Welcome to the Social Media Weekend Update for January 27, 2018. This is your place to get all the news, rumors and updates from social media world quickly and efficiently so you can stay informed and get back to enjoying your weekend!

Screenshot Notifications on Instagram


Instagram is rolling out a new feature that will notify users when you screen capture or screen record their stories. Prior to warning the content creator, you will be prompted with a warning stating the next time you screenshot the user will be notified. So if you are one of those people who screenshot just to take credit for someone else’s work, first of all, shame on you, and secondly your time is up. But for the rest of us, this is really no big deal right? Because even if the creator is getting notified we don’t mind if they know because we are not doing anything shady…


Gifs Come to Instagram Stories

A while back I reported that Giphy was working on a new project in conjunction with Instagram. Well, it is finally here. Instagram now has gif stickers for stories. These are fun small animations you can add to your stories. To access them all you have to do is create your story, click into your stickers, click on GIF then select your sticker. You size and move them around just like any other stories sticker. I have been personally using the hell of these. Not only are they eye-catching but they are also really fun. But then again I am a gif addict.

Hello, my name is Kelly Noble Mirabell and I am addicted to GIFs. It has been 24 hours since I used my last gif.

Read the official announcement:  http://blog.instagram.com/post/170041256272/180123-gif-stickers


Photos and video in any dimension to hit Instagram

Instagram will soon allow users to upload photos and video in any dimension and not have to worry about cropping to fit the square.

Sharing Stories Outside of Snapchat

Snapchat is making it easier to share stories outside of the platform and with people who do not use Snapchat. But it is limited. The feature is only available with Official Stories, unpartnered Our Stories, and Search Stories. According to The Next Web “Official Stories can be viewed outside of Snapchat for just 24 hours. The other two last longer, and stay up for a whole 30 days.” By the way, if you want a decent explanation into the complicated world of story types be sure to check out the resource to the Next Web article: https://thenextweb.com/apps/2018/01/23/snapchat-adds-ability-to-share-certain-stories-with-people-who-dont-use-snapchat/


Twitter uses machine learning to auto-crop images

If you are sick of crappy auto cropping when you tweet out Images on Twitter you are in luck! Twitter is not going to be using machine learning to better crop photos so that the best part of the photo will be seen on the Twitter feed. Check out the difference machine learning makes and learn more about this new feature at https://blog.twitter.com/engineering/en_us/topics/infrastructure/2018/Smart-Auto-Cropping-of-Images.html


Google Experiments with New App Called Bulletin

Google is testing a new tool called Bulletin which will allow anyone to publish local news stories and events, according to a report from Slate.  According to the official Bulletin website “Bulletin is a free, lightweight app for telling a story by capturing photos, video clips and text right from your phone, published straight to the web (without having to create a blog or build a website). If you are comfortable taking photos or sending messages, you can create a Bulletin story!

Bulletin is currently in a limited pilot, available in Nashville, TN, and Oakland, CA. To be considered for the pilot” Learn more and request early access at https://posts.google.com/bulletin/share


Facebook to roll out new tools in response to EU privacy laws

Facebook has made a commitment to add 10,000 safety and security personnel as well as create a new privacy center in response to the new EU regulations, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that looks to give Europeans more control over their information and how companies use it. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said at a recent Facebook event in Brussels “We’re rolling out a new privacy center globally that will put the core privacy settings for Facebook in one place and make it much easier for people to manage their data,”  You can read more about this announcement at https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/23/facebook-new-privacy-tools-response-to-eu-privacy-laws-sheryl-sandberg


YouTube changes monetization policies

In an effort to please advertisers and curtail abuse YouTube has made significant changes to it’s partner program and monetization policies. “Previously, channels had to reach 10,000 total views to be eligible for the YouTube Partner Program (YPP)” Now new channels will need to have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time within the past 12 months to be eligible for ads. These changes will start to be enforced on February 20, 2018.  Along with these changes, YouTube will now be manually reviewing Google Preferred videos and only allowing ads on manually verified videos that meet their ad-friendly requirements. If you are wanting to dive into the details check out the official announcement from YouTube at https://adwords.googleblog.com/2018/01/a-new-approach-to-youtube-monetization.html

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