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We all have something to share, whether it’s an announcement or a special event, but we may not always have the time nor skill to produce high-quality and impactful graphics that let us stand out from the crowd. This past year, we’ve been talking to many small businesses, non-profit organizations and entrepreneurs and the message is clear: consumers need a simpl ...
Facebook has made major improvements to search within the last year. Last year at this time, the company re-enabled searching within friends’ posts. And in October, Facebook added the ability to search within public posts, boosting the social network’s utility as a source of real-time information.
Drones can wait. Amazon.com is looking into leasing 20 Boeing 767 jets to start its own air-delivery service, according to reports in the Seattle Times and Cargo Facts. Anonymous cargo-industry sources told the Times that the e-commerce giant is negotiating with aircraft lessors to get access to enough planes and could start the operation by the end of January.
Facebook is working to make Facebook Events a more useful what-to-do app. Today, the company announced an update to its iOS app that gives people in 10 major US cities the ability to browse through Facebook Events in their location. Within the new discovery feature, in the Events dashboard, people will see events sorted by categories such as music, food & drink, nightlif ...
Pinterest announced today that it will now notify users when there’s a price drop on Buyable Pins that they have saved. The notifications will be served via the Pinterest mobile app and/or email, depending on how users set preferences in their settings. Pinterest said there are more than 1 million Buyable Pins that show price drops daily.
Facebook is finally giving brands and businesses the ability to stream live video. Today, the social network announced that verified Pages will now be able to publish live video from the Facebook iOS app. Facebook launched its live stream feature, called Live, in August, limiting access to celebrities and public figures and has been incrementally extending access to new groups since.
Facebook today took the next step toward a full rollout of Instant Articles, announcing that the fast-loading format is now available to people using Android devices. The Android launch comes nearly two months after the launch on iOS, and gives publishers with access to the format access to nearly all of the 1.39 billion people who log onto Facebook at least once a month via mobile apps.
The Pinterest waitlist waiting will soon be over. The company said today that starting in January all US advertisers will be able to buy Promoted Pins. The company officially launched Promoted Pins, its first advertising product, last January but limited access to partner advertisers. Earlier this year, it opened up access to the native ad unit to more small and medium businesses.
Search Engine Land has learned about a new “Facebook Professional Services” area on Facebook, where the company appears to be taking direct aim at local search companies like Yelp and Google by offering listings of local businesses and services, complete with user reviews. The new feature is desktop only and hasn’t been announced by Facebook.
Any way you spin it, 2015 has been a huge year for Facebook video. The numbers are spectacular, with daily video views more than doubling since January and now sitting at 8 billion, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s most recent announcement in November. Even critics’ arguments — that Facebook’s video metrics are suspect because they are based on three-second views or that t ...
Advertisers concerned that a three-second video view on Facebook isn’t enough to get their message across can now explicitly ask for more. Facebook this week rolled out the option to bid for 10-second video views on a cost per view basis. The company had been testing the CPV bidding option since June; now it’s available for all advertisers globally.
Facebook’s latest News Feed update aims to make sure people with slower internet connections still have good stuff to thumb through on their phones. Like most of Facebook’s slow-connection efforts, the update is primarily intended to improve the mobile experience for people in the developing world, where Facebook is seeing its fastest growth, but should also be a welcome cha ...
Year in review season is here and Facebook’s entry is big on major news. The social network parsed all the posts from its 1.5 billion active users and pulled together a list of the topics that sparked the most discussion in 2015. Hard news crowded out everything else; US politics, terror attacks, an earthquake in Nepal, the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, the Greek d ...
Facebook is adjusting its advertising policies for Instant Articles after publishers complained that they were having trouble generating enough revenue from the content posted with the new feature. The social network will now allow publishers to serve more ads within articles and to sell Facebook-only campaigns, the Wall Street Journal reported today.
Kayne West crashed the Twitter TV party in 2015. Kayne’s announcement at the MTV Video Music Awards that he will run for president of the United States in 2020 spawned the most tweeted about moment of the year, according to data from Nielsen. There were 248,000 tweets in the minute following his announcement — it was facetious, right? — surpassing the 243,000 tweets sent at 8:19 p.m.
Pinterest today announced the acquisition of two startups — The Hunt and Pext — that it says will boost its mobile shopping, ad tech and image indexing technologies. The Hunt is a two-year-old mobile shopping and discovery platform, that enables users to search for products they want to buy based on images they find on social networks.
Twitter is tinkering with the timeline, space continuum. The company confirmed today that it is testing a new way to sort user timelines, breaking from the reverse chronological format that has been Twitter’s foundation since its beginnings. “We’re continuing to explore ways to surface the best content for people using Twitter,” a Twitter spokesperson wrote in an email.
Twitter is dropping the crop. Starting today, the social media network will display fuller versions of photos in Twitter users’ web feeds. That means an end to awkward crops that cut off people’s heads or zeroed in on inappropriate parts of images. Now square and landscape photos will display fully in feeds, instead of requiring a click to see the entire image.
Has Twitter’s killing of share counts on tweet buttons reduced people’s sharing activity? By one measure, yes. Shareaholic reported today that it’s seeing 11.28 percent less sharing using the Twitter button on its network since Twitter turned off tweet count totals on Nov. 20. The reduction is in the “share of voice,” the relative share of people using the Twitter button as ...
Sometimes a lot of likes, comments and shares are not enough. Facebook wants to make sure people actually like the viral stories that pop up in their News Feeds. Today, the social network announced an algorithm update that will rank viral stories lower if enough people indicate that they are not interested in seeing them.