Our #FridaySocial is a weekly round-up of the key social media news stories from the previous seven days. Let us know your thoughts in the comments or via Twitter – @Umpf / @daniiyk
Dani Dyer caused confusion and sent social media into meltdown this week after announcing via Instagram that she had split from boyfriend Jack Fincham. The announcement sent Love Island fans into shock as the couple had moved in together and recently bought a puppy to complete their family.
Fear not! Dani Dyer later confirmed the two hadn’t split up, but just had an argument and ‘immediately regretted’ the Instagram post.
WhatsApp is busy testing out a range of new features which will no doubt be working their way to your phone at some point in the coming months. A couple of the new tools include:
Dark Mode – a black background designed for night-time viewing that could save your precious battery life (and potentially improve sleep).
Picture-in-Picture – an option to send YouTube or Facebook videos within a message rather than just a link. This will allow users to view the video without leaving the main WhatsApp app.
Group call shortcut – a shortcut button what will allow you to start a group call from scratch. Users can pre-select the contacts you want to chat with and then send out the call simultaneously.
Media Preview – a simple but helpful feature. If someone sends you an image or GIF, you can just slide your notification panel down from above to see what’s been sent.
Instagram has added a voice messaging feature to its direct messages, allowing users to send audio messages to each in private and group chats.
Starting today, you can send voice messages in Direct. Talk the way you want to be heard, whether by whispering what you’re up to or shouting a compliment. pic.twitter.com/3rkdQneNXO
— Instagram (@instagram) December 10, 2018
It may be a little late to the game as Facebook has had this mechanic for years, however it is quickly becoming the preferred method of communication on messaging platforms.
Twitter has been ordered by the high court to reveal the user behind a parody JD Wetherspoon account which has caused many problems for the pub chain.
The parody accounts @Wetherspoon_UK and @SpoonsTom have tens of thousands of followers each and tweet a mixture of fake updates about Wetherspoons’s pubs and replies to users who mistakenly believe they are contacting the real company.
— Fella in Green – Your Friendly Neighborhood Trist (@YNWA_4Life) December 14, 2018
The anonymous Twitter prankster is set to be unmasked by mid-January.
The festive season is well and truly underway with many people decorating their homes in time for Christmas – and pre-Christmas social sharing. Here are a couple of our favourites:
— Catherine Russell (@catherinerusse2) December 17, 2018
And for those of you who enjoy a more eclectic #ChristmasGarden with LOADS of #ChristmasDecorations, you likely won't be disappointed with this one! A LOT of details to look at! #Christmas pic.twitter.com/nXNCnFugmG
— Jean-O Appleseed (@JeanO_Appleseed) December 13, 2018
Amy's Little Christmas Corner Of The World! 🌟💝🎀🎅🎁
My Vintage Christmas Tree Shining So Bright In My Cozy Little Home!!! 🌟💝🎁🎅🎀#Christmas2018 #christmasdecorations #christmasdecor #myhome #CozyLittleChristmas #Cozyhome #Christmaslove #Ilovechristmas #magical #Jesus pic.twitter.com/CttXTUEAxS
— Amy Barbera (@AmyBarbera) December 14, 2018
— Nicole Castrovinci (@shinypennyface) December 9, 2018
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