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Facebook and YouTube: Social Media Updates for week ending 4/7

Facebook and YouTube- Social Media Updates for week ending 47

Facebook

All Facebook Profiles and Pages Can Now Livestream 360-Degree Video

Facebook is adding updates to Livestream faster than you can say, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Now anyone with the right camera can stream 360 videos to their Facebook page or profile.

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If you run events or are an outdoor adventure brand, this would work for you. These videos are interesting and engaging. #hashtag the video with the location and you’re sure to pick up some new likes.

Facebook Testing New Option to Allow Pages to Post in Groups

This is the update we’ve all been waiting for … your page will be able to post to your group!

Facebook and youtube updates

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This will be an amazing tool for brands if Facebook mainstreams this option. Now your group will associate your brand with the brand page, not a person. Even if your page admins change your readers will not lose any trust in the brand because there’s no break in who they see as a page admin.

The only issue is if a Group allows a Page to join a Group. Then you could have a spam fest.

Facebook Tests a Second News Feed Represented by a Rocket Icon

This is only on the Facebook mobile app. This new news feed includes posts, articles, photos and videos from sources you haven’t followed.

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It's an easy way to explore content you haven't connected with before. Facebook wants to make it easier for you to follow news and topics not just people, brands, and businesses.

Facebook Profile Pic May Now Appear as a Circle

This is a beta test for Android users. In newsfeeds and on the timeline your profile pic may appear as a circle.

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You may need to change our your logo if it doesn’t fit the circle format.

YouTube

Removing 30 Second Unskippable Ads in 2018

To improve the user experience for both the watcher and the producer, YouTube is completely removing 30-second unskippable ads in 2018.

Unskippable ads less than 30 seconds will remain. I don’t know about you but I find all unskippable ads annoying.

Bottomline

There still will be an ad at the beginning of your YouTube video, it just won’t be 30 seconds. So go ahead and make 29-second ads to your heart’s content.

As always, you’ve got to stay up on the latest to take advantage of new opportunities in social media!  What stands out to you the most?

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