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Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix

Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. I really can’t tell you much about any of this week’s titles so let’s just get right to it. Available on 09/04: …

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Facebook’s Apps Outrank Google’s In Most-Used Smartphone Apps List

Facebook’s Apps Outrank Google’s In Most-Used Smartphone Apps List

comScore released new data from its MobiLens and Mobile Metrix looking at U.S. smartphone trends in July. Apple ranked as the top manufacturer while Android led as the top platform. Here are the rankings for those categories: The app rankings are interesting because Facebook’s Messenger app has moved ahead of YouTube, putting the top two apps as Facebook-owned, ranking above …

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Facebook Tests Video Pop-Out Window On iOS

A couple months ago, we looked at a new video feature Facebook has been testing which lets users watch a video shared on the social network in a pop-out window while continuing to scroll through the News Feed. At the time, we only saw the feature in action on the desktop, but now, it looks like they’re testing it on …

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Tumblr Updates Reblogs

Tumblr Updates Reblogs

Tumblr announced that it is changing the way reblogs look. All comments will be showcased the same way rather than buried under a stack of indents. If you ask me, that’s a major change for the better. Here’s the before and after: “Our change to reblog captions last month laid the necessary groundwork for us to arrive here, at a …

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Instagram Direct Gets Some Helpful New Features

Instagram Direct Gets Some Helpful New Features

Instagram launched Direct in 2013 as a way to share images directly with specific people or groups of people as opposed to all of your followers. On Tuesday, Instagram announced a couple of improvements to it – the ability to send content via Direct directly from your feed and threaded messages. The latter simply makes having conversations on Instagram easier. …

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Infographic Tells You How To Make A Good Infographic For Pinterest

Infographic Tells You How To Make A Good Infographic For Pinterest

Pinterest is the second leading diver of social media traffic referrals to websites. Given that it’s such a visual service, websites are always looking for interesting imagery to help drive that. Infographics are one type of content that can do well, while providing solid information that your site visitors will find valuable beyond just a picture. An infographic from Venngage …

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LinkedIn Gets New Messaging Experience

LinkedIn Gets New Messaging Experience

LinkedIn announced a new messaging feature that is more in line with similar features from Facebook and Twitter than its current private messaging feature. The company describes it as an “easier and more lightweight” way to have professional conversations with LinkedIn connections. “We’ve rebuilt everything from the ground up so you can expect a cleaner and more streamlined look and …

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Google Adds Collections To Google+ For iOS

Google Adds Collections To Google+ For iOS

Back in May, Google launched Google+ Collections, which lets users create collections of content around any given topic, just as they could create a board on Pinterest or a magazine on Flipboard. Collections basically look like any other Google+ page, but centered around the theme the user has chosen. Until now, the feature has only been available for Android and …

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This Is A Disturbing Stat For Businesses

This Is A Disturbing Stat For Businesses

Businesses have a long way to go when it comes to online customer service, particularly on social media channels, which is where more and more people are seeking to interact with them. Are you making efforts to improve your customer service on social media? What steps are you taking? What steps should other businesses be taking? Discuss. Poor customer service …

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Here’s A Preview Of What’s Coming To (And Going Away From) Netflix In September

Here’s A Preview Of What’s Coming To (And Going Away From) Netflix In September

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. 09/01: Puffin Rock: Season 1 (Netflix Original) The League: Season 6 Da Jammies: Season 1 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Volume 1 The Adventures …

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You Can Now Pin Tweets From iOS And Android

You Can Now Pin Tweets From iOS And Android

Last year, Twitter introduced a new style of user profile, and one of the best features was the ability to pin tweets to the top of your page. Despite Twitter’s typically mobile-first nature, however, you couldn’t do this from the mobile apps. That changes now. Twitter announced that you can now pin tweets from Android and iOS: Starting today, you …

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Women Use More Social Media, But the Gap Is Closing

Social media use is higher than it’s ever been – across the board. This we know. But is there a marked gender difference in it? According to Pew, a gender gap in social media use still exists, but it’s shrinking. A recent study found that 80% of women use some sort of social networking site, compared to 73% of men. …

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Y’all Need to Get Off Facebook

Y’all Need to Get Off Facebook

Y’all need to get off Facebook. “We just passed an important milestone. For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day. On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family,” reports Mark Zuckerberg. Go make some cookies or something. No, not the pre-made store-bought ones you just …

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Facebook Says It’s Trying to Fix Its Stolen Video Problem

