Facebook & Instagram introduce platform time limits

Facebook & Instagram introduce platform time limits

Both Facebook and Instagram are set to be rolling out features to help users control how much time they spend on their platforms. People will be able to set daily limits for both apps and receive a notification when they have hit their self-set time limits. 

Facebook and Instagram say: “We want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to be intentional, positive and inspiring. Our hope is that these tools give people more control over the time they spend on our platforms and also foster conversations between parents and teens about the online habits that are right for them.” 

Although the apps will not stop you from using them for longer than your set time limit, push notifications will be sent to encourage users to shut off for the day. You can read more here.

 LinkedIn adds new opportunity for networking - voice messaging

LinkedIn adds new opportunity for networking - voice messaging

LinkedIn is currently rolling out a new voice messaging feature which allows users to send each other voice messages of up to a minute long over the platform’s messaging service. Available to all LinkedIn members globally over the next few weeks, voice messaging may be useful for easy messaging whilst on the go, or when needing to explain something in more detail. Read more about this new feature here.

 Third party apps lose ability to post to Facebook

Third party apps lose ability to post to Facebook

Facebook has recently made changes to its “publish actions permissions” feature, meaning that the ability to automatically post content from some platforms straight to Facebook have been removed. 
 
It is expected that 60,000 apps will be affected, one of which being social media site Twitter – meaning that Twitter users tweets, and retweets can no longer automatically post to Facebook. 
 
If you are a Buffer user (or use any other scheduling platform in fact), then there’s some more bad news. You will no longer be able to schedule posts to your personal Facebook pages using third-party apps. This is to prevent the misuse of Facebook profiles. You can still schedule Facebook posts to your personal profile using Facebook’s own tools. 
 
You can read more about this story here.

 WhatsApp group video calls - an alternative to Google Hangouts?

WhatsApp group video calls - an alternative to Google Hangouts?

According to WhatsApp, users spend over 2 billion minutes on WhatsApp calls every day – which has sparked the launch of group video and voice calls on the platform. You can now take part in a voice/video call on WhatsApp with up to a total of four people and is becoming available on both iOS and Android. WhatsApp prides itself on being encrypted, and group calls will also be end-to-end encrypted and work reliably around the world. Could WhatsApp group calls end up being an alternative to Google Hangouts? You can see WhatsApp’s official blog post on it here. Have you tried WhatsApp video yet? Let us know what you think. 

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