Need to Know: June 2014

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.



New Slingshot App Debuted: Created as a way to compete with Snapchat, Facebook recently launched Slightshot, a standalone application that allows users to send disappearing photo and video messages. Facebook is framing the app as a way to share what you’re up to in a specific moment, like a visual status update.

Messenger Now Includes Video: Facebook recently updated it’s Messenger app to include 15-second video messaging. The update also adds a feature called “Big Likes” — when you really like something, press and hold to send an even bigger “thumbs up” sign.


Improved Photo Features:  If you’ve been wanting more control over your Instagram photos, their new update will give you what you’ve been looking for. Ten new editing tools for both iOS and Android add new adjustments like contrast, brightness and saturation and let you use a slide bar on any filter to adjust the intensity.


Getting Gif-y:  GIFs, the animated images on continuous loop, can now be shared and viewed on Twitter’s iPhone, Android and web versions. GIFs will now appear in your timeline with a play button, like other video content. You can upload GIFs through the gallery button under the text box in the same way you upload a photo.


Account Removals: YouTube announced that they will be removing suspended accounts from the platform in an effort to give content creators a better understanding of their actual audience.

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