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Facebook and Instagram Release New Features

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Facebook Pay is now officially Meta Pay.

The renaming is consistent with Zuckerberg’s intention to develop a digital wallet for the metaverse. Meta Pay will maintain the same features and overall user experience that people have come to expect from Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger.

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Zuckerberg says he envisions Meta Pay serving as a universal wallet for all digital items purchased or created in the metaverse. “Proof of ownership will be essential,” he says, “especially if you want to take some of these items with you across different services.” “Ideally, you should be able to sign into any metaverse experience and find everything you’ve purchased.”

In other words, Zuckerberg hopes Meta Pay will become the de facto wallet of the metaverse. He admits that the type of interoperability he’s describing is a long way off, but he believes it would “deliver much better experiences for people and larger opportunities for creators.

It almost goes without saying, but Meta would almost certainly be the most benefited by the ecosystem described by Zuckerberg.

READ MORE: Into The Metaverse: Meta Opens First Physical Store

A New Channel Feature For Facebook Groups will Allow Users to Connect in Smaller Groups.

Facebook is testing a new sidebar that makes it easier to find your favorite groups. It will show you your groups and the most recent activity within them, such as new posts or chats you haven’t seen yet.

You can also add your favorite groups to the top of the page, discover new groups, and even start your own. For example, if you want to access the most recent recipes in your cooking group quickly, you can now pin it to the top, search for related groups, and be inspired to start your own.

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For more focused topics, administrators can set up a chat session, audio, and feed channels to connect with members in a more casual, real-time setting.

Facebook is improving the organization of each group so you can get right into what’s going on. You’ll notice a new menu within your group that includes things like events, shops, and a variety of channels to make it easier to connect with others about the topics you care about. So, once you’ve joined your cooking group, you’ll be able to keep up with upcoming events, purchase the latest swag, and seamlessly join conversations.

Instagram is Testing a New Feature that Allows Users to Post Disappearing Content.

Instagram is testing a new feature that will allow users to post disappearing content. The Notes feature allows users to send quick notes, such as announcements, to their “Close Friends” circle or to followers who follow them.

In contrast to Twitter’s new Notes feature, which allows writers to post long-form content, Instagram’s version is more akin to sticky notes that disappear after 24 hours.

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The feature was discovered by marketer Ahmed Ghanem, who shared screenshots on Twitter indicating that Instagram Notes will appear in a new row above the messages themselves in the app’s direct messaging screen. From here, you can add a new note for others to see by tapping on the plus button.

The feature could be useful for highlighting important messages from friends that they don’t want to lose in their inbox, and it could provide more visibility than posting to Stories. Instagram’s tests will see how users react to the feature and whether it makes sense to roll it out more broadly.

Users can share information with close friends via these notes, such as whether they will be unavailable on call the next day or can be reached at an alternate number.

We’re always looking for new ways to help you connect better on Instagram.” “We’re now testing Notes so people can quickly share thoughts with their friends, with a small group of people to start, a Meta spokesperson said.

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