In this week’s Platform Five: Instagram users can now upload via desktop

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

Instagram enables users to upload via desktop, Pinterest redesigns its feed, and YouTube adds auto-chapters as a search element.

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

Instagram enables users to upload via desktop

From October 21st, Instagram users will be able to post photos and videos from their desktop. This added functionality has been in the works for some time now, and is a welcome addition for Instagram users around the world, especially social media managers.

Read more here.

Pinterest redesigns its feed

Pinterest has introduced several new features. The most notable is its new, TikTok-like ‘Watch’ feed which is a “scrolling, vertical feed of content”. Users can now choose between the ‘Watch’ display and ‘Browse’ display which is the original Pinterest search feed.

Learn more here.

YouTube adds auto-chapters as a search element

Auto-chapters first started rolling out in July and now, YouTube as added them as a search element. This means “that it will now be able to highlight automatically identified segments in response to user queries.”

Read more here.

Facebook adds new ‘Quick Access’ links

Facebook’s new ‘Quick Access’ tab will be added in Search, highlighting a user’s “most searched profiles, Pages and functions in the app.” It’s expected that this new feature will not save more time than an ordinary keyword search, however, there are concerns around its potential misuse.

Read more here.

Twitter acquires chat app Sphere

In September, Twitter announced its topic-based groups, ‘Communities’ to boost engagement. Since then, the app has been improving and expanding the Communities offering. The latest expansion is the acquisition of chat app Sphere to provide more “relevant group chat elements for each member.”

Learn more here.

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