Mango Digital Digest: May

From the latest software updates, to the most talked about digital campaigns, the Mango Digital Digest is the monthly roundup that will help you stay up-to-date on all the important social media news you need to know.

This month’s top 10 trending topics…

1. Facebook and Instagram announced new “Shops” feature in latest move to become fully integrated e-commerce platforms

The highly anticipated new feature will allow users to buy and sell products directly on the platforms, in just a few clicks, without ever needing to leave either app. You’ll also be able to shop for products from sellers, brands and creators directly on Facebook and Instagram Live.

While Facebook Shops have already been rolled out, Instagram Shops are set to arrive on the platform this Summer, along with a dedicated Shop tab on the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen to make the feature even more prominent.

2. Instagram launched new “Guides” feature

How ‘Guides’ work, is that they live in a new tab on a user’s profile and will aggregate several Instagram posts and videos along with tips, commentary and advice – which can either come from the user’s own profile or can be sourced from across other creators on Instagram.

While ‘Guides’ are currently limited to a small set of creators and only cover the wellbeing space right now, it is believed that they were originally designed with the travel industry in mind. So as international travel restrictions lift, this could certainly be one feature to watch closely!

3. LinkedIn confirms that ‘dwell time’ now factors into content distribution algorithm

LinkedIn has published an overview of its new ‘dwell time’ metric, which is now being factored into its feed algorithm, which defines what each user sees on the platform. Dwell time, as it sounds, calculates how long a LinkedIn user spends looking at an update or link.

As explained by LinkedIn: “At a high level, each update viewed on the feed generates two types of dwell time. First, there is dwell time “on the feed,” which starts measuring when at least half of a feed update is visible as a member scrolls through their feed. Second, there is dwell time “after the click,” which is the time spent on content after clicking on an update in the feed.”

Therefore, if you want to start maximizing your post reach on LinkedIn, it’s important to consider how you can grab people’s attention, and keep it for as long as possible…

4. Twitter announced, “a new way to have a convo with exactly who you want” by allowing users to limit who can reply to their tweet

While it may feel somewhat anti-twitter to limit who can respond to a post, the new feature will hopefully allow people to better engage with their audiences while also avoiding their posts being littered with bot activity.

5. Instagram supports small businesses during the global pandemic by adding new sticker functions to Stories

Another new feature from Instagram that shows they really care about businesses… Earlier in May, the app launched a “Support Small Business” sticker in Stories, which lets users shout-out their favourite small businesses in front of their followers. Similar to the “Stay Home” sticker launched at the start of the pandemic, when used, the Story including the sticker will be added to a shared public Story, which appears right at the start of everyone’s Stories tab – offering exposure far beyond just your followers.

6. Instagram confirmed that stories will have a more prominent role on user feeds

Last year Stories overtook the newsfeed as the No.1 way we share things with friends and so it comes as no surprise that Instagram have confirmed that Stories will become more prominent on the platform.

While it’s unsure how exactly these will be displayed, it does highlight that everyone should be embracing Stories and ensuring that they are a key part of any social media strategy.

7. For the first time in history, Twitter hid a president’s tweet

President Donald Trump’s recent tweets, detailing threats to intervene in Minneapolis amid protests over police brutality, have been flagged by Twitter for “glorifying violence”. While Twitter chose not to remove the tweet entirely, it did go to show that no one is exempt from their strict community guidelines!

8. Instagram CEO hints at auto-subtitling video content across the platform

Content creators and brands who have spent hours adding captions and subtitles to videos can finally rejoice, as Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom has hinted that they are looking into a feature that will automatically add subtitles to video content across the platform.

Not only is this great from an accessibility perspective but according to research from multiple organisations, as much as 85% of video views happen with the sound off – proving just how much captions and subtitles really matter!

9. Twitter Rolls Out Native Scheduling Within the Tweet Composer Window on Desktop

After testing it out for close to a year, Twitter finally announced on May 28th that it’s bringing native tweet scheduling and the capacity to save tweet drafts to its desktop app. While this function has always been available on the mobile app, it’s a welcome addition for brands and social media managers not using paid for scheduling platforms, who now have another option for tweet scheduling.

10. Instagram announced a broader rollout of ads in IGTV content

Following months of trials, Instagram have officially announced a broader rollout of ads in IGTV content, which means that creators will now be able to earn a small commission directly from their video content (which will be split with Instagram).

Instagram explains, “We are introducing ads in IGTV, our long-form video destination. IGTV ads will initially appear when people click to watch IGTV videos from previews in their feed. The video ads will be built for mobile and up to 15 seconds long. We’ll test various experiences within IGTV ads throughout the year – such as the ability to skip an ad – to make sure the final result works well for people, creators and advertisers.”

While this will be a welcomed addition for both content creators who can use this to supplement their income and brands looking to drive awareness amongst their target audiences, the question remains about how well will this feature be welcomed by ad-avoiding consumers?

*Bonus Feel Good Story of the Month: Captain Tom Moore became a worldwide internet sensation after raising £32 million for the UK’s NHS

Any social media user will be hard-pressed to have not heard about the incredible efforts of Captain Tom Moore, who managed to raise a whopping £32 million for the NHS after pledging to walk up and down his garden 100 times before his 100th birthday.

With an initial goal of raising £1,000, Captain Moore’s sponsored walk ended up being one of the most successful fundraising stories of our time, proving the public’s hunger for joy during a time of bleak international crisis.