This month we’re focusing on the big three social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There haven’t been many big changes in social media this month, but there have been some notable happenings that social media has played a large part in and we think it’s time to talk about it.

In this edition, I’d like to outline a few changes around the big three and some major trends across all platforms. Make sure to check out Top 14 Hashtags You Should Be Using Each Day of the Week.

Facebook has taken note of the recurrence of disasters lately and here is their solution: Safety Check. When Facebook recognizes that you are near an area where disaster occurred, you will be notified and asked if you’re okay. It allows you to notify others that you’re okay and check on whether others are okay or not as well. This is a feature Facebook already had, but after the attacks on Paris, CEO Mark Zuckerberg refined the usage and said that it would make use of the functionality more frequently.

Relatedly, Facebook decided to have users across the world show their support of Paris by applying a Paris flag filter to your profile photo to accompany all of the iconic places in the world being lit up with the colors of the national flag.

Trends this month

  • Paris
  • Missouri
  • Ronda Rousey
  • Friday the 13th

This month, people weren’t so happy about the ‘Moments’ blue dot. On the feature in the app, the moments tab always showed a notification badge in the form of a blue dot. Backlash reached the point that Twitter fixed it and there is now no longer a notification blue dot every time you open the app.

Twitter joined its cohort this month, retiring the “Favorite” with a star and replacing it with an Instagram-esqe “Like” button with a heart. If you’re not a fan, Chrome has a feature that allows you to continue using the Favorites (assuming you use Twitter on a desktop device).

Trends This Month

  • #BlackLivesMatter
  • #PrayforParis
  • #notinmyname
  • #fightfor15

Instagram is finally catching up to Twitter and working on support for using multiple accounts on one device. This means that you will soon be able to toggle between your personal and NPO account that much easier. This is a feature we’ve been waiting on for awhile, because currently you would need to logout and log back in each time you wanted to switch between accounts.

Top trends on Insta

  • #love
  • #Instagood
  • #tbt
  • #PhotoOfTheDay

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