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Popular Social Media Sites Lean On Email For User Engagement

Remember the days when it wasn’t uncommon to read an article speculating about whether or not social media would kill email? In fact, if you count the increasingly popular business communication tool Slack, it’s still a subject that comes up. These days, however, it seems like largely social-oriented services are utilizing email more than ever. A couple weeks ago, stories …

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

While the brands that are using Instagram as part of their marketing strategies are seeing a great deal of benefit from doing so, a shockingly low number of brands are actually making use of it. Based on various studies, however, that will change as more wise up to what Facebook’s visual social network has to offer. Why aren’t more brands …

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Facebook Users Celebrate Animated GIF Support

In case you haven’t heard, Facebook is at long last supporting animated gifs, at least partially. Users can post them, but the feature is still not supported by Pages for some reason. Either way, users are thrilled: Welcome to Facebook, Gifs. Posted by Mike Jacobson on Friday, May 29, 2015 Facebook supports GIFs?! Posted by Andrew Gifford on Friday, May …

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Does Instagram Have Any Value To B2B Marketers?

Instagram has obviously become a major channel of focus for some marketers, but it would seem that only B2C marketers place much significance on it. Do you see Instagram as a valuable tool for B2B marketing? Share your thoughts in the comments. A recent report from Social Media Examiner finds that while it’s about on par with YouTube, Google+, and …

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Pinterest Integration Just Got Easier For Squarespace Sites

Pinterest has teamed up with Squarespace to give websites using the latter some new tools to make it easier to integrate Pinterest. Those building sites with Squarespace will now more quickly be able to add the Pin It button, get rich pins, and access website analytics. Typically, those building websites have to set up the code themselves to get all …

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Facebook Expands Messenger Payments Feature

A couple months ago, Facebook finally announced person-to-person payments in Messenger after months of rumor that the product would get something enabling people to use the app for payments. Still, Facebook said the roll out would be slow and over the coming months. Today, the company says it’s launching the feature in New York City and surrounding metro areas as …

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A Lot More People Get Periscope Access As App Hits Android

Twitter’s Periscope app is now available to Android users who have so far had to stand idly by while iOS device owners had the luxury of talking about and using one of the most talked about apps of the year to date. As you’ll recall, Periscope and rival Meerkat both gained a lot of attention back during SXSW, and there …

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Facebook Messenger Will Now Give Context to That Random Person Messaging You

Facebook has long allowed people to message you even if you’re not friends with them. Oftentimes, those messages wind up in that “Other” inbox inside Messenger. You don’t know what I’m talking about? That’s ok, plenty of Facebook users probably have no idea that they have a whole other inbox full of messages from random stranger, spammers, and more. Anyway, …

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People Are Actually Dumb Enough to @Mention Obama When Threatening to Kill Him on Twitter

As you may know, President Obama opened up a Twitter account earlier this week. What? You’ve been following Obama on Twitter for years? Well, not really. You’ve been following his campaign non-profit and possibly the White House. More on that here. So, now that the President has an official account that’s really, actually, seriously him tweeting, this is happening: @POTUS …

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New Emojis: Here’s Next Year’s Batch of 38

In June of 2016, the Unicode Consortium – overlords of how you pictorially express yourself on Instagram – will unveil Unicode 9.0, the new standard for characters and emoji across all platforms. And inside, you’ll find 38 new emoji. This new package will include a “selfie” emoji, a “pregnant woman” emoji, and a “cucumber” emoji – so it looks like …

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Facebook Messenger Video Calling Goes Global (Mostly)

Facebook Messenger’s video calling feature is now available worldwide – for the most part. “Quick update on video calling in Messenger: we’re happy to share we’ve now rolled out the capability globally, with the exception of a few countries we’re still working on improving quality for. So make sure you get the latest and greatest version for iOS and Android, …

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Twitter Rolls Out New Search Interface

Twitter’s new search experience, which we first told you it was testing in April, is now rolling out to all users on the web. The new search not only looks different (with that big bold bar at the top of results), but it also provides a few new filtering options. What used to be called “ALL” tweets is now called …

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