Facebook watch is now available to all users
Facebook has finally announced the wider rollout of its Facebook Watch Video platform.
The platform’s rival, YouTube, has seemingly failed to gain huge traction but usage is growing and will obviously give it a significant boost.
According to Facebook, they want to make the Watch experience more social. As well as allowing users to see which videos their friends have liked or shared, the platform will create shows that have audience participation at their core, and open Watch to videos from Pages. The aim of Watch is to help people discover and engage more deeply with videos they love.
Instagram adds private polls to direct messages
In their latest efforts to enhance direct messaging, Instagram added its popular poll stickers to private messages – giving users another way to interact within smaller groups.
The shift towards this may have been influenced by the growing number of scandals seen due to the erroneous or ill-thought-out social posts. For example, James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy director was recently fired by Disney because of offensive opinions he shared via Twitter several years ago.
On Instagram, around half of all users now also use the platform’s messaging option. According to previous reports, 85% of the messages sent on Instagram are shared between the same three friends, underlining the desire for more private sharing.
There has also been talks around Instagram working on a ‘lists’ feature – similar to WhatsApp’s lists – which would enable users to share posts and stories with selected friends.
The introduction of polls in DMs is a minor option, but it’s an indicator that Instagram is moving to provide more private sharing options.