Social Media News: An Instagram Bug, #FinanceFitness Accounts, Another Global Outage and More By Danielle Read Posted April 19, 2019 Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter An Instagram bug crawled about this week. Ultimately showing the wrong Instagram Story content to the wrong people – Eep! We’ve seen an uprise in #financial fitness addicts and even a shift for Twitter’s culture. Here’s the latest in social media news: Instagram Bug Shared Stories to Non-Followers Did you notice strangers in your Instagram Stories reel this week? As reported by TechCrunch, an Instagram bug infiltrated the platform. Consequently, the wrong people saw the wrong Stories. Image Source: TechCrunch The bizarre issue lasted just a few hours, but long enough for users to become curious and click on the unknown Stories. Luckily, Instagram’s privacy settings kicked in. Ultimately, this protected content from users not connected to the account. The Instagram bug is resolved and we hope it doesn’t return any time soon! Instagram for Business 101 Grab our ebook Instagram for Business to take your Instagram game up a notch! Instagram is Testing Hiding ‘Like’ Counts This week reverse engineer, Jane Manchun Wong has discovered that Instagram is testing the possibility of hiding the number of Likes count of a post from viewers. However, an Instagram spokesperson told TechCrunch that the design is an internal prototype as the company is exploring ways to reduce the pressure on Instagram. Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp Down Across the World – Again When social media giants Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp crashed last month, the world watched on. Curious, perplexed and a little scared. Since many businesses rely on social media for marketing, connection, brand building and more, the thought of these platforms vanishing (if only for a few hours) can raise alarm bells. Outages were reported across Europe, Southeast Asia, Brazil and the Middle East this week. According to The Independent, more than 6,000 accounts were affected. It’s not clear what caused the outage. But it’s hoped the platform remains stable ahead of the plans for a mega-messaging hub. Facebook stored millions of Instagram passwords in plain text The security lapse was first reported last month but at the time Facebook said the number was in ‘tens of thousands’. The Verge revealed yesterday that the number is actually in millions. If your password is amongst the ones improperly stored, Facebook will be contacting you to let you know. We recommend that you follow a secure password practice and update your password from time to time to keep your account safe. Instagrammers Flexing their #FinancialFitness and Saving Heaps When a 29-year-old Social Media Manager opened an Instagram Account (@myfrugalyear) to keep accountable about her finances, she had no idea what would come next. Launching with a bio that laid all her cards on the table, the anonymous account holder began growing a community of other money conscious folk. The bio reads: ‘£25,000 of credit card debt, £2000 overdraft and £0 accessible savings.’ View this post on Instagram This month has been a TOUGH month. The toughest, actually. The main thing that has got me through is getting organised, getting a plan in place, and remembering that things will be slightly easier from April. Everything is on Google Sheets, budget is set and I’m ready to go – but there are 10 days left to go before pay day, and I’m twitchy. The reason things are so tight? There are a few. Some our fault, some not. A post shared by My Frugal Year (@myfrugalyear) on Mar 20, 2019 at 4:56am PDT According to The Telegraph, many others have jumped on the bandwagon to connect with #debtfree and #financialfitness strivers. This brings on a new sense of self-care and e-support systems. While each user celebrates their saving wins, others in a similar situation continue cheering them on. With the uprise of shoppable Instagram posts, in-app purchasing on the horizon and the ever-present pressures to ‘keep up with the Joneses,’ users are forging new paths and connections on the platform to enrich their goals, lives and more. Does your brand (or your clients’) have a bigger message to spread? Beginning a community to empower followers offers extra value to an audience and a sense of connection. Think about ways you could engage Instagram users with a challenge, timeline or goal-centred message. Meet Sked - The most powerful Instagram scheduling platform A place to plan & schedule your Instagram posts, Stories, videos and more. Tag locations, users and products and manage all your hashtags in one place to save 5+ hours every week. Twitter’s Culture Shifting with the Times In an interview with TED, Twitter co-founder, Jack Dorsey, has commented on Twitter’s need for growth. The social media platform currently encourages users “to post outrage,” says Dorsey. But Twitter could see a new move to incentivise communities and unite its users. Image Source: TED We see this as a major shift in the overall culture of Twitter and could see users climb or wonder whether the unity of the community is morphing to mirror Facebook’s user behaviours. Dorsey admits that the emphasis on likes and follows isn’t something he would put so much emphasis on if he were to start the platform again. “Our goal right now, the metric that’s most important, is one around daily active usage. Are we actually delivering something that people value every single day?” – Jack Dorsey Does your business or brand use Twitter? Maybe your clients are active on the platform. 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