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Instagram posts can now be scheduled through Facebook

Posted on September 20, 2019

Facebook has now updated its Creator Studio to enable posts to be scheduled to photo-sharing platform Instagram and published at a later (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Facebook could remove ‘like’ counter from platform

Posted on September 9, 2019

It was revealed last week that social networking site, Facebook has recently been testing a function that would see its ‘like’ counters hidden from the site.

Should the feature be introduced to the site, Facebook would be following in the same footsteps as photo-sharing platform Instagram, which has already gone through this process and has rolled out a feature removing the counter from the platform in certain countries.

While the number of likes is hidden from public view, the number of likes a post receives will still be visible to the author of the post. The feature is designed so that more effort and focus is put onto the actual content published on these sites rather than tracking the number of likes content receives. This is supposed to result in a more positive user experience and is designed to stop the emphasis on likes and comparisons, which could translate to more time being spent on these apps.

Instagram has had its version of the feature active for a little while now but has yet to publish any statistics and metrics relating to it, but with Facebook quickly following suit could suggest that it has not been a failure.

The Facebook version of the feature was first found by app expert Jane Manchun Wong, who tweeted her findings.

Following this, Facebook did confirm that it has been considering removing the ‘like’ counter, but did not give any more information away.

A recent study showed that the most harmful feature of any social media site was in fact the like counter. These have become synonymous with social media platforms in the past few year with many people measuring the success of a post based on the number of likes they receive. This has had a negative impact of mental health, as many people feel the pressures of having to reach a certain number of likes on each of their posts.

The study was conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health, and involved a survey of 2,000 people, both adults and teens. The study showed that after the ‘like’ button, the most toxic features of social media were posts, images and videos that evoked painful memories, content that trigged FOMO (the fear of missing out), and celebrity accounts and the pressures associated with them.

The ‘like’ button is one of the most iconic features about Facebook, with the thumbs up icon being synonymous with the platform. This will not be going anywhere, as is just the number next to it that could be set to go. Facebook is now thinking about why people joined the site in the first place, the impact it has on people’s mental health and going back to basics in terms of what it was created to do – bring a community together and help people stay in touch.

Posted by Alan Littler

Go back to school with a stab vest – viral content used for awareness

Posted on September 6, 2019

We recently wrote about a blog post that went viral, receiving over (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Facebook seeks publisher deals before news tab launch

Posted on August 12, 2019

Social networking behemoth Facebook is reportedly approaching a number of high-profile news publishers in (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

How to force Facebook to show images when you share links

Posted on July 31, 2019

When you share a link on Facebook, either by making a post yourself via the desktop browser or via the app, or whether you do it via a form of auto publishing, sometimes the image from your website doesn’t pull through (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Facebook to pay record fine to resolve privacy concerns

Posted on July 30, 2019

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the USA, social networking company Facebook is to pay a record fine of (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Facebook could postpone launch of Libra until it satisfies regulators

Posted on July 18, 2019

Social networking giant Facebook has recently said that it may have to postpone the launch of its new digital currency until it has quashed the concerns of many different regulatory bodies around the (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

How to waste your Facebook Advertising budget

Posted on July 16, 2019

Have you ever seen adverts on Facebook and wondered why on earth you were seeing them? You know, the sort of adverts that are so irrelevant to you that you can’t believe Facebook is showing them to you?

Every now and (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson
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