Top Five: Tidal Wave of New Social Media Features
This week's must-know news from the world of social media includes new features and functions from Instagram, Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn and Twitter. Plus end of the road for Klout.
Instagram users get mute
Instagram has introduced mute in feed, a new way to control what posts users see on Instagram. The new feature lets people hide posts in feed from certain accounts, without unfollowing them. With this change, users can make their feeds even more personalized to what matters to them.
New reporting tools for Facebook Messenger
Facebook has introduced new tools to its app, Messenger, that make it easier for users to report conversations that violate the network’s community standards. Previously, users could report Messenger conversations only through Facebook reporting tools or Messenger web. Now, Facebook says users can report conversations straight through their iOS or Android mobile devices.
End of the road for Klout
Klout, once known as the arbiter of social media influence is shutting down. Klout is shutting down on May 25, which also is the day new privacy regulations, known as General Data Protection Regulations, take effect in Europe. The new data regime in Europe undoubtedly will have an impact on how businesses like Klout and its parent company Lithium Technologies can conduct business.
New features for Twitter apps
Twitter's other clients now have some of the features users take for granted using its main apps. Its mobile web version, Twitter Lite and Twitter for Windows now support night mode, real-time updates on replies, likes and retweets as well as a newer Tweet compose window. Twitter has been phasing out apps like its standard Mac client, and its plan to transition to new developer tools could hinder the functionality of some third-party apps and steer users elsewhere.
Four new features for LinkedIn
There are four new features from LinkedIn Most designed to help users do their jobs better. Active Status, Video Editing, Trending Topics and Smart Replies all support personal branding exercises with easy to use automation.