The #FridaySocial: Pinterest, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger

The #FridaySocial: Pinterest, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger

Our Friday Social is a weekly round-up of the key social media news stories from the previous seven days.

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Pinterest reveals 'How-To' pins

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Pinterest has launched a new type of 'Rich Pin' which will help users share and discover step-by-step processes, handy for food preparation, DIY and much more. The pins are known as 'How-To' pins and when clicked, reveal all the steps in the process in more detail. Pinterest has partnered with the likes of Home Depot and ELLE to launch the new feature, which is available on desktop and Android in the UK now, with an iOS update to follow.

 

Snapchat updates its messaging features

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In a major update to its app this week, Snapchat made changes to its chat tab - adding audio calls and notes, improved video chat, stickers, multiple image upload and much more. Video calling, a feature which was rather buggy beforehand, has significantly improved; a user's phone will now ring and offer the option to ignore, watch or join the call. The updates resemble many features from Facebook's hugely popular Messenger app, a sign that Snapchat is ready to compete against the giant after turning down that multi-billion dollar buyout.

 

Third party Snapchat integration

Also included in this week's update were changes to Snapchat's privacy policy and terms of service, which seem to indicate the possibility of third party results appearing in searches. Expectedly, Snapchat is starting to collect more data about how users navigate and interact with the app, and following the launch of its first piece of web content earlier this year, the network is advancing how it tracks visitors to its website.

 

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