Instagram has announced a new feature that will give users a dedicated space for their pronouns.
Announced on Tuesday, the latest feature will allow users to display up to four pronouns on their profile, which will display in faded text next to their profile name.
Speaking to Mashable, Facebook said that it was important to allow users to be able to express themselves and that “sharing pronouns has been widely adopted by our community, and with this feature we hope to normalize the adoption further.”
To upgrade your pronouns, you need to:
Tap Edit Profile below your profile information, then tap Pronouns.
Start typing your pronouns and select them from the results below.
Tap Done in the top right, then tap Done again to save your profile information.
If you can’t see the option, try updating your app.
YOUTUBE TRYING TO TAKE ON TIKTOK WITH YOUTUBE SHORTS
YouTube has announced a $100 million fund for it’s TikTok rival “YouTube Shorts” in a bid to attract creators to the platform.
The company said that they will pay ‘YouTube Shorts’ creators for their most viewed and most engaging content over the course of 2021 and 2022. Content production isn’t covered by the fund, however. Instead, YouTube will reach out to creators each month whose videos exceeded certain milestones to reward them for their contributions.
And in excellent news for every aspiring viral star, you don’t have to be in the YouTube Partner Program to qualify, anyone who creates original content on the YouTube Shorts platform would qualify for the fund.
FACEBOOK’S FINALLY HAD ENOUGH OF THE FAKE NEWS
Facebook has announced that they are testing a new feature that will potentially stop the spreading of misinformation and fake news on their platform.
The new feature will prompt users to actually read an article before they share it. If users try to share a news article link that they haven’t opened, Facebook will show a prompt encouraging them to open it and read it.
“You’re about to share this article without opening it,” the prompt says. “Sharing articles without reading them may mean missing key facts.”
However, the feature won’t prevent users from sharing news without first reading the article. If a user hasn’t read the article, they’ll still be able to share it by tapping on the “Continue Sharing” button.
TWITTER FINALLY GROWS UP
In great news for creators, artists and photographers, Twitter has announced that they will stop cropping images on your timeline.
Up until now, 16:9 and 4:3 aspect-ratio images would always appear cropped on your timeline and would only appear in full if your tapped on the cropped preview. However, with the latest update, you will now see all the photographs and designs as they were meant to be seen. Hooray!
At this stage, it is unclear if videos will still be cropped or not.
THERE’S A NEW VERSION OF KARMA FROM REDDIT
Reddit is launching KarmaLab, its first in-house creative strategy agency dedicated to setting brands up for long-term success on the platform.
Billed as a full-service creative strategy agency, KarmaLab’s aim is to help their advertising partners reach their 52 million daily users in a sustained and meaningful way.
As part of KarmaLab’s offerings, advertisers can gain access to social listening and trends reports, step-by-step community management, creative workshops, bespoke 360 campaign development, and everything else needed to deliver campaigns that resonate with and add value to Reddit users.
ELON IS ACTUALLY GOING TO TAKE DOGE TO THE MOON
This is not a joke, Elon Musk is actually taking Doge coin to the moon.
After months of tweeting about the cryptocurrency, the SpaceX CEO announced via Twitter that SpaceX will be launching a satellite called Doge-1 to the moon next year and that the entire mission will be paid for in Doge.
According to an official press release (yes, that’s how real this thing is) Doge-1 will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with a plan to orbit the moon and “obtain lunar-spatial intelligence from sensors and cameras on-board with integrated communications and computational systems.”
A cryptocurrency that was built as a joke and named after a meme just funded a mission into space. Let that sink in for a while.
FACEBOOK WORKPLACE PLATFORM SMASHES THROUGH NEW PAID SUBSCRIPTIONS RECORD
Facebook has announced that the their Facebook Workplace platform has set new highs in paid subscriptions, after a 40% annual growth took them to over 7 million active subscribers.
In their announcement, Facebook said that the rapid growth is “an indicator that more companies are thinking about how to build communities at work. More conversations around how to create great employee experiences and ultimately — how to connect the unconnected.”
Facebook Workplace currently boasts a client list that features: Virgin Atlantic, Walmart, Telefónica, BT, Booking.com, Deliveroo, AstraZeneca, Starbucks, Save the Children, and many others.
FROM BEANIE BABIES TO MEMES AND MOMENTS, EBAY IS STILL THE KING OF COLLECTIBLES
eBay has announced that they are expanding to allow NFT’s (non-fungible tokens) onto it’s platform.
In an announcement by Senior VP and General Manager in the Americas, Jordan Sweetnam, eBay declared that NFT’s will bring “greater opportunity for artists and creators”
“eBay has always been the world’s destination for buying and selling the most unique and hard-to-find items – and we’ll continue to be the destination for collectors of all kinds, physical or digital” he explains.
“This opportunity unlocks new assets for collecting, new ways for people to fuel their passion, and expands eBay’s appeal to a new generation of collectors.”
So the next time you’re looking to add another beanie baby to your collection, maybe check out the meme section and see if your favourite one is available.