Google Launches Uptime

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 Google’s new app, Uptime! Meanwhile, Facebook and Snapchat are rolling out new features to keep their head in the social media game.
 

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‘Uptime’, the video viewing community
Google has launched a new video app which enables users to react as they watch YouTube videos with their friends. Called Uptime, the app allows you to share your viewing experience, with an indicator of where you are in the video and the ability to send comments and reaction emojis during playback, bringing a new element to video-streaming.
 

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Facebook Rolls Out Snapchat-Like Messenger Day to All Users
Facebook has announced that Messenger Day – its version of Snapchat within Messenger – is now available to all users globally, giving people another way to tell their social story. Though it’s a new feature within the app itself, it is not something unfamiliar to us. Will this play out well?
 

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Contact Your Government Reps with Facebook’s New ‘Town Hall’ Feature
Facebook has taken its first steps toward making users become more “civically-engaged”, through a new feature it’s calling “Town Hall.” This latest addition has just popped up on the “More” menu in Facebook’s mobile app, and offers a simple way for users to find and connect with their government representatives on a local, state and federal level. Finally, a better
way to complain about all those potholes!
 

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Snapchat launches Bitmoji widget chat shortcuts for your home screen
Snapchat is doubling down on private messaging as Instagram and Facebook Messenger clone and steal usage from its Stories feature. Users can now select their favorite friends, create Bitmoji widgets for them with personalized avatars and click them from their iOS Today screen or Android home screen to launch straight into a chat with that friend.
 

OUR TAKE
The concept of Uptime is pretty interesting and offers something new to play with. Its unique layout may not have the traditional video-viewing experience, but that’s exactly what it intends to do – create a whole new experience for users. It will be interesting to see how Google develops this further.

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