When looking for the best social media headlines to bring you every other week, sometimes we come across some stats that are even shocking to us — across the globe this year, the Earth’s residents will spend 420 million years on social media

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There are now 4.2 billion people active on social media, a 13.2% increase from just a year ago. In the U.S., nearly three-quarters of the population are active social media users. That’s 240 million people. 

Now, onto less shocking headlines …

‘Spaces’ is Coming Soon to All Twitter Users

Who needs to type out their thoughts when you can just voice them? As the Clubhouse app grows in popularity, Twitter isn’t far behind with its similar option for broadcasting. 

Currently, Twitter users can join and listen to “Spaces” broadcasts. Not all users, though, can create audio rooms. That’s about to change. 

“Twitter’s plans aren’t set in stone, but the gist is that they’re trying to get the product into a state where anyone can host a Twitter Space starting in April,” The Verge reports

A “Tip Jar” is also coming soon for users to donate to content creators. 

YouTube Adds Copyright Checker

The next time you upload a video to YouTube, be prepared for the process to take a little longer. YouTube has added a step called “Checks” that analyzes a video before it’s published. This includes scanning for copyrighted material. 

“In theory, this should make it much easier for creators to know what they’ll be dealing with before the video goes out,” 9to5Google reports.

Facebook to Help With Vaccine Rollout

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says a new tool will show users when and where they can get a COVID-19 vaccine. It will soon provide users a link to schedule an appointment. 

“We’ve already connected over 2 billion people to authoritative Covid-19 information. Now that many countries are moving towards vaccinations for all adults, we’re working on tools to make it easier for everyone to get vaccinated as well,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg says.

TikTok Explores Group Chat Feature

Copying features is certainly nothing new in social media, and now TikTok is looking at getting into the group chat game. Sources tell Reuters that there are plans to develop the app into more of a “social interactions app.” 

Group chatting would keep users in the app longer and allow influencers to connect to fans easily. 

Pinterest Expands Skin Tone Range Feature

A nearly three-year-old augmented reality feature – named Try On – has expanded to 13 more countries

The feature allows Pinners to use a filter to refine their beauty-related searches to show content similar to the range they select.

“The platform has seen use of skin tone range soar by five times over the past year,” AdWeek reports. More than 80 million users search for beauty ideas in February alone. 


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