The biggest updates in social media | March 2024

Another month goes by and — as always — there’s lots to talk about when it comes to the latest social media news. Keep reading to discover all the key headlines from the month of March so you can stay ahead of the curve and refine your social media strategy.

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Meta considers new elements for verified subscription package

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A new questionnaire that has been appearing for selected users hints at upcoming features to the Meta Verified package, including links in Reels, better access to customer support, an alternative brand verification badge, and faster ad reviews.


Pokes are back

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Although the ability to Poke other users on Facebook never fully left, Pokes are having a small resurgence due to the Poke button being added to appear alongside people you know in search results.


Instagram tests option to comment on specific frames in a carousel

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Instagram is testing a new option that will allow you to make clear which frame in a carousel you are commenting on. Comments left regarding a specific frame will appear within the comments alongside a smaller thumbnail image of the frame that your comment is regarding.

Instagram updates hashtag search

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Searching a hashtag within Instagram will soon bring you to a broader page of search results across Reels, Audio, Accounts, and more, as opposed to showcasing a “Top Posts” display.

Instagram tests longer Reels

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Some users can now upload Reels up to three minutes long — an increase from the usual 90 seconds.

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Further reading: Guide to Instagram Reels and how to use them

Instagram launches ads with promo codes

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Advertisers can now add promo codes within the captions of their Instagram ads which can then be applied in the checkout process.

Instagram experiments with more frames in carousel posts

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Some users have been given the ability to add up to 15 images to their Instagram carousel posts.

Instagram experiments with option to add files to DMs

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Instagram has been experimenting with a new option that would allow users to add files to messages as attachments.

Instagram experiments with “Spins” option

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A new “Spins” option can allow other users to swap out text or audio within your Reel. Each time a spin is added, your Reel will appear for the audience of the spinner.

Instagram launches new DM updates

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Instagram plans on launching a series of direct messaging updates, including message editing that will allow you to update your message up to 15 minutes after sending, the ability to pin up to three chats at the top of the inbox, the power to switch on read receipts for either all DM chats or specific threads, and new chat themes (backgrounds). You’ll also be able to save your favorite stickers in the app, keeping them at the top of the sticker tray.

Instagram tests “Blend” feed

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A new “Blend” option will allow you and a friend to create a private Reels feed, based on the Reels you send to one another.

X (Twitter)

It’s goodbye to like, re-post, and reply buttons in-stream

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Musk has reiterated his intentions to remove the reply, like, and re-share buttons from X posts within the feed leaving visible the view count and time posted, only. New actions are said to be introduced to allow users to swipe right to reply, left to like, and to tap and hold for other actions.

New long-form articles option for Premium+ subscribers

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X Articles will allow Premium subscribers to publish long-form content on X with standard blogging features available, including title and header as well as formatting options such as bold, italics, numbered lists, links, and more. X Articles will appear on the publisher’s profile as well as in their followers’ feed, as is the case with regular X posts.

Further reading: What is X Premium and is it worth the price?

New display for pinned posts in-feed

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A new side-scrolling display within the “For You” feed will showcase posts that have been pinned by people you follow.

X tests new search filters for hiring

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X is adding new filters to X Hiring to allow users to filter and search for roles by seniority, company name, role type (such as remote or on-site), and other factors.

X increases group chat limit to 256 members

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X has again increased its group chat limits, with up to 256 members now allowed within direct message group chats.

X plans to expand access to Grok the AI chatbot tool

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X is expanding access to Grok, its AI chatbot tool, by granting access to all X Premium subscribers, and not just those within its top tier Premium+ package.

Free checkmarks for users with many verified followers

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Elon Musk has announced that those with over 2,500 paying followers will get X Premium for free, while those with 5,000 will get X Premium+ for free.

X adds adult content setting for Communities

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X is rolling out a new option for Communities to add an “Adult Content” qualifier to their groups. The option is meant as a protective measure as any NSWF content will be automatically filtered out. Adding this qualifier will ideally prevent underage users from being able to search for “Adult Content”-marked Communities.


New tools to assist with internal career progression

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A “Next Role Explorer” feature will help users to find potential new roles within the company they already work for, based on their career goals. Additionally, LinkedIn is also adding a new way for employees to share interest in internal roles by enabling them to get alerts for new internal job openings, as well as receive guidance from LinkedIn Learning on the skills they’ll need for their desired role.

LinkedIn adds context around “Who viewed your profile”

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LinkedIn will now be able to highlight the people who view your profile with background information such as if they are recruiting, if they work for a company you follow, or are a senior leader within your industry.

Brands can now sponsor any organic post

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Brands have been able to use Thought Leader ads to convert posts from verified employees of their organization into promotions. However, with this new update, businesses will now be able to promote posts from non-employees too.

LinkedIn outlines next steps for Collaborative Articles

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In light of the initial success resulting from Collaborative Articles, LinkedIn intends to release new features and improvements to refine the current experience. These updates include improving the framework of Collaborative Article prompts to get more specific answers, a new “Unhelpful” button that will alert LinkedIn of any poor contributions, improvements to the Collaborative Articles algorithms to ensure the right experts can find the right articles, and expanding the reach of the article contributions within the contributor feeds. A new filter in search will also help users find relevant insights and articles to which they can contribute.

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LinkedIn experiments with puzzle games in-stream

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LinkedIn is working on an in-app games element featuring simple puzzle games. Not only will you be able to see how many of your connections have played each game, but you’ll also be able to see where your company ranks against other organizations.

LinkedIn tests dedicated video feed

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LinkedIn is testing a TikTok-style feed that is formatted for full-screen video content.

Company Page messaging soon available for all brands

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Soon, all company pages in LinkedIn will have the option to add a “Message” button to their company profile, thereby allowing visitors to send a message that will go to the admins of the page.


New incentive options for creative talent

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TikTok is expanding the offer of subscription packages to all creators — instead of just live creators — as well as bringing its Creativity Program out of beta and renaming it the “Creator Rewards Program.” The Creator Rewards Program will continue rewarding content over a minute long with rewards focused on originality, play duration, search value, and audience engagement. Additionally, TikTok is upgrading its Creator Portal within “Creator Academy” where courses, articles, videos, and insights will be hosted.

TikTok tests Instagram-style photos app

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According to some new code discovered in TikTok’s back end, a new photo-sharing app known as TikTok Photos could be released in the future.

TikTok adds search insights

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A new analytics element called “Creator Search Insights” will allow creators to see information regarding what users are searching for in the app.

TikTok adds new influencer audio clips to commercial sounds library

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TikTok has added audio clips from a range of popular TikTok influencers to its “Sounds for Business” library, which are free to use for in-app advertisers.

Further reading: How to make a sound on TikTok

TikTok tests more live subscriber perks

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TikTok is looking to expand the perks that live-streamers can offer to their subscribers. Currently, live-streamers can gift subscribers with subscrib er badges, custom emotes, and subscriber-only chats. In addition, TikTok is currently testing performance requests, live shoutout prompts, Discord roles, gaming partnerships, and priority comment response.


Snapchat tests option to opt-out of auto-delete messages

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Snapchat is testing a new option that would enable users to select “Never delete” in their messaging retention options.

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