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Top 5 Social Media News Stories Not to Miss

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October is upon us. The temperatures are falling and the leaves are changing. It’s my favorite time of the year. It’s also election season and the political rhetoric is heating up. This makes social media a continued hot box of news headlines. I gathered a few of the hottest social media news stories from this week below. I also share my brief thoughts on each story. I would love to hear what you have to say.

Social Media News Stories

1…Google to Shut Down Google+ Social Network After Security Lapse

Google will permanently shut down its social network, Google+. Earlier this year Google revealed a data breach of personal information. Full story from MediaPost.

Me: People are still using Google+?
It was hot at one time (for the SEO juice) but not so much any more. 


2…Instagram Rolls Out Scannable Nametages to All Users

Nametag is a customizable identification card that allows people to find your Instagram profile when it’s scanned. Your nametag is uniquely yours and makes it quick and fun to add people and accounts you discover in person. Full story from Instagram.

Think, Snapcode…but for Instagram. Nametag works very similar to the aforementioned Snapcode used on Snapchat. It’s another example of Facebook taking ideas from Snapchat and making them their own. We’ve seen this before with Stories, Face Filters and more. 
Click>>> HERE for instructions on how to try out your Instagram Nametag

3…Instagram will now detect bullying in photographs

Instagram announced this week that it would start using machine learning to detect bullying in photos. Posts suspected of bullying will be sent to the Community Operations team for human review. Full story from CNN.

I wonder if Twitter will do the same thing? There is a lot of bullying that happens on Twitter. 

4…Facebook debuts Portal for in-home video chat

Facebook enters the home devices market with the introduction of The Portal. This device lets people make video calls to contacts on Facebook or its Messenger chat app and is compatible with Amazon Alexa. Facebook noted that the devices would not listen to, view or keep the contents of video calls, which are encrypted for security. Full story from Mobile Marketer.

It was only a matter of time before Facebook entered this market. They purchased Occulus a few years ago and have the technology for AR/VR functionality. It will be interesting to see how sales of the Portal pan out given the recent privacy (and PR) woes of the company. The target market for these devices: families and people who STILL use Facebook Messenger. 


Portal from Facebook | Amazon
Portal Plus from Facebook | Amazon
Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation) | Amazon


“Marketers love influencer marketing. A survey by the Association of National Advertisers last year found that 75 percent of marketers are using it, and 43 percent plan to spend more on it.”

5…Instagram testing a new feature for college students

The new feature is designed to create a community of college ‘grammers to connect with other students. Membership in the community allows them to send direct messages to community members and view Stories straight from the group list.  Instagram gave no date on an approximate full rollout. Full story from Digital Trends.

As someone now working in higher education, I can confirm that college students are definitely on Instagram. That’s their preferred network. This new feature could be a game-changer. I’ll keep my ears to the grindstone to see what becomes of the trial with Instagram. 

In conclusion, Instagram had a lot going on this week. They continue to innovate and add new (or recycled from Snapchat) products and features. Facebook is trying to keep people using the Messenger app despite the “I got another friend request from you” scam that slide in everybody’s inbox this past weekend. And, who knew Google+ was still around strong enough to have a data breach? Share your updates on that network for the next few months. It shuts down in next year.

What else I’m reading this week:

**Why Young Companies Are Starting Print Magazines as a Way to Help Build Their Brands | Ad Week
**Increasing number of employers are monitoring social media | NBC News
What social media news stories did I miss this week? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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Comments 14

  1. Nanekia Ansari

    I would love for Instagram to extend the time limits on IGTV that would be great, but I guess for now I’ll just love the way I can personally by scan tag. It would be nice not to have to refer people to YouTube to hear the rest of the interview. Thanks for the info!

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      Thanks for the comment, Nanekia. IGTV was a huge innovation for Instagram. I understand your frustration with the time limits. However, you can use IG as a teaser or a completely different “show” that promotes you and your full show on YouTube. Similar to how Trevor Noah is using his “Between the Scenes” clips/segments.

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  2. Tanay

    I really wish Instagram would update their sad ole face filters haha. But I did hear most of these stories last week with the exception of the new feature for college students.

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  3. Monique Tillman

    I did not know about any of these new features on Instagram. Google+ definitely didn’t know there was a data breach at all. But why, shut it all the way down? Maybe that’s a little over board m Instagram need to hurry up with the bullying detection because cyber bullying just happened to one of my friends.

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  4. Mimi Green

    I have not had a chance to try the Instagram scan code situation. However I did personalize mine and it’s a dope idea.

    Google+ was a fail, not sure why it’s still around.

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  5. Tomiko Harvey

    I saw everyone talking about the new instagram that allows you to easily share your ig link with people. It wasnt a game changer for me but it will be use when trying to provide people with your IG account

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