Social Media Weekly #18



Enjoy photos in all their 4K glory with the latest Facebook Messenger update

As messaging apps become increasingly visual, Facebook Messenger is now allowing users to share high-resolution photos while chatting with friends. On Tuesday, November 21, Facebook announced an updated version of Messenger that supports image sharing at a 4K resolution, rather than getting downsized to 2K. The Messenger update comes at the same time PayPal is expanding their Messenger add-ons to include the ability to send an invoice within the platform. With the update, Messenger now supports sending and receiving images that are up to 4,096 pixels in each direction. Despite the added resolution, Facebook says sending images through the messaging app will be just as fast as when those same photos were downsized.

Via Digital Trends

PayPal’s Integration With Facebook Messenger Deepens, With New Invoicing Extension

PayPal’s integration with Facebook Messenger is not new. Last year, Messenger started allowing users to pay for things through PayPal, without ever leaving the app. Last month, the Facebook-owned messaging app started allowing payments between users on Messenger, using PayPal instead of their credit cards. Now, things are going a bit further with PayPal’s announcement of a new chat extension that enables Messenger users to invoice buyers directly from within the app. The extension will ensure that transactions that take place on Messenger use PayPal’s powerful and secure payment system, and invoicing takes place easily, with sellers able to create and send PayPal Invoices directly to buyers – complete with a price and image. Buyers simply pay – within the Messenger conversation.


Facebook applies new authenticity tools and expose Russian-controlled pages

Facebook says that it found more than 3,000 ads that came from inauthentic accounts linked to a Russian group called the Internet Research Agency (IRA) that operated between 2015 and 2017. Some 10 million people in the U.S. viewed at least one of those ads, with around 44 percent of those views happening before the 2016 presidential election. The ads, as well as the spread of fake news during the election, have brought the social media platform under scrutiny. In an attempt to bolster transparency, Facebook is now giving users the option of seeing what Facebook accounts and Instagram pages were associated with IRA. In a recent news update in November 2017, the social network announced the creation of a portal that would show users what IRA content they had liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017. The portal is expected to be up and running by the end of 2017, and upon launch, will be found in the Facebook Help Center.

Via Digital Trends


Instagram Adds Live Requests, Providing New Options for Live Guests

A month after rolling out their Live Guests option to all users, Instagram's adding another element to the process, with viewers now able to submit a request to join a live stream in progress. As explained by Instagram: “When watching a friend’s live video, simply tap the “Request” button in the comments section. You’ll see a confirmation that your friend has accepted your request, and you’ll have a moment to prepare. Once you’re live, the screen will split in half so you can hang out live with your friend. You can leave your friend’s live video at any time, making it easy to join for a quick hello or a longer chat.”

Via Social Media Today

You Can Now Create Instagram Stories And Save Posts On The Mobile Web

Instagram has started to allow users to create stories and save posts they like, right from within on their mobile device’s browser. Now, when logging into Instagram on their mobile browser, users can access the camera icon on the top left of their screen. When tapping on it, they can then take a new photo or add a photo from their library – the same way as they do on the app. They can then add text, change the text colour and simply post their story by tapping “Share to Your Story.” While using Instagram on the mobile web, users can also now save the posts they’d like to revisit later on. They can of course access all saved posts by tapping on the bookmark icon in the top right corner of the page.



Save It For Later With Twitter’s New ‘Bookmarks’ Feature

Twitter has started testing a new feature called Bookmarks that allows you to “save for later” Tweets you come across in your timeline. The feature will allow you to privately flag Tweets in your timeline so you can go back to them later – when you need them, or simply have more time to go through their content. Of course, all the Tweets you “flag for later” remain private, so no one – not even the author – will know you bookmarked them. It seems the Bookmark tool could appear in the drop-down menu in the upper-right corner of the app. The feature would not benefit from direct access, but rather be associated with other features like sharing a Tweet or adding to Moments.