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Social media updates for Clubhouse
- May 2021- Clubhouse arrives in the Google Play Store for Android users. The iOS-only app, Clubhouse, is now available to Android users worldwide. If you’re waiting for an invitation, your wait is over!
- April 2021- Clubhouse raises Series C funding. The round recently closed with Andrew Chen at Andreessen Horowitz. This new round of funding values the company at 4 billion dollars.
- March 2021 — Clubhouse users can now create clubs without a vetting process. If you’re a Clubhouse user, you know that making your own club on the platform required a submission request form and weeks (possibly months) of waiting. Not anymore! With the recent app update, all users can create their own clubs directly on their profile.
- February 2021 — Clubhouse hits the social media scene, and it has 10 million App Store Installs to date. By now, you’ve heard about the latest platform, Clubhouse. It is a social platform that’s audio-only. Although the app is invite-only and exclusively available to IOS only, it’s making headlines short of its first birthday, with a launch date of April 2020. The platform surpassed 10 million App Store installs, and the majority of the downloads were in February 2021.
Social media updates for LinkedIn
- April 2021- LinkedIn plans to release an e-learning hub that allows managers the ability to assign courses to employees. The new portal is called The LinkedIn Learning Hub and will be the 2.0 version of LinkedIn Learning Pro. Although it’s not confirmed, the new hub is rumored to release in September 2021.April 2021- LinkedIn adds “Stay-at-home Mom” as a job title. LinkedIn users were unable to add this before, and now they can if they choose to do so. Now, let’s hope “Stay-at-home Dad” is included in the job titles as well.
- March 2021 — LinkedIn celebrates International Women’s Day through e-learning. For International Women’s Day, LinkedIn unlocked numerous platform learning courses. These courses include Leadership Strategies for Women, Own It: The Power of Women at Work, and Becoming a Male Ally at Work. Hurry! These courses will be available for a limited time.
- February 2020 — LinkedIn adds a new feature to highlight key achievements. In response to user feedback, LinkedIn recently added its latest achievement feature that allows users to showcase portfolio work at the top of their profile pages. Users can include links to external websites or personal blogs, images, and documents to showcase specific details of their achievements to your profile visitors.
Social media updates for Facebook
- May 2021- Users can now customize the Facebook Messenger experience with themes. If you want to update your messenger, Facebook now allows you to incorporate themes into your experience with friends and family.
- April 2021- Facebook Workplace reaches 7 Million paid subscribers. Although many are unfamiliar with Facebook’s professional platform, Workplace, the platform continues to grow in popularity and usage among freelance and corporate teams alike.
- April 2021- Facebook and Spotify deepen partnership with “Project Boombox.” Currently, Spotify podcasts are shareable to Instagram Stories, but the upcoming Project Boombox will present a more seamless experience for creators to promote music and podcasts on Facebook and Instagram.April 2021- Facebook is preparing for audio-only storytelling with Soundbites. It’s official. Facebook is preparing to release a full suite of new features for audio-only consumers, including a home for podcasts and audio chats (like Clubhouse). April 2021- Soon, you can schedule Stories on Facebook and Instagram through Facebook Business Suite. Through Facebook Creator Studio and Facebook Business Suite (formally known as Business Manager), content creators and managers will have the option to schedule Stories for both Facebook and Instagram.
- March 2021 — Facebook announced the F8 Refresh virtual summit is happening on June 2. Considering last year’s conference was canceled due to the pandemic, Facebook is ready for its virtual experience, streaming on the Facebook for Developers page. The speakers will discuss new features, products, and the future of the Facebook family of apps.
- March 2021 — Facebook announces a way for fan subscribers to connect through fan pages. Content creators have options for earning revenue on Facebook, and one of those ways includes fan subscriptions. Creator Fan Pages can promote a paid membership experience directly from the fan page to their followers. Content creators can choose their membership price and the various types of content available to members.
- March 2021 — Facebook Messenger Rooms aren’t just for messenger. Contrary to the name, Facebook Messenger Rooms are more than simple rooms. Think Zoom, but for Facebook. Facebook Messenger Rooms can include up to 50 people, and users can broadcast to their feeds, pages, or groups.
