#Newsfeed: Twitter gives the Australian marriage equality campaign its own emoji; Facebook tests a news feed without posts from publishers; Maldives hotel now comes with an Instagram butler
Plus why old school advertising is not dead.
The news of a reshuffle of Facebook’s news feeds continues, with reports today of tests overseas that see a seperate feed for posts from family and friends – leaving publishers no choice but to have to pay to appear. “People have told us they want an easier way to see posts from friends and family, so we are testing two separate feeds, one as a dedicated space with posts from friends and family and another as a dedicated space for posts from Pages,” a Facebook spokeswoman told AdAge in an e-mailed statement. “To understand if people like these two different spaces, we will test a few things, such as how people engage with videos and other types of posts.” The test so far is limited to six countries—Sri Lanka, Bolivia, Slovakia, Serbia, Guatemala, and Cambodia—and Facebook has no plans to roll it out globally, yet.
Read more about yet another change to your Facebook feed here.
The five-star Maldives hotel renowned for its underwater eatery has added one most Insta-worthy feature to it’s list of attractions – an Instagram butler. For solo travellers who need to capture that incredible shot for their Instagram, the Conrad Hilton Resort now offers an assistant to take snaps for you at the most photogenic spots on Rangali Island.
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