Everything you need to know about Twitter’s new update

The news in a nutshell is this: replies, quotes, polls, pictures, and other media will no longer count towards Twitter’s tight 140-character limit. This means, in practice, you’ll have more space to express yourself, and it will be easier to interact with others and keep within your allotted space. – Inc.com

Facebook Messenger now allows payments in its 30,000 chat bots

Messenger bots can accept payments natively without sending users to an external website, Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus announced. Finally, the credit card info people already have stored in Facebook or Messenger can be used to instantly make purchases in bots that are part of the new closed beta the developers can apply for. Marcus also revealed that 34,000 devs have joined the platform and built 30,000 bots in the April launch. – TechCrunch

Instagram is rolling out its tool to filter offensive comments

The social media company is now offering comment moderation to everyone via a customizable keyword filter. In addition to existing options that let users block accounts, report content, or choose to have a private profile, Instagram hopes the tool will help keep Instagram a positive place and let users choose what’s acceptable. The tool offers users a “hide inappropriate comments” option. If you toggle it on, the app will block a pre-selected set of offensive words chosen by the company. Users can also customize a list of keywords they don’t want to see. – Mashable

YouTube launches its new social network, and it doesn’t suck

Some channels now have a “Community” tab, where YouTubers can send messages to their audience without having to post a video. This might kill off the “Announcement” sub-genre of videos by letting YouTubers quickly say something without hitting the “Upload” button. It could also encourage YouTubers to interact with their audience on YouTube itself, instead of on other platforms such as Twitter or Facebook. – The Next Web

Shannon Sankey
Shannon Sankey
Social Media Coordinator

Shannon applies classical creative writing training to her many roles in digital strategy and creative. Poetry and marketing are married in her world: in both arts, she works to locate and arrange concise and engaging language to evoke a response.

She functioned independently as the copy and digital strategy department in a growing agency in Greensburg, PA, where she expanded agency capabilities in content, social, paid media, PR, and analytics. She went on to a corporate environment in Pittsburgh to establish and optimize social identity for high-profile executives and associated brands. Now, while pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Chatham University, she’s excited to contribute to a dynamic team and challenging projects at Smith Brothers Agency.