Small steps in social often mean huge leaps in connectivity (and connectedness): Get the latest on how Facebook's plans will change your relationship to your phone, Instagram's new collage layout app, and Twitter autoplay videos. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Skim to stay ahead.

What you need to know from Facebook's F8 conference

First up: Facebook will open Messenger's API to third-party developers, transforming that annoying extra app in your phone into a social network in itself: Send GIFs from Giphy, order a cab, or even transfer payments to friends. Unfortunately apps that work with Messenger will have to be downloaded separately, meaning you'll probably need a whole separate folder dedicated to Facebook alone. But, in the near future, Messenger will be more than a chat platform that you're reluctant to use: It may soon be a place you never leave, embedded into many of the apps you find useful tomorrow.

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Angela Natividad is a social media strategist, copywriter, and journalist based in Paris. A Bay Area native and lover of vending machine candies, she co-founded and is a frequent guest on marketing podcast The Beancast. You can follow her on Twitter at @luckthelady.