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What did you miss in social media this week? Well I've rounded up all of the major updates just for you! I'm not quite sure what Instagram's next big update will be. There's a few rumors, but which direction will they take? Check it out! 

FACEBOOK

Facebook has been pretty busy with updates in the past week. For one, they have been testing out 'Things in Common.' This would label non-friends with, well, things you have in common. It seems a littleeeee bit creepy rather than continuing to help the platform grow. 

Facebook Things in Common

Facebook has officially expanded their test of an A/B testing tool for organic page posts! How neat! I can't wait to try this out! 

“Facebook said […] that more than half the time, publishers in the test have ended up selecting a version of the story that was different from the one they would have originally used. This suggests that the tool is helping publishers get more traffic back to their sites.”

A/B Testing for Organic Posts  

As far as I'm concerned, users STILL aren't using Facebook stories. With that being said, Facebook is testing links in Facebook stories so you could boost your story. Interesting. 

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One really great thing I saw from Facebook is the committment to lower emissions and 100% renewable energy

Facebook said, 

"Today, we are committing to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 75% and powering our global operations with 100% renewable energy by the end of 2020."

Doesn't that just make you so happy?! You're welcome. And thank you Facebook. You can find more information on that here!

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INSTAGRAM

If you're in college, this one is for YOU! Instagram is testing a feature that will help you connect with others who are studying at your college. This will 100% get Insta extra credit from those professors. Only time will tell if the trial is considered a success. 

Instagram Study Feature

I've told you SO many times to watch your bank account when you're on Instagram. The influencers and clothes will get you. Is Instagram looking to launch a standalone shopping app?? That's what the rumor is! 

According to The Verge:

“The app - which may be called IG Shopping - would let users browse collections of goods from merchants that they follow, and purchase them directly within the app.”

I'll keep you updated on that one. 

Instagram Standalone Shopping App

It could be your time to shine!! Everyone can now apply for their 'Blue Badge' Verification! It's is mainly for noteable public figures and obviously Instagram isn't just going to hand you over a blue checkmark, but now you have a little bit better of a chance. 

Blue Badge Verification

SNAPCHAT 

Snapchat added its own version of a Boomerang with the Bounce feature! It's literally exactly the same. Check it out, and let me know your thoughts. 

Snapchat Bounce Feature

TWITTER

Twitter really hasn't been giving us that much to work with lately. They are looking to offer a feature that allows you to unfollow accounts that you don't really interact with. Is this big? No. If you're into cleaning up your Twitter followers, maybe. 

Twitter is also testing out a new layout for tweet interactions. You can see it below. 

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TWEET OF THE WEEK

Tweet of the Week

 

Check back in next week for all your social media news! 

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AuthorLizzie Earley

Social Media Enthusiast living in San Antonio, TX.

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