Need to Know: September 2013

Social media is constantly changing. We know that it can be hard to keep up, so each month we’re going to provide you with a quick round-up of the latest news in the space. We stay on top of all the changes so you don’t have to.

Need to Know

Apple:

iOS 7:  If you use an iPhone or an iPad, you’d think last week’s launch of iOS 7 changed your life. The Internet blew up with the release and Apple fans everywhere lost their minds. But, what’s changed? The look and feel of the app is totally different, Siri can now be male, different camera modes and there’s a new thing called iTunes Radio.

iPhone 5S: A new iPhone! Highlights: new colors (including champagne), a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, slow motion video recording, an upgraded camera and a faster processor.

iPhone 5C: Another new iPhone! The 5C is Apple’s attempt at a budget-aware product. Reviewers say that the phone feels less fragile and simpler in its design and, most importantly, it now comes in a wide-array of colors. Many stated it felt like a return to Apple’s iPod roots.

Facebook

Shared Photo Albums: A new options, photo albums can now have multiple contributors. Album creators can share access to as many as 50 contributors, who can each in turn share up to 200 photos.

New Promotions Policy: Previously, Facebook required businesses to host promotions and contests through apps only. Meaning you couldn’t post a status that asked people to “like” a post in return for a prize. Now, Facebook has amended their policy to remove those restrictions.

Twitter

Emergency Alerts:  Twitter unveiled a new program called Twitter Alerts. The program enables public institutions and NGOs to send out emergency alerts via text message and push notifications in times of crisis.

Pinterest

More Rich Pins!: A few months ago, we discussed Pinterest’s new rich pins. Now, in addition to recipes and movies, rich pins include article content. This means you can share more information from your blog or other content-engine on Pinterest.

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