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.
Social media, Twitter in particular, is often in the news for the wrong reasons. Whether it’s direct abuse, or issues of online privacy, safety on social media – largely unmoderated at the point of entry – is a difficult problem to address.
With that in mind, Twitter has launched a new Safety Center, ‘for anyone to learn about online safety, on Twitter and beyond.’
Comprehensive, and targeted directly at potentially vulnerable groups – teens, families, educators – the Twitter Safety Centre aims to help you have a better online experience. And, while we can assume this move has a distinct benefit for Twitter as an organisation, it is certainly a step in the right direction.
Pinterest has announced a new ‘Pin It’ button for iPhone, enabling you to save pins and create boards easily from your Safari browser.
While this won’t be new to Android and Desktop users, it does streamline the pinning process for iOS users. And, as Pinterest points out, the platform isn’t just good for creativity; you can use it to save links, organised in one place for later.
When it launched at the apogee of selfie-fever two years ago, Frontback brought a unique approach to the act. The premise? Take a selfie front and back; your face and what you’re facing.
Unfortunately, beyond murmurs that Twitter might have been interesting in acquiring Frontback, the app never really gained traction. Have you heard of it?
Alas, it has now reached the end of the road. The scheduled date? 14th of August. For the record, it was quite a cool idea.
You may have noticed that Twitter has removed background images from your account. Things are looking a little bare to say the least.
In a statement to SocialTimes, Twitter said:
“We’re removing background images from the home and notifications timelines on web for all users.
Now, background images are only available where logged-in users will see them publicly…”
It is widely assumed that this Twitter’s continued expansion into ads is to blame. Most people don’t like the change, by the way.
Following on from its impressive search and explore update not long ago, Instagram has now rolled out a similar change to the desktop experience.
Though clearly not as deep as the changes to the Instagram app, you can now search people, places and hashtags from your desktop.
According to YouTube, more than half of its many, many video views come from mobile. And I don’t know about you, but until now navigating its app hasn’t always been a fantastic experience.
Happily, YouTube has announced an updated app for iOS, Android and mobile web. This featured 3 news tabs, ‘home’, ‘subscriptions’ and ‘account’, making navigation that little bit more intuitive.
The most interesting change, however:
“You can also now watch full-screen vertical videos with just a single tap for the very first time.”
With an average of 300 million monthly views, gaming vlogger (among other things) PewDiePie can be accurately described as YouTube’s biggest star.
In response, Variety has named Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) as its no.1 ‘Fame Changer’, featuring the Swede on its front cover.
And while his videos are polarising – some might say full-weird – he earns so much from the platform that he recently faced criticism because of it. So, if you’re looking for an example of how to use YouTube effectively, PewDiwPie might just be the best on offer.