DRAP'S DIGITAL NEWS #20
We have some New Year's prediction - more Facebook and Instagram profiles will get verified, your friend's Instagram stories will become more interesting and fun, while your customizable Bitmoji avatar will become the star of a full-motion cartoon series. No, we don't have a crystal ball, but everything will make sense if you just keep reading.
Strike a pose! Aaaand another one! And then another!
Instagram has officially launched its new Layout mode for Stories, which provides a range of grid display styles for still images within a single frame. The Layout option, which will be among your Stories camera modes, provides a range of presentation styles to choose from, which you can scroll through, then take shots accordingly. There are six different grid styles to consider, providing new options for your Stories images.
How to Get Verified on Facebook and Instagram
Verified badges on Facebook and Instagram appear next to the Page or account’s name, as well as in search. This shows that an account is the authentic presence of the creator, public figure, celebrity, or global brand it represents and helps people more easily find the accounts they wish to follow. Check out how can your page get a blue tick!
Snapchat will launch Bitmoji TV, a personalized cartoon show
Snapchat’s most popular yet under-exploited feature is finally getting the spotlight in 2020. Starting in February with a global release, your customizable Bitmoji avatar will become the star of a full-motion cartoon series called Bitmoji TV.
A mysterious video-calling app called ToTok with nefarious goals
ToTok video calling app has been removed from Apple and Google app stores after it was determined to be spying on behalf of a Middle Eastern autocracy. The app was downloaded millions of times in regions across the world. It received permission to access information on almost all other activity on a user’s phone. The app could track location, tap into the microphone, analyze photos and read contacts. In many ways, these are the same types of permissions many apps request to function properly or enable targeted advertising, but in the case of ToTok, the permissions were linked to government surveillance.
Snapchat adds seven million users
Snapchat has posted its latest performance update, showing increases in both users and revenue, and beating market estimates. Snapchat is now being used by 210 million people every day, up from 203 million in Q2.
How to view explanations for performance changes in your Google Ad campaigns
To effectively optimize your Google Ads campaigns, you must understand why your campaign performance changes from time to time. Explanation is a new feature that lets advertisers quickly understand performance changes in their campaigns. Read here how to view them in your Google Ads account.
How an unofficial Baby Yoda Twitter account managed to find the light side of Twitter
In one month, the account would rise alongside pop culture’s obsession with Baby Yoda during The Mandalorian’s run. The account gained more than 200,000 followers, survived the attack of a Death Star-sized villain, and damn near snuggled the hate, the grime and the fury of all that is Twitter.