June 2018 Edition: The Social Media Updates You Need to Know

We all know the social media space is constantly changing, but our monthly updates can keep you in-the-know!

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GDPR and the onslaught of updated privacy policies

You've probably noticed a lot of social channels updating their privacy policies. This is of course thanks to the European Union's new privacy law, known as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), becoming enforceable as of May 25. This law applies to any organization that collects the data of EU citizens, even if the company is in another country—so really, all organizations need to be aware of GDPR.

One of the most important things to know about complying with GDPR is that each user must opt-in in order for a business to track and utilize that user's data.

If you want to read a great run-down of how GDPR is effecting social channels and why it will probably be a good thing for most citizens, check out Buffer's blog post on the subject. The quoted text below comes from there, and we of course must emphasize that speaking to a legal advisor is the best route for figuring out what your business needs to do to achieve compliance.

Here are a few key points to know [about how GDPR is affecting social media advertising]:
  • Your customers must be given a free and genuine choice to accept or reject (and be allowed to easily withdraw their consent).
  • You have to state what data will be collected and how it will be used.
  • The request for consent has to be in a clear and plain language.
  • Inactivity also doesn’t constitute consent. Your customers have to take an action. (E.g. pre-checked boxes for consent are not allowed.)
As there are very stringent requirements for obtaining consent, it’s best to refer to the regulations directly and check with your legal advisor.

Prefer to listen to a GDPR explainer? This "Today Explained" podcast episode covers a lot of bases.

For specific information about GDPR compliance on each platform, check out the links below:

*Snapchat's focus on "privacy by design" in their GDPR post is particularly strong.

Updates on Facebook's battles with fake news, click bait, etc. 

With all the Facebook news constantly swirling, this "what's up with Facebook lately" segment seems to be becoming a monthly feature.

Here are a few of the things we've noticed coming out from the Zuck team lately.

"About this article" buttons


In an effort to help people "better assess the stories they see in the news feed" (a.k.a. identify fake news), Facebook announced a new feature in April called Article Context and it's just now starting to show up in our feeds. After tapping the "About this Article" button, users will see information such as:

  • The publisher’s Wikipedia entry ("When a publisher does not have a Wikipedia entry, we will indicate that the information is unavailable, which can also be helpful context.")
  • Related articles on the same topic
  • Information about how many times the article has been shared on Facebook
  • Where the article has has been shared
  • An option to follow the publisher’s page

Facebook is also testing a feature that will show users which of their friends have shared the article, as well as showing more articles from the publisher.

Note: these updates are mostly geared toward "publishers" such as news sites and high-frequency blogs.

Want to make the most of these changes? If you share original content authored by significant thought leaders, make sure you've implemented Author Tags which will highlight the author's Facebook Page information when sharing articles.


Facebook is "A place for friends"

Since late April, Facebook has been running an ad campaign to attempt to reassure users that it's fixing the problems plaguing the platform. A TV spot and some of the outdoor ads are below:


A quick look at the Facebook PR team's "Newsroom" is another study in how Facebook is trying to "right the ship" as far as its optics are concerned. 

We are seeing some good signs, such as the Article Context buttons above, but it still feels like we have a long way to go before all of Facebook's problems are solved. 

LinkedIn "How You Match," profile design updates, and more

New Profile Design

First off, take note of the new and improved (?!) LinkedIn profile:

Some of the changes include:

  • Larger, left-aligned profile image

  • Larger Summary preview has increased from 220 to 300 characters.

  • Experience, education, contact info, and connections are all highlighted to the right of your name

  • Company logo now appears at the top of your profile and links down the page to your experience.

  • The cover photo no longer takes the full width of the browser screen, but is constricted to your profile's "card" (compare Matthew's cover photo above to the company cover photo you can see in the image below)

  • You can "fine-tune what you showcase" such as hiding your education if you don’t want it featured


How You Match

In the announcement for the new How You Match feature, LinkedIn says "knowing whether or not you’re a good fit for a role is one of the most challenging parts of the job hunt." How You Match aims to make this easier by comparing your LinkedIn profile factors (such as education level, skills, years of experience, and current job title) to what a company says its looking for in a potential new hire.

