Last Thursday the Pew Research centre published new research about news consumption by U.S. adults through social media. The research shows that social media sites, led by Facebook, are still the primary source of news for a lot of U.S. adults and this trend can be seen across other countries where these social networks are similarly popular.
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.
Splitting your bottomless brunch bill will soon be made easier with the introduction of person-to-person payments through Facebook Messenger in the UK. This feature was first launched in the USA earlier this year and was later enhanced by allowing payments to be made in a group chat. The service is free to use and does not require a password, however it does ask a couple of security questions before you can proceed with the payment. Furthermore, the payments are fully secure, protected and private.
Since the UK voted to leave the European Union last June and with the election and inauguration of President Trump, online political advertising, including on Facebook and Twitter, has increasingly been in the spotlight — and for good reason.
Last month at the annual Facebook F8 conference, where Mark Zuckerberg stands up and forecasts the future of social media and tech, we were given a new proclamation: that we will soon see an end to smartphones and TV.
Last night, Facebook hosted its major innovation showcase event, F8, where Mark Zuckerberg and other execs at the social network present their vision of the future and how Facebook will work with developers and brands in the year ahead. The talk of the show was Stories - or rather how Facebook will allow third parties to build into Facebook's Augmented Reality Platform.
This time last year, the Facebook empire launched Live in response to the then growing popularity of Meerkat and Periscope. Fast forward to 2017 and Facebook Live is still going strong. In fact, last week the social giant announced that one in every five Facebook videos is now a live broadcast.