Instagram Improves Trend and Search Features
Instagram today revealed a new version of its mobile app that introduces two significant changes. First, Instagram has reimagined the "explore" function to better reflect trending stories, conversations, and news. The explore function will now highlight things happening in real time, such as popular events. Second, Instagram has improved the search function to make it easier for people to find images of specific places. Search is also better at sifting through individual people as well as hashtags. Instagram believes the two changes together will improve the ability of users to find new and engaging content. Instagram 7.0 for Android and for iOS is due out later today. The app is free to download.
Facebook Tweaks Trending News and Expands Fundraising
May 24, 2017
Facebook updated several of its offerings today, including how it handles trending news and supports fundraising campaigns. Facebook says it has redesigned its trending news function with the goal of surfacing higher-quality content in the news box.
Twitter Debuts 'Happening Now' to Call Out Real-Time Events
Oct 11, 2017
Twitter has rolled out a new way to see what's happening live around the world with the addition of a "Happening Now" tool in users' timelines. Twitter says the Happening Now content will center on events and topics it thinks users will be interested in, though it is kicking off the feature with a focus just on sports in the U.S.
Instagram Users Can Now Follow Hashtags
Dec 12, 2017
Instagram today rolled out a new tool that allows people to follow hashtags in addition to individual accounts. The idea is to make it easier to discover photos, videos, and people.
Trending Stories Make a Comeback on Facebook Mobile
Aug 15, 2017
Facebook has brought the trending news section back to mobile devices, starting with the iPhone. Now, trending stories are visible in the main navigation drawer on mobile devices.
Google's AMP Stories Let Web Publishers Tell Tap-Through Stories with Photos and Videos
Feb 13, 2018
Google today announced a preview of AMP stories, a new tool for creators to bring content to the mobile web in a new and engaging way. AMP stories were inspired by the likes of Snapchat and Instagram, which both offer people the ability to tell on-going, ephemeral stories that others swipe through.