- March 2021 — Facebook Gaming is leveling up. Facebook Gaming announced its path to partnership for streamers in its Level Up creators program, which is the platform’s equivalent of Twitch’s affiliates. Gaming creators can apply to become a part of the partnership and allow 6-8 weeks for a decision.
Social media updates for Instagram
- May 2021- Instagram is hosting its first Creator Week, but it’s invitation only. This first-of-its-kind event will be held June 8-10, with some sessions available to the public. We will keep you posted on any feature updates coming from this event.
- May 2021- Instagram’s desktop version now has more features and capabilities. Have you logged into Instagram from your desktop? If so, you may have noticed that you can now upload content directly from your desktop.
- May 2021- Instagram adds pronouns to user profiles. Instagram users can now include gender pronouns into their bios within the settings profile, and they can be updated at any time.
- April 2021- Instagram releases a feature to help combat hate speech in private messages. The new filter in direct messages will allow users and creators alike to filter out abusive content with words, phrases, and emojis. Users can activate this on Instagram within privacy settings.April 2021– Instagram introduces Reels Remix. For Instagram, reels continue to be the most powerful tool on the platform for organic discovery and reach. Now, users can share an original reel, recording their reaction, response, or reenactment.
- March 2021 — Instagram is working to allow users to save drafts of Instagram Stories. Although not available to users, Instagram is considering the ability to enable drafts within Instagram Stories. Not many details are disclosed, so we’ll keep you posted.
- March 2021 — Instagram introduces a data-friendly version of the app for 170 countries and users in rural areas. According to World Stats, approximately 63 percent of the world’s population is online, as opposed to nearly 90 percent in North America. In response to this, Instagram created Instagram Light, which is an Android app designed to use less data with a quality experience.
- March 2021 — Instagram expands the IG live experience to include a four-person live feed experience. Instagram announced new capabilities to the in-app live stream, which now consists of the ability to add four people to the live feed.
Social media updates for Pinterest
- May 2021- Pinterest introduces Idea Pins for creators. Now, Pinterest has video-first Pins designed for content creators. The feature was released in beta in September 2020 and now evolved into its current iteration.
- May 2021- Pinterest is now testing live-streaming content. Although it’s not available to all users, Pinterest is now trying live-streamed content with a select number of content creators.
- April 2021- Pinterest launches Creator Code to help enforce safety on the platform. Pinterest recently announced the Creator Code, which is a content policy designed to maintain a safe online environment for Pinners.
- March 2021 — Pinterest search confirms travel as top of mind with its users. According to a recent Pinterest study, travel searches on Pinterest increased 60 percent year over year, having travel search at an all-time high on the platform.
- March 2021 — Pinterest hosts its first global advertising summit virtually. Earlier this month, Pinterest hosted a virtual summit for advertisers to learn first-hand the platform’s latest features and updates. During the discussion, they shared the stage with many dynamic speakers and discussed the power of positivity.
- December 2020 — Pinterest reaches 400 million active monthly users. Pinterest reached a significant milestone of 400 million active monthly users, with men, Millennials, and Gen-Z leading its growth.
- December 2020 — Pinterest releases 2021 predictions. With a solid reputation for accurate predictions, Pinterest is releasing its platform predictions for 2021, including indie beauty, world play, and unplugged weddings.
- April 2020 — Pinterest launches new e-commerce features for retailers in support of small businesses. Pinterest announced its release of a variety of features for e-commerce businesses, including the Verified Merchant Program, dynamic retargeting through advertising, and an update to the platform’s product catalogs.
Social media updates for Twitter
- May 2021- Twitter is introducing subscription-based Twitter Blue. Among the many product announcements and feature updates, Twitter is preparing its first paid tier model. Twitter Blue will cost $2.99 per month and will include an Undo Tweets feature, bookmark collections, and more.
- April 2021- Twitter releases a study that shares insights on the future, post-pandemic. From perspective to spending, Twitter shares platform data and predictions for the post-pandemic direction of Twitter users.
- March 2021 — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s first tweet sells for 2.9 million. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s first tweet was recently sold for 1,630.58 ether, a cryptocurrency valued at approximately 2.9 million. Dorsey plans to donate funds to GiveDirectly’s Africa Response fund.
