We’re here with our first weekly round-up of the top social media news stories from the week. We summarise the latest social updates in quick snippets so that you can stay up to date with the all things social.
Our top story this week is that YouTube has had a snazzy makeover! This week, they unveiled a brand new logo and design for mobile and desktop. Have you seen it? What do you think? We think it will take some getting used to, but it’s definitely a little bit slicker – and, we’re sure, more user friendly. They apparently have more features to come, including swiping functionalities for easier skipping. “When all is said and done, we’ll bring a new level of functionality and a more consistent look across our desktop and mobile experiences.” said Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer. (via The Independent)
Instagram has had a busy week. First up, they now allow users to post landscape and portrait images in photo albums. For now, every photo in your album must have the same format, but we think this will be awesome for photographers, or indeed, any small business owner who has professional photos that they don’t want to crop. Bare in mind, however, that your imagery will still look square on your profile, so make sure the album cover (i.e. the first pic) is something that works. (via The Verge)
You can now also view Instagram Stories on the web! We aren’t sure if we love this because a lot of what happens on Stories is very off-the-cuff and unfiltered so sticking it on the big screen may hurt our vanity a bit, but we love that we can watch other people on desktop now! Despite rumours, Instagram still have no plans for allowing any desktop uploads through – it’s still all via the mobile app. (via The Verge)
Instagram is testing a feature that lets users share Stories straight to Facebook. Obviously Facebook Stories hasn’t quite taken off the way that Facebook had hoped, so this is an easy transition to allow people to send their stories to their Facebook Page too. This is currently just being tested, so it won’t be available to everyone, but we might have to give it a try to see what it’s all about. (via TechCrunch)
Snapchat has released its in-app geofilter-making tool to Europe. This means that you can have a customised filter for your party, wedding or event – or even for your business! It’s a simple way for them to grow their revenue – with a product that is most definitely in demand. Pricing starts at £5.99/€6.99. Countries now able to create their own Snapchat filters include the UK, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway. (via The Verge)
Which update has got you most excited? Let us know below!