Our weekly roundups corral the news you can use.
You Can Soon Publish on Instant Articles
Facebook announced that on April 18th Instant Articles, which is currently only available to select publishers, will be available to all publishers, any size, anywhere. That means everyone because we are all publishers. What are Instant Articles? You can think of it as Facebook hosting a high-end blog publishing platform where you can post long form content and media and control and profit from the ads that are displayed there.
Facebook Catering to Nonprofits
Facebook has been trying to support nonprofits from the beginning, starting the causes app of long ago. A few month ago they launched the Donate Now Call-to-Action button, and this week there were lots of stories about Facebook for Nonprofits. From what I can tell by their post, they are just showing Nonprofits what they can do on Facebook and guide nonprofit managers to creating a successful presence. Nothing new has been launched, but this hopefully is a signal to more supportive tools coming soon.
In other Facebook news, Messenger on Android now supports multiple accounts.
Search for GIFs on Twitter
Looking for that funny GIF you saw yesterday but has been lost in the flowing Twitter stream? You can now search for it.
Whenever you’re composing a Tweet or Direct Message, you can search and browse the GIF library. So if you’re looking for the perfect cat yawn or dance move to express exactly how you feel, just click the new GIF button. You can search by keyword, or browse categories of different reactions like Happy Dance, Mic Drop, or YOLO.
Want to learn how to make your own GIF? We have a blog post about that.
Instagram Gets More Secure
Want to protect your Instagram account from being hacked? Now you can add two-factor authentication.
The tool allows Instagram users to verify a phone number. Then, if anyone tries to log into your account with your email and password, you’ll be texted an authentication code that must also be entered to gain access to your account. That means hackers need more than your email and password that could be guessed, stolen, or tricked out of you with a phishing scam.
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