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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...

Food, fashion, and home are among the most popular board categories on Pinterest. If you’ve ever checked them out, you are sure to have witnessed the “I want these!” comments. It’s no secret that users want to own what they pin. Lucky for them, Pinterest will soon be granting their wishes. Pinterest announced that by the end of June, users would start to see a blue “Buy it” button next to the regular “Pin it” button (1). While pins have always been linked to websites, they haven’t always been e-commerce or retailer sites. This has made it difficult for users to find and buy the products they pin. Pinterest wants to improve the user experience by shortening the time it takes between initial product discovery and purchase (2). With the use of the Buy button, users will be able to buy directly...