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December 23, 2021

2021 brought us more TikTok trends to try at home, Hinge audios to spice up our dating profiles, and another year of pandemic memes to send via Slack. As we say goodbye to 2020 V2, here are some changes and new trendy features coming to your favorite social media channels to look out for in 2022 quick fire round edition!

Long-form video is here to stay

Instagram Stories is joining the group in extending video length to allow for 60-second clips. They are testing the feature now, but given the rapid move to Reels and video content in the last year, we expect this to hit shelves in 2022. Instagram has been working to keep up with TikTok all year, and will have to continue to do so into 2022. 

TikTok has also been testing longer form videos over the last year and is expected to surpass 1.5 billion active users in 2022

Messenger apps are diversifying and expanding

Facebook has made several updates to its Messenger app this year and is now testing a split payment feature in which users can bill friends for shared dinners and experiences without leaving the platform.

Twitter is not to be outdone, though. Its recent acquisition of Quill (a would-be Slack competitor) signals a move to rethink DMs on its own platform. With the app’s new CEO, we are expecting to see several fast and ambitious changes come to the Twitter-verse in 2022. 

Metaverse

Speaking of the -verse, Facebook’s newest identity crisis comes with a new name: Meta. It’s a strategic shift for the brand to explore augmented and virtual reality projects.

Whether Meta is meant to tap into a younger demographic again or steer focus away from Facebook’s not-so-great reputation, we expect to see Meta expand its payment feature to avoid revenue share

Social audio: fad or the future?

Clubhouse went viral earlier in 2021, but over the last few months the app has seen a lot of competition from established platforms like Twitter, Meta/Facebook, Spotify, Amazon and more successfully and virally Hinge.

The dating app’s integration of audio recording feature as an option for prompt responses quickly became a memetic star on TikTok, with users sharing some of the funniest and weirdest recordings they’ve seen from people with whom they matched:

@salty_caroline_reads

It truly never disappoints #hinge#hingevoicememo#hingevoiceprompts#voiceprompt

♬ original sound – caroline

@dylanmcdanger

Still no matches from this one yet. Weird lol. This one’s for you @donmarshall72 #hinge #voiceprompt #lotr #impressions

♬ original sound – Dylanmcdanger

Most platforms are struggling for a foothold in this audio-only, social experience. In 2022, we expect to see more testing in this area (and more Hinge viral audios on our TikTok pages).

What social media features are you looking for in 2022?

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Kierstyn Schneck

Kierstyn is an account manager at ChatterBlast. She can often be found in Philadelphia's nearby hiking trails or joining others in their dog envy on the bridge over the Schuylkill River Park.

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