Every Friday find out the most important social media news from the past week.
Foursquare allows friend check-ins
This week Foursquare updated its iOS app, which now allows users to check-in friends, but only with their permission. Once your friends have approved the check-in the first time you can then tag them in the future. This is a feature which replicates the Facebook check-in, it’s a nice addition to have though, for the few remaining consumers using Foursquare!
Facebook to launch Chat Rooms
It has been leaked this week that Facebook is testing a new feature codenamed ‘Host Chat’ that lets users meet their friends in a chat room, similar to those of the AOL days. The aim of the chat rooms is to get users to spend more time on the site, which will be good for brand advertising as there will be more opportunities to expose Facebook users to their message. There’s always a chance that this idea will be scrapped before it gets rolled out but this could be an interesting new addition to Facebook’s current features.
Facebook adds hashtag support to its mobile site
Following the announcement that Facebook was to add hashtags, the social media platform this week added hashtag support to its mobile site. Users can now search for a hashtag and see other people talking about that subject. Another nice feature is that the results page will also show other results often posted at the same time i.e. people searching for Glastonbury may see related hashtags such as #rain and #festivals.
Facebook’s branded stickers
Facebook has been offering free digital ‘stickers’ for a while now but just started offering the first branded stickers for Universal Pictures latest animated movie ‘Despicable Me 2′ . It could become a new source of revenue for Facebook and they might even be able to sell stickers, given the money being made elsewhere by messaging apps like Line.
Vine Selfies for Android
Vine was updated on Thursday with support for the front-facing camera, meaning Android users can switch between front and back cameras when shooting videos. The app was also gifted some improvements to increase speed. After Instagram introduced videos last week, Vine is trying to position itself as the fastest video uploading site, clearly mentioning their direct competitor is slower. It might not be enough as apparently the number of links to Vine videos on social networks fell by nearly half a million the day after video was added to Instagram’s photo app on June 20th. The Vine / Instagram war has just started!
Imgur launches its meme generator
Imgur the image host for Reddit has released this week its very own meme generator. Memes are preloaded into the new generator, and a built-in gallery collects all of the most popular memes created that day on Imgur itself. Its now time to be creative !