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.

Resolution Instagram

The Verge has reported that Instagram is starting to deliver its users higher quality images; 1080×1080 pixels, up from the archaic 640×640 default.

It’s strange that Instagram hadn’t rolled high-res images out sooner, given its popularity as a photo sharing platform. Nevertheless, it’ll certainly be a welcome change from the less beautiful 640px images.

Microsoft’s Tossup

Microsoft Tossup

Microsoft has launched a new social polling app, Tossup. Designed to make ‘event planning and opinion-gathering a cinch’, Tossup allows you to ask questions of your friends and gather opinions via a simple voting mechanic.

Tossup is the latest project from Microsoft Garage, a ‘community of interns, employees, and teams’ from within Microsoft who collaborate to ‘turn our wild ideas into real projects.’

Facebook Data Fort

Facebook has announced that Fort Worth will be home to its latest data centre, part of the company’s recent ‘infrastructure efficiency efforts’ that have seen the giant make savings of over $2bn over the last 3 years.

“Fort Worth will be one of the cornerstones of the global infrastructure that brings Facebook apps and services to you every day…”

Powered by 100% renewable energy, Facebook claims that one person using the platform for an entire year will leave a carbon footprint similar to that of a medium latte.

Emerging From The Shadows

Friends Icon

Not long after Facebook designer, Caitlin Winner, joined the company she discovered a few issues with the female glyph in the friends icon.

The tiny lady in question had a chip in her shoulder, a haircut that made her look a little like Darth Vader and she was positioned in the shadows of the male glyph. Things had to change.

“Nothing at Facebook is someone else’s problem.”

Pointed in its direction by a friend, Caitlin took it upon herself to make the changes, bringing the designs of both the male and female glyphs into the modern age. They may be small, but these changes are certainly significant.

New Ways To Pin

Pinterest is now available in IFTTT, the app that lets you connect other apps in exciting, timesaving ways.

What this means is that if you were to like an image on Instagram, your apps would automatically communicate to save that image as a pin. Pretty neat we reckon.

Take Back Control

Facebook is constantly looking for ways to improve the usability of its News Feed, making sure it delivers content that is engaging for you (and more valuable for itself).

With that in mind, the giant of social media has started introducing new ways to shape what you see on your feed. Navigate to the News Feed preferences and you can now actively select the friends and pages you want to see first.

Perhaps this could spell the end of spammy News Feed content, the kind you don’t ever remember signing up for in the first place.