- March 2021 — Twitter launches new features, including Spaces. Audio chats, like Clubhouse, continues to gain traction among the social media platforms, and Twitter is getting into the action with Twitter Spaces. The feature was initially announced in February 2021, and its quickly gaining traction among users.
- March 2021 — Twitter plans to update TweetDeck. If you manage different clients and profiles, this may be great news for you. During a recent interview with Verge, Twitter’s chief product officer Kayvon Beykpour shared upcoming plans to update TweetDeck, which will include a redesign.
- March 2021 — Twitter begins to test larger images in tweets. Twitter is now testing larger images in Tweets with select beta users. If you’re one of the lucky people included in the test, your photo uploads will no longer require the cropped Twitter specs.
Social media updates for TikTok
- March 2021 — TikTok partners with Walmart to test a livestream shopping experience. During an exclusive partnership, Walmart partnered with influencers on TikTok to test its first livestream shopping experience called the Spring Shop-Along: Beauty Edition.
- February 2021 — TikTok releases its transparency report. In an effort to build trust among users, brands, and stakeholders, TikTok released its fourth global transparency report, which covers July through December 2021.
Social media updates for Reddit
- May 2021- GameStop conversations are surging, again. Recently, GameStop’s stock surged, thanks to the subreddit “/Superstonk,” and the conversation rose once again.
- April 2021- Reddit releases its version of Clubhouse. Although the Clubhouse clone appears to be a trend, this will be for subreddit communities, whereas other platforms create this feature for people on and off their respective platforms.
- March 2021 — Reddit makes plans to go public. Reddit is known for its AMAs and AMAA’s, but it is also preparing its business structure for going public. The company recently announced that its recent hire for a Chief Financial Offer and upcoming plans of making the platform more user-friendly and mainstream.
- March 2021 — Reddit’s subreddit, WallStreetBets, donates over 300K to a gorilla conservation. The power of community is strong on Reddit, and it shows in the impact recently created on the Dian Fossey Gorilla fund, going viral in one weekend.
Social media updates for Snapchat
- May 2021- Snapchat releases its 2021 Citizen report. Within the report, the company highlights its recent efforts and milestones toward social and environmental good.
- March 2021 — Snapchat releases a remix feature. The new remix feature on Snapchat is similar to that on TikTok and Instagram reels. Although it’s currently available to select users, the full release is coming soon.
- March 2021 — The Snap Partner Summit is happening in May. Snapchat is streaming its summit on May 20th, 2021, showcasing its latest updates in AR, features, games, and more.
- March 2021 — Snapchat plans to feature creators on the platform. If you’re a Snap creator, you could get a spotlight in Snapchat’s newest original mobile series, “The Best Snaps Show,” launched March 14th and hosted by Salice Rose and Brent Rivera.
- February 2021 — Snapchat hosts its first investor day. On February 23rd, 2021, Snapchat hosted a virtual Investor Day, which focused on community, business, and future opportunities. If you missed the session, you could find the transcripts here.
- February 2021 — Snapchat reports that it reaches more than 70% of 13 to 24-year-olds. Additionally, the audience resides in countries that generate more than half of the world’s digital ad spend. This essentially means that there is staying power with Snapchat for the next generation, and brands should consider the platform if they desire to reach the younger audience.
Social media updates for WhatsApp
- March 2021 — WhatsApp users can change the speed of voice notes. The newest beta feature in WhatsApp is rolling out, and it’s giving users that chance to experiment with the audio speed of voice notes. March 2021 — WhatsApp is testing voice and audio calls with desktop access. The Mac desktop versions will support voice and audio-only, while PC users will be introduced to a desktop experience.
- March 2021 — WhatsApp is now accessible through your desktop. The mobile-first app is making its debut on desktop. The update allows users to use a larger screen than their mobile devices while still enjoying a private, secure experience.
- February 2021 — WhatsApp’s update impacts millions with older iPhone models. That platform states that this update aligns with its efforts of strengthening privacy and data protection.
Social media updates for Tumblr
December 2020 — Tumblr talks about Top Trends in 2020. In a recent conversation with Cheddar, Tumblr’s Head of Editorial, Amanda Brennan, breaks down the platform’s top trends.
December 2020 — Tumblr Launches LOUDR. In an effort to support marginalized voices in Gen-Z, Tumblr launches LOUDR while pledging 10 percent of its top advertising units.
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