Check out the weekly buzz on our favourite social media platforms, including new features and what’s trending!


4 New Social Updates

Instagram is working on a new Stories camera mode

Instagram is reportedly working on a dedicated “stop-motion” Stories camera mode to help you get creative. This new stop-motion camera option lets users create videos without actually recording any video and is limited to 10 frames. The most useful part of this new feature is that it helps you create the animation by overlaying the last captured frame over the previous one, allowing you to make sure that your subjects are in the right place with the correct animation movement. While you can create a stop-motion effect in your Stories without this feature, the camera mode would make this a lot easier, letting you spend less time on the technical side of things and more time on being creative.

YouTube’s ‘AR Beauty Try-On’ Feature lets you virtually try on makeup

Another day, another step in technology. AR is a rich, three-dimensional visual medium and also a powerful tool for brands and creators to create more interactive conversations with audiences. YouTube’s new ‘AR Beauty Try-On’ feature is one of these, which helps YouTube beauty fans pick their next lipstick by trying it on virtually. AR Beauty Try-On allows viewers to try on makeup that appears as realistic virtual products samples that will work efficiently on a full range of skin tones. Viewers can try on products, such as lipsticks or eyeliners while following along their favourite YouTubers. While the feature is still in alpha testing, we can imagine it’d cause quite a buzz on the YouTube beauty community.

Instagram is testing out a feature that will save everything captured with stories camera for a week

Instagram is testing a feature that gives you more time to use the photos or videos that you capture with the Stories camera. While it’s a small addition, this feature is not insignificant as it might actually help people create more content on Stories. This new feature reportedly allows users to save everything captured with the Stories content for seven days without deleting it, with the saved content available within “Recents”, making it easier for users to curate their content in Stories, rather than be pressured to post something right away. This will possibly make Stories even more well-curated and thoughtfully crafted. While the feature hasn’t been announced yet, it should be rolling out soon.

WhatsApp tests ability to share your status to Facebook Stories

WhatsApp Status, also known as WhatsApp Stories, is the app’s equivalent of Facebook or Instagram Stories, allowing users to share text, photos, videos and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. WhatsApp is now testing a new feature which allows users to share Statuses to Facebook Stories, and a bunch of other apps like Instagram, Gmail, Google photos and more. This doesn’t mean that WhatsApp is linking to Facebook. Instead, it’s making use of the same APIs as every other app on iOS and Android to transfer data between the apps on-device.


4 Things Trending On Social

Mini Keanu Reeves Meme takes over social media

Keanu Reeves is everywhere. There has been a flood of Keanu memes and the latest iteration features an edited image of Keanu Reeves from the E3 2019 Cyberpunk 2077 presentation. The photo has been altered to make the actor look disproportionately short. The meme, which is most often used to convey a sense of false confidence, has been making rounds on Twitter, Reddit and Facebook. Check out some of the funniest ones here.

People are enjoying Pretend Facebook groups
Why People Pretend To Be Boomers In Facebook Groups

People are tired of Real Facebook and prefer to engage in Pretend Facebook. A handful of Facebook groups are bringing back aspects of yesteryear that the digital world has sadly surpassed and latching on to nostalgia by asking its members to pretend that everything online isn’t serious or sad. There’s ‘We Pretend It’s 2007-2012 Internet’ and ‘A Group Where We All Pretend To Be Boomers’, which recently went viral on Twitter after someone tweeted screenshots of posts made by members. In ‘We Pretend It’s 2007-2012 Internet’, there are numerous posts from people acting as though they belonged in that era. People are drawn to the closed community as a means of stress relief, or even escaping the political battleground social media has developed into. Oh, there’s even ‘A Group Where We All Pretend To Be Farmers And Cows’, a community mostly commenting “mooooooo” in an ongoing spiral of cow-play.

People are dying over this influencer’s allegedly sponsored “surprise” engagement

How far is too far when it comes to influencer sponsorship? Instagram influencer Marissa Carey Grossman @fashionambitionist has come under fire recently for her allegedly sponsored “surprise” engagement. The elaborate proposal was organised by Marissa’s partner Gabriel Grossman, which involved this global trek from New York City fo Montauk to Miami to Paris, all tied to the hashtag #RielLove. Gabriel organised a scavenger hunt, which is all on Marissa’s Instagram and that was where you could see all these potential #sponsorships come though. Everything seemed to be sunshine and rainbows until The Atlantic wrote this article which contained a link to an alleged pitch deck sent out to brands prior to the proposal trip. The general dissent online has been around the monetising of what is usually a personal moment for couples. This also questions the level of transparency between influencers and their followers. Would a faux surprise engagement be considered as straight-up lies?

Kim Kardashian’s Kimo lingerie line sparks Japanese anger #KimOhNo
Kim Kardashian sparked anger over cultural appropriation over her new underwear line, as seen in this tweet.

Kim Kardashian West has been accused of cultural appropriation after launching a brand of figure-hugging underwear called Kimono on social media. The collection features seamless bras, one-piece bodies, high-waisted underwear and a bizarre pair of one-legged shorts, intended for wearing under skirts and dresses with a thigh slit. However, what has shaken the internet up is that Kardashian appears to have trademarked the word “kimono”, which in Japanese culture, refers to a traditional ankle-length gown with long, wide sleeves and a v-neck. Many have been expressing their disapproval using the hashtag #KimOhNo, pointing out that kimonos are an important part of Japanese culture and that it was disrespectful to use the term to name her lingerie line.