Facebook Says It’s Trying to Fix Its Stolen Video Problem

You always hear about Facebook catching up to, and even surpassing YouTube as a destination for video. And it’s no joke – Facebook is a video powerhouse. But you may or may not have heard about some of the criticisms of Facebook concerning its meteoric rise in video content – mainly, that the majority of the video content that gets …

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Facebook Isn’t Great at Policing Racism, Says German Minister

Facebook isn’t doing enough to rid the site of hateful, racist rhetoric, according to German Justice Minister Heiko Maas. Maas sent a letter to Facebook saying its action on such issues were “urgent.” The letter was obtained by Der Tagesspiegel, as well as Bloomberg. According to Maas, Facebook is not complying with users’ reporting of racist content, often being told …

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Instagram, No Longer Square, Lets You Post Landscape and Portrait Photos

Instagram photos are square. That’s just how Instagram has always been. Has it been annoying for many users? Absolutely. If you want to share a wider or taller photo on Instagram, often the only option is to create a letterbox image in a third-party app. It isn’t ideal, but it’s what people have to do to make sure the entirety …

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Woman Ordered to Give Up Facebook Password in Custody Case

A New York judge has set quite the precedent, ordering a woman to turn over her Facebook login details so that her profile can be scoured for evidence in a custody case. The New York Post says that 47-year-old Christina Antoine has until September 14th to turn over her Facebook credentials. Antoine is currently in a custody battle with her …

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You Can Now Put Stickers and Text All Over Your Web-Uploaded Facebook Photos

You Can Now Put Stickers and Text All Over Your Web-Uploaded Facebook Photos

A couple of months ago, Facebook updated its photo uploader on its iOS apps to allow users to easily add stickers, filters, and text. Now, it’s pushing that functionality to the web. When you upload a new photo on the desktop version of Facebook, you’ll now see a new paintbrush icon next to the tag icon. Clicking on that will …

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Infographic Compares Meerkat & Periscope For Business

Infographic Compares Meerkat & Periscope For Business

Meerkat and Periscope both quickly made names for themselves with their live streaming apps launched earlier this year. A lot of businesses have been testing the waters and trying to figure out which if either (or both) are best for them. What are the differences? Is one better for something than the other? Which one should you use? Consider all …

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WordPress.com Gets A New Action Bar

WordPress.com Gets A New Action Bar

WordPress.com has a new action bar, which makes it easier for readers to follow blogs of interest and for bloggers to make changes to their own sites. If you’re a blog visitor, and you’re on a WordPress.com blog that you’re not yet following, you can click the “Follow” button that appears in the bottom-right hand corner so new posts from …

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‘M’ Is Facebook’s Personal Assistant Inside Messenger

‘M’ Is Facebook’s Personal Assistant Inside Messenger

Ever since Facebook split Messenger from its flagship app (a move that wasn’t everyone’s favorite), the company has been making addition after addition to its core functionality. It’s pretty clear that Facebook wants Messenger to wear many hats. Today, the company has unveiled the robot hat. Facebook Messaging head David Marcus has pulled the cover off M, Facebook’s ambitious new …

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YouTube Gaming Is Now Live On Web, Android & iOS

YouTube Gaming Is Now Live On Web, Android & iOS

Back in June, Google announced YouTube Gaming, saying it would launch in the summer. It was described as a whole new app and website for gaming, and appeared to be a competitor to Twitch, which Google previously tried to buy (it’s now owned by Amazon). On Wednesday, Google announced that it’s now available. Have a look: “YouTube Gaming is your …

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Facebook Gives You A Guide To Page Messaging

Facebook Gives You A Guide To Page Messaging

Earlier this month, Facebook launched Page Messaging, which gives customers more ways to send private messages to businesses and Page admins ways to manage and respond to them. Users can send Pages messages through local awareness ads, and Pages will see an attachment that shows the ad that prompted the message. Once a user initiates a conversation, the business can …

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Pinterest Comments On Effects Of Uploaded Pins

Pinterest Comments On Effects Of Uploaded Pins

Online marketer Vincent Ng known specifically for his expertise in optimizing for Pinterest, wrote an interesting blog post pondering if pins that are uploaded (as opposed to pinned from a website) get less reach. If this were the case, it would certainly be worth noting, as it could have a major impact on your Pinterest marketing efforts. He pointed to …

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Report: Instagram Follower Growth, Engagement On The Decline

