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Spark Bites: React with Emojis in Messages :o

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  • Facebook Is Trying Out a ‘Dislike’ Button For Messenger Chats
    • Some of Messenger’s more than 1 billion users have reportedly been offered the option of tagging friends’ messages with the Dislike button, along with other emoji responses—including thumbs up for ‘like’, heart-eyes for ‘love’, and mouth-agape for ‘wow’—similar to Facebook Reactions, which diversified the “like” function when it launched a little over a year ago. “We’re always testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging,” a Facebook official told TechCrunch. “This is a small test where we enable people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message.”



  • Instagram just rolled out Stories Ads for all businesses, allowing companies to boost their content to viewers in-between stories. We’ll keep you posted on how the notoriously-high Instagram story viewership fares under this latest update.
  • This past weekend, Instagram pushed its own hashtag project: #WHPBetterTogether. The goal was to take photos and videos inspired by subjects that are better when combined. Seriously, go check out these beautiful and heartwarming entries.



  • At the end of February, Twitter took community management to the next level by allowing users to send direct messages to individuals representing larger businesses. The feature is meant to personalize the customer service process for brands, and is the latest in a slew of new updates that allow for one-on-one interaction between brands and their customers.





  • What’s that thing everyone won’t shut up about? Ah right, Snap went public last week. After pricing the IPO at $17 per share, the stock opened at $24. At the end of day 1, shares were priced at $24.48, a 44% premium to the people who bought it the day before.



  • YouTube TV (which will be available “soon”) will offer users live television from all major networks, regional sports, and many other cable network channels. YouTube TV is available anywhere, on any device. It will also offer cloud DVR with no storage limits (US only) at $35 per month.



  • Google Keep, which helps organize notes, to-do lists, and more, is now integrated with Google Docs. When you’re in a doc using a web browser, you can access the Keep notepad via the Tools dropdown menu.
  • Google Hangouts just released an update to the “Chat” feature that allows you to “jump” to where you left off in a conversation.



  • LinkedIn now allows more newsfeed customization. You can discover new industry leaders, publications and companies to follow by clicking “Improve My Feed.” This benefits both users and companies by providing a more tailored experience, and recommending relevant companies based on what the user has already expressed interest in. You can also hide posts and unfollow someone, so you’ll no longer see their posts while still remaining connected to them.


In Other News:

  • Need something to peruse while you sip your glass of mid-week bubbly? How about the latest B2B Email Marketing Stats.
  • Scorp is the fast-growing social video app you’ve probably never heard of. Launched in February 2015, it has recently picked up steam in the digital realm. The app is based out of Turkey and lets you upload 15 second videos on any topic. It’s being called the video answer to Reddit or Quora. 


We hope this week’s social news roundup left you feeling satiated. Look out for more social updates coming at you faster than it takes this pup to reach the bottom of the stairs 😉