Status update: Facebook’s new feature and first look at 2018 emojis
Over in tech land 'new' is only new for about as long as it takes a techie to write one line of code (about a millisecond) - so those Silicon Valley brains need to keep coming up with better, faster, more interesting ways to connect with users, which at Facebook means new features rolling out at lightening speed. The latest? A new feature called 'Watch' which has just launched in the US and will be launching internationally in the very near future (exact date TBC).
Watch, according to TechCrunch, is Facebook's, "...new home for original video content produced exclusively for it by partners." Already available as a new tab for a select group of US users, the Watch tab recommends shows, personalised for the user (of course) - plus categories of shows similar to your regular genres of 'popular', 'comedy' etc but renamed using casual 'we're all friends here' names like 'most talked about,' 'what's making people laugh,' and 'shows your friends are watching.'
A 'Watchlist' will also be part of the new feature - so you can opt in for an alert when new episodes of your fave show becomes available. Another element of the new feature allows fans to connect with other fans and the creators of the content through a link to Groups.
In terms of what shows or content will be available, TechCrunch reports Facebook has "funded some shows" with a Facebook spokesperson saying, "We want any publisher/creator who is interested to be able to create a show in the future. So there will be hundreds of shows at launch, and we'll hopefully scale to thousands."
Over in the emoji universe, New York Magazine reports the Unicode Consortium (the non-profit tech bosses in charge of emojis) announced more than 65 potential new emojis being considered for release in the new year, including: a kangaroo, a cupcake, a lobster, a frowning poo, a peacock, a ballet flat shoe, a bagel, and a smiley face surrounded by love hearts. Sounds like we'll barely even need words in the near future if Unicode has anything to do with it.
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