Here is what’s been happening with your favorite social media platforms this month: 

Facebook/Instagram

  • Ray-Ban Stories – Facebook’s first pair of smart glasses – are now on sale for $299. The frames feature front facing cameras for capturing video and photos. They sync with the companion camera roll app Facebook View, where clips can be edited and shared to other apps.
  • Is Instagram harmful to teens? In a Wall Street Journal report, Facebook documents show that among teens who reported suicidal thoughts, 6% of American users traced the issue to Instagram.
  • Instagram users may soon be able to convert their Stories into Reels. The “Montage” option is being tested internally to make this an easy process. 

LinkedIn

  • Articles for Pages is now active. This means that business pages can now post long-form content on the platform in a blog format. LinkedIn says pages can “produce and share robust content, exploring key topics at length with rich media, links, pull quotes, and more.”
  • LinkedIn launched “LinkedIn Live Events,” which makes its “Scheduled LinkedIn Live” and “LinkedIn Events” work better together. 
  • The Stories feature is going away. LinkedIn says it is working on a different way to add short-form videos. 

Twitter

  • Twitter is live testing its new “Communities” option, which lets users share tweets with selected groups of users in the app. This means that not all tweets would be posted publicly to a user’s followers all of the time. 
  • Twitter continues to march forward with projects focused on brands and creators. More businesses can now apply for “Professional Profiles,” which lets brands showcase more business information. Also, more people can use ticketed Spaces, the paid audio room feature in the app. 

Additional Headlines

  • Shopping through social media apps is increasing and the TikTok boom continues — those are only a sampling of tons of data in a new report from App Annie. The report dives into the evolution of social media app.
  • TikTok has added resources for users who may be experiencing mental health issues. The new items focus on eating disorders, self-harm and suicide. 
  • “Watch” mode may change the way users discover items on Pinterest. The mode is similar to Tik-Tok scrolling, with both video and still images being displayed. 

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