Have You Seen These Social Media Changes? Part II

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social media changesLast week I wrote about several social media changes, namely to Facebook and Twitter. Today I continue the discussion.

Let’s start the discussion with Twitter Moments.

Changes to Twitter 

Initially a feature for news organizations, Twitter Moments are now available for everyone to use.

This is how to get started:

Go to your Moments tab, located between Home and Notifications on the taskbar. (Look for the lightning symbol.) Give your Moment a title by clicking Title your Moment. Then add a description, and upload an image to set the cover. Then, select some tweets you’ve sent, liked, or retweeted. Once you’ve completed your moment, click Publish in the top left-hand corner. (Note: Be sure to crop your photos right on Twitter for mobile navigation.)


I created a simple moment that includes a tweet about book patches, the Hay Festival in Segovia, Spain, news about the Pulitzer Prize winning The Underground Railroad (read it and loved it!), and two more tweets.

Once you create your moment, send your tweet.

This is how your new moment will appear on your profile.

Have you noticed that when you reply to someone on Twitter, that person’s username is no longer counted in the number of characters used? That’s right. Just click the thought cloud, which replaces the arrow, and type.

Direct Messages on Twitter

There are new features to direct messages on Twitter as well. First, you don’t need to have a mutually follow each other in order to send someone a DM. Anyone you don’t follow can send you a DM if you’ve opted to receive DMs from anyone or you previously sent that user a DM.

Also, you have the option to mute direct messages from people with whom you’re not connected and report them as inappropriate. Just tap the area next to the direct message and two icons will appear, the option to mute and the option to delete.

Once you opt to mute a DM, Twitter will ask you whether it’s spam or abusive. Select an option, if you’d like, and click Next.

Twitter will ask you again if you want to report the user as having spammed you. From now on that user won’t be able to contact you unless you message them first. Twitter will also give you the option to block the account.

By the way, to send a direct message, go to Messages and click New Message. Then type the username of the person you want to contact.


Pinterest now offers desktop notifications. If you’re an avid Pinterest user, you might enjoy this option. Just go to Settings and click Chrome browser notifications.

To access the Help Center, click the question mark in the lower right-hand corner of the page.

To add an image or create an add, now check the red and white plus sign on the top taskbar.

Have you noticed that you can no longer Like an image? You can only save an image to a pinboard, send it to a friend, or post it online.


What’s new on Instagram is the ability to save your Instagram Live segments. To go live on Instagram, tap on your story profile photo. You’ll see a plus sign next to it. Then enable your camera and allow access to your microphone.

Your next options will be to select from creating live footage that disappears after the broadcast ends; a photo or video that disappears in 24 hours; or a boomerang, a time-lapse video created from a burst of images.

Once you end your broadcast, tap on End in the top-right corner. Then from the pop-up screen, choose End Live Video. Next, you’ll see the number of views of your video and have the option to share your video for the next 24 hours. When you tap Share, the video will upload to replay on your profile. You’re done!


LinkedIn has completed revamped its site. Your avatar is now in the middle of the top section instead of to the left. Your description appears directly below your avatar. Directly beneath that top box is your summary.

Skills and endorsements look completely different. Instead of a long list of skills, LinkedIn will list the top three.

Publications now appears in the Accomplishments section.

This post concludes my two-part series on changes in social media. What new changes would you like me to profile in a future post?

Frances CaballoAuthor of this blogFrances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She’s a regular speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference. In addition, she’s a contributing writer at TheBookDesigner.com, and blogger and Social Media Expert for BookWorks. She’s written several social media books including the 2nd edition of Social Media Just for Writers and The Author’s Guide to Goodreads. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, finding new readers, and selling more books. Her clients include authors of every genre and writers’ conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Sign up for my free email course.

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