Are we beginning to settle into our new normal? Or is it a little to soon to tell? The latter is likely valid. If nothing else, it seems as though we are all chasing some form of "normal" no matter what that looks like.Normal, though, at least in the Social Sphere, is growing less and less apparent. Changes abound are impacting every social media network and streaming service. Twitter is working on a docked DM window that looks like an AOL Messenger pop-up, and Facebook might let its new Stories feature viewable for at least three days.Quibi launches its mobile streaming service amid quarantine (perfect timing, right?), and Pinterest is growing more shoppable by the day and with sustainable products. Without further delay, let's jump into the Social Sphere.
In the News
Facebook had added a new Quiet Mode feature that will silence push notifications on mobile. It will "pause" notifications on the app like the FB Watch badges.Facebook is also in the news with updates to its Stories features. A leak of a testing feature shows that Stories may be available for viewing for upwards to three days on FB and Messenger. Users would have the option to view Stories for 24 hours or three days.
Finally, Instagram Live is viewable on the desktop! So all those concerts and DJ performances you're watching on mobile can now be seen on your desktop. Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, recently said on Twitter that the company has more updates on the way for artists and creatives using Instagram Live during the pandemic. It was only a few weeks ago that Instagram rolled out DMs on desktop.
Sick and tired of toggling between your Twitter timeline when your DMs are popping? Well, Twitter is currently working towards bringing the two together. Sort of. In a new test screen showing by tech junkie Jane Manchun Wong, Twitter may soon reveal a docked DM window that shows Direct Messages in the bottom right corner of your homepage. Great, right? Dangerous having your DMs visible if you step away from your laptop? VERY.
In support of small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, Instagram is rolling new Stickers options that make it easy to support the small businesses you love. New Stickers allow your followers to buy gift cards, order from restaurants, or start a fundraiser.Small businesses can also create Stickers and add buy buttons to their profile page. Every sale is critical for small businesses these days. Instagram didn't waste any time rolling out these news options, which are available now.
Pinterest is for the people. The community-based social platform is working to support small businesses in the midst of our economic downturn with new updates to The Pinterest Shop. With a 351% increase in small business searches over the last few weeks, Pinners are looking to give their hard-earned dollars to individual makers.In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Pinterest is launching a new collection of products from sustainable small businesses on the Pinterest Shop that launched last November. Find out more here.
And just like that, streaming television become an essential business. Although a very youthful form of entertainment, streaming services are more popular than ever before. The latest and greatest of the bunch, Quibi, a streaming operation filled with television and film shorts known as "quick bites," launched earlier this month after much anticipation.Launched with nearly 50 shows from Hollywood's elite, including Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Lena Waithe, and Catherine Hardwicke, Quibi is doing all of this after raising $1,75 billion before launching. The streaming company will be launching more than 25 new episodes across its programming each day. Have you watched it yet? Learn more here.
Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri has been extremely busy for someone who hasn't left his house. Unlike many of our favorite artists right now, Mosseri has been on a world tour without leaving the comfort of his home. Going live with the likes of Trevor Noah and popular gossip site The Shade Room, Mosseri has also hopped on Live chats with Diddy and others.Mosseri's ongoing media tour is further proof that Instagram is the true winner of quarantine. And with new updates and features that cater to the ongoing pandemic, Instagram and Mosseri are poised to keep winning long after quarantine ends and some form of normalcy returns.
Have you ever thought so much about image sizes on social media than over the last year? Yeah, us either. Well, it's a topic of discussion as things are changing, and image dimensions are more critical than ever. For instance, to ensure you have a good Facebook profile pic, your image should be no larger than 180 x 180 pixels. Whereas on Instagram, a good quality profile pic should be 110 x 110 pixels. Check the link above for more specifics.
StoriesEdit is ramping up for a big spring/summer! This month alone, we've already launched our exciting "We're Open" collection. This unique set of templates is aimed to help small businesses with creative assets during this strange time.We've also rolled out our fashion-savvy Angela Fink x StoriedEdit collaborative set. Filled with color and spacial beauty, Fink's eye for creative direction and style make her collection one of our new favorites!That's it for this week's edition of the Social Sphere. Check out past editions of the here and stay tuned for more later this month!