Social news: A new dimension for Facebook

This week in social media: Facebook gets a couple of updates, including a whole extra dimension for your photos, and Google+ gets put out of its misery.

This week in social media: Facebook gets a couple of updates, including a whole extra dimension for your photos, and Google+ gets put out of its misery.

Facebook brings 3D photos to your news feed

Facebook has started rolling out a feature that turns 2D shots taken with a compatible dual-lens phone into 3D photos.

You can scroll, pan and tilt to see the photos in 3D within the newsfeed. The ability to create and share them will roll out in the coming weeks.

Goodbye Google+

It has been reported that the search giant Google is to close its social media platform after a data breach.

In a blog post about the shutdown, Google admitted the leak had potentially affected up to 500,000 accounts. Access to Google+ has been closed while improvements to privacy take place.

The focus will shift to enterprise efforts and new features will be launched that are purpose-built for businesses.

Facebook Groups adds 250-person chat

Facebook is eager to find more ways to show it actually brings people together.

In a new phase for Groups the platform will gradually roll out the ability for members of Facebook Groups to launch group chats about specific sub-topics that up to 250 members can join.

Chat for Groups could make the discussion forums more real-time and engaging, strengthening loyalty to one of Facebook’s few actually-different features.

Facebook ads ‘Lead forms’ now ‘Instant forms’

Facebook announced that brands can now include Instant Forms—formerly known as Lead Forms—in all ad campaigns with brand awareness, reach and traffic objectives.

Instant Forms enables actions such as newsletter signups, donor registrations and sample requests, and they enable people to let brands know how they want to be reached and share their contact information.

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