FACEBOOK CREATES SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE FOR NEW GROUP MEMBERS
After promising to help build communities, Facebook have now developed admin tools for Facebook Groups. Their latest update enables group admins to establish three questions for those requesting to join their group to answer. This allows admins to screen potential members to ensure they are a constructive addition to the group. Group admins can find the ‘Ask Pending Members Questions’ option in their Group’s settings menu. Facebook have announced that this feature is now available to all group admins globally.
SNAPCHAT LAUNCHES NEW CREATIVE TOOLS
Snapchat has given us two new creative updates to try out this week; Limitless Snaps and the Magic Eraser. Limitless Snaps enables your friends to view your snaps for as long as they wish if have selected the infinity icon within the timer. Additionally, the Magic Eraser allows you to edit your photo snaps before sending them. To access this feature select the Scissors tool, then the Star icon to make something in your image disappear.
INSTAGRAM INTRODUCES MOBILE WEBSITE
In the pursuit of international growth where networks are slow and data is expensive, Instagram have updated their mobile website to add the core features of the main app. This includes photo sharing and a version of the Explore tab. However, video uploads, filters, direct messaging and stories are still unavailable on the mobile website.
FACEBOOK TWEAK NEWS FEEDS TO REDUCE ADVERTS AND SPAM POSTS
Facebook have continued their battle against fake news and clickbait posts with a recent update to their News Feed algorithms. This update helps downrank ‘low-quality webpage experiences’, including the quality of adverts that appear on News Feeds. Since the beginning of the year Facebook have taken a serious approach to the content published on their platform, so it is likely that updates like the News Feed algorithm will continue to appear in the following months.
GOOGLE ADDS LOCAL EVENTS TO SEARCH RESULTS
There will now be an additional feature to the search results within Google’s app; named local events, which will appear in an ‘events’ box when searching queries for events. Google will pull the events from websites such as Eventbrite and Meetup, as well as creating developer guidelines that will allow anyone to integrate their own services into the events results. This feature is now available to US Google users, with no announced date for a global release.