YouTube Shorts are viewed by almost as many users as TikTok videos
YouTube Shorts are now being viewed by more than 1.5 billion users each month. The latest figures shared by the online giant are a testament to the success of TikTok. YouTube’s monthly logged in audience is around 2 billion users which means around three-quarters are watching Shorts. It’s also a testament to the fact that YouTube poses some stiff competition to TikTok.
Telegram tops 700 million users, launches premium tier
Telegram has amassed over 700 million monthly active users and is rolling out a premium tier with additional features as the instant messaging platform pushes to monetize a portion of its large user base. The premium tier adds a range of additional and improved features to the messaging app. It enables users to send files as large as 4GB (up from 2GB) and supports faster downloads, for instance, Telegram said.
Meta is launching a digital clothing store where you can purchase outfits for your avatar
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company is launching a digital designer clothing store called the “Meta Avatars Store.” The new virtual store is launching on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger and will allow users to buy digital clothes for their avatars. Zuckerberg said Meta plans to make the store an open marketplace where developers can create and sell clothing.
Snap tests Snapchat Plus, a paid tier for special features and experiments
Snapchat is testing a paid subscription tier for its social network called Snapchat Plus (or Snapchat+), which would give users early access to experimental features like pinning certain conversations and exclusive icons.
eBay is launching an interactive live shopping platform
EBay announced today that it’s launching eBay Live, a dedicated shopping platform that gives users a way to purchase products in a live and interactive environment. The new experience is rolling out in beta this month. The company’s first live shopping event will offer a curated selection of rare trading cards from eBay seller Bleecker Trading.
Meta expands parental control tools for Instagram and VR
Meta has announced on its blog that the company is releasing the second batch of parental control tools, this time both for Instagram and VR. Instagram already has a solid slew of options in the Parent Dashboard, but the new features will allow parents to send invitations to their teens to initiate supervision tools, set specific times during the day or week when they would like to limit their teen’s use of Instagram, see more information when their teen reports an account or post.