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Top 40 Social Media Trends in May

From Communal Video Apps to Dating App-Inspired Portraits

— May 27, 2017 — Social Media
Considering the humble origins of social media, the May 2017 social media trends show just how different contemporary platforms are from their predecessors. In the early days of social media, the majority of activity consisted of text exchanges — if people included any images at all, it would be a single image to make up their profile picture. Today, image-centric platforms dominate the social media landscape, and that shows in the social media trends for the coming month.

Both Facebook and Snapchat are looking for ways to expand beyond even image sharing alone. Snapchat has created an AR video filter in the style of its beloved and massively popular picture filters, and Facebook recently announced a VR hangout space where virtual avatars can meet and converse.
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Activity
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Categorical Social Updates
Categorical Social Updates
The New Instagram Update Will Allow Users to Sort Their Saved Posts
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39
Data-Saving Social Apps
Data-Saving Social Apps
'Twitter Lite' Offers Optimized Features for Mobile Users
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38
Pinboard Theme Park Planners
Pinboard Theme Park Planners
Walt Disney World Created Specialized Pinterest Trip-Planning Tools
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37
Social Media Fundraising Features
Social Media Fundraising Features
Facebook is Adding a 'Personal Fundraiser' Function
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36
Communal Video-Watching Apps
Communal Video-Watching Apps
The Cabana App Lets Users Watch YouTube With Friends Virtually
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35
Issue Discussion Networking Apps
Issue Discussion Networking Apps
The 'Blaze' App Enables Social Voting to Gauge Opinions
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34
Crayon Farewell Tours
Crayon Farewell Tours
The Celebrate Dandelion Campaign Encourages Crayola Fans to Say Goodbye
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33
Happiness-Sharing Bots
Happiness-Sharing Bots
Bbc Earth's Chatbot Shares Personalized Videos for "Real Happiness"
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32
Dating App-Inspired Portraits
Dating App-Inspired Portraits
Jiyeon Kim Created Contemporary Renditions of Tinder Pictures
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31
VR Social Networks
VR Social Networks
Facebook Spaces Lets You Hang Out with Friends Anywhere in the World
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30
Chinese Video Content Platforms
Chinese Video Content Platforms
Alibaba's Tudou Site has Transformed into a Short Content Platform
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29
Customer-Created Taglines
Customer-Created Taglines
Emerald Nuts' New Tagline, "Yes Good," Was Inspired by a Customer Review
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28
Augmented Photography Lenses
Augmented Photography Lenses
Snapchat's 'World Lenses' Adapt to Their Surroundings with AR
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27
Social Feed Aggregator Sites
Social Feed Aggregator Sites
The 'MakersFeed' Social Feed Aggregator Organizes Content Beautifully
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26
Quick College Application Videos
Quick College Application Videos
ZeeMee Offers High Schoolers an Alternative Application Method
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25
Contextless Video Apps
Contextless Video Apps
'Yo Stories' Shares Video from Friends Without Additional Details
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24
Alluring Voice Analyzers
Alluring Voice Analyzers
Skyn's Voice Analysis Bot Rates Voices on Sensuality, Mystery and More
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23
Speed-Checking Chatbots
Speed-Checking Chatbots
The Infiniti Q60 SpeedBot Instantly Finds Almost Any Car's 0-60 Time
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22
Augmented Reality Table Lamps
Augmented Reality Table Lamps
Lampix will Change the Way Users Work and Play
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21
Crowdsourced Decision Networks
Crowdsourced Decision Networks
The 'WeeAct' Social Network Enables Users to Make Smart Decisions
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20
Interactive Social Cinemas
Interactive Social Cinemas
Cinex Lets You Tweet Live on the Big Screen While Watching a Movie
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19
Emotion-Based Social Networks
Emotion-Based Social Networks
The 'Emotely' Social Network Works to Let Users Share Emotions
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18
Millennial-Focused Health Platforms
Millennial-Focused Health Platforms
'Corevity' is an Online Health Community to Share Stories
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17
Social AR Geolocation Apps
Social AR Geolocation Apps
The 'Grifidi' Social Experience App Creates Location-Based Socializing
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16
A.I.-Powered Restaurant Finders
A.I.-Powered Restaurant Finders
The Sure Chatbot Uses Instagram to Make Restaurant Recommendations
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15
Customizable Gift-Giving Kits
Customizable Gift-Giving Kits
'Giftkit' Introduces a Modern Way to Shop for Gift Baskets Online
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14
Dreamy Singer-Inspired Social Filters
Dreamy Singer-Inspired Social Filters
The Lana Del Rey Filter on Snapchat Features a Flower Crown
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13
Sensitive Content Filters
Sensitive Content Filters
Blurred Photos on Instagram Will Warn of Possibly Offensive Content
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12
Extravagant Food Crown Portraits
Extravagant Food Crown Portraits
Lauren Hom's Images Creatively Feature Different Food Staples
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11
Collaborative Social Media Apps
Collaborative Social Media Apps
The 'WeClip' Collaboration Platform Involves Everyone
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10
Social Travel Networks
Social Travel Networks
'Nomo FOMO' Enables Social Travel Planning by Detailing Trips
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9
Simplistic Silhouette Art
Simplistic Silhouette Art
Flavio Salsano Turns Shadows from Everyday Items into Whimsical Drawings
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8
Alien Social Media Models
Alien Social Media Models
Gucci's Alien Instagram Campaign is for the Fall/Winter 2017 Line
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7
Foodie Fashion Photography
Foodie Fashion Photography
Kelsey Mcclellan's Series Shows Clothing with Matching Food Products
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6
Tie-Dye Lip Art
Tie-Dye Lip Art
Makeup Artists Have Been Revealing Unique Ways to Get the Festival-Ready Look
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5
Retro Tie-Dye Nail Art
Retro Tie-Dye Nail Art
Creatives are Testing Out New Ways to Bring the Pattern to Their Fingers
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4
Feline Culinary Photoshoots
Feline Culinary Photoshoots
Maro the Cosplay Chef Cat Combines Authentic Food and Outfits
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3
Feathered Eyebrow Looks
Feathered Eyebrow Looks
These Beauty Bloggers Have Artfully Transformed Their Eyebrows
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2
Puppy Proposal Photoshoots
Puppy Proposal Photoshoots
The Sebastian Loves Luna Engagement Album Showcases Canine Love
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1
Luxurious Crystal Bodysuits
Luxurious Crystal Bodysuits
Rihanna Sported Gucci's Unique Runway Ensemble During Coachella
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