Instagram users can now send private messages

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WHAT’S RELEVANT THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

The ever-evolving world we call social media is constantly reinventing itself. It is important to stay on top of these changes to get the most benefits out of the different channels. Whether it’s more followers on Twitter, better exposure on Facebook or searching for those pins, these networks were meant to help build a community where people can share and engage with one another. It is best to stay up-to-date on the latest trends to get the most out of your social media use!

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 

Instagram users can now send private photos and videos with messages to up to 15 of their friends, the photo-sharing app announced at a press event in New York. Previously, all photos and videos that users posted were public unless their profile was set to private. Called Instagram Direct, the new capability takes on fellow photo-sharing app Snapchat, and Twitter, which yesterday announced that its private direct messaging feature now supports sending and receiving images. For more on this story, click here. 

As first announced by Jon Loomer, Facebook has simplified its page post scheduling and added a notification for page admins when a post is scheduled. Facebook has also given page owners the ability to drag-and-drop photos when they upload, much like the capability available for users. These changes are improvements upon current features and will make it easier for page admins to perform tasks quicker. Facebook notes that it has simplified the page post scheduling process from 12 steps to 4. Facebook also added a camera icon to the page status update box, so page admins can quickly take a photo to share with fans. Click here to read more.

With a sudden move that enraged many of its users last week, Twitter altered the way the social media platform’s “blocking” feature worked. The policy change gave blocked users the ability to see and interact with your tweets, whereas previously, if you had blocked a user, he or she would have been shut out completely from seeing and interacting with your 140 character posts in his or her timeline. Many in the Twitter community were outraged. Want to read more? Click here. 

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