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Blog / 14 Dec 2016

#Newsfeed: Edward Snowden wants to be able to edit tweets; Snapchat introduces group messaging; Ed Sheeran returns to social media

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Plus Facebook introduces new resources for parents.

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Ever tried teaching a parent about Facebook? Well the platform has stepped in and launched a new product to help facilitate the cross-generational conversation. Today sees the Facebook Parents Portal launched, featuring new resources for parents to help foster conversations with their children about online safety.

 

Read more here.

 

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Whistleblower Edward Snowden has come out and highlighted key features Twitter is currently lacking – with editing capabilities at the top of his list. In a Periscope chat with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, the former CIA analyst also suggested that the platform allow for in-app viewing of new articles, rather than sending people to third-party webpages.

Read more here.

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Does looking at your Instagram feed make it appear as if everyone is on holidays in Singapore, despite not having left their own country? Well you’re not alone, and Mic has investigated the issue.

According to their analysis, top Instagrammers including King Bach, Amanda Cerny, Lele Pons and Dan “King of Instagram” Bilzerian have all geotagged their posts with the “Singapore, Singapore” for half a day in order to achieve more engagement and attempt to beat the platform’s algorithm.

Read more about this mysterious theory here.

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Many people would argue that 2016 has sucked. Really REALLY sucked. But on December 13, there was a little glimmer of hope that perhaps this year might not end up so bad after all. One year to the day since he announced a hiatus from all things social media, British musician Ed Sheeran has left a very curious hint that he may be returning to our feeds soon.

Across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram the 25-year-old updated all profile photos and posted one square of the same shade of blue. (If you’re wondering, the RGB hex code is #45b7e5, and is described as “soft blue”).

Read some hilarious reaction from fans here.

If older music is more your style, now is your chance to create official video clips for one of the biggest names in the game – Sir Elton John. As part of an initiative with YouTube dubbed Elton John: The Cut, new talent from across the globe will have their chance to create the official music videos for several of the hitmaker’s tracks – “Tiny Dancer”, “Rocket Man” and “Bennie And The Jets”.

Read more about this incredible competition here.

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The Snaphchat party is just getting started, with the platform today announcing easier group messaging. Conversations will now be able to hold up to 16 people, and now gives people one less reason to use another social media or chat app.

Read the full story here.


There’s more than one DJ act here in the Jaden Digital office, but thanks to a new campaign by Bacardi and Swizz Beatz, we could all be hitting the decks very soon. Utilising Instagram Stories, the liquor brand is letting consumers play interactive DJ through a digital simulator.

Read the full story here.

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