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Social Media

Wikipedia launches social media network

Published on 11/15/2019 @ 9 AM EST

Funded through donations, WT:Social is a place for users to contribute and share with new articles always at the top. Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales says it’s an alternative to Twitter and Facebook and a way to combat fake news. There may be an upvote option in the future.

Instagram rolls out global hidden likes

Published on 11/15/2019 @ 9 AM EST

In a series of tweets, Instagram says their hidden likes feature is now in a global test with many users only being able to see the like count on their own posts. The tweets go on to say the social media company is “actively thinking through ways for creators to communicate value to their partners.”

Facebook launches payment feature

Published on 11/13/2019 @ 9 AM EST

Called Facebook Pay, it allows users to send money across all Facebook-owned apps including Whatsapp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger. Along with sending payments, the feature will allow payment history, cross-app payments, and real-time customer support.

YouTube improves video previews

Published on 11/10/2019 @ 1 AM EST

A recent update has more robust video previews on both desktop and tablet, showing a higher resolution snippet when the user hovers. Desktop users can now also “Add to Queue” from the homepage.

Facebook adds initiative for military veterans

Published on 11/09/2019 @ 1 AM EST

Called the Military and Veterans Hub, the initiative will include a 12-month AR/VR career development pilot program. The hub will “provide online safety tips, resources for finding jobs and digital skills” for veterans. The partnership with SCORE includes mentor matching, a business launching toolkit, and workshops.

Twitter to allow following of topics

Published on 11/07/2019 @ 8 AM EST

After plenty of testing, Twitter Topics will launch on November 13th, letting users get updates on particular subjects. There are currently over 300 topics users can follow, ranging from sports to gaming to entertainment.