October 5, 2017Published by: Meg Edwards

Instagram adds polls to its stories plus more!

This week Instagram rolled out a very exciting new feature. Users can now post a story with a voting sticker that works as a button and allows people to answer a two-option question. The user is then able to see what people have voted and which option is winning.

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September 27, 2017Published by: Drew

What would you do with twice the tweet? #280characters

Last night, Twitter announced that it will be doubling the length of a tweet, to 280 characters. The social network launched originally as an alternative to the text message, which back then could only be 160 characters long. So Twitter factored in the username length, and gave each tweet a maximum of 140. This has been Twitter's USP since day one, but as user growth has slowed for Twitter, the company has been looking for new features to roll out that might reignite users' love for the social network.

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September 14, 2017Published by: Leah Domenet

A handy round-up of new social features this summer

Summer might not be over just yet, but the change in weather would certainly suggest otherwise. June, July and August have flown by, and as always, there have been loads of new developments in the social media world. I don’t know about you, but I can’t even remember what I ate for breakfast let alone what new social media features and innovations came out, so here’s a quick and handy recap of some of the key highlights from each platform.

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September 5, 2017Published by: Delia Howe

The Tweeting T&Cs

If, you are anything like me, and logging into Twitter to see an ‘Update to Terms and Conditions’ message pop up doesn’t appeal in the slightest, you’re in luck. Reading new Terms of Service notes, if you even do, is like a game of hide and seek to find what has actually changed, how to interpret the new changes, not to mention did you ever read them before to actually know what has changed? I thought not. Well, the good news is that I’ve read Twitter’s new T&Cs so you don’t have to.

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August 23, 2017Published by: Monica Amir

A snapshot of how WeChat is used in China

Social media in China is nothing like what we’re used to in the West. Although the country’s Great Firewall blocks most external social media platforms, it is not short of its own unique social networks, as technology is a driving factor for the Chinese economy. RenRen, Weibo and Youku Tudou are examples of social media platforms that, from a Western perspective, are often said to be similar to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Yet, having just returned from Beijing, my argument is that they can't be so easily compared - especially when it comes to the WeChat app.

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