Here’s a quick rundown of what’s been happening in the social media world during the week of October 9-13.
Meta’s Big Moves
Meta, previously known as Facebook, is making headlines with significant investments in creators, AI celebrities, and new comment filters.
Threads Ups Its Game
Threads has introduced an edit button and other new features aimed at enhancing user engagement and post-editing experience.
Instagram’s New Features
Instagram’s new settings enable better control over avatar interactions. It has also launched experimental stickers and extended account activity accessibility to desktop.
WhatsApp Revamps User Experience
WhatsApp is focusing on user-friendly and secure experiences with revamped status search bar and upgraded Chat Lock feature.
Twitter/X is testing new features, expanding profile bios, and introducing new member vetting feature, live-stream and Spaces buttons within the Post Composer, and more.
YouTube’s Enhanced User Experience
YouTube extends its glow effect to fullscreen view, introduces new audio description and pronoun features, and tests a ‘posts-only’ feature for increased community engagement.
TikTok’s Triumphs and Troubles
TikTok is facing legal challenges in Montana and Utah, but it is also revamping creator payment for viral filters, expanding mental health support, and kicking off a unique partnership with Disney.
Updates from Alternative Platforms
Bluesky is launching its first third-party mobile app, Graysky. Mastodon has integrated with WordPress.com blogs, and Pebble has introduced “Hashtag Mayorships”.
Snapchat, Google Business Profiles, and Reddit News
Snapchat has received an enforcement notice from the UK data watchdog, Google has expanded social media links in business listings, and Reddit has published a report on its role in TV and movie discovery.
Top Reads on Social Media and Creator Economy
Learn about the internet’s lost fun factor, content moderation dilemmas, AI audio’s disinformation wave on TikTok, networking apps for content creators, and more.
Exploring New Frontiers
Discover Google’s AI-centric search, LinkedIn’s newsroom expansion, YouTube’s overtaking of Netflix among teens, the impact of social media subscription models, and more.
That’s all for this week’s updates!
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