This week we've found new features that are either being tested or have been launched on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Read on to find out more and click the links at the end of each post for the full story.
Following Instagram’s recent (and successful) poll stickers launch, Facebook are hopping aboard the poll train and introducing a new Facebook poll feature to web, iOS and Android. This new feature will allow users to ask questions via their status, which friends can then vote one out of two answers. However, the answers aren’t just limited to simple text - you can even upload a photo or GIF to your options. You can ask a question of any length, however your answers are limited to just 25 characters – so make sure you think creatively when creating polls and maybe add a GIF or photo answer to convey your message! Read more here.
Instagram have recently added two new cool features to their stories section – stop motion and Superzoom – and if you haven't already tried these out, then what are you waiting for? The new stop motion tool allows users to take multiple images one after the other. The app then makes these into a stop motion GIF, which can be shared directly to your Instagram story or saved to share elsewhere this could be great for you creative businesses out there when revealing a new product or perhaps showing how you set up your equipment at a shoot or event? As well as this, the platform has added their hilarious Superzoom feature, which can provide hours of fun. This feature takes a 3 second video zooming in on a person, animal or object then adds dramatic music over the top - this is definitely more for comedic effect but could possibly be used for product launches or behind the scenes clips. We tried the Superzoom feature out on our office dog Toffee and here's the result.
In last week's BTR Bites, we mentioned WhatsApp's planned new feature 'Delete for everyone' which allows users to delete messages they have sent to other users - as long as they are unread. Well...it's here! We had a chance to test it over the weekend and the feature is exactly what it says on the tin. But with everything, there's always criticisms and we've definitely got ours. The first is that the app tells users that you've deleted the message... isn't that even more awkward? The second is that if a user is sitting by their phone at the time the notification comes up they can still see that you've messaged them and possibly even read it before you delete it, so just be aware. Read more here.
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