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Instagram Rolls Out Redesigned Direct: Instagram launched a new Instagram Direct that makes it “fast and easy to turn any conversation into a visual conversation with photos and videos.” All texts, uploads, and reshares sent in Direct will now appear in the same thread with disappearing photos and videos, which allows users to “seamlessly go back and forth with [their] friends.” Disappearing images and videos will be highlighted in blue in the inbox, where they can be viewed and replayed once. The new Direct is now rolling out to all iOS and Android users with the updated versions of the Instagram app.

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Facebook Tests Native Split-screen, Two-person Live Broadcasts: This week, Social Media Examiner staff reported that Facebook appears to be slowly rolling out native split-screen, two-person broadcasts in Facebook Live. This new feature is currently limited to personal profiles on Facebook’s iOS mobile app for iPhone. It doesn’t seem to be available for Android or desktop and hasn’t been extended to pages. Select users can go live from their personal profiles and then invite one other iOS user to participate in the broadcast as he or she begins watching.

Social Media Examiner tested the native split-screen, two-person broadcasts in Facebook Live.

Social Media Examiner tested the native split-screen, two-person broadcasts in Facebook Live.

Facebook initially announced two-person remote broadcasts along with other upcoming updates at VidCon 2016; however, the company hasn’t yet released any official news or announcements about this recent rollout. To learn more about this new feature, listen to the Social Media Marketing Talk Show from April 7, 2017.

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Facebook Rolls Out Facebook Stories and Other Snapchat-like Camera Features Globally: Facebook rolled out a new in-app camera for iOS and Android that’s “packed with dozens of effects like masks, frames and interactive filters that you can apply to your photos and videos.” These include dynamic objects, artistic filters, and branded masks for some upcoming movie releases. Facebook plans to introduce a way for users to create their own Facebook camera frames and effects “over the coming months.”

Facebook also announced the global release of Facebook Stories on the main Facebook app. This new feature allows users “share multiple photos and videos as part of a visual collection atop [the] News Feed.” Similar to the stories features previously released for Messenger and Instagram, Facebook Stories can be shared with specific users or as part of “Your Story” and will disappear 24 hours after being posted. Facebook also notes that “stories won’t appear on your Timeline or in News Feed unless you post them there too.”

Facebook rolls out Facebook Stories globally.

Facebook rolls out Facebook Stories globally.

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Facebook Expands Ability to Broadcast Live from Desktops and Laptops to All Users: Facebook announced that everyone around the world can now “broadcast live video to Facebook from their desktop or laptop computers.”

Facebook rolled out the ability to go Live from a desktop or laptop to all users around the world.

Facebook rolled out the ability to go Live from a desktop or laptop to all users around the world.

Facebook also added a new Live feature that “makes it easy to use streaming software or external hardware when going live from a computer.” All Facebook users can now “seamlessly share their screens, insert graphics, switch cameras, or use professional equipment in Facebook Live videos” and broadcast directly from their personal profiles and well as to Facebook Groups, Events or Pages.

For example, it’s now “easier than ever” for gamers to stream their PC gameplay to their Facebook audience. Artists and presenters can switch between on-screen graphics and a camera for sharing tutorials and how-to Live videos from their computers.

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Facebook Testing Video Insights for Personal Profiles: This week, Social Media Examiner staff noted that Facebook appears to be testing video metrics for personal profile users. The video metrics include insights on engagement, views, minutes viewed, and overall performance for the past 7, 30, and 60 days. To learn more about this possible new feature, listen to the Social Media Marketing Talk Show from March 17, 2017.

Facebook appears to be testing video metrics for personal users.

Facebook appears to be testing video metrics for personal user accounts.

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Facebook Globally Launches Messenger Day: Facebook launched Messenger Day, a new way to share photos and videos “as they happen” in the stand-alone Messenger app. Like with Snapchat Stories and Instagram Stories, Messenger Day allows users to customize their photos and videos with thousands of frames, effects, and stickers and each post disappears after 24 hours. With Messenger Day, users also have the option to share their “day” with everyone or specific Messenger friends. Messenger Day was initially tested in a handful of countries and is now available globally with the latest versions of the Messenger app on both Android and iOS.

Facebook launched Messenger Day, a new way for users to share photos and videos as they happen in the standalone Messenger App.

Facebook launched Messenger Day, a new way for users to share photos and videos as they happen in the stand-alone Messenger app.

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Facebook Algorithm Ranks Reactions Higher Than Likes: Facebook announced that reactions “will [now] affect post ranking slightly more than Likes” in the news feed algorithm because it has found reactions to be “an even stronger signal” when it comes to indicating what content users would like to see. However, Facebook clarifies that all reactions including temporary ones for holidays such as Mother’s Day will continue to be “weighed equally to one another” and revealed that the “love” heart is “by far the most popular Reaction, consisting of ‘more than half’ of them.”

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Instagram Rolls Out Ability to Add Multiple Photos and Videos to One Post: Instagram announced that users can now “combine up to 10 photos and videos in one post and swipe through to see them all.” A new icon on the Instagram app allows users to select multiple photos and videos, which can then be reorganized, edited, or layered with a filter one by one or all at once. A row of blue dots at the bottom of these posts indicates to your followers that “there’s more to see.” This update is available as part of Instagram version 10.9 for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android on Google Play.

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Facebook Announces Autoplay Sound, Picture-in-picture View, and Other Updates to Video: Facebook rolled out four major updates “that make watching video on Facebook richer, more engaging and more flexible.” These updates include autoplay sound that “fades in and out” and the option to minimize Facebook videos to a “picture-in-picture view” as you continue to scroll through the news feed. Facebook also introduced a larger format for watching vertical videos on both iOS and Android devices and officially announced a new Facebook video app for TV. Facebook’s TV app is expected to roll out “soon” to app stores for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TV “with more platforms to come.”

Facebook rolled out a major video update that makes watching video on Facebook richer, more engaging and more flexible.

Facebook rolled out a major video update that makes watching video on Facebook richer, more engaging, and more flexible.

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