Much has been made about the incredible growth of Instagram and the emerging opportunities that come along with that. We’ve certainly done our part in spreading the word. Last week, Pew Research Center put out some findings out about social media use, including the stat that 59% of Instagram users use it every day. That’s compared to 49% last September. …

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Twitter Really Wants You to Use It for Messaging

Twitter is taking steps to make itself a destination for messaging. Starting today, you will be able to receive notifications in your browser when you receive a direct message. Clicking on the notification will direct you to the DM interface on Twitter.com The option is available in your settings, and it appears to be opt-out. Direct Message notifications are now …

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Facebook Launches ‘Donate Now’ Call-To-Action Button

Facebook Launches ‘Donate Now’ Call-To-Action Button

Facebook announced the launch of a new call-to-action button for pages that enable users to give them money. This one is “Donate Now,” and is obviously aimed at nonprofits. Facebook said in a post on the Facebook for Business Page: We are excited to introduce a new “Donate Now” call-to-action option on both link ads and Pages. Now, it’s easier …

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Twitter Kills Sites Across the World That Archived Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

One of the biggest operations for preserving politicians’ deleted tweets has been shut down. The Open State Foundation say that Twitter has cut off its API access for its Politwoops and Diplotwoops sites. The sites were simple – they just pulled deleted tweets from politicians’ profiles and made them visible for the world to see. It was about transparency, according …

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Infographic Tells You To Embrace Instagram Instead of Facebook

Facebook has plateaued while Instagram is just getting warmed up. That’s the message of a new infographic from Selfstartr (via Social Media Today) advising brands where to consider placing more of their efforts. The message is in line with some new findings from Pew Research Center, which said, “Facebook remains the most popular social media site – 72% of online …

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The Avatar Family Runs Afoul of Facebook’s Real Name Policy

The Avatar Family Runs Afoul of Facebook’s Real Name Policy

An avatar is an icon used to represent someone online. It’s also an “epic science fiction film directed, written, produced, and co-edited by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sigourney Weaver,” or so I’m told. I don’t know. It’s no Titanic. Turns out, it’s also the real last name of an Arizona couple …

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Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. If you’ve been curious about Girl Meets World, but haven’t been curious enough to seek it out on the Disney Channel, it’s …

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Facebook Is Now Testing GIFs for Page Posts, Ads

Facebook Is Now Testing GIFs for Page Posts, Ads

Back in May, Facebook finally started supporting animated GIFs in posts, but only those from personal accounts. A lot of Page admins were bummed about this because they recognized the potential to grab more attention and engagement from fans by using them. While most Pages are still going to have to wait a little longer, the company is now at …

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Pinterest’s Daily User Count On The Rise

Pinterest’s Daily User Count On The Rise

Earlier, we looked at research from Pew Research Center showing that more people are using Instagram every day. Well, the same is true for Pinterest. Interestingly, both companies are in similar stages with both having recently introduced advertising options and ecommerce features. According to the study, the proportion of online adults who use Pinterest has doubled since 2012, though like …

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Imgur Is The Latest Social Media Service To Launch An Email Newsletter

Imgur Is The Latest Social Media Service To Launch An Email Newsletter

Imgur is the latest social media service to launch a new opt-in email newsletter for its users. It’s called In Case You Missed It, and should serve as a way to get more engagement from its user base. A spokesperson for the company tells WebProNews it seeks to ” help Imgurians avoid falling victim to FOMO,” or fear of missing …

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Infographic Illustrates A Year’s Worth of Facebook News Feed Updates

Infographic Illustrates A Year’s Worth of Facebook News Feed Updates

Every time Facebook makes an update to its News Feed, businesses get nervous because there’s always the chance the algorithm will start showing their posts to less people organically. This, as I’m sure you know, has been an ongoing issue for Facebook Pages in general over the past couple of years. Not all updates hurt all Pages. You’ve probably found …

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More People Are Becoming Everyday Instagrammers

Instagram has seen a significant jump in user engagement over the past year, according to a new study from Pew. In September of 2014, 49% of Instagram users reported using the site every day. Now, that number has climbed to 59%. In fact, over three-quarters of Instagram users reported checking their feeds at least once a week. As you can …

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YouTube’s Newest Creative Studio Is Coming to Mumbai

Google has announced the location of its newest YouTube Space – Mumbai, India. It’s the second such creative space in Asia (Tokyo). YouTube Spaces, a project first launched in 2012, provides places “where creators can collaborate, innovate and experiment with new content for audiences around the world to watch and love.” These spaces help foster YouTube videomakers creativity via workshops, …

