LinkedIn Messaging

LinkedIn launches ‘Find Nearby’

Here’s the replay of Monday 16 April’s #SocialMediaShow which was broadcast live via my Facebook Profile from Cardiff, Wales. I cover the week’s social media news and provide insights plus there are the regular features – Headline, Question Time, Tools Talk, Tip Of The Week, Number of the Week and Word of the Week. Several new features you can take advantage of this week including LinkedIn’s new ‘Find Nearby’ feature which allows you to locate and connect with contacts at business events.

The #SocialMediaShow is aimed at people who use social media for business. The show’s purpose is to increase your knowledge and improve your use of social media. If you’d like to keep up on the latest news throughout the week plus get access to insider tips, then join my newsletter subscribers or Facebook Messenger subscribers.

Here are the show notes:

Headline: Forget Congress. Facebook’s real problem is in Europe – Washington Post – The Irish high court on Thursday found there was “mass, indiscriminate processing of data” by U.S. authorities and Privacy Shield could be ruled invalid. Worth a read.
Question Time: Would you pay to use Facebook?
Tip Of The Week: Organise your Tabs on left hand side of your Facebook Page – go to Settings/Edit Page.
Tools Talk: – add multiple links to your Instagram bio.
Word of the Week: ‘Shadow profiles’ – used for people you may know feature.
Number Of The Week: 42% of Americans say they would spend between $1-$5 per month for Facebook.
And Finally: JD Wetherspoon has announced that it will close its social media accounts with immediate effect. Interesting decision which I would guess will be reversed in due course.


1. TESTING – Facebook is testing animated backgrounds on status updates on personal profiles.
2. TESTING – Facebook is testing the suggestion of videos for sharing underneath status update box – thanks to Matt Navarra for that one.
3. FB Live broadcasts have doubled year on year since launch in 2016.
4. Following Twitter’s announcement of tweeting videos from a time stamp, FB is now doing the same.
5. Bookmarks redesign on Facebook mobile – eg settings menus are all now in grey while other options are in colour.
6. Poll stickers are now available on Facebook Stories.
7. New AR feature is coming to Facebook Stories – called 3D drawing you’ll be able to draw on real world objects through camera.
8. Boomerang feature that’s available on Instagram is coming to Facebook Stories.
9. Facebook is launching Data Abuse Bounty, similar to Bug Bounty, that rewards people who report and provide proof of any cases where a Facebook platform app collects and transfers people’s data to another party to be sold, stolen, or used for scams or political influence.
10. You can choose a colour theme for your Group on desktop or mobile but it’s only visible on mobile.


11. Facebook is asking some users to review their Messenger privacy settings by May 25 — which happens to be the same date that General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) begins.

My next and last Facebook Workshop is this Wednesday 18 April and will cover all the above new features and more – Facebook Masterclass 18 April in Gloucester


12. #fentanyl, #oxycontin, #opioids and other drug related hashtags on Instagram have been banned.
13. Instagram is launching nametags – point Stories camera at them to follow people. Like Snapchat QR codes.
14. Instagram is launching Focus mode where background is blurred out for portraits – otherwise known as ‘bokeh effect’. Available now on selected Smartphones.
15. Instagram will soon let you download your data – just like Facebook.
16. TESTING – Q and A stickers being developed. Users will be able to ask a question to their followers and keep all of the responses private.


17. I’ve spotted a New Find Nearby feature that has been launched. Great for finding and connecting people at business networking meetings and conferences.
18. You can now send Gifs in LinkedIn Messenger – good to see LinkedIn keeping up with social media trends.


19. Twitter is testing making it’s Rules more visible. Seems an obvious win to me!


20. Rumour has it that using Artificial Intelligence (AI), Facebook will be able to target consumers based on how they will behave, what they will buy, and what they will think.

Questions? Need help with social media?

For more information about how we can help with your social media efforts including other social media training options please call me, Jonathan, on 029 2078 9139. Alternatively you can email, tweet or try my robot Artificially Intelligent assistant Henry using the button at the bottom right of your screen.

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Please note that it’s your last chance to attend my public/open workshops as the currently scheduled ones (view upcoming social media workshops) will be my last. I’m giving them up to focus more on in-house training where I can provide tailor made content in training style appropriate to you.

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