Plus five things you can learn from the best drummer in the world.
Say goodbye to Facebook’s characteristic blue toolbar and hello to circular profile shots — Facebook will be redesigning the news feed over the next few weeks, the company announced. The new design also brings a feature Facebook began testing in the spring — comments that look like chat bubbles. With the update, comments on posts will look more like Messenger chats than Facebook’s usual news feed, with grey speech bubbles around the comments.
Read more about the redesign here.
Twitter is trying to make it easier for users to find content relevant to their interests. The company confirmed in a statement to Buzzfeed today that it’s now sorting tweets by topic in the Explore tab, regardless of whether you’re following these users. The feature rolled out to iOS and Android today, with the topics surface based off what Twitter thinks you like.
Read more about this update here.
Turns out the rumours were true – Instagram has taken a leaf out of Facebook’s book and begun adding comment threads. “Now, when you hit reply underneath any comment, your response will automatically be grouped right underneath it in a thread,” the platform explained. The new design is available as part of Instagram version 24 and above for iOS and Android, and will be available globally in the coming weeks.
Read more about this update here.
Following the criticism of the lack of Australian artists currently listed on the ARIA charts – along with Double J’s Dan Condon argument that even if you think chart pop is ‘shit’, “it might as well be shit Australian pop music” – founder of Project U Nic Kelly has highlighted five Aussies pop acts that deserve your attention. “Pop is real, pop is great, deal with it,” he told the music publication.
See the list of acts for yourself here.
- Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is taking down posts and ‘watching the situation closely’ in Charlottesville [via Recode]
- Upcoming Facebook redesign to feature circular profile shots, fewer blue bars [via Digital Trends]
- Facebook now lets you collect non-profit donations on your birthday [The Next Web]
- Twitter starts organising tweets by topics in the Explore tab [via The Verge]
- Barack Obama breaks Twitter record [via Sky News]
- Not Even Twitter Knows When Brands Should Stop Tweeting [via AdAge]
- Instagram Updates Comments Layout to Rationalise Replies [via Social Media Today]
- How Instagram Stories became the growth engine for Teen Vogue’s Woke Letter [via Digiday]
- The Muppets Announce Live Shows [via Pitchfork]
- Spotify pulls racist “hate bands” from streaming service [via Consequence of Sound]
- Pink Denies That “Lady Marmalade” Is Her Only Relevant Music Video, Says She’s Made Amends With Christina Aguilera [via Stereogum]
- Graceland Plans To Have A Major Music Venue By 2019 [via Billboard]
- “Pop is real, pop is great, deal with it”: Nic Kelly picks five Aussie pop songs commercial radio is sleeping on [via The Music Network]
- Kanye West’s ‘Life Of Pablo’ tour merch up for design award [via NME]
- Bonnie Tyler to sing ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ during an actual eclipse [via NME]
- Arcade Fire’s Bizarre Album Rollout: An Interview With a Man We’re Not Sure Exists [via Pigeons & Planes]
- Five Things You Can Learn from the Best Drummer in the World [via Digital Music News]
- Songwriter groups hit out at RIAA for ‘betrayal’ over moral rights issue [via Music Business Worldwide]
- The Very Real and Sometimes Awkward Relationship Between Celebrities and Their Parody Accounts [via Complex Music]
- ‘Rip it up and start again’: Fairfax unveils new commercial strategy, moves away from Facebook [via Mumbrella]
- LinkedIn is the latest social media network that wants you to start posting video [via Fast Company]
- Angela Merkel just gave bosses everywhere permission to use the 😊 emoji [via Quartz]
- Stop trying to ‘go offline’ and learn to set priorities instead [via The Next Web]
- Take These 3 Steps As Soon As You Know You’re Going To Miss That Deadline [via Fast Company]
- Google updates Docs, Sheets and Slides with new collaboration features [via TechCrunch]
- Search Has Changed. Here’s How Your Content Needs to Evolve. [HubSpot blog]
JADEN JAM: Dolly Parton has announced her first children’s album, ‘I Believe in You’.