Social Media Round Up

May 20, 2021



Social media is constantly changing and evolving to meet our current needs. This week’s blog post is focused on highlighting the most recent news stories circulating in the social media world.

Instagram Tests New Upload Options in the Desktop Version of the App

Instagram is currently testing a new feed posting option from the desktop version of the app. The new option will have a “+” at the top bar of the desktop version of IG. When you click on that, you will then be prompted to upload images or videos from their computer. Users would still have all of the regular in-app options for their feed posts, including filters. If this is officially rolled out, this feature will be a game-changer for social media marketing managers. 

Twitter’s Now Showing Users New Prompts Asking Them Not to Switch off Data Tracking

Due to the new changes in Apple’s iOS 14.5 update, Twitter is taking the opportunity to explain to users why they should still allow Twitter to keep their in-app data. The prompt says 

So this explanation is shown to users before they’re shown the new Apple data tracking prompt. Facebook and Instagram are also sharing a similar prompt but unlike Twitter, they are letting users know that this new update may change its free platform. 

Instagram Adds New Pronouns Option on User Profiles to Maximize Inclusion 

According to Social Media Today, “Instagram has added a new ‘Pronouns’ option on user profiles which lets users select up to four pronouns so that people know how they should be referred to within interactions.” The new option is listed in your profile settings. To access this feature select ‘Edit Profile’ then ‘Pronouns’. You can also choose where you want your pronouns to be visible to everyone or just your following. 

TikTok Launches New #FactCheckYourFeed Initiative to Promote Digital Literacy  

TikTok has recently announced a new initiative to help improve digital literacy and stop misleading reports on the platform. The initiative helps users learn to “critically engage with content, navigate our platform safely and guard themselves against potential harm”. Popular creators and public figures will be highlighting key lessons in how to identify false info.