Chicago Social Media Agency News Roundup – 9/22

Our bi-weekly update on all social media news is back. What’s Snapchat’s newest update entail? Is Facebook getting away from social media? Read on to find out more!

Facebook Getting Into Education Software

Facebook is moving away from social media and into education. Zuck and Co. are creating software that will allow students to learn at their own pace. It is currently being tested at a charter school in California.

Facebook Recruits Artists to Premiere Videos on Their Platform

Facebook is coming for you, YouTube. To become the video kingpin, Facebook has recruited various artists to premiere videos on their channel. Artists like U2, Wiz Khalifa and Carrie Underwood have already signed onboard.

Facebook Testing New Mobile Ads

Facebook is testing new mobile ads that open up to show like the advertiser’s website.

Instagram Direct Allows Private Photo Messaging

You can now send Instagram photos in private messages thanks to Instagram’s most recent update.

New Emojis

The wait is over! New emojis are coming when Apple’s iOS 9 is unleashed.

Twitter Experimenting with Analytics in the Notifications Tab

Ever wondered what your top tweet is? Twitter is making that easier by experimenting with analytical data in the notifications tab. You may soon be able to see how many people have engaged with your tweet as well as noteworthy mentions.

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Mentions App Open to Journalists

Facebook’s Mentions app, which allows for livestreams and Q&A’s, is now open to journalists on the front lines of reporting breaking news.

Periscope Landscape Mode

Periscope is now in landscape mode.

Facebook Developing Virtual Reality App

Facebook is working on an app that will allow users to view virtual reality videos. This makes sense with their purchase of VR software Oculus Rift in 2014.

Snapchat Lenses and Replay

Want to rewatch a snap? You can now pay $1 to watch 3 snaps over again. After that, they’re gone forever. Additionally, Snapchat now has lenses that you can place over your selfies. Options include Terminator and puking rainbows – seriously.

Facebook Dislike Button

After getting requests for years, Facebook is working on a dislike button – kind of. The empathy button will allow users to show empathy towards a post regarding the death of a loved one or a natural disaster.

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Chicago Social Media Agency News Roundup – 9/8

We’re back with our next round of social media news. See below on updates on the latest regarding Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

5 Ways Brands Are Using Periscope

Digiday looked at how different brands are using live streaming app Periscope to promote their products. The article mentions Target giving a sneak peek at their design partnerships, Taco Bell announcing it’s Cinco De Mayo free breakfast giveaway, and JC Penney featuring Eva Longoria as a celebrity takeover.

Facebook is Now More Important Than Google For Online Publishers

According to new data, Facebook is starting to drive more traffic to digital media websites than Google is. This news comes after Facebook announced they want to get more content on their platform with Instant Articles and a revamped Notes feature.

The Demographics of Social Media Users

Pew Research Center looked at demographics of the top 5 social media platforms. They found that 72% of adult Internet users (62% of entire adult population) use Facebook. Facebook is especially popular among women and users who are 18-25 years of age.

Pinterest is mainly used by women (44%) compared to 16% of men as well as those less than 50 years old.

Instagram is popular with non-whites and young adults. 47% of African Americans and 38% of Hispanics use the platform.

Alternatively, LinkedIn was the only platform that had higher usage rates among 30-49 year olds than 18 to 29 year olds.

Finally, Twitter users are seen to be living in urban areas and are more popular among young adults.

Facebook Begins to Allow GIFs as Ads and on Pages

Facebook has begun to allow businesses to post GIFs as ads and page posts. Wendy’s was the first business to try the new feature.

Facebook Launches M, Their Version of Siri

Facebook has launched ‘M’, a virtual assistant, inside of their messenger app. “M completes tasks and finds information on your behalf. It’s powered by artificial intelligence that’s trained and supervised by people,” says David Marcus, the Vice President of the product.

6 Reasons Small Businesses Should Be on Periscope

Entrepreneur looked at reasons why small businesses should use the live-streaming app owned by Twitter. They cite real-time engagement, a new follower base, and an unsaturated market as reasons.

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3 New Publishers on Snapchat

3 new publishers are now in Snapchat’s discover feature. Mashable, Tastemade and IGN join brands such as Cosmopolitan, People Magazine and Buzzfeed.

Facebook Creates Tool to Stop Duplicate Video Uploads

Facebook is working on a tool that will alert video creators if their videos have been uploaded elsewhere on the platform. This comes after Hank Green, a YouTuber with a large following, criticized Facebook’s video policy.

Twitter Testing New Photo Tools

If you paid attention to the VMAs on Sunday and via social media, you would have seen a few celebrities testing out new features on Twitter. It looks like stickers and emojis will soon be able to be placed on images and videos.

Gender Equality in Social Media Use

Compared to the past, an even number of men and women are using social media. It was found that 73% of men use social media compared to 80% of women.

Google Has a New Logo

Google has debuted a new logo in Tuesday’s Google Doodle. The font has changed to look “more modern and playful”.

Pew Research Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015

Pew Research looked at adults using social media and  . They found that roughly 3 in 10 adults use messaging apps like WhatsApp or Kik. Also 17% of smartphone users use apps that automatically delete messages like Snapchat.

Additionally, 15% of online adults read or comment on discussion forums like Reddit or Digg while one in 10 young adults use Tumblr (20% of users 18-29).

Finally, Facebook remains the most popular social media site among Internet users However, Pinterest and Instagram are on the rise, doubling in usage since 2012.

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