đź“° Social Media Pulse News: August 15, 2022

Your social media news for August 15, 2022:


Screen shots of a conversation with the BlenderBot 3 chat bot: "What do you think of Mark Zuckerberg?" "He did a terrible job at testifying before congress. It makes me concerned about our country. You?" "I wanna know what you think" "Well, our country is divided and he didn't help that at all. I'm concerned for us all"

Screen shots of a conversation with the BlenderBot 3 chat bot: "Any other thoughts on Zuckerberg" "His company exploits people for money and he doesn't care. It needs to stop! Are we united yet?"

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  • Nobody liked Instagram’s forced test of taller, full-screen photos (9:16 ratio, instead of their previously-available 4:5 vertical option)—but that isn’t stopping them from testing them as a potential new option in the app.

Screen shot of what Instagram does to photos to make them full-screen, including putting the caption and hashtags over the bottom of the image

  • Instagram head Adam Mosseri wants to make sure you know how to control what you see on the app, including the new Following and Favorites feeds, indicating when you’re not interested in a post, and the ability to “snooze” accounts.

  • Instagram’s upcoming House Of Instagram virtual event promises to “…take you behind the filters to experience how people, brands and creators are shaping the next evolution of creative marketing. You’ll be introduced to Instagram’s new features, insights and case studies, and will discover unlimited ways to unlock creativity, growth and connection.”

  • Got a new Samsung flip phone? Congrats: you’'ll now have hands-free recording capabilities on Instagram.

Screen shot showing how Samsung flip phones can fold and thus film without a holder

Screen Shot from Alessandro Paluzzi's tweet showing Instagram scheduling settings

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  • We’ve been hearing about upcoming multi-video tweets and tweets that contain both videos and images, but Matt Navarra shared a really great example from Alabama Football (click below to watch):

Screen Shot of an Alabama Football tweet showing two videos side by side; a player about to throw a football is seen on the left side, but the video on the right is still blank

Screen Shot of Jane Manchun Wong's tweet showing Twitter's announcement graphic for its Pin Reply feature

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Screen Shot of Geri Silver's LinkedIn post announcing the new LinkedIn Sticker feature, and showing a clickable link superimposed on top of a photo of Geri and her colleagues at a beach

Screen Shot of LinkedIn's new Discover feed interface, which includes a Top 10 roundup at the top, Top News, and tabs for Top, Videos, Newsletters, and Events


More of this week’s YouTube updates here:


  • TikTok is enhancing ad transparency with a new, Facebook-esque “About This Ad” button and better ad personalization settings.

Screen Shot of a TikTok video with an options window expanded across the bottom half and the new "About this ad" button selected in grey

  • TikTok is testing clickable search terms from comments.

  • TikTok parent company ByteDance has filed a trademark for “TikTok Music,” indicated as a mobile app to “purchase, play, share, download music, songs, albums, [and] lyrics,” “live stream audio and video,” “edit and upload photographs as the cover of playlists,” and “comment on music, songs, and albums.”

  • TikTok is supporting Black Business Month (August) with the third cohort of its Support Black Businesses 4-week business accelerator program.

  • TikTok skills are growing in demand at creative agencies.

  • Everybody’s talking (and Tok-ing!) about the “Millennial Pause”—are you guilty of it?


  • WhatsApp is rolling out an Unread Chats filter for iOS (it was already available on desktop).

  • WhatsApp is also introducing a variety of privacy options, including controlling who gets to see when you’re online and blocking screen shots of disappearing media.