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Infographic Looks At How People Use Twitter for News

We know that Twitter is looking to get into the breaking news game in a big way. People already use Twitter as a main source for their news, and the company is taking steps to make it an even bigger part of the platform. The company is currently testing a new breaking news section that appears on its mobile apps …

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Another Infographic Takes A Crack At The ‘Science’ Of Instagram

A couple months ago, we looked at an infographic that took on the “science of brands on Instagram,” which quite a few marketers seemed to enjoy. MarketingProfs is now pointing to another interesting one from “social media scientist” Dan Zarrella called “The Science of Instagram” based on a study of 1,494,175 photos from 538,270 users. Some takeaways are that more …

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YouTube Music Videos In the UK Are Getting Slapped with Age Ratings

YouTube Music Videos In the UK Are Getting Slapped with Age Ratings

Some in the UK feel that YouTube videos, like movies and other forms of art/media, need age ratings. According to The Guardian, YouTube and Vevo have collaborated with two organizations – the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) – to make sure new music videos made in the UK come with age ratings. “Keeping …

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Shareaholic Adds More Sites To Follow Button Lineup

Shareaholic Adds More Sites To Follow Button Lineup

Shareaholic, the company behind the popular social media button share tools, announced that it has added some new sites to its Follow Button lineup. In other words, sites can use these buttons to get people to follow them on more services. The new additions include GitHub, Etsy, and Houzz. “Are you a tech guru with a specialty, or a blossoming …

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Facebook Looks to Be Updating Notes

Facebook Looks to Be Updating Notes

Do you remember Facebook Notes? Believe it or not, you can still write notes on Facebook. A relic of the past, Facebook notes have pretty much fallen out of favor with the social networking crowd. This might be the first time you’ve even thought about them in years. Go try to compose a new note on Facebook. Trust me, it’ll …

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There’s A Lot Going On With Flipboard

There’s A Lot Going On With Flipboard

Flipboard, the popular news-reading app, has been adding quite a few features to its user experience. Notably, they launched a web version earlier this year, and followed that with private group magazines, making it a better tool for businesses, classrooms, clubs, friends, and families. More recently, they added a “compose” button, which lets users ask readers questions, quote from a …

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Facebook Pages See Decreased Engagement [Report]

Facebook Pages See Decreased Engagement [Report]

Facebook Pages saw slight growth in organic likes in July, according to a report from Locowise, which studied 5,000 pages. Growth was 0.21% in July, which was up from 0.2% growth in May. “This number was at 0.1% for the largest pages, those with over 1 million page likes,” says Locowise’s Marko Saric. “Even the smallest pages, those with less …

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Here’s Why Twitter Just Became A Lot Better For Customer Service

Twitter is rolling out a major feature that should help businesses better take care of customer service and engage with customers privately. It could also encourage customers to engage more with businesses using Twitter in the first place. A couple months ago, Twitter indicated it would lift the 140-character limit constraint of direct messages, and this week, it officially announced …

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Reddit Will Block Content in Certain Countries, Has Already Done So in Germany and Russia

Reddit has confirmed that it will locally block content if it receives a “valid request from and authorized entity.” The policy confirmation comes after the company blocked a specific thread about growing psychoactive mushrooms in Russia. The country’s Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, Roskomnadzor, temporarily banned reddit earlier in the week. Blocking the specific post …

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Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix

Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. This week starts off with a few new originals. Beyond that, you’ll find a pretty diverse selection of titles – from Lord …

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Infographic Shows A Lot Of Helpful Pinterest Stats For Marketers

Last week, we looked at Ahalogy’s recently released 2015 Pinterest Media Consumption Study,which includes a ton of interesting stats about how people are using it. It literally runs through the who, what, when, where, and why. They polled over 1,000 people and determined that 82% are female and 18% are mail, but that men on Pinterest have increased 4% since …

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Facebook Verified Profiles Will Soon Get Mentions, ‘Live’ Streaming Video

Facebook Verified Profiles Will Soon Get Mentions, ‘Live’ Streaming Video

Just over a year ago, Facebook launched Mentions, one of its Creative Labs apps, for public figures. It’s basically a way for celebrities to better manage their Facebook presence and engage with fans. The official description is: “A better way for actors, athletes, musicians and other influencers to stay in touch with their fans and the people and things they …

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Russia Unblocks Reddit After Dustup over Shroom Post

