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This weeks Spark Bites is ALL about the fun you can have on your favorite social media platforms, just so long as you have an internet connection and a friend on the other end. Instagram is changing the game with a karaoke update, Tinder introduces super boost, Spotify tests real-time music sharing, Snapchat is one step closer to becoming your favorite gaming app, and Facebook levels up its program for emerging gaming creators....

It’s almost summer, and you know what that means… time to start showing off that beach bod! This week’s social media updates are doing the same thing, and they’re all making changes to their platform for the *aesthetic*. Instagram is making changes to its story feature once again—reiterating the message that sharing is caring—as well as changing its IGTV feature, Facebook is revamping its story capabilities, Twitter is testing carousel ads, and Snapchat has created a new filter that changes up your look....

This week on Spark Bites, we’re looking at the cool new features that are aiming to bring that community to you via your trusty mobile device! Facebook is strengthening community ties in its biggest redesign to date, Spotify is bringing back the radio experience with its new app, Twitter is bringing the Twittersphere together one reaction at a time, and Tinder is connecting you with your potential festival fling. ...

Facebook is the ultimate friend of the day: it is introducing Secret Crushes in its dating app, redesigning its news feed and Messenger app to focus more on your relationships with your close friends, and developing a desktop Messenger app to improve your communication with your loved ones. Instagram is next, and it’s spreading the love by allowing users to buy clothing straight from posts by their beloved influencers, releasing its in-story donation stickers, and announcing a Create mode for its camera that makes sharing non-photo and video content easier. Shopify is embracing its friends Facebook and Snapchat, allowing its clients to create ads on the platforms using its tools; Pinterest is helping you out with UI updates and a feature to help name your boards; and Snapchat is reaching out to advertisers and allowing them to reserve their video...

Welcome back, Spark Biters! It may be hard to imagine, but Easter has already ended. As we spent time with our loved ones and extended family, we didn’t forget about you, our virtual family! These “egg-citing” social media updates we’ve uncovered will have you hopping down the rabbit trail for more chocolatey treats, so listen up! LinkedIn is a newcomer to the reaction game, Bumble extends their reach through a print magazine, Facebook is testing swipeable news feeds, TikTok wants to hire campus ambassadors, and Twitter is working on a “hide replies” feature. Get your pastel-colored baskets ready, your fingers set to scroll, and go on to collect the Easter eggs we have waiting in store. ...

Welcome back, Spark Biters! We hope you have a sweet tooth, because we definitely have some sweet treats to share with you today. First off, Jumbo is here for all of your privacy and safety needs! Also, Facebook is trying to ease loved ones’ grief, Snapchat is trying to be more inclusive with Android users, and it’s also working on creating a better environment for creators. Social media is getting sensitive this week, so you go grab the tissues, and we’ll bring the social media updates....

Snapchat is saying Shazam, in more ways than one; the company released its first voice-activated lens in promotion of the new superhero movie Shazam!, allowing users to Shazam songs playing in the background of snaps and stories. Instagram is extending the use of poll stickers to advertisers, WhatsApp is providing users with forwarding information, and Facebook is adding a dedicated gaming tab and the option to reply directly to specific messages....

Welcome back, Spark Biters! Spring is just around the corner, and we’re really hoping the warmer weather is giving you a boost of energy, because we’ve had a busy week of social media updates! Twitter is the main contender this week: they introduced a camera to their app, they launched a beta version of their redesigned app “twttr,” and they have updated their process for reporting tweets that share personal information. Next, Facebook is beating their own path and designing a white mode, in literal contrast to Slack, which is releasing a dark mode. Instagram is allowing users to pause notifications on the app, and Spotify is teaming up with Hulu to give premium users free subscriptions!...