Hope your week and New Year is off to a great start! The beginning of 2017 has been an exciting time for social, check out the latest updates below!
In an interesting move, this week Facebook announced that former NBC News correspondent and CNN prime-time host Campbell Brown will be joining the Facebook team as the head of news partnerships. In her new role, Brown will work to help journalists and publishers “work more closely and effectively” with Facebook. With new offerings like Live Video and Live Audio, in the past few months Facebook has become a more powerful media entity, allowing news stations and journalists to connect with Facebook users in real time. Hiring Brown shows that Facebook too sees its potential as a media service, and we are excited to see how Brown’s new role will impact the Facebook landscape in 2017.
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey recently asked users what updates they’d like to see in 2017. Users chimed in, sharing their interest in a way to edit tweets. As of now this does not exist. If you notice a typo in one of your tweets, you can’t just update the tweet, but rather need to delete the tweet then share an updated version. This week Dorsey announced that he would be open to the update, and his team is investigating possible options. One option that is on the table is marking tweets that have been edited as “edited” so that users know that the content has been updated. Listening to user feedback is an interesting 2017 step for Twitter, a platform that had a particularly difficult 2016. To find success in 2017 Twitter will have to do more than just let users edit tweets, but this could be a good start!
Following up on past New Year’s Resolutions like reading a book every other week and learning Mandarin Chinese, this week Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced that he hopes to visit every state in the US in 2017. “My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice. I want to personally hear more of those voices this year,” Zuckerberg wrote. “It will help me lead the work at Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative so we can make the most positive impact as the world enters an important new period.” This is an interesting take. Considering the fact that Facebook serves as a connection or a means of communication for people across the world, understanding social and cultural differences across the country may help Facebook provide a product that is more inclusive of different user tastes and preferences.
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