Instagram Opens AR Filter Creation Tools to All Users – Weekly Social Media Update Wk34 2019

As of this week, anyone on Instagram can now create and publish their own Spark AR effects. Instagram is also introducing the new Effect Gallery, which will include niche AR effects from up-and-coming artists, making it easier for people to discover unique effects from the creator community. [Read more]

Spotify for Podcasters provides data on demographics, listening habits

Spotify’s podcast analytics dashboard gives creators and advertisers more audience insights. Now, Spotify’s analytics dashboard enables podcast creators and advertisors to access more data, such as age, gender and location of listeners, the types of music they tune into, how long they listen to particular podcast episodes and where they start and stop playback. [Read more]

Facebook Adds Instagram Scheduling to Creator Studio

The new Instagram scheduling option has been rolling out to users over the past month. The new option, provides increased capacity, in that you can better see exactly what your Insta posts will look like, which is similar to posting to a Facebook Page natively, as opposed to through a scheduling app. [Read more]

Google Updates Google Images to Make it Easier to Shop via Search

Starting this week, when you select a Google image, it will appear in a side panel on the page, next to the search results. Importantly, it stays there as you scroll, letting you easily compare images with others on the page. The option will help users better locate similar image matches by providing a direct comparison alongside. [Read more]