Social Media News Roundup: May 2019
In social media news this month, Instagram tests lyric stickers, Facebook creates a feature that will allow you to shake your phone to report an issue and Tweetdeck finally catches up with the rest of the social media platforms.
Instagram Goes Lyrical
It wasn’t that long ago that Instagram introduced the ‘Music’ feature to their Stories, allowing users to add tunes to their posts and share music they were listening to through Spotify. However, this month, Instagram have been testing a new musical addition to their Stories feature – lyric stickers! The lyric stickers feature will work like any other sticker but will be animated and alongside a music video (that’s what the test shows so far anyway). Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up was the first music video to be trialled.
Facebook ‘N’ Shake
If you’re a regular Facebook user and visit the social media site daily, you have a high chance of running into one of the platform’s infamous bugs. However, if you’re a busy marketer it can be hard to find the time to report it to Facebook, as it’s likely the bug will eventually go. Nevertheless, it is important to report these issues as Facebook wants to learn and evolve from the problems its users face.
Therefore, Facebook are working on a shake feature that will let the social media site know if you’ve run into a problem on the platform. All you have to do is shake your phone to trigger a pop-up menu that will let you report the issue or bug you’ve come across. They are currently working on the feature to become default on both Android and iOS versions of the app.
Tweetdeck Joins the Social Media Horse Race
Tweetdeck is finally catching up to Twitter this month with updates on its platform that will bring it to the modern age. GIFs, polls and emojis have all been added as new features to be used and shared. This may feel like old news to those who use Facebook and Twitter, but for Tweetdeck users it’s a breakthrough.
The social media platform is perfect for scheduling tweets and looking for people to interact with, but when it came to post diversity, it seriously lacked range. Many would have to switch back to Twitter to share a GIF or create a poll to post. However, it now seems Tweetdeck is continuing to make social media marketing via Twitter a more efficient process.