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This news item is part of the weekly top 5 news bulletin (from Week 1, Aug 2023) specially packaged for leaders of Nonprofits, Churches, and Faith-based Social Ventures.
Meta’s Threads app has announced new features that are coming to the platform. The most important feature, the prominent of all of them is the ‘Following’ feed, a feed that includes posts from the people you follow. Because so far the app only had a For You tab, which had an algorithmic feed, but now you get a feed, which includes posts only from the people you follow, which could be useful, which is one of the highly requested features. But to me, the other important significant thing is the feature called post translations, which means your posts can now be translated to other languages. You also know that Facebook is very strong with language translation with various models like Llama. Now these translations could be useful from a ministry context. Considering that Threads is a text based app, people can now look at your text and convert it or translate it to their own languages which is an exciting possibility. We’ll also link to all the other features in the show notes. Pass this on to your social media team.
Here is the full list of the Top 5 News Items from Week 1, Aug 2023 with source links from Threads, TikTok, WhatsApp, Meta, Apple.
🗞️ News 1: TikTok Launches Text-Based Content with Stickers, Hashtags, and Drafts
🗞️ News 2: Meta Reports a Strong Quarter; Facebook Crosses 3Bn Monthly Active Users
🗞️ News 3: WhatsApp Launches Quick Instant Video Messaging Directly within Chat
🗞️ News 4: Apple TV – MLS Media Partnership & App sees Record Growth & Engagement
Source: The Verge
🗞️ News 5: Threads App Gets New Features Including ‘Following’ Feed & Translations
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