Russia Unblocks Reddit After Dustup over Shroom Post

On Wednesday afternoon, Russia added reddit to its registry of blocked sites. And as of early Thursday morning, reddit has been removed from the blocked sites list. After warning that it was considering it, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, sent out the order to block reddit on August 12th. The government was …

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Man Violates Restraining Order by Liking Facebook Photos

Man Violates Restraining Order by Liking Facebook Photos

If you’ve recently been hit with a restraining order, it’s probably best for you to stay off Facebook. In today’s reminder that social media contact is still contact, a Pennsylvania man has been arrested and charged with contempt of court after he liked approximately 22 photos and videos on Facebook. According to the Times Leader, 26-year-old Justin Bellanco violated a …

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If You Think There’s Nothing Left To Get Out Of Google+, You’re Wrong

If You Think There’s Nothing Left To Get Out Of Google+, You’re Wrong

So Google+ didn’t exactly turn out to be a Facebook killer, and the company has been backing off of its previous efforts to force it onto users of its other products. People are saying things like, “Google+ is dead,” as they have been for years, but it’s not. It’s just not what it used to be. Do you see any …

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Reddit Is Now Banned in Russia

Well, it looks like they weren’t lying. After warning that it was considering it, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, has sent out the order to block reddit. Apparently, the government is upset over a post about the “cultivation of narcotic plants.” Officials said they had been trying to get in touch with …

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Infographic Explores What The Reddit AMA Can Teach Us About Marketing

Infographic Explores What The Reddit AMA Can Teach Us About Marketing

The reddit AMA has proven to be a great marketing vehicle for people trying to promote projects they’re involved in, at least for those who are associated with interesting projects (past or present), but what can this Q&A format teach you about marketing in general? A new infographic from Udemy seeks to answer just that. “Online marketing strategies can include …

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Twitter DMs Can Now Be 10,000 Characters, So Ramble On

Twitter DMs Can Now Be 10,000 Characters, So Ramble On

Twitter has officially dropped the 140-character limit … On Direct Messages. Now, you can ramble to your heart’s desire when sending private messages to another Twitter user. Twitter said it would be doing this a couple of months ago, and today the update is rolling out to iOS, Android, Tweetdeck, and twitter.com. The new limit is 10,000 characters, which isn’t …

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Tinder Freaked Out on Twitter over a Vanity Fair Article

Tinder Freaked Out on Twitter over a Vanity Fair Article

A new Vanity Fair article called “Tinder and the Dawn of the ‘Dating Apocalypse’” doesn’t exactly heap praise on the dating app for its role in the modern relationship. And when someone at Tinder read it, they jumped on Twitter. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a corporate tweetstorm: Hey @nancyjosales — that survey is incorrect. If you're interested in having …

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Facebook Reportedly Working on Standalone Breaking News App

Facebook is working on yet another standalone app, according to a report from Business Insider. The app, which is apparently just beginning to enter testing, is designed for publishers to send out breaking news alerts to users who choose to follow them. In short, here’s how the app will work: First, users will download a separate app for this. Then, …

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Snapchat’s New Update Could Help You Save Data

Snapchat’s New Update Could Help You Save Data

Snapchat has been known to gobble up data now and then – especially since the introduction its discovery feature earlier this year. But a new update could help with that. The company has added a new feature to the app called ‘Travel Mode’. When enabled, Travel Mode disables auto-loading of content when you’re using cellular data. When you have Travel …

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Twitter Says Government Data Requests Way Up

Twitter’s new transparency report is out, and the trend continues. Government requests for user data and content removal are on the rise. “As has long been the trend, we continue to see a rise in the number of these requests. Notably, requests for account information have increased 52 percent, which is the largest increase between reporting periods we have ever …

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Russia Threatens to Block Reddit over Drug Post

Russia Threatens to Block Reddit over Drug Post

Russia, which has a history of threatening to block access to certain sites over seemingly ridiculous reasons, is now considering a ban on reddit. The news comes from Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, which posted an update on Russian social media site VKontakte. Apparently, the government is upset over a post about …

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Facebook Is Surprisingly LOL-Deficient

Facebook Is Surprisingly LOL-Deficient

Facebook has a lot of data it can comb through, if it so pleases. The latest dive into what people are doing looks into how people laugh on the social network. And the biggest shock, at least to me, is how little LOLing is going on. Here’s a pie chart of how people express laughter on Facebook. The company took …

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Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix

Here’s What’s About To Hit Netflix

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. We don’t have a huge list this week, but nearly half of them are Netflix Originals. Another season of Doctor Who is …

