May Favola Five
May 2024

By Cait McNamara

Another month has come and gone, and the month of April brought us some juicy social media updates. From Meta’s AI chatbot to a MySpace revival, here are the top five updates that you don’t want to miss. 


  1. 1. Meet your new Meta AI-BFF 

This month, Meta officially launched their AI chatbot across Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram with the aim of offering tailored content and assistance for their users. A virtual sidekick who’s there to give you the best recommendations, answer your burning questions, and even tell you if your latest post is a slay or a flop? Sign us up. 


  1. 2. Introducing NoSpace, the new kid on the block 

In a digital age characterised by curated content and carefully crafted feeds, Gen Z is seeking authenticity and genuine connections. Enter NoSpace, a new text-based app that has been making waves online. Yes, we’re aware that it sounds just like MySpace. (and even features your top eight friends). Despite not launching until June, NoSpace has already gained over half a million pre-downloads. All about embracing the messy, unfiltered moments of life, think of NoSpace as a throwback to the good ol’ days of social networking, where you can be yourself without worrying about likes or filters. We can’t wait to try it out.  


  1. 3. Slide on into our Threads DMs  

Meta is finally testing DMs on Threads. Well. sort of. This month, Meta launched a new live test of DMs on Threads, with some users seeing a new “Message” button on their profiles. However, while the DM option will technically enable you to send messages to users via the app, that message won’t be via Threads itself. Instead, you’ll actually be sending the DM to their Instagram inbox. But hey, at least it’s a step in the right direction. 


  1. 4. Is this goodbye to TikTok in the US? 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we’re sure you’ve heard that the TikTok sell-off bill has officially been approved in the US. This means that TikTok now has 270 days to be sold to a US-based owner, or be banned in the nation, so the clock is ticking for TikTok to figure out its next move. There have been many rumoured buyers from Meta to Walmart, xx to xx, so it will be interesting to see how the situation plays out in the next few months. We’re on the edge of our seats. 


  1. 5. TikTok Notes is here (well, almost) 

Last but not least, just when you thought TikTok might be slowing down, they go ahead and drop Notes, a new photo-based app. Available initially in Australia and Canada, Notes enables users to capture and share moments through photos and carousel posts. We’re curious to see if this affects carousel posts on TikTok itself, and if a separate image-based app will take off after Lemon8 flopped earlier this year. Stay tuned to find out more.   


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