twitter have now introduced this as a feature to the platform.
“We've made it easy to create a thread by adding a plus button in the composer, so you can connect your thoughts and publish your threaded Tweets all at the same time. You can continue adding more Tweets to your published thread at any time with the new "Add another Tweet" button. Additionally, it's now simpler to spot a thread -- we've added an obvious "Show this thread" label.”
In the U.S, Facebook have opened their market up to children under the age of 13, with a messenger app designed around children’s safety. Messenger kids can be downloaded by parents, who can make a profile for their child and approve friends and family that can contact the child. They don’t need to sign up for a Facebook account or need a mobile number.
Moreover, Facebook have released their AR studio to everyone, similarly to Snapchat, users will be able to augment their surroundings.
Facebook have also introduced 4K images to Messenger. With the number of images being sent over Messenger each month, this upgrade will be music to many people’s ears!
Finally (Facebook HQ has been busy this month!), Facebook are launching a library of free audio assets to add music to your videos. This will save a lot of issues with videos being removed due to audio violations.