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Twitter Updates Explore, Making its Listings More Location-Specific

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Twitter has announced a new update for its Explore tab which will make all of the listed tweets in Explore more location-specific.

That means that when you head to your Explore listing, all of the content – including Trends, ‘What’s Happening’ and the topic listings – will all be more aligned with the location that you choose.

For example, here’s a look at how my Explore listing changes based on different locations.

Twiter trends

The listings here are from Australia, Indonesia, Spain and New Zealand. You can see how the ‘Trends for you’ listings change in each region, but also the ‘What’s Happening’ panels below. That also extends into each topic-specific listing below that, providing region variable coverage, dependent on your chosen location.

You can change the location of your Trending lists by tapping on the gear icon at the top right of the main Explore screen – when you do, you’ll have the option of unchecking the ‘Show content in this location’ box, then selecting a custom location.

Twitter location change in Explore

Switching to different regions can provide you with a more unique perspective on the key topics of focus in each nation, along with how they relate to the topics you’re interested in.

Twitter also notes that, as part of this update, the ‘Worldwide Trends’ view is being removed. 

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“But hear us out: we’re working on improving Explore so we show you more relevant content for the different locations that you pick.”

So the idea is that you get a better focus on each location as you choose, as opposed to a generic world trends view.

It’s an interesting update, though you would think that most users won’t bother to change the location marker, and will therefore only ever see their own local trends. But maybe that’s a better outcome – maybe, by showing you more content that will likely be of direct relevance to you, as opposed to global trends, which are often dominated by K-Pop-related hashtags or US sports. Maybe by removing these, and showing you more content that’s familiar to you, based on where you live, that will help Twitter increase engagement, as opposed to taking up space with topics of little relevance in respective regions.

Definitely, Twitter needs to boost engagement where possible. Early last month – before the COVID-19 pandemic really hit – Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey came under pressure from an activist investor group, which sought to oust him and replace him with a more business-minded leader. Dorsey survived the challenge, but was forced to commit to tough growth targets, including a 20% increase in monetizable active users in 2020.

Twitter has been growing its active user rates, and the platform’s mDAU count did actually grow by 21% in 2019. But even so, continuously boosting those figures will only get more difficult. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has likely changed the targets in this respect, Twitter is still likely looking to squeeze out as many performance improvements as it can in order to keep boosting that usage stat.

This seems like a smaller tweak in this respect – but localized trends does appear to make more sense, while the capacity to travel around the world via tweet trends could also be an interesting exploration tool to check out.

Socialmediatoday.com

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TikTok Launches New ‘Order Center’ eCommerce Tracking Hub with Selected Users

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TikTok Updates Ad Policies to Limit Unwanted Exposure Among Younger Users in Europe

Get ready for TikTok to make a bigger push on in-app shopping, with some users now seeing a new ‘Order Center’ panel in the app, which tracks any products that you’ve purchased, looked at, or even, potentially, may be interested in, in the app.

As you can see in this example, posted by social media expert Matt Navarra, the new ‘Order Center’ is now appearing for some users alongside their ‘Edit Profile’ option in the app.

Tap on it and you’ll be taken through to a dedicated eCommerce display, where you can track all aspects of your TikTok shopping experience, including payment details, items you’ve tagged, recommendations, order status, etc.

TikTok Order Center

It’s the latest in TikTok’s shift towards eCommerce, which has already been a winner in the Chinese version of the app. Indeed, the majority of the revenue generated by Douyin, the Chinese variation of TikTok, now comes from in-stream eCommerce integrations, which has also facilitated new pathways for creator monetization, via brand partnership integrations that enable more organic type promotions in the app.

Douyin Stores

As such, TikTok is very keen to push the same in TikTok as well – though recent signs have suggested that western audiences are not taking to social commerce with the same enthusiasm as those in the Chinese market.

Just last week, Facebook announced that it’s shutting down its experiments with live shopping in the app, as of October this year. Meta, of course, has other financial pressures to contend with, and it’s been working to streamline its operations, with a focus on its larger metaverse push instead.

But even so, the fact that Meta’s willing to stop experimenting with live commerce entirely would suggest that it hasn’t been seeing good response to its initial experiments, which may not bode well for TikTok’s plans (note: Meta will continue to push ahead with its live shopping experiments on Instagram).

But TikTok needs eCommerce to work, especially from a revenue share perspective.

Many TikTok creators have already expressed their frustration at the inconsistent and low payment amounts available via TikTok’s Creator Fund, and without in-stream ads to directly monetize content, it needs alternative angles to provide revenue-generation tools – or it risks losing its top stars to YouTube instead.

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And while TikTok is the app of the moment, it could still see a fall from grace if that does happen, and the app’s big stars shift exclusively to YouTube, which has also been seeing strong growth in the adoption of Shorts, its TikTok clone functionality.

Which is why TikTok continues to plow ahead with eCommerce additions like this – despite general lack of enthusiasm for such in most western markets, which has even seen TikTok itself scale back its live shopping ambitions in Europe due to low adoption and internal conflicts.

But for TikTok, this has to happen, and for parent company ByteDance, which is also dealing with the impacts of the current economic downturn, it has to happen now.

As such, you can expect to see a lot more eCommerce options bleeding into your TikTok feed as we head into the holiday push. Whether you want them or not.



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