Happy Friday! This week in the social media world the LinkedIn mobile app is welcoming Groups, Snapchat's new Android app has finally arrived, the New York City Library is making reading cool again with Instagram Stories, and Facebook and Twitter are cracking down on propaganda pages. Get the scoop with today's Social Media Friday Four ⬇️
LinkedIn’s Mobile App to Welcome ‘Groups’
LinkedIn’s earlier-deleted ‘Groups’ app will now be integrated into its main iOS program. After six months away, this feature will be re-released by the end of the month.
With the merging of the main LinkedIn application and the side Groups app it will be smoother and easier than ever before to navigate the application. Users are looking forward to having their entire LinkedIn experience in one space.
Snapchat’s New Android App Is Finally Here
Almost a year after the initial announcement, Snapchat’s new and improved Android app is here, as long as you have root access. There are some aesthetic changes and fun additions like the Emoji brush, but overall, the whole point of Snapchat Alpha is to bring Android performance up to that of iOS.
To be clear, the update has a ways to go: it does not allow for chatting, crashes are frequent, and Snapcodes are not accessible. In any event, this is an exciting step for Android users!
Instagram Is Making Reading Cool Again with Stories
The New York City Library might be starting a new trend on Instagram: reading classic books. @nypl has launched a new campaign using graphics and videos to encourage followers to read and visit the library.
Insta Novels will be featured in the ‘Highlights’ portion of their profile for users to browse. They even include a space for your thumb so it won’t be in the way of the words while you hold the page to read, and we think that's pretty cool! Alice in Wonderland was the first featured read, and it is only the first of many.
Facebook and Twitter Work to Remove Propaganda Pages
These platforms have been successful in removing several hundred accounts that were created with the goal of “coordinated manipulation.” Twitter has revealed that it was able to remove 284 accounts associated with the Iranian government and Facebook has removed 652 pages from the same sources.
This shows that social media giants are still taking security seriously following concerns that arose from Russian manipulation of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. We're feeling at least a touch safer from digital malice!
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