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Big Update for WhatsApp Status: This is New

WhatsApp status has already 250 million users per day. Now there is a big update for these users. We sum up what changes.

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1. Colored background

You can now use a colored background in your WhatsApp status. So in the future “only text” updates will be possible, so you do not need a picture or video anymore.

Everyone knows this function from their Facebook feed.

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Colored backgrounds in Facebook posts everyone knows from the news feed

2. Links in status

But that’s not the only thing that has changed. In addition, it will also be possible to post links to WhatsApp status. WhatsApp itself, shows as an example the status “I want to go to the Lil’ Coffee Shop tonight. Anyone want to meet me there?”

You could attach a link to the café website or directions. This is then attached as a small preview (similar to in the normal WhatsApp chat).

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Soon, links will also be available in WhatsApp status. We already know how to swipe up – from Instagram

3. Change the font

A small point, but perhaps important for the creatives among you: with the update, you can also now change the fonts of your status updates. Here you can play around more with design.

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A bit of Comic Sans for your WhatsApp status?

4. View WhatsApp status in the browser

The WhatsApp status is now available on WhatsApp Web. Just log on to the computer and click on the “Status Circle” in the upper left corner and all the updates of your contacts will appear. This looks something like this:

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From now on you can also use WhatsApp status via WhatsApp Web

Conclusion: Everything is becoming more similar

In summary, the apps from the Facebook ecosystem are becoming more and more similar. Colored backgrounds? Facebook. “Text only” updates? Facebook. Links in your status? Instagram. Swipe up to view the link? Instagram.

Everything merges into one – by the way, this is also seen in the Facebook redesign, which also copies a lot from Instagram. You could ask if it is a good idea for every app in the ecosystem to give up their uniqueness. It’s doubtful. But hey, many functions were already stolen from Snapchat, anyway. Expecting uniqueness would be probably be expecting too much.

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Why Twitter Doesn’t Delete Donald Trump’s Insults

Twitter has been Donald Trump’s favourite communication channel ever since yesterday.

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The US President has posted threats of violence and insults – such as those against North Korea most recently – on Twitter. Although such messages violate Twitter policies, the short messaging service is letting the tweet and the account stay on the network.

Donald Trump and his furious outbursts on Twitter are an endless topic. The US president recently called on fans to boycott the NFL – and in return was met with considerable criticism from fans, players and club owners.

A few days earlier, Trump had dropped a highly explosive tweet. In it, he threatened North Korea and its dictator Kim Jong-un with the extermination of the country.

Donald Trump violates policy – and nothing happens

In particular, the last part of the tweet – “will no longer exist” – is clearly to be understood as a threat. This is a clear violation of the Twitter code of conduct by Donald Trump.

It literally says:”You are prohibited from making violent threats or incitements to violence against others, including threats or incitements to terrorism.”

Anyone who violates these rules is actually banned temporarily or permanently. Nevertheless, both the tweet and the president’s account are still online.

Since the emerging criticism did not fade away, Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, tried to explain himself in a contribution on Medium.

He explained first of all that all accounts are treated in the same way. When a tweet is reported, various factors are checked. These decide whether the message is actually removed from the network.

Two of these categories are the “news value” and the “public interest” in a tweet. Both have been part of the guidelines internally for a long time and will be better communicated to the public in the future.

Whether Donald Trump has violated these guidelines remains to be seen. However, it is clear that the US president’s statements on Twitter are obviously always worthy of news and thus remain on the platform.

Twitter thus legitimizes any of Trump’s failures and at the same time voluntarily becomes the president’s instrument.

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Since January 2017: Massive Collapse in Facebook Engagement

Since January 2017, Facebook’s commitment to brands and publishers has fallen by more than 20 percent. This is shown by a recent investigation. We will show you some reasons for this.

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These are figures that make it difficult for advertisers, brands and companies to be happy: since January, 2017, Facebook’s commitment to publishers and brands has fallen by more than 20 percent (!).

This is what the analysis platform Buzzsumo found out by analyzing more than 880 million Facebook posts. The average engagement in a post has fallen from 340 to 264 in the past six months.

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Facebook engagement on the part of brands and publishers over the past twelve months. (Photo: Buzzsumo)

If you look at the facts at a deeper level, you see that picture posts suffered the biggest slump (from 480 to 325). Link posts fared only slightly better, sinking from 214 (already a low level) to 168.

The smallest losses are for video content. The average engagement with a video post fell from 636 interactions to 560 from January to June 2017. Still, average engagement with videos is still 3.3 times higher than for traditional link posts.

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Facebook post engagement in June 2017, broken down by content type. (Photo: Buzzsumo)

Reasons for the declining Facebook engagement

So why is it that the interaction rates on corporate sites have plummeted so much since the beginning of the year? There is no simple answer to that. It is probably the interplay of several factors that reinforce each other’s effect.

  1. Rising advertising spending: The decline in the organic reach of Facebook pages is likely to be directly linked to the rise in corporate advertising spending. Anyone who is not prepared to invest money in Facebook advertising will have to be satisfied with a further decline in reach in the long term.
  2. More competition: The space in the news feed of Facebook users is limited. The more money companies spend on Facebook advertising, the more competitive the ad space. In addition, in the meantime, almost every company has a presence on Facebook. This in turn means that the number of competitors is steadily increasing.
  3. More content: As the number of Facebook pages increases, there is an increase in the amount of content available. With each new page and the decreasing reach of each post, pages increase the number of posts they make and the total amount of content on Facebook shoot upgrows. By the way: Facebook expects an average of 1,500 post slots per day in a user’s news feed.
  4. Changes to the algorithm: Of course, the continuous changes to Facebook’s news feed algorithm also contribute to the fact that engagement is decreasing. A good example of this is fake live videos with an invitation to vote via reaction. This misleading method has now been banned by Facebook. With the disappearance of the “format,” the numerous interactions have, of course, also failed to materialize.

The Buzzsumo numbers prove the progressive decline of Facebook as a publication channel. However, Facebook’s level of engagement is of course still clearly above other channels such as Twitter or LinkedIn.

In addition, there are still enough formats – (keyword: live videos) – which, in combination with good content, are delivering great results.

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Long Awaited Feature: Soon You Will Be Able to Share Instagram Stories on Facebook

In the meantime, Facebook itself seems to have realized that the Snapchat clone Facebook Stories is a flop. To increase usage, the social network is now testing the ability to post Instagram Stories on Facebook.

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Facebook and its Snapchat copy: this story has both positive and negative sides. Instagram Stories are a very pleasing feature from Facebook’s point of view: more than 250 million people use the format every day.

Just as big in the negative sense is the non-use of Facebook stories. This seems to displease Facebook so much that Mark Zuckerberg’s social network now wants to display the popular Instagram stories on Facebook.

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Navarra works as Director of Social Media for the American industry magazine The Next Web and its conference.

In his tweet, Navarra shows two screenshots in Spanish. One shows the sharing interface of Instagram. This is supplemented by another tab. This allows users in the test group to share Instagram Stories on Facebook – directly and without detours.

The second screenshot shows the shared contribution within the Facebook stories. There you will find the obligatory notice about the posting time as well as the word “Instagram.” Facebook tries to make it clear that the shared content originates from the image network.

Greater reach for Facebook and Instagram

The planned move by Facebook represents a win-win situation for both the network and content producers.

On the one hand, Facebook succeeds in increasing the use of Facebook Stories in this way. On the other hand, Instagrammers are rewarded for their work by more viewers and an increased range.

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