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Facebook pivots into Stories

 In its biggest change in a decade, Facebook is evolving from text and link-focused sharing to the visual communication format it admits “Snapchat has really pioneered.” Starting today, all users will soon have access to the new Facebook Camera feature that lets them overlay special effects on photos and videos. They can then share this content to a Snapchat clone called Facebook… Read More Social – TechCrunch

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WhatsApp brings back text Status it replaced with Stories

 The Snapchatification of everything has resulted in backlash for WhatsApp, prompting it to revive its text Status option while keeping its image-based replacement. The move shows how social apps must quickly react to feedback if they make a false step in modernizing to adapt to visual communication. In mid-February, WhatsApp removed the feature that let you set an away message, and then gave… Read More Social – TechCrunch

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I’m starting to love Instagram Stories more than Snapchat because I’m incredibly thirsty

Instagram and Snapchat are basically the same thing now, with one major difference: Everyone you know is on the first, and not the second.  SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton Snapchats an empowering video, but the internet only cares about her new haircut I know, Snapchat is cool—the superior offering, really—but it’s true. Instagram, quickly becoming the dad-rock of social media, has 300 million daily users versus 158 million on Snapchat. I didn’t think this mattered until Snapchat shot itself in the foot with a small but significant update recently. It’s all to do with Stories, which work similarly on each platform. Basically, you take a picture or short video and post it under your profile, where your followers—all of them, or a select group, depending on your settings—can watch it for a span of 24 hours.  Read more… More about Social Media, Instagram Stories, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook Social Media

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Instagram Stories get ‘early version’ geostickers starting in New York City and Jakarta

Instagram has launched an “early version” of a new form of stickers centered around your location. Available through Instagram Stories, these geostickers are customized graphics made specifically for the city you’re in and are now available in New York City and Jakarta. When you’re in one of the two supported cities, these geostickers can be added by tapping a sticker icon in the top right-hand part of the screen. More than a dozen new stickers have been created for New York City and Jakarta and will appear based on where you are, be it by specific neighborhood or landmark. According to Instagram, “each one is designed to match the vibe of the location it represents.” Geostickers function similarly to normal stickers within Instagram Stories, meaning you can add as many as you want, adjust their sizing and placement, and mix and match with any other creative style you want. When…

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Brain scans help predict the stories we’re most likely to share

Sharing information has never been easier. Tap a button or click a mouse and you can tell hundreds of your closest friends and family, or thousands of strangers, pretty much anything.  But with a seemingly infinite amount of information and number of ways to share it at our disposal comes difficult choices regarding what to share and when. The process of choosing what to share isn’t as straightforward as it might seem. A new study suggests that our brains rapidly consider the personal and social complexities of information-sharing so that you can make that judgment call within a matter of seconds.   Read more… More about Journalism, Social Media, Media, Viral, and Psychology Social Media