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My weekly annotated summary of significant social web platform developments from the previous week, with links and carping marginalia as needed . . . Posted every Monday morning or thereabouts.
WhatsAppTrying to catch up with Snapchat and Instagram, Messaging app WhatsApp will finally let you add stickers to your messages. They’re helping users get started by at the same time “launching sticker packs created by our designers at WhatsApp and a selection of stickers from other artists.” At the same time, they providing “support for third-party sticker packs to allow designers and developers around the world to create stickers for WhatsApp.”
FacebookFacebook made number of changes last week intended to facilitate adding music to Facebook posts including allowing your musics to be added to Stories and the News Feed. On its blog, Facebook says “We’re launching Music on Facebook Stories, expanding Lip Sync Live, and soon will be making it possible to add songs to your Profile.” The point being, perhaps, to recapture the sense of creativity that used to enliven FB posts before young people turned to Instagram and Snapchat to fulfill their inner creator. Proving more evidence to support my last comment above, and consistent with the music theme, Facebook is also “building a standalone product where users can record and share videos of themselves lip syncing or dancing to popular songs.”