In this week’s Platform Five: Facebook announces new Portal devices

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What’s changed in the last seven days? What does it mean?

Facebook announces new Portal devices, Twitter experiments with new visual editor, and YouTube launches its first podcast.

Let’s take a look at these changes in more detail.

Facebook announces new Portal devices

As Facebook continues to develop its hardware offering, the platform has announced two new Portal video-calling devices. With the rise in remote work, Facebook’s new Portal+ “includes a 14-inch, tilting display, and Portal Go, a 10-inch, portable video calling device.”

Read more here.

Twitter experiments with new visual editor

Last month Twitter announced that Fleets would be discontinued, but that it would also be taking the lessons learnt for new developments. The new feature enables users to “utilize all of the Fleets features in a new visual editor process” for regular tweets.

Learn more here.

YouTube launches its first podcast

With all platforms looking to provide more opportunities for creators to monetise their content, YouTube is launching its first podcast. ‘The Upload: The Rise of the Creator Economy’ “will feature interviews with a range of YouTube stars who’ve gone on to create their own business”.

Read more here.

Pinterest tests Idea Pin sharing

Pinterest is helping users promote their Idea Pins, the app’s version of Stories, by providing “a new option that will enable direct sharing to Instagram and Facebook Stories, complete with a Pinterest watermark.”

Read more here.

TikTok tests new pinned video feature

TikTok is currently testing a new option “that would enable users to pin selected videos to the top of their profile display, helping to showcase specific clips to their profile visitors.” Creators can showcase their best TikToks, latest promotions or responses to common questions.

Learn more here.

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