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Facebook Removes Support For Podcasts Not Even A Year After Its Launch

author image Written by: Rabije Gashi Corluka           Categories - In The News, Social Media

Facebook is ditching podcasts and plans to stop offering them from June 3.

The social-media giant will no longer allow users to add podcasts to the service as of this week but plans to remove them altogether starting June. Both its short-form audio product Soundbites and the central audio hub will be discontinued, Bloomberg reports.

These options were first introduced last April, as part of Facebook’s broader effort to promote social audio. That’s when Meta presented a range of upcoming podcast options: on-page display tools and direct connection options. Both were supposed to let Facebook users listen to podcasts from within the app without leaving it. In June, Meta launched its podcast support tools, with several launch partners.

Now, not even a year later, Facebook is shifting its focus to other initiatives.

We’re constantly evaluating the features we offer so we can focus on the most meaningful experiences – a Meta spokesperson said in an email sent to Bloomberg. The person allegedly added that they don’t have a specific date on when Soundbites and the audio hub would shut down but it will be in the “coming weeks.”

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Facebook will also cut the site’s Soundbites and Audio hubs and integrate its Live Audio Rooms feature into its broader Facebook Live suite. They also said they will not warn users of this, but will rather let creators break the news how they see fit.

Why the change? Probably because they need to save some money:

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This might not be a big deal and some significant news for everyone, but as Andrew Hutchinson from Social Media Today noticed, it shows how Facebook’s focus can easily shift and ‘betray’ the creators that use the platform. What does that mean for future Meta visitors and builders?

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Rabije Gashi Corluka

Rabije always enjoyed finding different angles to a story, so it’s not surprising her curiosity influenced a move to a new continent, widening her perspective. She enjoys hearing people's stories and learning about different cultures and places - but most of all, she loves putting her thoughts on a piece of paper. Her love for writing led to her studying Journalism and PR, but she actually became a storyteller during her radio-hosting era. Now, she uses her skills, experience, and love for writing to help your brand stand out.

Facebook Introduces Community Chats

09/16/2022

Facebook launched a new feature for Messenger and Facebook groups called Community Chats, Metas CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced via a Facebook post.  The goal is to expand the chat experience to more Facebook Groups, so the feature allows you to browse chats organized by announcements, topics, events and more. That way, you can connect with your group members on a deeper level, not just via comments and posts.

The new Community Chats, previewed earlier this year as “Community chat channels,” also resemble social collaboration platforms like Slack, Teams, and Zoom’s upcoming Team Chat. Yes, Meta finding inspiration from other apps isn’t exactly news. However, the social media mogul is still unsuccessfully trying to replicate TikTok with its Instagram Reels.

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Still, the chats seem to have some cool features, it doesn’t stop at texting. They offer support for audio channels as well, including up to 30 members. People can also turn on their cameras and present.

A new feature will begin testing in the “coming weeks”. Facebook will test a feature called Community Chat within Messenger, which will allow you to create a Facebook group for your casual group chat. Not all groups can access Chats now since the feature is currently only available for certain channels, but Meta says more groups will have the feature soon.

How Does It Work?

It’s on the group admins to choose from several options to help their community connect. The admins can start chats around specific topics, event chats for outings or meetups, broadcast chats for admins to announce group-wide updates or admin-only chats for collaboration with other admins. They can also create audio channels and allow group members to share live commentary.

Once in the audio channel, participants can also enable video. An example Facebook gave involves a chemistry class group. Admins of the group can create audio channels for study groups for chemistry students during finals season, and participants can turn on video for live tutoring during finals.

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Admins also got a suite of tools that will help them manage both chat and audio experiences: blocking, muting or suspending group members, and removing members or messages, as well as Admin Assist. The latter allows admins to s

Administrators will be able to use a variety of tools to keep their communities well-maintained, including auto-moderation features that can boot members who post illegal content. They can set custom criteria that will automatically suspend users and remove reported messages, or even stop some violating videos from being sent.

So, Why Is This Beneficial?

You can start a conversation in Groups by posting and commenting, but Community Chats offers a much more effective way. Instead of waiting for comments to accumulate under a post, you can dive right into the topic right then and there and receive real-time responses from your group members.

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Facebook Launches New NFT Display Options

07/05/2022

The NFT hype is not going away anytime soon, and Meta is here to prove it. After launching NFT support on Instagram in May, Meta is launching digital collectibles support on Facebook, too. Just recently, Meta Product Manager Navdeep Singh tweeted about the launch of the new NFT display options on Facebook.

According to the screenshots he published, users can post NFTs on their timelines.  Just like within Instagram, you will be able to see the owner of the artwork, the artist behind it and a brief description of the piece.

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Photo Source: Twitter.com

How Will It Work?

Users will now be able to create custom NFT posts with a ‘Digital Collectible’ tag, and profiles will have a new section where they can show off their NFT art. Meta said that posting and sharing a digital collectible will be free of charge. However, converting digital collectible posts into ads is not allowed – yet.

The new feature is not available for all users. As was the case with Instagram in May, Facebook is starting the feature by offering it to a select group of creators in the US with a plan to expand to other regions.

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Security

Facebook will offer support for Ethereum, Polygon, and all major exchanges by using the NFT details on the public blockchain. Also, NFT owners will be able to confirm their ownership by connecting their Rainbow, Trust Wallet, and MetaMask accounts.

The company also says it’s aware of the sustainability concerns connected to NFTs. To handle that, they’ve purchased renewable energy that should reduce the emissions impact associated with digital collectibles, TechCrunch reports.

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Even though the NFT sales are in a 92% decline, Meta still sees the potential of the NFT market, especially when it comes to the future of metaverse and the representation of social status it comes with.

As Social Media Today noted, it seems like Meta wants to facilitate the sale of virtual items in its apps which is why it’s experimenting so much with an NFT marketplace.

Take a look at a Twitter discussion:

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