The Weekly Social Wrap-Up is our update on the most tender, juiciest, leanest cut of news happening in the social media world. Today, we take a look at Facebook’s major launches at this year’s F8 conference, as Instagram and Snapchat give their users new and exciting experiences.


Facebook’s F8 launches
An augmented reality developer platform, group chatbots and a virtual reality version of Facebook itself were just a few of the launches at the social network’s big F8 conference. Here’s a breakdown of each major announcement and why they’re relevant to you and Facebook!


Instagram gets offline mode on Android
80% of Instagram’s 600 million users are outside the US, so it needed a way to provide a better experience for users with limited network connectivity or no data plan. Instagram announced its built support for using most of its features without Internet access. More will come in the following months, and Instagram tells us it’s exploring an iOS version.


Snapchat lenses steps into reality
Snapchat launched its wacky, colourful lenses in 2015 as a way to turn users’ photos and videos into selfies that vomited rainbows, zombies or dogs. Now, anything in the world can be overlaid with 3-D graphics.


By launching these new features, Facebook has proven once again to be the social media, tech-savvy giant that it is. Many of these features could potentially change the digital game for both consumers and advertisers alike, and it will be interesting to watch these changes take place.


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