This week in media news, Instagram tests shoppable ads, Facebook explores new tools for public figures, YouTube creates a Fashion hub, and much more.
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YouTube launches Fashion hub
- The new Fashion section will feature content from creators, brand collaborations, and trending videos in the beauty and fashion sector.
- YouTube says the move was inspired by the growing fashion and beauty community on YouTube, many of whom are up and coming artists and creators.
Instagram tests shoppable ads
- Instagram is now testing the option to allow brands to advertise shoppable posts, that were previously only available as organic posts.
- Instagram Shopping has allowed brands to upload organic posts, tag pictured products, which can then be purchased by users.
New Facebook desktop layout
- Facebook is slowly rolling out a new desktop layout, which is designed to make it easier for users to navigate their favourite elements.
- The update features tabs along the top of the screen where users can switch between sections like News Feed, notifications, and groups.
- Users will also notice the Discover section has been removed.
Source: Social Media Today.
Facebook explores new tools for public figures
- New tools such as multi-contributor stories, and swipe up links in stories are currently being tested for potential roll-out.
- Multi-contributor stories were first tested at music festival Tomorrowland, where the official festival account uploaded a story, and the artists were able to contribute from their devices with links back to their page.
- Swipe-up links in stories and the ability to tag products in photos are also being considered for high-profile accounts. Facebook says the move is designed to help monetize accounts with large online presences.
Source:Social Media Today and Facebook
Instagram Clips editor mimics TikTok
- Some Instagram users have spotted a new story feature that allows them to record multiple clips as part of one single video story.
- Similar to TikTok, users can adjust the speed and timer of the video stories.
Source: Business Insider.
Facebook launches Facebook Dating
- Facebook Dating was announced earlier this year, and has been tested in small markets worldwide. It was launched in the US earlier this week.
- Facebook users over the age of 18 can opt-in to the service and swipe to match with other Facebook users, and will be able to see any mutual friends or liked pages they share.
- Users can sync up their Instagram profile to add Instagram posts and stories to their dating profile.
- The “Secret Crush” feature also lets users anonymously select nine Instagram or Facebook users and add them to their “Secret Crush” list.
- Those users are then anonymously notified someone has a crush on them. They can then select their nine “Secret Crushes”, and if they are on each others list, they can match their Facebook Dating profiles.
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