The top digital and social news from the past week includes changes to Facebook’s News Feed algorithm that are aimed at reducing spam-like posts. Also, Twitter started to rollout a major user profile redesign.
- Facebook’s Feed Now Punishes Pages That Ask For Likes or Share Reruns – Facebook is making changes to the News Feed algorithm to reduce stories that people report as spammy. Examples of what Facebook considers to be spammy posts are like-baiting posts, frequently circulated content and spammy links.
- Twitter Rolls Out Its Facebook-Like Profile Redesign: What You Need to Know – With major changes to Twitter user profiles being gradually rolled out, this is a walk-through of what you can expect from this new Twitter experience.
- Millenials Trust User-Generated Content 50% More Than Other Media – A new study reveals that millenials trust user-generated content just as much as professional reviews. It also showed that this content is 20 percent more influential when it comes to purchasing and 35 percent more memorable than other types of media.
- Facebook Will Require Messenger If You Want to Chat on Mobile – Soon, Facebook will require users to install the Messenger app to keep conversations going. Currently, the Facebook app as the chat functionality built in.
- The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now – By now you’ve likely heard about the major encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug that was just discovered this past week. This is a list of the websites affected and what passwords you need to change.
- Klout Launches Redesigned iOS App With Curated Content – The redesigned iOS app contains features that help its users raise their Klout scores. One feature is a platform for uses to share relevant content with their connections.
- Messaging Wars: Vine vs. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat – A nice snapshot of the pros and cons of the various social platforms’ messaging services.