08 Jan The New Facebook Pages Experience
Welcome back to the first Spark Social Report of 2021 brought to you by Spark Growth! This week, Instagram is testing its desktop user interface for Stories, while Facebook Pages gets a new layout and fun new features. Keep reading for more of this week’s social media updates.
Facebook Pages is getting some big updates! Pages, used most often to represent public figures and brands, received many new updates that will make it easier for users to build communities and share news. First, the layout has been redesigned to provide a more user-friendly experience with navigation that’s simpler to use for both the Page manager and followers. Take a sneak peek at the new design below.
Another new feature added is Q&A, a new way for followers to interact with the Page. On desktop, Page admins can select “Host a Q&A” to create a topic and insert an accompanying photo or post. After adding multiple questions, this creates a stack that followers can click through. Similar to LinkedIn’s poll feature that launched last year, this Q&A section introduces another way to engage users.
Next, Page Likes are being removed completely (however, Page Followers will remain). The company notes that Page Followers give users a better indication of their fan base and that this change is meant to simplify the way users can connect to a Page.
In the last update for Facebook Pages, if your business has several people managing your Page, you can look forward to updated management tools with different access permissions based on the responsibility or task.
Last but not least, Facebook is expanding its Engagement Alert test to more group admins. These Engagement Alerts notify admins of content that have been popular among other users. In its recent update, the test also includes more settings, as seen in the Tweet below.
NEW! Facebook is rolling out ‘Engagement Alerts’ feature for Groups to more admins pic.twitter.com/AEVOn9T4nF
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) January 4, 2021
In its latest experiment, Instagram is testing a new user interface for Stories on desktop. Currently, desktop users can only view one Story at a time, mimicking the user experience on the mobile app. Due to the content’s vertical orientation, the rest of the screen is a solid black background. The test shows a new layout with multiple Stories shown at once in a carousel format, which is a much better use of space for desktop users. Only a small number of Instagram users may see this on desktop and there’s no word yet on when this feature will be fully released.
The development of more eCommerce features on social media apps isn’t anything new, but Snapchat is hoping to make shopping online more interactive and fun. A recent patent filed by the company sheds light on a potential new feature users may see in the future. By partnering with fashion retailers, users may soon be able to dress their Bitmoji character up with real clothing items that can be purchased online. Bitmojis are customizable emojis that can be used as a Snapchat avatar. In the filing, Snapchat provides a look at the user interface, including a shopping bag icon next to each product.
That’s all for this week! Be sure to check in next Friday for more social media updates.
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