Social Media Update 20.05.19
A weekly annotated curation of significant social web platform developments from the previous week, with links and carping marginalia as needed . . . Posted every Monday morning or thereabouts.
Facebook is reinstating the "View As Public" functionality, “a security feature that allows users to see what their profile looks like to people they're not Friends with on Facebook.” According to Rachel Kraus at Mashable, “Users will also be able to easily make changes to their publicly available information with a new Edit Public Profile’ button.”
To limit the use of livestreaming “to cause harm or spread hate”, Facebook will now restrict the use of Live by “people who have broken certain rules on Facebook — including our Dangerous Organizations and Individuals policy.”
Sometimes there’s value in completing platform surveys. Evidence the announcement that Facebook has“trained new classifiers based on patterns linking these surveys with usage data so it can better predict what to show in the News Feed.” Josh Constine at TechCrunch to say that “The change aligns with CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent comments declaring that Facebook’s goal isn’t total time spent, but time well spent with meaningful content you feel good about.”
The Verge believes “Instagram is testing a new feature for stickers in its Stories feature: music lyrics that play out along with a video.” I’m not sure exactly what that means (“play out along” Huh?), but I’ll keep my antennae up for more.
Instagram’s standalone direct messaging app — Direct — is no more. TechCrunch reports that instead “Facebook and its Instagram team will channel all developments and activity into the direct messaging feature of the main Instagram app.”
If there is any doubt that Instagram’s Explore is simply a means to push product, its latest updates confirm it: “When you go to Explore, you’ll now see a newly designed navigation bar, which features shortcuts to IGTV and Shopping followed by topic channels tailored to your interests, such as Food, Art and Travel. “IGTV” and “Shop” shortcuts are pinned to the front of the bar making it easier to find products and videos from brands and creators you love.” Is that what you love?
Thankfully, “Twitter is introducing new search tools meant to help users find credible resources about vaccines. It will also stop auto-suggesting search terms that would lead users to misinformation about vaccines.”
At last, Twitter is cozying up to developers by “launching this new program so developers can test new API products early and share feedback.” This lab program will let interested developers “preview new features and tell us what they like, what they don't, and what would help them – before we launch new API features broadly to everyone.”
The Twitter-owned social media dashboard application for management of Twitter accounts — Tweetdeck — is being given an upgrade with the addition of “native support for GIFs, polls, and emoji . . . as well as support for threads and image tagging.”