If you had a rough week, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Two social media founders got more than just hate mail; investors are losing faith in another platform; and now your friends can tell you how they really feel about your Facebook posts. Here’s a look at what you might’ve missed in social media news this week.
Facebook Gets Animated
We told you the emojis were coming and now they’re out in full force! This week Facebook rolled out their new “reaction” emojis and users instantly embraced -and possibly overused- them. You are no longer confined to “liking” or commenting on your friend’s post; the new icons allow you to express sadness, love, excitement, surprise, and anger. To use these animated characters, either hover over the “like” button on your desktop or hold down the “like” button on your mobile device and the emoji options will appear. One emotion notably missing from the lineup: dislike. CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to the omission in a Facebook post. “Sometimes you want to share something sad or frustrating. Our community has been asking for a dislike button for years, but not because people want to tell friends they don’t like their posts. People want to express empathy and make it comfortable to share a wider range of emotions,” Zuckerberg said.
Death Threats for Social Media Titans
ISIS is setting its sights on a new pair of powerful leaders: Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey. The terror group released a new video implying death threats on the social media icons. The 25-minute video shows pictures of the pair with bullet holes through their faces and then lit on fire. Subtitles during the video read “You announce daily that you suspend many of our accounts, and to you we say: Is that all you can do? You are not in our league.” Earlier this month, Twitter shut down and suspended more than 125,000 accounts that promoted terrorist acts.
LinkedIn Shares Quickly Slip
If you own stock in the largest professional networking site, this next paragraph might sting a bit. In a little over a month, LinkedIn shares lost more than half their value. Experts blame the slip on poor growth forecasts, future revenue concerns, and investors losing faith. Ultimately, the social media site hinges on network growth and they don’t appear to have much of a business model once they plateau.
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