This information will be displayed on the right side of a job posting:


Hashtags and more

There were a handful of other LinkedIn updates you should know about, too:

  • LinkedIn will no longer share changes to past positions with your network.
  • You can now follow hashtags to further customize your LinkedIn newsfeed. (This is the second hashtag update in as many months—so now's a good time to take another look at you LI hashtag strategy.)

Instagram "Mute," emoji sliders, and more

As is often to be expected, Instagram was busy rolling out what felt like dozens of updates over the past 4+ weeks. Some of the most interesting are highlighted below.



Users can now basically "unfollow" an account without actually, you know, un-following them. By "muting" someone you will still be listed as a follower, but none of that account's posts will appear in your Instagram feed. 


Emoji Slider

Similar to the Poll function, the emoji slider is a new, interactive sticker you can use on Instagram Story posts. 

After users slide and release the emoji to leave a response, they will see the average score from the question so far.

According to Insta:

"By choosing an emoji for your question, you also add a layer of emotional context that helps those answering understand your tone and answer accordingly."

^TBD on if the slider really plays out that way. But, this is a fun new feature you can try with followers. Try asking a question that incorporates an emoji that relates to your brand. (If you need an easy way to search for the best emoji to use, try searching on emojipedia.org.)


Share Feed Posts to Stories

This is a cool, new way users (and brands) can reshare content within Instagram—plus it's a new option for populating content on your story.

Simply tap the paper airplane share button on a post you want to share and choose the new "Create a story with this post" option. You can then customize the background and size of the photo, as well as adding stickers and captions. The share will include the original author's screen name. Note: This will only work if the account is public.

YouTube Music + YouTube Premium are replacing YouTube Red

Anyone else feel like it’s impossible to keep track of all the YouTube and Google product names? Maybe this will make it easier? (Probably not…)

You might remember that YouTube has a service called YouTube Red that offers premium content and an ad-free YouTube experience. If you didn't remember that, don't worry because Red is officially being replaced by YouTube Music and YouTube Premium.

Basically, YouTube Music will cost you $10 a month (after a free trial). It's a revamp of YouTube's existing music options, which are similar to Spotify or Apple Music. YouTube Music is also going to replace Google Play Music.

In order to remove ads and get access to all the premium YouTube original content (such as shows like Cobra Kai) you'll need to pay an extra $2 a month for "YouTube Premium" which requires a YouTube Music subscription. (So basically it's $12/mo.)

For more info, Recode has a great article explaining all the ins and outs of the new setup.

Snap launching Yellow incubator program

Announced in late may, Yellow is being marketed as “a launchpad for creative minds and entrepreneurs who are looking to build the next generation of great media companies.” This is an effort by Snap Inc. (owner of Snapchat) to invest in projects related to augmented reality, interactive design and narrative storytelling.

The incubator is offering:

  • Investment of $150k for equity on founder friendly terms
  • Commercial support and partnerships
  • Mentorship from industry veterans
  • Networking events with creatives and media luminaries
  • Creative office space (in Venice, California)

For more info, check out the Yellow website at yellowla.com.

More Updates to Check Out

Facebook's new Account Switcher – If you manage multiple Facebook pages, you may have noticed a new icon the blue heading on Facebook that will allow you to quickly switch accounts without logging anyone out. (Facebook, we must applaud this one!)


Snapchat Quietly Rolled Out a New Way for Friends to Share Their Locations AdWeek got the scoop here. Basically, by long-pressing on a friend or opening the chat hamburger menu, you can now request location access from a friend. Kinda creepy?

LinkedIn Guide to Getting Hired in 2018 – Check out the top 10 most-applied-for job titles among 2016-17 grads, the top 10 majors that led to the most varied types of opportunities after graduation, the top 10 skills of grads that got hired, and more.

How to Use Google Analytics for Social Media: A Beginner’s Guide – Here's a great resource for anyone looking to take their social media ROI measurement to the next level. 

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