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5 Important Announcements From F8 2018: A Focus on Smaller Communities And The Future of the News Feed




F8 2018: 5 key updates

1. Sharing to Stories

Stories are now an incredibly popular content format, so popular in fact that we may see Stories begin to rival the news feed as the default content consumption and creation method in the not-to-distant future.
As TechCrunch reported, “Nearly a billion accounts across Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Messenger now create and watch these vertical, ephemeral slideshows.”
Instagram Stories alone has more than 300 million daily users. And as people are already using Stories share their interests, Facebook announced that it’s making that experience “faster, easier and more creative.”
Users will now be able to share content from third-party apps directly to their Stories. Instagram explained more on their blog:
From a sticker of your new favorite song on Spotify to action shots from GoPro, it’s now easy to share what you’re up to or how you’re feeling by posting directly to Instagram Stories from other apps. More apps will be adding the sharing to Stories feature soon.
Here’s how sharing to Stories from Spotify will look:

2. Groups tab coming to the Facebook app

During his keynote on day one of F8, Mark Zuckerberg shared that 1.4 billion people are now using Facebook Groups every month.
As such, Facebook is looking to make Groups a more prominent feature for app users by introducing a Groups tab, which will help users navigate to your existing Groups more easily and interact with content from all your Groups.

Discovery also seems to be important for Facebook with Zuckerburg sharing that “later this year, you’ll be able to discover and join new groups through the tab.”

3. Video chat on Instagram

More than 100 million Instagrammers watch or share on Live every day. And Facebook announced that video chat will be available in Instagram Direct in a few weeks offering both one-to-one and group conversations.
This update will enable Instagram users to experience real-time video in a smaller group, without having to broadcast publicly.

Video and group chat seemed to be a big focus during F8, with an announcement that Whatsapp will also be adding group calling in the months ahead. These updates follow on hotly on the heels of Facebook’s group chat app, Bonfire, opening up for testing in late 2017.

4. Instagram’s new Explore tab

Instagram will soon be releasing a redesigned and updated Explore tab that makes it easier for users to discover new content related to their favorite topics.
The content within the Explore tab will now be organized into channels enabling users to browse all of their top interests.
Here’s how the new tab will look when it’s rolled out in a couple of weeks:

5. Messenger refresh, M translations, and AR platform

Messenger now has more than 1.3 billion users every month, and over eight billion messages are exchanged between people and businesses each month on the Messenger platform.
On stage at F8, David Marcus, Head of Messenger, shared some big announcements relating to the platform:
AR for the Messenger Platform: Messenger is testing new functionality that will give brands the ability to create AR effects and brand experiences.
Similar to Snapchat Lenses, these AR experiences will enable Messenger users to overlay 2D and 3D objects and animations on top of their image or video and then save the content to their camera roll, share in a group or one-to-one conversation, or even add it to their Story.

M Translations: In a bid to reduce the language barrier and make conversation on easier, the Messenger team has built an automated translation tool. When people receive a message in a language that is different from the default language they have selected in Messenger, M will ask them if they want to translate the message.

Messenger design update: When Messenger first launched, it was a simple chat app — a space outside of Facebook’s main app for your private messages and group chats. But since it’s launch, a Messenger has grown significantly adding games, bots, a camera, AR features — and even ads. As such, Messenger can, at times, feel a little bloated.
And during his keynote, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Messenger will be getting a complete overhaul in order to make the product much simpler, faster and cleaner.

Source: bufferapp.com

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