Social Media Weekly 

01 MAY - 08 MAY 2018


After a quiet couple of weeks for social news, the Facebook F8 conference unveiled a lot of new opportunities and updates such as: a ‘clear history’ tool, dating feature, downvote button and 3D imagery. Exciting changes to boost popularity with new tools and changes that reassure previous privacy issues.

If you’d like to read more in-depth about the changes this Tech Crunch article gives full detail.

Instagram is also testing changes; the Explore feed will become more personalized and tailored to users preferences which holds opportunity’s for users to find relevant accounts. Similarly, the recent shoppable feature launched last month has been successful for many retails on Instagram, therefore a new tool for payments could hold massive opportunities for retails profits!


Facebook unveils new 'clear history' tool amid privacy scandal

Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new Facebook privacy control called “clear history” at the social media company’s annual developer conference, and admitted that he “didn’t have clear enough answers” about data control when he recently testified before Congress. The CEO announced the new tool on Tuesday, describing it in a post as a “simple control to clear your browsing history on Facebook – what you’ve clicked on, websites you’ve visited, and so on”. The move comes at a time when Zuckerberg is battling some of the worst publicity his company has faced since it launched 14 years ago.

Read More: WERSM

Facebook announces dating feature for meeting non-friends

Facebook  is invading Tinder’s space with a new set of dating features. It will let people opt in to creating a dating profile on Facebook. It will only be visible to non-friends who also opted into dating. Facebook will match you by a slew of preferences. And because it has more data on you than any other app, it could deliver more relevant matches. The feature will start testing later this year.

Read More: WERSM

Facebook’s Downvote Button Is Rolling Out To More Users

Facebook is extending its test of an upvote/downvote mechanism for comments, giving back more control to users about what they like to see. Now, Facebook is giving users even greater control over content – and especially comments – by allowing them to “score” each comment, upvoting what they find most useful, and downvoting what they least agree with. The feature seems inspired by Reddit, obviously. However, Facebook could also see it as one more tool to fight fake news and online harassment. Comments that are downvoted en masse could direct Facebook to review them, without the need for users to report them.

Read More: WERSM

Facebook will soon bring 3D photos to the news feed

Facebook  made a small but interesting announcement at the end of its F8 keynote today: You’ll soon be able to post 3D photos to your news feed. For now, we know very little about this feature — or even how you’ll capture these photos — but chances are you’ll see them pop up in your friends’ status updates in the coming months.

Read More: Tech Crunch


Your Twitter Home Timeline Will Now Feature News Story Links That Your Network Tweeted

Twitter is further expanding as a "news platform" with a new feature that highlights news stories that people in your network tweeted. The feature also shows other Tweets mentioning those stories, below the link.

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Instagram quietly launches payments for commerce

Get ready to shop the ‘Gram. Instagram just stealthily added a native payments feature to its app for some users. It lets you register a debit or credit card as part of a profile, set up a security pin, then start buying things without ever leaving Instagram. Not having to leave for a separate website and enter payment information any time you want to purchase something could make Instagram a much bigger player in commerce.

Read More: Tech Crunch

Instagram’s ‘Explore’ section is getting a makeover

Instagram  is getting a revamped “Explore” section to improve discovery, the company announced this morning during the keynote address at Facebook’s F8 developer conference. The update will better organize its suggestions into topical channels based on your own interests and tastes, so you can more easily find the type of content you’re looking for.

Read More: Tech Crunch