Hello! Welcome to this week’s edition of The Connected Church News, where we bring you the Top 5 Digital and Social Media News each week for Leaders of Nonprofits, Churches, Ministries and Faith-driven Entrepreneurs.

We know you are busy. And we know that most of you don’t have the time to search the big world wide web for the current news that is relevant to you.

That is why each week we bring you the Top 5 Digital and Social Media News that you need to know for this week and present it to you in a short video format.

This week we look at news items related to Twitter, Google, Byte, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

📰 Top 5 Digital & Social Media News

🗞️ News #1 – Byte, a new video app from the cofounder of Vine. A TikTok competitor?

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Our first big news of this week is about the launch of a new short-form video app called Byte, which is very much like TikTok.

It was launched and released by the cofounder of Vine. The cofounder of Vine has been talking about this app for the last 2 years. Last week, the app hit the App Stores and you can check it out by searching for B Y T E.

So far, the reviews have been really good and it will be interesting to see how this takes on TikTok, the audience and the community that has been waiting for something similar to Vine because Vine had a very big following, and there was a very specific audience for that.

The interesting thing is, this app not only has the 6-second looping video feature, but it also has a partner program. The founder talked about the partner program, which is focused on helping influencers make money using their content. It will be very interesting to see if this is a worthy competitor for TikTok.

🗞️ News #2 – LinkedIn merges the functionality of Elevate and LinkedIn Pages

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Last week, LinkedIn announced that they are merging the functionality of the Elevate, employee advocacy program with the functionality of the LinkedIn Pages. With this integration, LinkedIn says page admins will be able to broaden their reach so that they can engage the entire organization on LinkedIn, as compared to just the Elevate seat holders.

So, this will help them to drive stronger results in LinkedIn and admins will be able to curate unique content, broadcast it to their employees, and measure the impact of the engagement on their page.

Looks like it’d be useful for the page admin. If you are a page admin of LinkedIn Page, and if you use the Elevate program, then this is something you definitely want to check out.

🗞️ News #3 – Instagram Stories has a new tool to manage Story @ mentions.

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Instagram Stories has an interesting new tool that could help you feature Story mentions from other accounts. Let me explain what that means.

Let’s say that there is an Instagram user who @ mentions you in their story. They create a Story and they @ mentioned your account. Earlier, you will be notified by a Direct Message.

So in your Direct Message (DM), you will get a message that says this user has @ mentioned you. From there, you have to click and share it. So, suppose 10 people did that, you will get 10 different Direct Messages and you will have to do them one by one.

Now, with this new tool, Instagram lets you see all the @ mentions that you’ve had. If you’ve had 10 of them, at the top of this feature you will have this number that says that are 10 mentions. You can click on it, you can quickly stylize them, you can edit them, you can make little modifications, add text and share it with your users. This is very useful.

You can find this new tool under the ‘Create’ mode. So when you go to Stories that are lots of different modes at the bottom. In that, look for the word ‘Create’. Under that mode, look for the @ mention, the @ mention symbol. And in that, you will be able to see all the mentions you’ve had. And quickly go through each of them and then reshare it with your users. It looks like a very interesting and useful feature. Do check it out.

🗞️ News #4 – Google makes the ‘Dataset Search’ tool available, out of beta.

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Google moved its ‘Dataset Search‘ tool out of ‘beta’ testing and made it available to the public. If you are a researcher, or if you’re like me, curious about a particular subject, and you cannot just stop with just the regular Google search, which just gives you webpages, but you want datasets, you want detailed data and research information about that particular topic, then you really need to check this out.

If you type a particular subject name, they have 25 million subjects and you type any subject name, it will give you a lot of data chunks that you can use for your research. Do check it out.

🗞️ News #5 – Twitter DMs get new emoji reactions.

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Last week, Twitter’s support team tweeted about the addition of Emoji Reaction features within Direct Messages of Twitter.

If you receive a direct message on Twitter, you can slide below and you will see the emojis, just like how they appeared on Facebook, you will see the Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down, Laughing Face, Fire and so on.

So, it makes it easier for you to quickly send a response to somebody who DMs you on Twitter.

That’s all we have for you this week. Thank you for spending your time with us.

Have a wonderful week!

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We will bring you a fresh set of the latest Social Media news for you next week.

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