Every Sunday we will be recapping what happened this week in the world of social media, keeping you up to date!

Facebook’s annual F8 conference kicked off on Tuesday and it did not disappoint. Social giants, Facebook and Instagram revealed a list of new and upcoming features.

Here are a few to keep an eye out for:

First up, Instagram.

New Explore Feed

The rumours were correct as Instagram confirmed they will be redesigning the Explore feed. It will still be unique to the user, however different topics will be divided into a number of categories in order to make it easier for the user to find content that they are interested in.

Video Chat

Instagram is bringing video to the platform. Users will now be able to chat with up to four people on a video feed. The feature is currently still being tested but the platform hopes to roll it out globally soon.

Custom AR Filters

Instagram will soon be letting third parties design their own augmented reality filters and camera effects for their Stories feature. Reports have revealed that Ariana Grande, Vogue and Buzzfeed have already signed up to start creating their own personalised filters.

Sharing Content Direct To Stories

Users will now be able to share Instagram Stories directly from third-party apps. GoPro and Spotify are two apps that have already added the integration.

Bullying Filter

Instagram are cracking down on offensive comments by adding in a filter designed to pick up negative comments regarding a person’s appearance or character as well as threats against a user. Users will have the option to turn off the setting in Comment Controls.

Next up is the latest announcements from Facebook.

Clear History

This feature will give users the opportunity to clear any information that is learned about them from Facebook’s analytics tools. Users will also have the option to turn off the data-collection tool in Facebook’s settings.

Watch Live Video

Users can have a “watch party” with their friends, this is where they can watch live video and chat with their friends at the same time.

Upvote/Downvote Feature

Facebook will be adding an upvote and downvote feature to some comments, giving users the chance to express their opinions. The feature is currently being tested, on a small scale, in New Zealand. 

Dating Features

Facebook is adding new dating features to the platform, allowing users to create their own dating profiles which will be separate to their main profiles. See more info on this here.

According to Twitter user, Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane), Instagram is also testing out a number of new features which will include:

  1. Slow Motion Mode – This option will give users the option to add slow-mo to their Stories.
  2. Mute Profiles Feature – Users will be able to mute profiles without having to actually unfollow them.
  3. Stories Calendar – This feature will display the days the user was last active and on what days they posted Stories.
  4. Tagging Facebook Friends – This feature will let users tag their Facebook friends in their Instagram photos.

There’s no certainty that these features will be rolled out just yet, we’ll just have to wait and see!

That’s it from this week!

Check back next Sunday for a roundup of the latest from social media.