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This week on Spark Bites, we take a closer look at social media updates from Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Facebook is working on a preview button for posts, Twitter is bringing back a desktop feature we never knew we missed, and Pinterest has new updates which are similar to having a stylist-on-call....

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...

We’ve got the scoop on all the biggest social media updates of the week! Read on to get all the details on Pinterest’s algorithm changes, Facebook’s new ad restrictions, WhatsApp’s recent deal with Google, Instagram’s addition of polls to private messaging, and more. ...

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...