8 Things In Social: 31 May

In Blog by Gwen Tan

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

4 New Social Updates

IGTV now supports landscape videos

Instagram is really trying to push IGTV and they are listening to their creators. This week, Instagram has announced support for landscape videos in addition to vertical. This is an interesting move, considering how vertical videos have been widely promoted in recent years. Vertical videos work great for creators who want to be up-close and personal with their audience; while landscape also has its strengths, especially when it comes to formats like dance and sports which are high motion and often feature a handful of people in frame. Ultimately, Instagram’s vision is “to make IGTV a destination for great content no matter how it’s shot so creators can express themselves how they want.”

Instagram to introduce rainbow story rings for pride month

Instagram has given users various creative ways to celebrate Pride Month over the past few years and now, they’re reportedly introducing a rainbow-coloured ring around Stories that use Pride-related hashtags. Stories rings are usually pink and orange (the Instagram gradient), or green for Stories meant for close friends, and they’re getting a bit of a Pride makeover. The feature, first spotted by Jane Manchun Wong, is still underway and has not been released yet.

Shake your phone to report a Facebook bug

After using Facebook for a long time, you will – at some point- run into a bug. While reporting a bug isn’t a long process, it sure can get tiresome every time you have to navigate around the app to make a report. Now, Facebook will be rolling out a new “shake to report” feature to make it a lot easier for users to report bugs. Up until now, this was only available as an opt-in feature on iOS but Facebook is working on making it a default setting on both iOS and Android. It is simple to use – just shake your phone and a pop-up menu will appear for you.

Instagram is reportedly testing an ‘Order’ sticker for Stories

Instagram has been spotted testing “order” stickers in Stories, which may indicate it is working on new ways to complete transactions. While it’s unclear what functionality this sticker might offer, Instagram has been rapidly expanding its shopping capabilities as of late, including making shopping available since last year. Until Instagram confirms on this new feature, it’s hard to tell the exact functionality of this new feature.

4 Things Trending On Social

Instagram’s Flying Face Flappy Bird Game
Flying Face Instagram filter game

Flying Face is an Instagram filter game that has recently went viral on Instagram Stories. It resembles the popular mobile game Flappy Bird, which was taken down by the app creator due to the addictiveness of the game. This Flying Face Instagram filter is played using your face, more accurately, through your eyes. To control the movement of the bird, you’ll need to blink continuously and overcome hurdles. To unlock this game, you’ll first have to follow the filter’s developer @dvoshansky on Instagram, restart your app and it’d be available in your Instagram Stories filters selection.

A laptop filled with six of the world’s most dangerous viruses is on sale

Created by internet artist Guo O Dong, ‘The Persistence of Chaos’ is a work of art made by an ordinary laptop filled with six of the world’s most dangerous pieces of malware. It’s perfectly safe – as long as you don’t connect to your Wi-Fi or plug in a USB. According to the artist, the intention behind the laptop was to make physical the abstract threats posed by the digital world. The six viruses in the 10.2-inch Samsung NC10-14GB were chosen for the magnitude of economic damage they’ve caused, which includes the ILOVEYOU and WannaCry viruses. At the moment, the auction price has exceeded US$1.2 million.

A pick-up artist ‘guide to Melbourne’ has been reported to the police
A Supremely Grot Pick-Up Artist ‘Guide To Melbourne’ Has Been Reported To Police

A ‘how-to’ guide detailing when, where and how to approach women in Melbourne has been reported to police this week after it re-surfaced on social media. Originally posted in 2017, the “curated list” includes a number of locations around the University of Melbourne’s campus and the CBD. Each location grades the “average quality” of women in the area and includes detailed tips on how to approach women, with many of these recommendations referring to women as “targets”. Since resurfacing on social media, many have voiced their concern and expressed their disgust over the forum. The University of Melbourne has reported this to the police and urges anyone feeling unsafe while on campus to contact the on-site security team.

An Aussie Instagrammer with 200K followers is on the run and taunting cops via Facebook

A warrant has been issued for 23-year-old Instagram star Ethan Bramble, otherwise known as “Modboy”. Known for his body modifications, Bramble has been featured on social media and television. Thousands of people have commented on the Facebook post announcing Bramble’s warrant, including what appears to be Bramble himself, who wrote, “I’ve never once seen him in my life.” In a closed Facebook group where Bramble has developed a cult following, the young Melbournian wrote a message to his followers, taunting the police that they will never catch him. Anyone with information about Bramble’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact Melbourne West Police Station.