It’s Friday again, and we are back with the latest news from the social media world.
Have a glance over the highlights
- LinkedIn’s new profile features
- YouTube is testing the removal of public dislike counts
- Snapchat is bringing new AR-enabled spectacles
- TikTok becomes the most downloaded app in Q1
- Google is adding new AR directions in Google map
- LinkedIn is in the process to develop audio rooms
LinkedIn’s New Profile Features
Being a hub for professional activities, LinkedIn is always up to help the professionals. Here’s something LinkedIn announced to make your profile better. Bring your professional stories to life.
Now you can add your experience and journey to the LinkedIn cover photo. The most captivating part is narrating the story behind your brand or business. This ‘New Profile Feature’ will let the users add an introductory video to their profile’s cover so that people can view and listen to it whenever they visit their LinkedIn listing.
Here’s how LinkedIn explained it;
‘Once you add your Cover Story, an orange ring will appear around your profile photo, and a preview of your video will auto-play silently within your photo frame (we like to think of it as the “Harry Potter” effect). And, stay tuned for captioning capabilities coming soon.’
Youtube Is Testing Removal Of Public Dislikes
YouTube is testing to remove public dislikes but won’t get rid of it altogether. The reason to remove the dislike button is to reduce the impact of negative behavior on the platform.
👍👎 In response to creator feedback around well-being and targeted dislike campaigns, we’re testing a few new designs that don’t show the public dislike count. If you’re part of this small experiment, you might spot one of these designs in the coming weeks (example below!). pic.twitter.com/aemrIcnrbx
— YouTube (@YouTube) March 30, 2021
Creators will see and view the likes and dislikes on videos, but users can still react to the content, but they won’t be counted. The removal of total likes and dislikes would help to reduce the negative stigma from the platform.
This removal of the dislike button is a great initiative to turn down the creators’ hostile areas.
Snapchat Is Bringing New AR Enabled Spectacles
Tighten your seat belts because AR is coming to your phones. Snapchat is bringing the new AR-enabled spectacles smart glasses. This new product is considered as one of the advanced products launched by Snapchat.
— Spectacles (@Spectacles) August 13, 2019
Here’s how Snapchat describes its new product;
“Unlike past models of Snap’s smart glasses, this version of the product is not meant for the consumer market but is instead aimed at developers and creators. Those groups are already the creative force behind many of the wildly popular AR effects on the Snapchat app for mobile phones, known as lenses. Snap likely hopes the developers will develop software experiences that can work on the new device, which could be offered to a broader group of customers at some point in the future.”
Tiktok Becomes The Most Downloaded App In Q1
‘Global spend on apps surged by 40% in a year, with $32 billion spent on in-app purchases across iOS and Google Play globally in Q1 2021. It’s the biggest quarter since records began – and the figure is 40% up on the same quarter for 2020.’
As per Q1 2021, TikTok stands at number 1, with the billion active users leaving behind Instagram and Facebook. Congratulations to the team TikTok.
Google Is Adding New AR Directions In Google Map
Google never stays behind when it comes to updates. Google is announcing a bunch of new features in Google map, which includes indoor navigation.
Hold your phones up to the surroundings or street to get the directions, arrows, and icons pointing where you need to go. Here’s how you can test it;
- Search for a location and tap on the map.
- Click on the direction button.
- Hold your phones in the street and start walking.
Doesn’t it sound cool? Let’s try out this feature to reach your destination quickly.
Linkedin Is In Progress To Develop Audio Rooms
Audio room once again? After Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn is all geared up to launch its audio rooms. Isn’t Clubhouse’s list of competitors overgrowing?
#LinkedIn is working on Live Audio Rooms 👀
ℹ️ The feature doesn’t work yet, there is only the UI at the moment. pic.twitter.com/Btt6FATXW3
— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) March 30, 2021
LinkedIn just announced that soon it would launch audio rooms, which will be different from the clubhouse. It will connect with the user’s professional identity and not with any social profile. LinkedIn just posted a little glimpse of its new audio room.
Here’s what LinkedIn has to say;
“We see nearly 50% growth in LinkedIn conversations reflected in video shares, stories, and posts on the platform. We’re doing some early tests to create a unique audio experience connected to your professional identity. And, we’re looking at how we can bring audio to other parts of LinkedIn such as events and groups, to give our members even more ways to connect to their community.”
We hope LinkedIn’s new audio room soon works out well.