Digital Deep Dive: Facebook Live Video App, Instagram Live Requests & More

The online landscape is ever-changing. Companies introduce new devices, platforms and features on what feels like a daily basis. So, we’ve rounded up this week’s biggest stories, including Twitter Bookmarks. Stay ahead of the curve!

 

Twitter Bookmarks: Twitter tests new feature

Last month, Twitter announced that they would be working on a new “save for later” feature. Twitter Bookmarks allows users to flag any Tweets they wish to refer back to in the future. Importantly, the feature is reportedly in the testing phase.

It is currently unclear if/when Twitter Bookmarks will be officially released. However, this heavily requested feature is likely to be a hit amongst users.

 

✨🌳🍉Fresh out of HackWeek and coming soon — a new way to save tweets to read later. Been a top request (❤️🇯🇵!) The team would love your feedback as they dial in the design! #SaveForLater 👇 https://t.co/6oo2lhqFbW

— Keith Coleman 🌱😀🙌 (@kcoleman) October 10, 2017

 

Instagram adds “request” feature to live stream

It’s not just Twitter with Twitter Bookmarks this week. Instagram have also announced a new feature to their platform.

Thanks to Instagram’s latest live video feature, users can now request to join a live stream. Resultantly, if accepted, the user can begin broadcasting live as the host’s guest.

To do this, viewers simply need to click a request button in the comments section. Furthermore, hosts see all requests in real time and can either accept or deny.

 

Facebook tests live video Fan Club app

Along with Twitter Bookmarks and Instagram Live requests, there’s a third platform we are seeing developments from this week.

Facebook is currently testing a new app for its live video platform called “Fan Club”.

The app is yet to launch to the entire user base. However, it appears to be designed to help live broadcasters boost audience engagement. Watch this space!

 

Facebook launches collaborative stories for Facebook Groups and Events

In a bid to boost usage, Facebook has added all new features to its Snapchat clone. Users of Facebook Groups and Events will now be able to contribute to a collaborative Facebook Story. Posts will be visible to all other members of the Group or Event and will be moderated by admins. For example, think parties, weddings, meetups, conferences and more!

 

Pinterest introduces next wave of visual search and shopping

Pinterest has expanded their visual search tools with five brand new features, with the aim of boosting visual discovery and e-commerce.

These include QR-code-esque Pincodes for brands and publishers; a fashion-focused Lens Your Lookzoom-enabled Visual Search; a Firefox Visual Search extension; and 5 million new shoppable pins via an expanded partnership with ShopStyle.

Like Twitter Bookmarks, Pinterest allows users to ‘pin’ or ‘save’ content for later.

 

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