Social Chatter Episode 28: Instagram Rolls Out Desktop Notifications

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Social Chatter Episode 28: Instagram Rolls Out Desktop Notifications

Welcome to this week’s episode of Social Chatter where we cover the latest social media news from this past week.

Each episode of Social Chatter is available as a blog post or video.

Let’s see what’s cooking in social media this week with your hosts, Christian Karasiewicz and Vincent Orleck!

 

Watch This Week’s Social Media Updates

 

Facebook Testing Facebook Topics

Facebook is testing a feature to let users converse around topics and themes.

This is what Facebook Topics look like in your news feed.

Facebook Topics

Once rolled out, when you click on a topic inside of Facebook, you'll be able to select from a list of other topics and themes.

This feature should allow for people to be able to assign a topic tag to posts and control who can join the conversation using Facebook privacy settings.

 

Twitter Stickers: A New Way to Add Images to Photos

Twitter Stickers

Also talked about this week is a new way to add images to photos on Twitter.

By adding Twitter stickers, this should allow Twitter to compete more with Snapchat and Facebook who recently purchased Masquerade. Both services give users the ability to add stickers and other visuals to their snaps and posts.

 

Easily Share Images and Media on Blab

Including links in Blab

Also this week was an announcement from Blab. They've changed how you can share links when you're hosting your own show.

If you want to share a link to a blog post, Facebook post, tweet or YouTube video, all you have to do is paste in a link during your show and it will show up for all of your viewers.

If you're sharing a video, it expands to play while you're running your Blab.

Blab Video Links

Blab is already a very useful tool for businesses. Now, you can hold your own Blab and have them center around other content you have already created, such as a video walk-through, Facebook Page post and more!

 

Instagram Desktop Notifications

Instagram Desktop Notifications

Another announcement this week was by Instagram.

They've announced notifications for Instagram desktop users.

While you still can't upload photos and videos to Instagram from a computer, you can at least now get notified.

To see Instagram desktop notifications, simply login to Instagram. You'll now see notifications when you're working on your desktop.

While not a major update, this makes it easier to continue to focus on the work you're doing without constantly interruptions from your mobile device.

 

Tools

In addition to sharing the latest in social media news from this past week, we also highlighted some great tools and apps to check out.
 

WPForms

WPForms - Create beautiful WordPress contact forms

When building out your blog, it is important to have a good contact form.. Not only can your readers message you, but you can also use it to collect other information from them, such as having a specific form for submitting guest posts. Unfortunately, adding this yourself can take a lot of time because they can be complicated to build.

As a business owner, you can set one up using WPForms in just minutes.

This way you won't spend all of your time building your website. Instead, you can focus on the needs of your customers instead.

WPForms starts at just $39 per year. If you're looking for something that integrates with Aweber and other email marketing services, we like Gravity Forms.

Try WPForms  
 

IFTTT

IF by IFTTT

Another tool we really like using is IFTTT.

IFTTT is amazing. It let's you build complex tasks and will then run them for you automatically.

For example, you can have IFTTT save Facebook photos to Dropbox.Try it out.

That's just one example, but there are thousands of other ways to use IFTTT.

Another way to use IFTTT is to use IF by IFTTT. With IF by IFTTT, you can create simple connections between apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more and then run them from your mobile device.

Download IF by IFTTT  
 

Nom

Live Video for Cooking - Nom!

Email Management Tool - Sanebox

The last tool we wanted to share this week is Nom.

Nom is similar to Blab in that you can watch live and interactive cooking shows. You can also choose to host your own if you like.

This is yet another way for you to be social and to build deeper relationships with others.

Download Nom  
 

Wrap-up

That’s it for this week’s episode of Social Chatter.

Be sure to tune-in to our next episode on Blab to find out what’s cooking in social media!

If you have any questions about anything mentioned this week, share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or in the comments below.

 

About The Author
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Christian Karasiewicz Founder, Social Chefs Founder and CEO of Social Chefs, a digital marketing agency. I host two shows, #SocialChatter, the industries longest running social media marketing talk show and Social Snacks, 5 minute or less social media marketing tutorials.