NFTs make their way to Instagram, TikTok stories, and Twitter tabs

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This past week was quite exciting in the App world. Instagram confirmed that non-fungible tokens (NFTs) would make their way to the app, which is a long-awaited feature. TikTok released the stories feature, which is bound to hamper Instagram’s growth in the forthcoming future, and Twitter dropped a feature that was not met with as warm of a welcome as they hoped.اضافة اعلان

NFTs on Instagram: Potentially arriving with a side of mint

NFTs are supposedly coming to Instagram, according to what Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at a discussion at South by Southwest. However, the specifics are still unclear.

Zuckerberg confirmed that Instagram is hard at work to deliver a feature that will enable users to feature their NFTs on the platform and potentially mimic the feature that Twitter has already launched — one that publically verifies NFT owners’ pieces.

While Zuckerberg was not clear on when this feature will launch or what it would look like, he did mention that they are also exploring the possibility of minting coins on the platform itself. 

Since last year, Instagram has announced that it was actively researching NFTs. Later in January, rumors surfaced claiming that Facebook and Instagram were working on NFT integrations, including capabilities that would allow you to use an NFT as a profile and mint NFTs on the site.

Minting NFTs allows artists to monetize their work. This could include everything from animated GIFs to tunes as blockchain monitors who owns the file.

Due to the recent hype over multiple projects and the significant number of “rug pulls” that was experienced by NFT community followers, having a large platform that is verifiable and held accountable for NFTs may, in fact, be somewhat of a welcome change to the sector.

It is worth noting that certain individuals on the internet are highly against this move due to centralization being the opposite of what blockchain and many of its projects stand for.

TikTok launches long-awaited story feature

TikTok has been experimenting with a new feature called TikTok Stories, which it is currently testing. But, TikTok Stories are not yet available to all users. If you are intrigued about the feature or have been selected for a pilot test, here is all you need to know about TikTok Stories, including how they function.

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Many social networking platforms, including Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram, enable you to post stories on your profile that disappear after 24 hours. TikTok now allows some users access to the same feature.

When you share a story on TikTok, you can see who has seen it in a different tab next to the comments section. In addition, a blue ring will show around your profile picture, signaling to users that they you posted a story for them to watch. They may also respond and remark publicly, which will show on the piece itself.

TikTok Stories is still being tested among a number of unnamed set of users. It’s unknown how extensive the test is and they did not say when the functionality will fully go live.

Last August, TikTok stated that it is constantly thinking about new ways to offer value to the community and expand their user experience, which is why it experiments with methods to give creators alternative formats to bring their creative ideas to life.

The question now is: With TikTok being the most utilized platform in the world, and Instagram no longer owning any features which make it unique, what is Instagram going to do to defend itself?

Twitter reverses tabbed timeline

Twitter reversed a divisive update to its users’ timelines on iOS just a few days after it was launched.

The change brought two tabs at the top of people’s home pages, with the default being Home, which displays an algorithmically picked variety of recent Tweets. The other, Latest Tweets, which utilizes the popular chronological timeline.

Now, it appears that the way the app was favoring the Home section was irritating to many users that Twitter decided to fully reverse the move and look for alternative methods to improve its app.

The upgrade was previously announced for Android and the web as well, so the reversal was a significant change for the firm, but one that shows that it is prepared to listen to criticism when it comes in waves.

Twitter, like so many other social media behemoths before it, including Facebook and Instagram, is learning that many of its users will always prefer a feed that shows the most recent content, if only to avoid the pressures of a feed that endlessly refreshes with new content regardless of whether any has been posted.

We hope these updates kept you up to date and engaged with the App world. If you’re looking for more updates, feel free to browse through our previous Weekly Roundups to stay in the loop on the ins and outs of the App world.

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