Need to Know: October 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.



Safety Check: Facebook announced a new feature, Safety Check, that lets friends and family know you’re safe after a natural disaster has occurred. When such an event transpires, Facebook will send you a message asking if you’re OK.

Anonymous: Facebook might soon offer the option for users to share with one another completely anonymously. The social network is preparing to launch a standalone app that will allow users to anonymously interact with each other.


Mobile SlideShare: The company rolled out an iPhone version of SlideShare, the presentation-sharing platform acquired by LinkedIn in 2012. SlideShare’s iOS app creates a personalized feed of presentations, documents and infographics based based on what’s trending among those in your network. Users can also subscribe to topics like social media, education or business.


Enhanced Sharing and Discovery Tools: Vine users can now follow specific channels. Now, when you select a particular channel, you have the ability to follow it by tapping the plus symbol in the upper right hand corner of the app. Following a channel will surface “selected featured posts” from within that category in your main feed, even if you don’t follow the user who posted it.


Audio Upgrades: Twitter users can now listen to songs, podcasts and other audio content in their timelines within the Twitter app, while continuing to scroll through other tweets.

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