LinkedIn is focusing on education, Facebook is improving its messenger service, Twitter is committing to accessibility and Instagram is expanding on video. It's been another big week, find out more below.
LinkedIn Buddies Up Closer to Lynda.com, Adds Course Recommendations Based on Your Career
LinkedIn is finding more ways to pair its professional network with Lynda.com, the online video library it bought for $1.5 billion last April.
The most recent integration: LinkedIn is using data around which jobs are most popular among its users to suggest collections of videos that can help train someone interested in that career. If you were interested in becoming a Web designer, for example, Lynda.com could now recommend a collection of classes to help you learn the skills necessary for that job.
‘Secret conversations’ and in-store purchasing reportedly coming to Facebook Messenger
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Facebook could be gearing up to roll out new Messenger features, like in-store payment for goods and services and new chat options.
According to The Information, comments in the code of the iPhone version of Messenger suggest that Facebook’s about to make a whole lot more effort at becoming a retail hub, which makes sense given the enormity of its user base.
The company has shied away from making any move into payments before now – and Mark Zuckerberg has categorically said he wants no part in becoming a payments processor.
Why Instagram Extended Its Video-Length Limit To 60 Seconds
Instagram influencers and users can now post videos that last up to 60 seconds, up from an earlier cap of 15 seconds.
The change is launching on iOS and Android today and should be available to all users within the coming months. About two months ago, Instagram made it possible for advertisers to post videos up to one-minute long. However, today marks the first time users and creatives have the same ability.
YOU CAN NOW ADD A DESCRIPTION TO YOUR TWITTER PICS TO HELP THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED ‘SEE’
The Internet offers a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips. Unfortunately, some ®people don’t have as easy access to that information as others. Twitter is hoping to help change that, and is making it easier for those with visual impairments to be a part of the Twitter community.
While Braille-based technology has worked with Twitter posts so far, images have been largely ignored. As of today, you will be able to add descriptions for images using the Android or iOS version of the app, helping the visually impaired get a sense of what the image is about despite not being able to see it.
Facebook Messenger Pushes Into Transportation With First Airline Partner
Over the past year, Facebook FB -0.51% added a personal assistant called “M” to the standalone app, opened the app up to developers and added tools for chatting with businesses, peer-to-peer payments, voice and video-calling and ride-hailing via Uber and Lyft. Now for the first time, Messenger can also be used to manage flights.