The Social Media Weekly: New Link sticker on Instagram

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Instagram launches link sticker

Instagram is replacing the ‘Swipe up link’ feature in Stories for a ‘Link sticker’. Initially, Instagram says it will only be available to those that have the ‘Swipe up link’ feature but in due course everyone should be able to add direct links to their Stories as well as comment on others Stories with the new Link sticker.

As well as the new link sticker, Instagram is working on a new Get Quote (called me named Quote) sticker for Stories.
Comment: Handy for freelancers and tradespeople and their customers.

On Thursday last week, Instagram is started testing a ‘Re-Share’ sticker for Instagram Stories, which will enable people to re-share feed posts via a new, dedicated sharing format, as opposed to simply re-pasting the entire feed post into a Stories frame.

Instagram is getting closer to launching its Fan Club feature.

Instagram is working on a new search interface with photo and video suggestions that looks like TikTok.

Instagram is working on the ability to set a status that will be visible to friends for 24 hours.

Instagram is working on Likes and Multiple Likes for Stories that will appear on the Story itself rather than be received via DM.

Instagram is considering renaming the Rooms tab to Calls.

Instagram is bringing ads to its Shop feature globally. The ads appear as tiles in the app, allowing users to click on items and discover more about the brand. 


Facebook Reels are coming

Facebook has introduced a new Paralympics hub to provide up-to-the-minute insights on the paralympics’ latest results, news and highlights. The social media giant has also introduced a wide variety of tools, helping users participate in the games. The hub will also include athlete and team profiles as well as interactive elements like games, quizzes and related posts from your connections to highlight key conversations of interest. The hub is accessible by tapping on the #Paralympics hashtag.

Facebook is testing new For You/Explore tabbed feeds for Facebook News.
Comment: It seems most people aren’t aware of Facebook News but as a news junkie, I use it every day. More here from Facebook Help.

Facebook is working enabling users to send Facebook posts to others via Instagram DM.


From today, some Hosts will be able create Ticketed Spaces. ioS only for now.
Comment: A new way to earn money for your wisdom and expertise.

Twitter is working on new ways to help people discover Spaces. For some people, if a someone you’re following is listening to a Space, you’ll see it at the top of your Timeline. Controls about who can see your listening activity are available in Settings.

Twitter is testing the possibility of scheduling a reply.


Talking of LinkedIn Stories…LinkedIn are working on a new Polls sticker.
Comment: Not exactly innovative from LinkedIn…Poll Stickers have been available on Instagram for 5 years. Expect a Link Sticker in about 2050.


Users can now shop directly on TikTok thanks to its partnership with Shopify.As flagged up here recently, some TikTok users can now produce videos up to 5 minutes long, but TikTok is now testing even longer videos.

TikTok is launching an Effects Studio in beta.

TikTok’s tipping feature has been expanded so some Creators can be tipped directly from the For You page.

TikTok is launching an Effects Studio in beta. TikTok’s tipping feature has been expanded so some Creators can be tipped directly from the For You page.



WhatsApp beta in Android and iOS in some countries like Brazil, now has a new payment chat shortcut which allows the sending of quick payments.

WhatsApp is working on reactions to messages which will be available in a future release on iOS and Android.

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