12 Social Media Updates You Might Have Missed

Feeling overwhelmed by the recent social media updates? Worried you might have missed hearing about a new feature? We’ve got you covered!

This comprehensive list will help you catch up on the new features available on your favorite social media network. (All in one convenient place!)


Cross Post Content From Instagram

Have you noticed your Instagram photos popping up on Facebook lately? The social platform is now giving  users the opportunity to share their published Instagram content to Facebook while using Facebook. That means if you forgot to toggle "share on facebook" when you posted your latest Insta pic, you can do it from within Facebook.

You can also share your Insta Stories into Facebook Stories without leaving the Facebook app. Just remember that some of Instagram's functionalities do not cross-post well into Facebook Stories. (Very frustrating when you have a static image of a poll your Facebook friends can't interact with..)

Polls in Messenger Stories

Mimicking the feature already available in Instagram Stories, Facebook now has poll stickers in Messenger Stories. Take a photo in the Messenger camera, then add a poll sticker from the stickers listing. You'll then have the option to add your question and answer options, and you can place the poll sticker anywhere on your image.

3D Posts in Camera

3D photos will live in your news feed just like any other photos, except one important difference: when you scroll by them, touch or click them, or tilt your phone, they'll respond as if the photo is a window into a tiny diorama, with corresponding changes in perspective. It will work for pictures of people, pets, landscapes and panoramas.

Check out how it looks here!

Features Coming Soon

Facebook has rolled out 3 new Stories features in India that will be making their debut in the United States soon. 

Audio Stories
You will have options to add a voice message to a colorful background or a photo from your camera gallery or saved gallery. You can also add stickers, text, or doodles.

Stories Archive
Automatically save your Stories after they expire so you can look back at them or re-share the content to the News Feed.

Save Clips To Facebook Camera
Creates a private tab in the Stories creation interface where you can access and post the imagery you’ve stored. There will also be a Saved tab in your profile’s Photos section. This will help if you're lacking phone storage space.


1 Hour Long Videos

Instagram prepping for a major platform update on June 20th. The Wall Street Journal predicts that the social network is planning to move from allowing 60 second videos to 60 minute videos.

“The feature, which could allow videos of up to an hour in length, will focus on vertical video, or video that is taller than it is wide, one of the people said. Until now, Instagram hasn’t allowed users to post any videos longer than one minute. The people said the plans are tentative and subject to change.” - (Wall Street Journal)
We'll update you if this launch occurs!

@Mention Sharing

Insta users can now re-share stories they’re tagged in.

When someone mentions you in their story, you will receive a notification in your Direct message thread shared with that person. Here you will now see an option to add that content to your own story.

Tap it to see the story as a sticker. You can scale, rotate, position it and use the creative tools to add text or stickers to it.

When your followers see your story, the username of the original person who published the story will appear and be tappable, so your followers can explore your friend’s profile too.

Only public accounts can have their stories shared. 

Mute Profiles

Want to stay connected with someone but stop seeing their posts in your feed? With the new mute function you can! 

When you mute an account, you can still see posts on their profile page and get notified about comments or posts you’re tagged in. The accounts you mute will not be aware that you’ve muted them. You can always unmute an account to get their posts back in your feed. (Basically exactly the same functionality as mute on Facebook.)

Emoji Slider Polls

One of Instagram’s newest Stories feature, the emoji slider, allows you to ask more nuanced questions when you want to find out how your audience feel about something — like how “hot” an artist’s new single is or how “spicy” they like their food.

Looking for more ways to engage your audience with Instagram Stories? Check out our article "How Influencers Can Take Advantage of Instagram Stories"


Audio-Triggered Lenses

Introducing the first lens that reacts to sounds! It has a cute animal mask overlay for your face, ears that pulse and glow and eyes that move based on the sounds it hears. 

As noted by Social Media Today, the new feature paves the way for more innovative uses "with Snapchat noting that they’re planning to roll out more Lenses of this type in the near future."

Unsend Messages

  1. Find the message you want to edit or delete
  2. Press and hold on the message, sticker, audio, or photo
  3. Tap ‘Delete’ and breathe a sigh of relief
Deleting sent messages and media in Snapchat will still notify the recipient or recipients that a sent message was removed — but not what was in it. 


Larger Video Ad Format

The new, bigger Pinterest video ads take up around two-thirds of the screen, and align with the rising vertical video format.

"With Promoted Video at max. width, your video stands out to drive impact and brand awareness. The format is easy to spot; it spans wider than our standard format in feeds and in search on mobile, so people can sit back and watch your story. 67% of Pinterest video viewers say that videos on Pinterest inspire them to take action." - Pinterest

Filter Search Results By Skin Tone

A new feature by Pinterest now let users filter hair and beauty search results by skin tone ranges. According to a survey conducted by the social media platform 70% use Pinterest to find and save everyday looks and styles.

“Skin tones are just the start of building a more inclusive search. We hope to help Pinners find more personalized results by offering more ways to narrow your search,” Laksh Bhasin, a Pinterest engineer working on its search quality team stated in a Medium post.


Time Stamps

This one was launched back in March but it warrants a highlight because it's highly useful for influencers:

Timestamps lets anyone Tweet a live or replay video starting from the exact moment they want to discuss.

Sharing Timestamps is easy. When you tap to share a live video, you can easily slide back to the exact time you want your audience to watch. From there, add your thoughts, and Tweet it to the world.