It feels like every week, some new feature or function pops
up on your Instagram feed or Snapchat gets rid of a filter. Updates happen
quickly and frequently on social media services, and it’s becoming harder and
harder to keep up. Here’s a quick review of all the changes that were made or
1. You can now search
up Snapchat stories by content
Let’s say you want to see videos from Fling, a concert, game or
some other event, or you just want to watch cute animals. This feature makes it
a lot easier to do so. It also makes it easier to sort through the plethora of
Snaps posted to Our Story.
Because how often do you want to search for a particular
type of story? Most people use Snapchat for keeping up to date on friends and
celebrities, in which case you want to see everything they post, not just
particular stories. In addition, you can only search snaps which have been
posted to our Our Story, which means it’s only useful if Our Story has what you’re
2. Twitter’s new replies means tagging people won’t cost you characters
Twitter has changed its replies so that users’ handles won’t
appear in the actual text of the tweet, but above it as metadata.
This means that their handles won’t count as part of the allocated 140
character limit for tweets. In addition, now users can tag up to 50 people in
This gives users more options for what they post, how they
post and where to post it.
Facebook can’t stand the competition from Snapchat. If you
can’t buy ‘em, join ‘em.
We have a zillion other apps for posting stories, including
the original app, Snapchat. Facebook’s stories come on the heels of Instagram
stories, which are overwhelming, unnecessary and blatantly copying Snapchat,
making people unlikely to view or post their stories to Facebook.
This makes it easier to find and meet up with friends, on or off–campus. It
also makes it easier to keep track of or keep an eye on friends or family when
you’re concerned about their safety.
While you can stop sharing your location at any point, it
can cause safety issues if you don’t want that specific person to know where
you are at any given time in the hour. It makes information sensitive to personal
security too readily available.