Need to Know: July 2015

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.



Facebook Messenger Payments: Facebook Messenger has rolled out its payments feature across the entire U.S. so that any stateside user can pay friends right inside the app, if they like.

Moneypenny Personal Assistant: Facebook Messenger is reportedly developing a digital assistant. It would allow users to connect with “real people” inside the service, who would research and order products, as well as perform other tasks.

New Friend’s Icon: The Friends and Groups icon previously had the female silhouette in the background. Now, the man and the woman in the Friends icon are pictured side by side. In the Groups icon, the woman — though still outnumbered — is now in the foreground.


Increased Security: Twitter is making it easier to manage your account’s security and privacy settings. The company rolled out a new data dashboard that provides users with a detailed look at all their privacy and security settings, so they can manage account access, blocked accounts and how they share with third-party apps.

It’s Your Party and You’ll Tweet if You Want to: Twitter got a little more festive when it announced that users can now display their birthdays on their profiles. Users’ birthdays will now be displayed on the upper-left-hand side of their profile pages, under their profile photos and just beneath the line indicating when they joined Twitter.


Bigger and Bolder: The photo-sharing platform has long compressed images in its applications so they are small and easy to load, but it will soon bump up photo resolution, improving image quality across the platform.



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