Facebook is currently working on a new feature called “Time Spent on Facebook”. The feature will tell you how many minutes you have spent on the platform every day over the past week and giving you your average daily usage. You will also be able to set a daily usage limit in which Facebook will notify you when you have reached this. Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that the feature is in development, but there is no news yet as to whether the feature will launch or not. Read more here.
Instagram has rolled out this week three new features – video chat, AR filters for Stories and an explore tab redesign.
Video chat can be found in the direct message tab and can be managed one-to-one or in a group of up to four people. You can only video chat with users that you have spoken to before.
Instagram is allowing third-party creators to create AR filters to use on Stories, similar to Snapchat filters. These populate a photo or selfie with virtual objects and effects, with Ariana Grande and Buzzfeed being amongst the first to launch them. Instagram will give you the option to use any filters you see on the platform by adding it to your own personal toolkit.
Finally, Instagram has redesigned its explore tab which collates content from across the platform and presents it to you based on content the platform thinks you will like. The redesign has added categories at the top of the page such as “beauty”, “sports” and “music” which collates more relevant content and lists hashtags you may want to look into.
You can read more about the Insta features here.