Juggling through your daily routine of social media app checking can become exhausting and that doesn’t even include keeping up with software updates. And since you probably don’t have enough time to know what’s going on in the platform land, I’ll give you a rundown.
Let me start with Twitter, mostly because I’m really excited about this one and hope it’s released very soon. Twitter is notorious for developing features that users created organically that were adopted by mass numbers—i.e. the @reply, RT, and last but not least, the hashtag. And even though Twitter just blessed its users with the ability to post tweets with the high character count of 280, they’re about to make users even happier. The Android Police said Twitter “tweetstorms” have been making wind across the Android app. Not familiar with the term? It’s something we’ve seen all over our feeds, when a user will tweet about one topic but needs more than the available character count to get their message across. Therefore, they post multiple tweets in a row. But with Twitter’s new feature, you’ll be able to type out the entirety of the message and queue them up as tweets that will post at once and in the correct order.
Undoubtedly the most powerful social media platform in our lives is Facebook and they are never short of awesome features each year. Facebook has launched a new app named Creator that is specifically for the streaming stars, influencers, and content creators of the world. But that doesn’t mean it’s limited to one pool—anyone can set up an individual profile and use Creator to further their social media success. Personally, my favorite part of the app is the Live Creative Kit because it lets you create “intros” and “outros” for your live streams that you can reuse to give your videos better branding.
Casper the friendly ghost can never be replaced by the Snapchat Ghost, but this new makeover may just be what Snapchat needs after several months of lackluster stock performance. According to The Business Insider, the biggest redesign in Snapchat history will debut on Dec. 4 for the world to either love or hate. One key change is newly partitioned content, with snaps and stories from friends on the left “swipe” screen whereas branded content will be on the right. Between you and me, I’m counting down the days to see these changes.
Even though Instagram Stories totally stole Snapchat’s bread and butter, there is one feature that I absolutely love about Instagram Stories that Snapchat hasn’t been able to touch properly. Instagram allows you to upload a photo or video directly to your Story as long as it was saved to your Camera Roll within the last 24 hours and it looks identical as if you posted it in real time. (Snapchat’s version of this is pretty heinous, with an obnoxiously large white background making your snap just a thumbnail of the saved photo.) Instagram’s latest update now lets you upload photos or videos directly to your Story no matter how old the file actually is, so you can say goodbye to the whole screenshot workaround method.
Now the next time you open your social media apps, you’ll totally know what’s going on and won’t get frustrated with learning to navigate these new updates. While the year is coming to close, I’m pretty confident in saying that these are most definitely not the last of our beloved app’s updates. I’ll do my best to keep you guys in the know with the hip changes.