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Digital Deep Dive: Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year Challenge & More

The online landscape is ever-changing. New devices, platforms and features are introduced on what feels like a daily basis. We’ve put together a roundup of five of this week’s biggest stories to help you stay ahead of the curve!

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 that allows users post Instagram Stories directly to Whatapp as a WhatsApp Status.

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

According to a recent report, Snap is working on a new feature that will let users share stories outside the Snapchat app. The feature — which will be called “Stories Everywhere” — is part of an overall push by the company to increase user growth and make Snapchat more accessible after suffering disappointing figures towards the end of last year.

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Instagram adds ‘Recommended’ posts to main feed

Instagram is currently rolling out a new feature that will integrate recommended posts into user feeds. “Recommended for You” will suggest three to five posts based on those that have been liked by other followed accounts. Rather than displacing the regular feed, the “Recommended for You” section will be clearly labelled and will appear after a user has viewed all the posts in their feed.

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Snapchat adds a 2017 year in review feature for saved memories

Snapchat has taken a leaf out of Facebook’s book by integrating a new feature which allows users to stroll down memory lane and take “A Look Back at 2017”. If you have shared enough content on the app throughout the year, you will be able to find your 2017 year in review in the memories tab.

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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 — such as reading 25 books, learning Mandarin and travelling across America — and more professional.

Facebook has faced many challenges in 2017 — from fake news and election interference to harassment and terrorism. So, to acknowledge that the message has truly been received, Zuckerberg has made it his mission in 2018 to “focus on fixing these important issues” and make Facebook a more meaningful platform.

Read his full post here:

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