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Twitter Gets Serious About Helping Businesses With Customer Service

We’ve been writing a lot about social media-based customer service lately. There have been numerous studies on the subject coming out in recent months, and both Facebook and Twitter themselves have been bringing it up a lot. This week alone, Facebook launched some new features for Pages to better respond to and engage with customers, and Twitter put out an …

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Report Takes An Extensive Look At Pinterest Use

Pinterest is one of the leading drivers of social media referral traffic, and it’s only becoming increasingly important to the marketing mix with improved search, new advertising options, and a push into ecommerce. With that mind, marketers are going to want to know as much as possible about Pinterest’s use base and how people are actually using it. Ahalogy recently …

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Twitter Launches Ads Editor For Bulk Campaign Creation And Management

Twitter Launches Ads Editor For Bulk Campaign Creation And Management

Twitter announced the launch of a new Ads Editor, which enables advertisers to create and edit “numerous” campaigns at once. It lets you utilize Excel to manage campaigns. You can edit end dates, budgets, and targeting criteria, and can download a spreadsheet of the campaigns you want to modify. Just make changes right in Excel and upload the updated version …

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Facebook Now Lets Celebrities (Not You) Livestream

Facebook Now Lets Celebrities (Not You) Livestream

Facebook has officially entered the livestreaming game. Kind of. If you’re a celebrity, you can now livestream to your fans. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a regular person without millions of Facebook followers. That’s ok, you’re still a special snowflake and your life has meaning. But you can’t livestream on Facebook. Yet. Facebook ‘Live’, as it’s calling it, is …

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Facebook Patents a Way to Let Lenders Reject You Based on Your Friends’ Crappy Credit

Facebook Patents a Way to Let Lenders Reject You Based on Your Friends’ Crappy Credit

Facebook’s filed a new patent, and it might make you think twice about the (virtual) company you keep. Here’s the abstract of Facebook’s new patent: In particular embodiments, a method includes accessing a graph structure comprising a plurality of nodes and edges where each node represents a user, receiving a request to transmit content related to a first user to …

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Hootsuite Adds Instagram, Lets You Schedule Posts

Hootsuite Adds Instagram, Lets You Schedule Posts

Hootsuite announced new integration with Instagram enabling marketers and social media managers to manage multiple Instagram accounts from the dashboard. “Instagram campaigns can be managed from Hootsuite, making it a game changer for marketers, content creators and social media managers,” the company said in an email. Users can schedule Instagram content for publication…kind of. You can schedule a post and …

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Twitter’s Periscope Adds Couch Mode For Continued Viewing

Twitter’s live streaming service Periscope has added a new way to watch broadcasts on the web. It’s called Couch Mode, and is basically just an endless stream of different broadcasts. This way you can sit on your couch and just watch Periscope for as long as you want. The streams are determined by how well videos are viewed. Periscope itself …

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LinkedIn Publishing Platform Makes Global Push

LinkedIn Publishing Platform Makes Global Push

LinkedIn just announced that its publishing platform is going global with localized languages. It’s only been available in English until now, but today it’s becoming available in Portuguese. In the coming months, it will add more and more languages. German and French are next up on the list. As it expands into more languages, it will also feature Influencers in …

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Twitter Is Testing A Trending News Tab

Twitter is reportedly testing a new “News” tab in its iOS and Android apps, which appears alongside the notifications tab, and gives users quick access to a section called “Trending News,” which shows news stories directly from publishers. The feature, first reported by Buzzfeed, is apparently Twitter’s answer to Facebook’s Instant Articles, and makes use of partnerships by select publishers. …

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Facebook Pages May Start Seeing More Hides In Their Insights

Facebook announced a new tweak to its News Feed algorithm, which deals specifically with how people hide stories. Essentially, there are some people that hide a lot of stories. Most don’t hide many, but a small, unspecified amount of Facebook users hide a lot more than others. The update reflects this specific small group of users. Facebook explains in an …

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Facebook Uses Place Tips For Live Event Feature

Facebook Uses Place Tips For Live Event Feature

Earlier this year, Facebook debuted Place Tips, a feature that puts tips at the top of users’ News Feed when they’re at various places. You can open the feature to see posts and photos from friends related to a particular place, as well as updates from the place itself. They appear when a user is actually at the place as …

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Twitter Wants You To Be Better At Customer Service

