DRAP'S DIGITAL NEWS #22
So much news, so little time. Every social media manager’s dream just came true, so thank you Instagram for the option to send and receive DMs from Instagram’s website. What else… oh, Twitter and Facebook have some plans that are worth reading about. You can also learn some interesting stuff about shopping on social media, as well as how to make playlist on Spotify for your dog. Or iguana. So useful, we know.
Instagram is bringing Direct Messages to the web
After years of hoping for the feature, it’s finally here! A “small percentage” of global users are getting the ability to send and receive DMs from Instagram’s website. As you are well aware, until now, DMs could only be sent and received via Instagram’s Android and iPhone apps.
Twitter will soon refrain users from commenting on tweets
Twitter will enable users to limit who can reply to their Tweets. Well its great if you want to block all your trollers or haters on Twitter from bringing you down via mean comments. Read how you bid good bye to your haters and attract positivity.
Instagram is starting to hide Photoshopped images from its users
Instagram is reportedly introducing a new function, to hide images that may be Photoshopped or doctored. According to TechRadar, fact-checkers on the platform are scouring for images that might be digitally altered and flagging them as "false information".
Facebook Backs Off on Plan to Bring Ads to WhatsAppFacebook won't push ads into WhatsApp, but there are other ways it can monetize the messaging app. But monetizing messaging is not so easy, especially on WhatsApp, which has long made user privacy a focus, particularly through elements like end-to-end encryption as standard.
Social shopping is taking off, and Facebook is the biggest beneficiary
People are getting used to the idea of shopping on social media. 22% of consumers say they bought something directly from a social media app or website in the fourth quarter. That's up from 13% in the fourth quarter of 2018. Much of that growth seems to be driven by Facebook, which continues to invest in its Marketplace platform and shopping on Instagram, and is also working on a nascent mobile payments platform in WhatsApp.
Spotify will now make a playlist for your cat. Or dog or
bird or iguana.
Spotify is launching a silly new playlist generator today that promises to create a playlist that both you and your pet will enjoy. The whole thing seems to be designed to go viral, which is one of the ways Spotify has had luck standing out from competitors like Apple Music that have largely the same exact music offering.