The top five must-know social media news stories of the week feature Google’s new app for small businesses, LinkedIn’s Top Voices list, Facebook welcoming in French regulators, Pinterest’s UX improvements and Instagram’s new time tracking feature.
Google has released an easy-to-use, free tool to helps small business owners reach more people online and connect with their customers through Google. Users can upload a photo or create an offer from their phones. The app allows users to chat with customers through the business profile and more.
I’ve downloaded it to try it out. Watch this space for a future review. — SS
LinkedIn has release its 4th Annual Top Voices featuring the most engaging influencers across a range of industries including technology, education, health care, management & workplace, economy & finance, retail, marketing & social media, startups & entrepreneurship, sales, data science & analytics, and philanthropy & global development.
I’m now following everyone on the social media list. I hope to be enlightened. –SS
Facebook is open its doors to French regulators to review how the company monitors racist, sexist or hateful content. Starting in January, Facebook will welcome a small team of civil servants from President Macron’s administration to shadow Facebook’s checks on hate-fueled content.
I’m not sure this is a good thing. Can civil servants really add value? — SS
Pinterest has just launched an immersive single Pin format for easy scanning from idea to idea. Now just one tap on a Pin in the following tab will take users directly to a website for more information from the creators, driving traffic to influencers, publishers and brands.
Yay more control for users who can now decide how they want to experience Pinterest…chronologically? …algorithmicly? …a mix? –SS
Instagram is rolling out a “Your Activity” feature, which includes tools for setting daily time limits and the option to temporarily mute push notifications. The feature can be found inside the hamburger icon on the upper right corner of the profile page, and from there it’s found under “Your Activity.”
I don’t have this feature yet. I don’t think it will curb my use. I can see it being useful for people who spend a lot of time looking at their phones though. — SS