July Industry Updates

INDUSTRY NEWS

Summer is in full swing and if anything has remained true it’s that content creation only gets hotter in the summertime. We’re bringing you all of the industry updates from our favorite apps and platforms so that you can be fully equipped with the facts to master your social strategy this season. Keep reading to see what’s happening behind the scenes on socials’ top platforms.

 

 Twitter is bringing back its public verification system 

  • The new verification criteria will require accounts to fall under one of six categories; Government, companies (brands and organizations), news organizations and journalists, entertainment, sports and gaming, and lastly activists, organizers and other influential individuals. 
  • Twitter is also looking to add an overview section to profiles, which will include things like pronouns, area of expertise, and more unconfirmed information

 

Spotify and Facebook have launched their Clubhouse competitors

  • In March, Spotify acquired Betty Lab who created the app ‘Locker Room,’ which provided the groundwork for Spotify to create Greenroom
  • Greenroom’s focus is to talk music, sports, and culture 
  • Anyone can download the app and a Spotify account is not required
  • Facebook’s Clubhouse dupe, Live Audio Rooms, also launched a few days after Greenroom
  • The Live Audio Rooms is currently available on the Facebook iOS app to some US-based public figures and groups
  • Along with their Live Audio Rooms, Facebook is also launching podcasts on their platform
  • Spotify and Facebook are the latest to join the Clubhouse competitor market following in the footsteps of Discord, Reddit, and Twitter. 
  • Slack and LinkedIn also have plans to launch their own platforms

 

Ads will start to appear on Instagram Reels

  • Ads will now appear while scrolling through Instagram Reels 
  • These ads will have the same format as a normal Reel, similar to TikTok 
  • This is the latest update to Instagram Reels, which launched in August 2020
  • Instagram has yet to report on any specifics about the format’s performance, but they state that it is still growing and they are “not yet happy with it.”

 

TikTok is adding ‘Jumps’ to videos

  • Jumps are mini apps that creators can embed to their videos which will open links within TikTok for things like recipes for example
  • TikTok’s ‘Jumps’ feature has been in beta mode and is now rolling out to a wider audience
  • Companies like Quizlet, Whisk, and Tablelog helped develop Jumps, and more companies like Buzzfeed and IRL are slated to join

 

Instagram now allows you to upload posts from your desktop

  • The app is currently testing this functionality, but it should be available to everyone
  • Instagram has been slow to implement features from its app to desktop but understands many creators access it from desktop

 

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