With a new year come new changes in the world of social media, so we’ve rounded up some of the biggest and most interesting updates across the major platforms from the last week to keep you up to speed.
Twitter adds new stickers and hashtag triggered emojis to help celebrate the New Year
If you tweeted over the festive period, you may have noticed the myriad of Christmas tree emojis appearing on your timeline. This was automatically triggered using the hashtag #Christmas. Likewise, to help its users celebrate New Year, Twitter released a new set of stickers and hashtag-triggered emojis to all users. The hashtag #HappyNewYear, for example, will automatically add a fireworks emoji to tweets. The new stickers showcase different sights from around the world and the year 2017.
Snapchat launches new native games feature
Snapchat are taking their famous filters even further by adding a game element to selfies. As reported on TechCrunch.com, ‘Back in March, Snapchat tested a limited run of a Sponsored Kraft Mac & Cheese game where you had to catch noodles in your mouth. Then earlier this month, it offered an unsponsored Puzzle Face game where you have to slide tiles around to reconstruct an image of your face in the least amount of time’.
Now it is bringing this idea to the mainstream, with Christmas themed games being one of the most popular, where your face becomes a main character in the game. They’ll also be temporary, just like the filters, which is a great incentive to keep users coming back for more and more before they disappear forever.
Periscope rolls out support for Live 360 video
Via their blog post on Medium to their community, Periscope announced that ‘With 360 video on Periscope, you can experience moments with the broadcaster and take a look around?—?it’s one step closer to actually being there.’
Although any Twitter or Periscope users can watch the new videos in 360 degrees, the Twitter-owned video broadcasting platform is currently testing the ability to stream in this new format with a small group of partners. The platform plans to roll out Live 360 more broadly to more users in the next few weeks. Those who are particularly interested in being notified of when they can give it a go can sign up with their email to be added to the waiting list.