Facebook Reactions have been used 300 billion times since launching. Likes still reign, however, with over 4 million clicked each minute. Despite their low usage, Reactions are a stronger indication of someone’s interest in a post and weigh heavier in the newsfeed algorithms.
Publishing platform Medium has undergone some big internal changes recently, laying off employees and closing offices in New York and D.C. Now it has launched a new feature in an effort to generate more interest. Earlier this week it introduced Series, a story format resembling Snapchat and Instagram Stories.
As a result of the uncertain future of Medium, WordPress has created a new tool which lets users easily import their Medium posts to a WordPress.com site.
The image app Prisma is now letting users create their own filters, although the feature is only available on desktop to the most active users for the time being. They eventually plan on opening it up to more people in the future as well as bringing it to mobile, too.
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Instagram launched Stories ads back in January to 30 partners, but now the option is available to all brands.
Facebook was touting its Messenger bots not too long ago, but users have expressed confusion over interacting with them. To make it more user-friendly, Facebook is now giving developers the option to create persistent menus so users can navigate easily through all the options a particular bot offers.
Just like emojis were once used sparingly, messaging stickers are in a similar position. Only Giphy is betting on their future by launching artist animated sticker packs. They’re also developing software that will make it easier for anyone to create their own animated stickers with the belief that GIFs and animated stickers are the future of messaging.
A new app called Friends helps you share your photos automatically with your friends. The app tags friends you’ve previously identified within the app and then shares it with them without you having to do it manually.
Parent company Snap went public earlier this week. The IPO price jumped nearly 50% by the end of the trading day.