As many opportunities as social media platforms have given businesses to connect with customers, many just aren’t doing it well to say the least. According to recent research from Socialbakers, the U.S. is near the bottom of the list for customer care on both Twitter and Facebook. For Twitter, we ranked 33 out of 37 countries. Twitter has released some …

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Russia Is Thinking About Blocking Facebook Over Gay Emoji

A little while back Apple and many other platforms adopted a new Unicode standard for emojis that included, among other thing, emojis featuring same sex couples. More specifically, emoji featuring two men and a heart, two women and a heart, and gay families (two men or two women with children). Normal people saw this as a nice, inclusionary move. We …

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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Are Having a Baby

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are going to be parents. Zuckerberg announced that they will be having a baby girl. It will be their first child. “This will be a new chapter in our lives. We’ve already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people’s lives around the world — Cilla as a doctor and …

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Here’s How To Make Your Instagram Marketing As ‘Perfect’ As Possible

Instagram has already become a great addition to the digital marketing arsenal for a lot of businesses, but it’s about to become a much better one for a lot more businesses thanks to recently announced features. Are you incorporating Instagram into your marketing efforts in any meaningful way so far? Do you plan to do more with it in the …

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Facebook Is Giving Users A Security Check-Up

Facebook announced the launch of a new security feature called the Security Checkup. It lets users quickly evaluate their current security status and take appropriate action. Enhancing Security with a Quick Checkup from Facebook on Vimeo. Users will start seeing a reminder about the Security Checkup at the top of News Feed sometime over the next several weeks. Once you …

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Twitter Gets A New Experience On Windows 10

Microsoft unleashed Windows 10 on Tuesday, and Twitter is using the opportunity to launch a new experience for the operating system. You can see what it looks like above. It includes Twitter Live Tiles; multiple photo tweets (you can upload up to four photos per tweet); animated GIFs’ Vine playback; previews for tweets with photos, vine videos, and other content …

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Facebook Moves In On Popular LinkedIn Feature

Back in 2012, LinkedIn launched its endorsements feature, which lets users endorse others for various skills. Lots of endorsements in key areas can make a member look good when they’re looking for a related job, a partnership, or other career-related opportunity. The feature quickly became popular, and users have racked up countless endorsements in the years since. Now, Facebook is …

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Facebook Must Allow Fake Names, Says German Regulator

Facebook’s real name policy, which prevents people from using the service with pseudonyms, has pissed off a lot of people – especially as of late. Facebook’s policy has drawn the ire of the transgender community, domestic violence victim, privacy advocates, and Native American groups. But in the States, the policy hasn’t gained any regulatory attention. Not the case overseas, where …

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Facebook Gives Pages New Video Visibility And Management Tools

Facebook announced a couple of updates aimed at giving Pages more control over how their videos are organized and shared. These include improved upload tools and a new Video Library feature. “Page owners now have access to enhanced control and customization features when uploading videos, like the ability to set an expiration date or to add a custom thumbnail for …

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Twitter Has a New Hub for Helping People Deal with Abuse and Harassment

Twitter continues to work to deal with the rampant abuse and harassment on the site – and it’s an uphill battle. This sort of behavior has always existed on Twitter, but for the past year or so, a brighter spotlight has been shone than ever before. Twitter admitted that it sucks a dealing with this, and has pledged over and …

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Hey, Where Did My Twitter Background Go?

Have you logged on to Twitter.com today? If so, you were probably greeted with a much whiter background than you remember setting. That’s because Twitter has decided to remove your custom backgrounds from your home page and notifications page. Here’s a statement the company: We’re removing background images from the home and notifications timelines on web for all users. Now, …

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Is Your Social Media Customer Service Improving?

Over the past decade, social media has presented businesses with a tremendous amount of opportunities to reach and engage with customers and potential customers in ways that were never before possible. You would think that by now social media-based customer service would be nearly flawless given all of the tools companies like Facebook and Twitter have launched over time. Unfortunately, …

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People Are Interacting With Links More On Facebook

It looks like links are getting better for interactions on Facebook as interactions on other post types are on the decline. Have you seen better reach and/or interactions with your links than you were seeing in the past? Let us know in the comments. Adobe’s Social Intelligence Report looks at social media patterns throughout Q2. It finds that “recent algorithm …

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Facebook Tests ‘View Insights’ And ‘Watch Later’ Buttons

Facebook is always testing new features. Sometimes they eventually roll out to everyone. Sometimes they don’t. In the case of both of these features, users would only stand to benefit. The first, and arguably more helpful of the two, is a “View Insights” button, which has been appearing on posts for some Page administrators. This essentially lets you quickly and …

