What’s New in Social Media- March 25th

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 2.15.15 PMLayout App From Instagram

Instagram rolled out a new app called Layout, which lets you easily combine multiple photos into a single image. It’s fun, it’s simple and it gives you a new way to flex your creativity. When you open Layout, you are automatically shown previews of custom layouts as you choose photos from your camera roll. To make it easier to find the photos you want, they’ve also added a Faces option that shows you all the photos in your camera roll that feature people.

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Introducing On This Dayonthisday

People often look back at old photos and other memories they’ve shared on Facebook. In order to make this easier, the company created On This Day, a new way to look back at things you have shared and posts you’ve been tagged in on Facebook. On This Day shows content from this date in the past. For example, you might see past status updates, photos, posts from friends and other things you’ve shared or been tagged in – from one year ago, two years ago, and so on. Only you will see this content unless you decide to share it with your friends.

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Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 2.15.27 PM  F8: Facebook’s Annual Developer Conference

F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, kicked off this morning in San Francisco with more than 2,500 developers coming together to build the next generation of apps. In the last year, the developer community doubled in size, and there are now hundreds of thousands of developers working with Facebook around the world – with more than 70% outside the United State. Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the event and highlighted three themes of F8 this year: Putting people first, giving people more options to connect through the Facebook family of apps, and previewing the future of sharing. Plus the FB gang unrolled more changes developers and consumers can except to see in the coming year.

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Make your videos even more interactive with cards19240256_blogimage_nap_en

As a creator, you’ve probably been using annotations to engage with your Youtube viewers for years. But one of the things you’ve told us is that you need more flexibility with the info you share through annotations, and—most importantly—you need it to work across screens and especially on mobile. That’s why the company is introducing cards. You can think of cards like an evolution of annotations. They can inform your viewers about other videos, merch, playlists, websites and more. They look as beautiful as your videos, are available anytime during the video and yes, they finally work on mobile.

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Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 2.17.27 PMVine: Need for Speed

Now, when you open Vine, you’ll see that posts show up more quickly, even if you have a slower internet connection or if you’re offline, like on the subway or in airplane mode.

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