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Our first big news of this week is from Facebook. Last week, Facebook quietly released details about a very important feature that points to the way in which Facebook plans to bring all of its apps together.

Facebook starts testing Accounts Center

Source: Facebook

This new feature is called Accounts Center, which is being tested across Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook as of now, I’m sure WhatsApp is on the way. And this seems to be the way in which Facebook wants to bring the common elements across the platforms, like crossposting of content, e-commerce and donations, etc. So, here is the announcement, it says, “In accounts center, you can easily turn any of these connected experiences off or on, including single sign on, which lets you login and recover your account easily, and also crossposting, which allows you to share stories across platforms…”. Now, here is the interesting piece, it says “later this year, we will add Facebook Pay to accounts center.

In the U.S. you can enter your payment information once on Facebook, and then use Facebook Pay to make purchases and donations across Facebook and Instagram”. So, here is a way for people to easily donate to your ministry or nonprofit in the days to come across Facebook’s platforms, which covers billions of people. Do check out this announcement and see if you can set up your organization in such a way that in the future, when Facebook rolls this out, you are ready to make use of it.

Note: This news item is part of the weekly news show, The Connected Church News, that collects the Top 5 Digital and Social Media News each week for leaders of churches, ministries or christian nonprofit, and presents it to them in 5 mins.

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