Since Facebook and Instagram are going through some massive changes right now, it can be hard to keep up. Here are just a few changes to know about and some handy tips to keep you in the loop:
Facebook’s colorful updates
Have you noticed these updates in the past couple of weeks? They look something like this:
So, how do you make that happen? It’s pretty simple, but you need to be on a mobile device. Here are screenshots to walk you through it on an iPhone:
Instagram allows you to make “live photos” into looping videos.
There have been times when I loved the “live photo” option on my iPhone, but I had no idea how to share it beyond the “still photo” version. There is now a work around, but you need to act fairly quickly after taking your “live photo” to make use of this tool. From what I’ve encountered, this technique only works if used within 24 hours of taking the live photo.
Here is an example of a “live photo” of Glennon Doyle Melton and me taken at The Power of the Purse luncheon in Nashville. This “still photo” does not capture the moment as well as I would have liked:
I uploaded this photo to my Instagram story in such a way that it created a looped video (Boomerang video) that 1) became part of my Instagram story and 2) I could also download as a video into my photo library to keep forever.
Here’s what it looked like, far different than the still shot above:
Click to see the live photo in action. More engaging, right?! And, that was taken as a photo originally, not as a video, but with the live photo option (which I keep on all the time). Previously, I did not know of a way to share the action part of these types of photos. Pretty cool!
Here’s how I did it:
- Open Instagram.
- Click the house icon in the bottom left corner.
- Swipe right and you are now in the Instagram story section.
- Swipe up and your recent photos will be visible across the bottom of the screen.
- From the selection of recent photos, choose the live photo you want by tapping on it.
- You’ll see the photo now across your screen with options to save, add to your story or send. BUT, this is where you need to take an extra step. Hard press the photo (the center of your screen) until you see it upload (the circle going around and around) and then “Boomerang” will appear. That’s it; it’s now a live photo.
- From here, you can download that live photo (which is now a Boomerang video) into your photo library, or upload it to your Instagram story, or send it to someone.
- This means you can upload your live photo as an Instagram or Facebook update as well, as it now lives in the video section of your photo library.
Facebook stories and more Snapchat-like features
My brother started sending me photos via Facebook of my mom with a raccoon filter on her face last weekend. Then I got videos shared the same way, but they were of him with minion eyes and actual minions throwing bananas into his mouth. It drove me crazy as I couldn’t figure out how he did it or where on Facebook this lived. But, I figured it out and want to show you how to use this new feature. And, just so you know, the options have changed immensely in the last five days, and even since yesterday, so I expect this to change again in the next week. This is what happens when you are playing with technology as it rolls out! But, have fun with this knowing that it may be different for you than the step-by-step I’m presenting below. Even with changes, I expect this to be roughly the scenario to make these new options work:
- Pull up Facebook on your mobile device.
- If your screen shows you “stories” at the top, then you’ll also see “Your Story” with a “+” next to it. If so, click that. If you are confused as you are not seeing this, just click the bottom left icon and then swipe right.
- Your screen now looks just like the Instagram screen in the section just described above, but you have extra options (which I assume will be part of Instagram in our near future). It looks very similar to what your screen looks like when you are using a camera app.
- Flip the camera icon around so that your face appears.
- In the bottom left corner is a magic wand icon (I have no idea what to call that icon, but I think magic wand describes it!). Click it.
- All sorts of little pictures will appear. These are all filters that once you click, will appear over your screen, changing the way you are viewing yourself or the world around you.
- Now that you know how to add the filters, let’s start making photos and sharing.
- When you find a filter you like, just press the camera circle in the bottom center (see above photo, the one the right side — that gray circle in the middle. Click that. When you do, the photo saves without all the added icons that you see on the screenshots above.).
- After clicking the photo circle, you’ll have the option to share to your Facebook story or timeline, to download into your photo gallery, or to send directly to a Facebook friend.
Yes, there are lots of changes occurring, but pick and choose what you want to play with. Social media should just add fun, not stress to you life!
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