1. FACEBOOK TESTING FACE RECOGNITION ID
Facebook has been reportedly testing a new feature for people who are locked out of their account. Facial recognition will allow quick and easy verification of account ownership and is an optional feature on devices you are already logged into. While Facebook has previously received backlash in the past for its photo tag suggestions where it recognises peoples faces, Facebook says this new feature will be kept private and won’t encroach on any privacy policies.
2. FACEBOOK TO LAUNCH VR VENUES NEXT YEAR
Staying with Facebook, in a recent announcement they are set to launch ‘venues’ a virtual reality app that will allow users to watch live concerts, sports and premieres of movies and TV. This announcement was made at the recent Oculus’ Connect conference where it was also announced that Facebook will sell $199 Oculus standalone VR mobile headsets. It is still unclear what content Facebook plans to show in it’s new ‘Venues’ app but given their track record with content and distribution partners they shouldn’t have much trouble!
3. SNAPCHAT TWICE AT POPULAR AS INSTAGRAM AMONGST TEENS
A recent study has shown that Snapchat is twice as popular as Instagram when it comes to social media platform teens prefer. An investment firm in the US has released its annual ‘Taking Stock With Teens’ report which found that 47% say that Snapchat is their go-to social media platform. This is up from just 35 percent the previous year and this is compared to just 24 percent picking Instagram. In other findings Amazon was their favourite website, closely followed by Nike and Starbucks was their favourite restaurant.
4. TWITTER ADDS ‘HAPPENING NOW’ AND NEW BOOKMARKING TOOL
Twitter has been busy adding some new features and making changes which have been slowly rolling out over the last few months. The company has introduced ‘happening now’ a feature that will highlight sports games, breaking news and other topics at the top of a users timeline. The feature is likened to taking a dive into one of Twitters trending topics to discover more tweets relating to the topic.
In addition, Twitter has also confirmed it is planning on launching a bookmarking ‘save for later’ feature, similar to Facebook. Twitter has said that it has listened to the people and has plans to implement this new feature very soon.
5. SNAPCHAT CONTEXT CARDS
Snapchat is introducing a new feature called ‘context cards’ that will reveal further information about any snap that is shared by a user. Additional information could include things like reviews, reservations, contact information or even contacting Uber.
The new feature will be accessed similarly to how users discover more information from paid advertisers except the information will be automatically populated from Snap’s partners which include TripAdvisor, Foursquare, OpenTable, Uber and more.