Many changes on the way this week, but one of the biggest is coming to Instagram. Comment moderation is finally being implemented in the near future. Once this new feature has been added Instagram users will be able to like comments by clicking on a heart beside the comment. In addition to liking comments, you will also be able to disable comments altogether on your posts. Here’s a segment from a recent Social Media Examiner post that explains more about the changes coming to Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest:
Welcome 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
New Instagram Features Improve Engagement and Moderation for Comments: In the “coming weeks,” Instagram will add the ability to like comments by tapping a heart icon next to any comment and the option to turn off comments on any post. These two new comment moderation tools are in keeping with Instagram’s commitment to making its site a “positive place for self-expression” and will be made available to all users once they are released.
This new Video button is located on the navigation bar and provides “a new destination for people to discover all kinds of video content they may be interested in.” Facebook is gradually rolling out and making improvements to both the Video tab and the new Video section based on user feedback and ongoing testing.
Periscope Adds Ability to Save HD Version of Broadcasts to iOS: Periscope released an update to its iOS app that allows broadcasters to save high-definition versions of their broadcasts to their devices. Users can turn on this option within the app’s Settings menu, which now offers the option to “Save in High Definition.” Periscope has not shared when this option will be released on Android.
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LinkedIn Rolls Out Conversation Starters on LinkedIn Messaging: LinkedIn added personalized conversation starters on LinkedIn Messaging. This new feature offers “authentic ways to reconnect” and “break the ice” with other users such as updates on their professional activity or articles they’ve published on LinkedIn. It also offers reminders of your shared experiences “such as having worked at the same company, joined the same groups or gone to the same school” and your shared connections.
Facebook Adds Horizontal Scrolling and Previews Future Improvement for Instant Articles: Facebook announced that “Instant Articles will feature a new, full-screen horizontal swipe that leads to a carousel of more stories from the same publisher” and makes for “a seamless and intuitive discovery experience.” This new feature will gradually roll out to readers using the Facebook for iOS version 72 and will be available on Android “in the coming weeks.”
Facebook also announced that it’s “continuing to explore the best ways to surface the most relevant stories for readers” and is currently “experimenting with different engagement signals such as recency, popularity and proximity.” Facebook recently updated the related articles unit that appears at the bottom of the Instant Articles section and plans to launch “a new, more visual design that features thumbnail images and larger article units” with reader counts for reactions and comments.
Pinterest Introduces Tried-and-True Ideas Feature: Pinterest announced a new way to discover “tried-and-true ideas” on its site. A new green smile icon shows you which ideas “people have already tried and given their stamp of approval” and how many other pinners have tried it. This new feature also indicates which of your friends and followers have tried a pin as well.
Facebook Expands Dynamic Ads to Drive Mobile App Installs: Brands can now use Facebook dynamic ads “to show relevant ads to people who are more likely to install their app, including people who recently browsed their products.” Advertisers can pair this tool with Facebook’s App Event Optimization feature to identify “the customers who are more likely to take valuable actions after downloading an app – such as completing a level in a game, booking a trip or making a purchase.”
Our Take on Top News This Week
In this week’s show from Friday, December 9, 2016, Michael Stelzner and guests discuss the top news in social media. Topics include selfies with Scout, the Social Media Examiner mascot, and the #ScoutAbout hashtag (4:14); updates to Facebook video (9:21); and upcoming Instagram tools to curb abuse and manage comments (26:50). Subscribe to future shows here.