July 2023 Social Platform Updates
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Instagram launched Threads to huge fanfare. TikTok is rolling out its own music streaming service. And Twitter is now X.
Here's everything you missed from social platforms last month...
✦ Testing a way for EU app developers to allow direct app installs from FB ads, essentially creating their own app store that takes a 0% cut.
✦ Announced NIL Empower 3.0, an incubator for female athletes to maximize name-image-likeness opportunities.
✦ Added support for high dynamic range (HDR) videos to FB + IG Reels.
✦ Became the first social platform to surpass 3B MAUs.
✦ Launched its new text-based Threads app, which became the fastest product in history to reach 100M users. But how long will it last?
✦ Released a new Template Browser.
✦ Testing labels for images "generated by Meta AI."
✦ Reportedly working on AI-powered summaries of direct messages.
✦ Developing AI editing tools, such as Restyle to let users transform the visual style of an image and AI brush to add or replace specific elements in an image.
✦ Added a personalized For You feed, giving the Mastodon app a familiar Twitter-like feel.
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✦ Testing an “official” tag to authenticate profiles.
✦ Rolled out a Linktree integration to provide a link-in-bio option for creators.
✦ Rolled out automated translations.
✦ Added Follows, Replies, Mentions, Quotes, Reposts, and Verified tabs to the activity feed.
✦ Introduced tappable reposter labels.
✦ Enabled users to open a list of IG followers for a given account.
✦ Released a following and on thread replies page.
✦ Added an option to subscribe to unfollowed users.
✦ Announced an audio streaming service called TikTok Music, which includes social listening features, vertical scrolling for music discovery, and collaborative playlists. Read my full breakdown of TikTok Music here.
✦ Testing a new Shop feed with select users.
✦ Piloting the ability to download a video without a watermark.
✦ Introduced passkey support on iPhones, allowing users to sign in via Touch ID or Face ID.
✦ Launched its Elevate program to identify up-and-coming music artists.
✦ Rolled out text-based posts.
✦ Announced plans to launch a Discovery Feed this fall - finally!
✦ Enabled creators to natively edit clips from their streams into a vertical format.
✦ Added support for direct exports to YouTube and will allow users to export clips to TikTok starting in August.
✦ Plans to launch a Stories format in October, which can either be public or available only to paying subscribers.
✦ Released a chat countdown timer to help streamers better time ad breaks by allowing them to “snooze or pull ahead” the ads.
✦ Added a streaming together feature.
✦ Limited the number of Tweets that users can read per day amid an extended outage.
✦ Launched $5M of retroactive creator payments to those with Twitter Blue subscriptions.
✦ Preparing a job listings feature for verified organizations.
✦ Changed its name to X and got rid of the iconic bird logo.
✦ Unveiled a video title suggestions feature.
✦ Testing a long-press action for 2x playback speed, bigger preview thumbnails, and Stable Volume on mobile.
✦ Announced a price increase from $11.99 to $13.99 per month for YouTube Premium.
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