Friday, July 17, 2015
The world of social media is a fast-paced environment, one that changes from day to day. To help you keep your finger directly on the pulse of what’s happening in social, we’ll be putting together a weekly roundup of all the latest social media news from around the web.
Daily video views on Facebook are up to 4 billion. Yes, you read that right. But that’s not enough for Facebook. Oh no. Facebook wants more.
In an effort to level the playing field even more with video competitor, Youtube, Facebook has started introducing a ‘Watch Later’ button to its content. Tag a video in this way and it’ll make its way into your saved folder for viewing at your pleasure.
While it might not seem like a monumental change, Facebook’s ‘Watch Later’ button does emphasise how keen the platform is to encroach further into the world of online video. A field currently – or previously – dominated by YouTube.
Keen to continue site improvements, Twitter has started rolling out a new data dashboard.
Accessed from your Twitter settings, the new dashboard grants you detailed information about account activation, the devices you use to access Twitter and recent login history.
You might have heard of a little thing called Flipagram. Actually, it’s becoming rather massive. Though it’s not yet talking about company valuation, Flipagram has announced that it recently secured a further $70 million in funding.
A mix of Instagram and YouTube, with just a smattering of iTunes thrown in for good measure, Flipagram allows you to stitch together images, photo, text and audio into a Snapchat-like piece of content under 1 minute in length.
Go ahead and download the Flipagram app – it’s actually really cool. And it certainly isn’t difficult to see why it’s morphing into something of a social media juggernaut.
Other new kid on the block, Yik Yak, has announced this week that it’s to begin allowing photos on the app. Albeit, in a moderated state.
A live, anonymous feed of what’s going on in your area, Yik Yak is a real-time forum for people around you. Though you can also peek into other communities. Of course, anonymity wouldn’t last long with faces involved, so all pictures on the service will currently be moderated and offending images removed.
While this seems like a lot of hard work, it’s not difficult to see why images are so important to the service. As they point out, if you want to boast about your eggs benedict, it’s difficult to do so using words alone.
While not industry news, per se, Social Times has published an interview it held with Director of User Experience at LinkedIn, Amy Parnell.
It’s a fantastic read about the importance of solid design and how that has been factored in on a platform as large as LinkedIn.
The vast ship that is Reddit has certainly been rocked in recent weeks. But new CEO and original Reddit founder, Steve Huffman, is looking to steady the boat and continue the platform’s smooth sailing to domination.
In a recent AMA, Huffman announced a raft of new changes to how reddit is moderated and the types of content that can appear on the platform.
While some may lament the increased moderation of what has, traditionally, been a very open forum, clearly something needs to change at Reddit. Who would argue that its very founder isn’t the right person for the job?
It’s all change at Twitter. Not only is it in search of its next CEO, it now requires a replacement Head of Communications, following the departure of Gabriel Stricker.
Unfortunately, it isn’t clear whether Stricker decided to leave or was forced out. But what is clear is that Twitter needs to get hiring fast.
Categories: Social Media News