Author: Sana Ahmed

Welcome to this week’s edition of Spark Bites! We have exciting news from the world of social networks — for starters, more than one of them has taken augmented reality to a whole new level. Read on to find out more! Facebook   Facebook is launching a “Snooze” button, which you can use to mute content from a friend, group, or page. Posts from the muted account won’t appear on your newsfeed for 30 days. This gives us another more subtle alternative to unfriending and blocking.   The social network has launched an AR platform to allow developers (or anyone, for that matter) to create AR experiences for Facebook Camera. These 3rd party AR creations will be part of the platform’s “World Effects” feature, which all users can apply to their photos or videos. Now that’s what we call taking the AR social...

This has been a big week for social networks. There have been major upgrades, redesigns, integrations, you name it! While some social media apps overlook basic household maintenance, others show us their humane side. Read on to find out more!   Facebook   In a bid to beat tween-focused competitors like Snapchat, Facebook has launched “Messenger Kids,” a text/video chat app exclusively for children. One huge USP of the app is that kids needn’t sign up for an account at all and parents have control over their friend list. The social network also has special safety filters in place to prevent kids from sharing inappropriate content. Whether these efforts pay off and the app gains popularity remains to be seen.   Facebook has always taken a strong stand against pre-roll ads on videos. However, after the launch of its (YouTube-esque) Watch platform, the social...

Nothing deters social networks — not even the holiday season. Some of them continue to upgrade their technology and features, while others make bloopers worth marveling at. Check out the latest in the world of social media in this new edition of Spark Bites! Facebook   Facebook launched a Messenger plug-in that can be integrated into third-party websites. This means that businesses are able to not only chat with customers, but also continue the conversation after the customer leaves their website. Another advantage is the whopping reach of the app and the ease of access across all web and mobile devices. That’s another feather in the social network’s already feathery cap.   Clearly under pressure to solve the problem of fake news, Facebook made a misguided trial attempt, wherein it promoted comments containing the word “fake.” As a result, for every feed from...

Every Halloween we take the opportunity to celebrate the spooky, the creepy and everything else that goes bump in the night. This time around though, we’re looking back on some downright eerie marketing stunts that left us in unpleasant bewilderment. Here are some of the past year’s scariest social media mistakes! What Were You Thinking?!? GIF from Inconvenientsequel GIFs   1. Dove’s Skin-Color Controversy Dove’s October campaign showing a black woman removing her shirt to reveal a white woman is still fresh in everyone’s minds. Despite allegedly positive intentions, the ad was perceived to be a tasteless allusion to the idea that dark skin is inferior to light, and unfortunately evoked an unsettling history of racist ads in the soap industry. Dove quickly issued an apology for the offense that was caused, and we hope they’ll look more critically at the potential negative connotations...

We’ve been grabbing coffee and saving the digital world, all in a brief hiatus's work. But now we're back with your recommended dose of social media updates in another edition of Spark Bites! This has been a big week for many social apps, what with new food ordering features, beta tests of facial recognition and increased character limits flying around. There’s plenty of exciting stuff going on in the social world -— read on to find out more! Baby Oh Boy GIF from Baby GIFs Facebook Facebook has launched a new “Order Food” feature in the US. It allows you to explore restaurant options in your area for take-out or delivery. Apart from partnering with restaurant chains, the social network is collaborating with other food ordering services so it doesn’t really face competition. So go ahead, stuff your face(book)!   The time has...