Top Five Must-Know Social Media News Stories & it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with lots of fun and useful new tools and features! Google, Facebook, Skype and Instagram all feature!
Earlier this year, Google announced that Hangouts would change focus from consumer to enterprise with Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, so it should be no surprise that Hangouts Classic is on the chopping block for 2019.
This is just ‘so Google’. They give you a really useful tool…then they take it away (Buzz, Plus and now Hangouts). — SS
It’s the 15th year of Santa’s Village, an interactive holiday hub where you can play games to learn coding skills, create original artwork, exercise your geographic chops, and more. New this year are interactive elf games, location sharing to track Santa, Google Earth holiday quizzes, and more.
A fun, festive initiative from Google that gives people to try out a range of apps they might never have otherwise. – SS
Facebook’s the Collections let users save, easily organize and find posts from friends, Pages, ads, videos and Marketplace listings. Now people can share Collections with friends to give them gift giving for the holidays.
Facebook doesn’t mind ripping off great ideas, right Pinterest? — SS
Microsoft has launched a scrolling, live call captions and a subtitles feature for Skype users. The AI-powered feature facilitates communication for all users, especially the deaf and hard of hearing, and to create “a more inclusive experience” where users get real-time transcription of what’s being said in a Skype call.
An excellent new feature that everyone can use. – SS
Instagram users can now make a close friends list on Stories to share exclusive content. It gives people the flexibility to share more personal moments with a smaller group of followers.
Instagram is starting to look a little more like Facebook every single day! – SS