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Twitter Gives Users New Account Dashboard

Twitter is rolling out a new dashboard to help users monitor and manage their accounts. it can show you things about your login activity, manage contacts, download your Twitter archive, etc. Above all it’s about privacy and account security. “From the beginning, Twitter has empowered people to share information with the world,” says product manager Mollie Vandor. “To put you …

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Twitter Shows Users More Details About Web Content In Their Timelines

Summary Cards can be used for various types of web content including blog posts, news articles, products, etc. It gives the user a preview of the content before they click through to the website. Twitter has now updated the cards so that people using the Twitter app for iOS and Android will start seeing a little bit more information about …

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Communication App Slack Just Got Better For Communication

Team communication tool Slack just got better at team communication. It’s a minor adjustment, but one that make things a lot less annoying for people on the receiving end of broadly targeted messages. In Slack, a user can type “@everyone” when they want to direct a message at the entire team. Now they can type “@here” to direct a message …

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Facebook May Not Let You Edit Article Headlines Anymore So That ‘Publishers’ Content Is Not Misrepresented’

Though it’s not an entirely new phenomenon, headline skimming has most certainly increased in the social media era. Who the hell has time to read every article someone posts on Facebook? Most of the time, it’s sufficient to read the headline, check out the brief article preview description, look at the attached image and move on. Even if you aren’t …

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Shareaholic Adds Total Share Count Option

Shareaholic announced that in addition to share counts for its social media share buttons, it now offers the option to display a total share count. All share buttons powered by the service will now automatically give you he option to showcase the number of total shares, and you can customize it. “In addition to choosing where you want the total …

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Facebook’s Real Name Policy Compelled a Woman to Change Her Name to Jemmaroid Von Laalaa

Facebook’s “real name policy”, as it’s been called, is frustrating to a lot of people. Facebook has long required its users to use their real names on the site, and this has been controversial for many years – but a few recent incidents have served to shine a brighter light on things. Now we’ve reached the point where people are …

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Twitter Pulls Flashing Ads After Epilepsy Group Takes Issue

Twitter-owned Vine’s videos autoplay in users’ timelines, unless you turn off autoplay in your settings – so it’s pretty hard to avoid them unless you’ve made a real effort to. Twitter just got in a bit of trouble over some of these Vine videos that featured flashing lights and colors. Why? Because they could have triggered seizures. Epilepsy awareness group …

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A Million People Have Published A Post On LinkedIn

LinkedIn announced that it has surpassed the one million publishers milestone. It began letting everyone use its publisher platform in February of last year. The company says over a million unique publishers publish over 130,000 posts a week, and about 45% of readers are in the upper ranks of their industries, such as managers, VPs, and CEOs. The average post …

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Facebook Just Gave Pages a Path to Better Visibility

For all intents and purposes, Facebook just gave users more control over what they see in the news feed than ever before. And with it, a pathway (albeit a tough one) for pages to reclaim some post visibility. For weeks now, Facebook’s been testing a feature that lets users pick and choose which friends and pages they most definitely want …

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Facebook Puts Women Up Front with Icon Redesign

Facebook’s friend icons have just received a redesign – and there’s more to them than better haircuts. Yes, both the male and female silhouettes have had their day at the stylist, but the more important change comes from a slight tweak in how the icons are positioned. For the first time, the woman is now in front of the man. …

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This Feature Should Get People Watching A Lot More Video On Facebook

Facebook is testing a new video feature, which would should help increase views on the desktop. It lets you pop a video out of your News Feed (or out of a Facebook Page) and continue watching while you scroll. Remember how awesome it was when YouTube finally started letting you continue watching videos on your mobile device while browsing the …

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Here’s Your Social Media Character/Word Count Cheat Sheet

Ever wonder if there’s a magic number for character counts on various social media platforms? How long is the perfect tweet, Facebook status update, or Google+ post? While character count is certainly just one variable when it comes to an effective communication, studies have shown that there are indeed sweet spots. Buffer and SumAll have an infographic out looking at …

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Here Come the Happy Birthday Twitter Messages

Your Twitter profile has long showed other users when you joined Twitter – your Twitter birthday, if you will. But now, for the first time, Twitter is letting you display your actual birthday on your profile. Yes, Twitter has not had an option for listing birthdays until now. But hey, better late than never, right? “To add your birth date …

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