Digital Deep Dive: Snapchat’s ‘Stories Everywhere’, Instagram ‘Recommended’ Posts & 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 Snapchat’s ‘Stories Everywhere’. Stay ahead of the curve!

Snap reportedly developing ‘Stories Everywhere’ feature for sharing content beyond Snapchat

According to a recent report, Snap is working on a new feature. ‘Stories Everywhere‘ will let users share stories outside the Snapchat app.

Furthermore, Stories Everywhere is part of Snapchat’s overall push to increase user growth and improve accessibility. This comes after suffering disappointing figures towards the end of last year.

Instagram tests feature that allows users to post Stories directly to WhatsApp

Last October, Facebook extended the usage of Instagram Stories by allowing users to share their Stories on Facebook.

Now, Facebook is looking to bring WhatsApp into the mix and has begun running a test. It allows users post Instagram Stories directly to Whatapp as a WhatsApp Status.

Similar to Stories Everywhere, this demonstrates the rise in popularity of Story formats.

Instagram adds ‘Recommended’ posts to main feed

Instagram is also rolling out a new feature that will integrate recommended posts into user feeds.

Recommended for You‘ will suggest 3-5 posts based on those followed accounts have liked.

Furthermore, Instagram won’t displace the regular feed and annoy users. Instead, they’ll clearly label the Recommended for You section. Recommended for You will appear after a user has viewed all the posts in their feed.

Snapchat adds a 2017 year in review feature for saved memories

As well as Stories Everywhere, Snapchat has taken a leaf out of Facebook’s book by introducing “A Look Back at 2017”. So, if you’ve shared enough throughout 2017, you’ll find your year in review in Memories.

Mark Zuckerberg says fixing Facebook is his ‘personal challenge’ for 2018

Every year since 2009, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has given himself a “personal challenge”. This year, his challenge is less personal. For example, previous challenges have been reading 25 books, learning Mandarin and travelling across America. This time, he’s gone for more professional.

Facebook has faced many challenges in 2017, from fake news to terrorism. So, Zuckerberg has made it his mission in 2018 to “focus on fixing these important issues”. Importantly, he’s acknowledging that they have received the message and want to make Facebook a more meaningful platform.

Read his full post here:

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