In social media news this week, Instagram allows you to mute users, Facebook ups its review and rating game on its Business pages and Twitter wants to help smaller publishers.
Mute Your Instagram
Instagram has finally introduced the mute feature to its app, which bridges the gap between following someone and unfollowing the user. Muting doesn’t have the same consequences as unfollowing or blocking a profile does as you still can access their posts; they just won’t show up on your own timeline. It’s a neat little tool that keeps your Instagram feed away from spammy posts or photos of your ex-best friend’s life – but still lets you see their photos and videos if you click on their profile, without notifying them you’ve left their life…kind of. You will still get notifications if the muted user tags you in anything, so it’s like being a spy in a way. This is another step in Facebook’s attempt to give users a completely unique and customisable experience on social media.
Facebook Restaurant Reviews That Won’t Leave a Bitter Taste…
Facebook is upping its Business pages as the social media site tests a review feature. The update will provide pages with ratings out of 10 and is set to eliminate fake reviews and star ratings. Facebook wants its site to be reliable and the first to go to look up a restaurant or hair salon, so that when a customer goes there, it’s exactly what they were expecting. The site wants to find the most suitable recommendations for its user and hopes this feature will help do exactly that.
Partner with Twitter
Twitter is looking to publishers for a kind of partnership deal. Twitter plans on starting a website that helps those looking for assistance with their content; the website aims to help publishers get good at their content and get money from their work. It’s aimed primarily at smaller publishers and will help people make videos that they can cash in on. It comes at a needed time as publishers are suffering on other social media sites with fake news and phishing articles, especially on Facebook. It can be hard for a smaller content writer to get their work out there, as there are bigger, higher quality publishers dominating the field and articles with no big name behind them tend to suffer. Twitter wants legitimate, small publishers to flourish with their content and get the recognition they deserve.