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The Latest Updates From Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

By Big Raven Media | Aug 02, 2019
Announcing Hashtag Manager & New Scheduling Features on Instagram, plus Google's ‘Live Vie

A Message from our Head Raven,
Joleen Emery:

Howdy, Ravens. You probably forgot about us, didn’t you? We haven’t forgotten about YOU — never, ever! We’re still here; we just took a little time to re-tool some of our own internal operations, switching both our email platform AND our blogging platforms in the process. But it’s now August 1, and a good time to re-start our weekly Big Raven Roundup with 3 fresh articles on digital marketing — one regarding Facebook, one regarding Twitter, and one regarding Instagram…

First up, Facebook is making some changes to the layout of page posts and ads, limiting the amount of text before “Read More” and changing the aspect ratio of images. (As always, read more after the jump.)

Second, Twitter is testing new ways to label replies to make threaded discussions easier to follow.

Finally, Instagram is now warning users who create posts that put their accounts at risk before they shut the account down. Hopefully you, dear reader, never color outside the lines with Instagram (or any of your other social media accounts), but if you accidentally do, we’re here to help guide you back inside the fence!

Until next week!

— Joleen


The only predictable thing about Digital Marketing and Social Networks is change. The instant you feel like you've got a handle on the way things work is the very moment when new things take over. To help stay up-to-date on all the latest news in social media and digital marketing, we scour our favorite blogs, follow industry thought leaders, and engage in digital communities.  We pull all that information together and share it with our community in our weekly Raven News Round-up. Hopefully, all of our creeping will save you time and bring you valuable nuggets-o-wisdom. 

To help you prioritize what to read, we’ve created a ranking system of 1 - 3 ravens. The bigger the flock, the greater the importance. If you want more than our summary, click the title for the full article. 

To fit the look of Facebook’s new app and desktop interface, the social media company is updating the design of page posts and ads. Starting August 19, Facebook will roll out the following updates:

  • Shorter primary text.  With the update, text that go over three lines will be truncated, and users will have to click “See More” to read the rest of the message. 

  • Reduced maximum height for media. With the new update, Facebook will only support media with a ratio of 4:5 instead of 2:3, with the exception for image ads with links, which will continue to be supported at the 1.91:1 to 1:1 ratio.


Twitter is testing a new way to make conversation threads easier to follow, with the launch of a new test that labels notable replies with special icons. 

If the original poster replies somewhere in the thread, their tweet will have a small microphone icon next to their profile picture. 

  • Other tweets may be labeled, as well — including those from users who were mentioned in the original tweet and replies from people you’re already following on Twitter.

  • These will be labeled with the at symbol (@) and a small person icon with a checkmark by it, respectively.

The new test is the latest in a series of experiments Twitter has been running focused on making its product easier to use, particularly when conversations around a tweet become lengthy.

While this is a minor change, it’s one of many things Twitter is tweaking in the hopes of making its service simpler and more approachable.  Twitter tests are live now, but may not be showing for all users.

Instagram announced that it will warn users when their accounts are at risk of being disabled. 

  • In this new notification process, Instagram will send users warning messages that their accounts may be deleted due to violations against Community Guidelines.

  • Instagram will send at-risk accounts a warning. 

  • Instagram will also include a timeline of the account’s previous violations, providing context behind the warning. 

  • Instagram will also provide an opportunity for users to appeal any deleted content within the notification.

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  • If Instagram decides the post was flagged in an error, the post will be restored and the violation removed from the account’s record. 

  • For now, Instagram’s notification will only contain appeals for violations related to nudity, pornography, bullying, harassment, hate speech, drugs, and terrorism.

  • Instagram will expand the appeal to more categories in the future.


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