Is it just me or did April fly by? It feels like I was just complaining about the cold weather and now it is almost May. In case you had a busy month like me, I have put together a list of what has happened in the social media landscape over the past several weeks so that you’re all caught up!
Twitter introduced Periscope: This new app lets you broadcast live video to the world. Capture what’s happening around you, edit the video and then share it within moments. One million users signed into Twitter’s new live streaming app in the first 10 days after its launch, according to TechCrunch. Learn more about how the app works on iTunes.
Twitter rolled out a Highlights section: The social network rolled out a feature that notifies users twice a day on their smartphones about content they may have missed. Tapping on a highlight will take users to the Twitter app, which will show cards with content curated based on various factors: Tweets from people they follow, trending topics, and people trending among those they follow. Swiping through the cards eventually takes users back to their main Twitter timeline.
Facebook adds video to Messenger: On April 27, 2015, Facebook announced that an update for Messenger would bring the ability to video chat other users. The feature is coming to 18 markets around the globe at first, including the U.K., France, Greece, Ireland, Mexico, Portugal and the U.S with more to come over the next few months. To start a video call, users can tap the video camera icon inside a message on the upper right-hand side of the screen, provided both contacts have a stable 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi connection.
Emoji’s become more powerful on Instagram: The company added the ability to add emoji hashtags to posts along with three brand-new filters. Previously, Instagram’s hashtag feature did not support emoji, so comments or captions with the hashtag symbol and emoji were not searchable. Now, users can add emoji (or a string of emoji) to hashtags and posts and they will also show up in searches.
Tidal is born: Tidal, a new streaming music service, hopes to attract users by releasing exclusive music on its platform, as well as high-quality sound; a service offering fans offline events like private concerts; a feature highlighting independent artists; and a service that will let artists upload their own music onto the platform.
Let us know what social media headlines stood out to you this month.