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Top 5 latest Digital, Social Media, AI & Web3 News in 5 minutes, to help your ministry stay on top of industry trends. 

This week, we have news about Pinterest, Snapchat, AI, Threads, Google, YouTube.

🗞️ News 1: YouTube Makes Longer Videos Editable; Improves Bulk Comment Moderation       

YouTube recently announced important updates that could benefit ministries with digital outreach. Firstly, the platform is lifting its 6-hour limit on video editing, allowing for greater flexibility in managing longer live streams. This change, slated for implementation by the end of the month, will allow your video editing team to make necessary edits even on extensive live streams.

Additionally, YouTube introduced a significant improvement to the moderation of comments. Previously, bulk actions on comments were limited to the ‘held for review’ tab. Now, the bulk moderation feature extends to the ‘published’ tab, enabling more efficient content management. Ministry content moderation teams should note these updates for smoother workflows.

🗞️ News 2: Threads will be the First Meta app to be Compatible with ‘Fediverse’      

Meta has taken a noteworthy step with its Threads app, which will become the first among the company’s suite of apps to be compatible with the Fediverse. The Fediverse is an interconnected but decentralized network of social media servers that operate on the ActivityPub protocol. This aligns with platforms like Mastodon, Tumblr, and WordPress. Meta’s move signals openness to decentralized social media, indicating a potential shift in how ministries might leverage such platforms for outreach.

🗞️ News 3: Google Launches New Gemini AI Tools in Google Workspace for Education    

Google announced the integration of their Gemini AI tools into Workspace for Education, introducing new features designed specifically for educational environments. Notable tools include generative AI capabilities tailored for classroom settings, a video generation AI named Google Vids, and Read Along, an AI tool to assist students in acquiring reading skills. Ministries and nonprofits in the education sector should assess these features to identify those most relevant to their needs, ensuring safe and effective usage within educational programs.

🗞️ News 4: Pinterest Brings Improvements to ‘Social Media Board Sharing’ Feature          

Pinterest’s latest update enhances how users can share boards, ideas, and pins across other social media platforms. This feature can be particularly useful for ministries leveraging Pinterest to expand their digital reach. Users can now select public boards, opt for customizable sharing templates, and post directly to platforms like Instagram Stories. This improvement offers a streamlined way for ministries to increase their engagement and visibility.

🗞️ News 5: Snapchat Adds an In-App Warning for Unsafe New Connection Requests  

Snapchat has rolled out new safety measures aimed at protecting its younger user base. One significant update includes in-app warnings for teens receiving messages from individuals who have been blocked or reported, or who are outside their typical network. Additionally, Snapchat’s enhanced location sharing features simplify customization of who sees a user’s location, accompanied by regular reminders. Ministries with youth programs should be aware of these features to better safeguard their young members’ online interactions.

News Source Links

🗞️ News 1: YouTube Makes Longer Videos Editable; Improves Bulk Comment Moderation       

Source: YouTube

🗞️ News 2: Threads will be the First Meta app to be Compatible with ‘Fediverse’      

Source: Meta

🗞️ News 3: Google Launches New Gemini AI Tools in Google Workspace for Education    

Source: Google

🗞️ News 4: Pinterest Brings Improvements to ‘Social Media Board Sharing’ Feature          

Source: Pinterest

🗞️ News 5: Snapchat Adds an In-App Warning for Unsafe New Connection Requests  

Source: Snapchat

Connected Church News: Digital, Social Media, AI & Web3 – Week 1, Jul 2024
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