Social Shoutout: Twitter Threads, Instagram Hashtag Tracking and Selfitis!

By December 15, 2017Stories

Twitter introduces ‘new way’ to tweet a thread.

Earlier this week, Twitter announced that they were launching a new way to tweet a thread.

The update, which will ‘rolling out over the next few weeks’, will mean that instead of having to tweet a reply to yourself, you can actually tweet all in one go!

With last month’s shift to a 280 character allowance, this could be another attempt by the platform to make it easier for users to post larger pieces of content.

At the same time, Twitter also announced that they were implementing a ‘show this thread’ button, where users can click and then see previous tweets in the thread.

Twitter Screenshot

Instagram Announces New Option for Users to Follow Specific Hashtags

Just a day after the Twitter announcement, Instagram revealed how they were going to follow specific hashtags, with posts containing the hashtags you choose appearing in your home feed.

They explained: “Following a hashtag is just like following a friend. To get started, search for a topic you’re interested in or tap on a hashtag from any post. You’ll see relevant hashtags displayed in your search results along with related accounts. When you find a hashtag you like, open the hashtag page and tap on the follow button. You’ll begin seeing top posts from that hashtag in your feed and some of the latest stories in your stories bar. You can always unfollow a hashtag at any time.”

This looks like it could be a push from Instagram to give users the opportunity to tailor the content they see to their preference.

In addition to this, Instagram have also said that in a separate test, Instagram are exploring the possibility of showing ‘Posts you might like’ to users in a bid to show them more relevant and engaging content.

 

Selfitis is a thing!

We all know someone who goes overboard on selfies, right? You know, the one who sends you 10 snapchats an hour of their face with various filters, or who’s entire Instagram is pictures of them doing daily things – brushing their teeth, eating their lunch…you get the idea. Well, it turns out, they may have a genuine condition.

Psychologists have warned that ‘selfitis’, or ‘the obsessive need to post selfies’ could be a genuine mental disorder.  Findings published in the International Journal of Mental Health and addiction, confirmed that there are ‘three levels of selfitis’: borderline, acute and chronic, each coming with different a ‘selfie-per-day’ ratio.