July has been an informative, entertaining, intriguing, and infuriating month in equal parts, when it comes to social media. We have listed a few cool updates about your favourite social media sites. You can thank us later. Read on …
WhatsApp is beating Snapchat at its own game. Recently, the company announced that it has reached the milestone of 1 billion daily active users. That’s not all about it. The more interesting fact is that the company’s stories competitor – Status, now has 250 million daily active users.Not only that, but the app has also hit 1.3 billion monthly active users — which means that 76 percent of its user base uses the app every day. The growth has been quick for WhatsApp, which hit 1 billion monthly active users in early 2016. It will be interesting to see how WhatsApp continues to grow and if Snapchat can make moves to compete against WhatsApp and Instagram in the near future.
Good news for all LinkedIn users – LinkedIn will soon be sharing demographic data — without names — to companies for website analysis. LinkedIn is now using profile data to show businesses who all are visiting their websites. A new LinkedIn Website Demographics tool, announced on Thursday, July 26, allows companies to see data about who is visiting their website by using anonymous demographics from LinkedIn users. The new tool is designed to help companies analyze whether or not they are reaching the right audience by using information users already put inside their profile, like industry and job title. The new tool in a way helps in respecting user’s privacy.
Now you can create fancy GIFs app- free with Giphy’s online GIF maker – Yes, you read that right. A dedicated app is no longer required to create moving pictures. Giphy, recently launched GIF Maker, a graphics tool that only requires an Internet connection and a browser. No app downloads necessary to create a GIF on the new web platform; users can upload an image from the device. Once uploaded, the tool allows users to add animated text, or, with a drawing tool, sketch an object that will then dance on screen. A sticker option allows users to add animated clip art as well as special effects, like a bit of sparkle or some explosions. How cool is that? Go try creating a GIF all by yourself and send them to us!
Facebook stories are no longer only for your friends – Facebook is now going public with their stories. The social media platform recently rolled out the ability for anyone to see the self-deleting daily logs, instead of just sharing among friends. Public Facebook Stories are now available for users who allow public followers. That’s a massive step! Like sharing Stories among friends, users who share stories publicly will instantly get to know the number of people who have viewed their Story. Users won’t see the names of viewers who aren’t friends, however, though they will be included in the view count. Facebook stories however appear to be slower to grow. But it is still catching up in the stories game.
So, these were just a few cool updates on social media. Hope this was informative enough to go update your apps and check on all the cool new features.