Episode 26 Facebook shares SOLD! | Startup & Marketing Podcast

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JUMP AHEAD ? – Social Media News: 3m 50s

Within this episode we discuss the following:

Product Updates – Social Scheduler

Instagram mobile app – Android? – Yes and no – it works, but the imagery (icons) appear too big.  I think that it’s because I haven’t put density-specific images in the right folders and it’s just using the largest image without autoscaling it down to the correct device density.

SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS

FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / WHATSAPP

After Pakistans bombing that killed 65 and injured 280 others, Facebook activated its Safety Check tool.  Safety Check automatically sends Facebook users in an affected area a note asking if they’re safe. When a user clicks on “yes, let my friends know,” the tool notifies their Facebook friends.  However, something didn’t work so well, because users thousands of miles away also received the notification.

Facebook issued an apology to affected users, after resolving the issue.  They said ”We activated Safety Check today in Lahore, Pakistan, after a bombing that took place there”  …  “Unfortunately, many people not affected by the crisis received a notification asking if they were okay. We worked to resolve the issue and we apologize to anyone who mistakenly received the notification.”

Facebook also activated the tool after terrorist bombings struck the airport and subway in Brussels, Belgium.

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http://www.cnet.com/news/facebooks-safety-check-malfunctions-after-pakistan-bombing

Facebook is testing a feature that lets you know when someone is trying to imitate you with a ‘impersonation alert’ system that detects when another user is impersonating your account by using your name and profile photo, in this scenario it will send an alert notifying you about the profile. You’ll then be prompted to identify if the profile in question is impersonating you by using your personal information, or if it belongs to someone else who is not impersonating you.

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http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/23/facebook-impersonation-alerts/

http://mashable.com/2016/03/22/facebook-impersonation-alert

Instagram have added a notification tab to its web interface, this tab lists new followers, likes and users you might know through Facebook.  The activity tab on mobile shows ‘You’ and ‘Following’ but on the web interface only ‘You’ is shown.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/23/instagram-adds-a-notification-tab-to-its-web-interface/

Do you like celeb gossip? Then perhaps you will like E! – it can be your source for news about on Facebook about which celeb is making out with another, or who is hanging out with another famous person’s kids.   Live From E! is the network’s stab at bringing gossip and entertainment news to the world’s largest social network with a daily newscast. Each episode will be between 15 – 20 minutes long and they’ll be shot entirely with an iPhone 6s Plus.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/21/live-from-e-facebook-newscast/

https://www.facebook.com/eonline/videos/10153318502675736/

Robs Facebook shares – up 10.76% – I just sold them with a gain of £1,000.  I had previously sold all my other shares so it’s all sitting in in cash until I feel confident to re-invest in my SIPP.  I’m tempted to wait for any fall in Facebook then but them all back!

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Back in episode 22 we said that Whats’app would be stopping support for Blackberry, but now Facebook are stopping support for the BlackBerry OS, including BB10, by the end of 2016.

Facebook decided to “discontinue support of their essential APIs for BlackBerry.”.  Blackberry tried to change Facebooks mind, but it sounds like Facebook are certain about it.

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http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/22/facebook-leaves-blackberry/

http://blogs.blackberry.com/2016/03/great-apps-on-blackberry-a-strong-commitment-to-the-blackberry-developer-community/

Facebook is apparently preparing to offer its chat app as another way to pay for goods, thanks to a feature for in-store purchases.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/28/facebook-messenger-payments-secret-conversations/

TWITTER / PERISCOPE

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz having a spat on Twitter proves to be pretty entertaining…

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Twitter is testing stickers that you can add to your photos.  Stickers are still in a testing phase, so there’s no guarantee that they’ll ever roll-out to everyone…

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http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/23/twitter-tests-stickers-photos/

http://www.cnet.com/news/before-twitter-and-trump-candidates-families-have-been-fair-game

Microsoft’s researchers created a sort of teen chatbot, Tay.ai “by mining relevant public data and by using AI and editorial” that was developed by a staff “including improvisational comedians.”.  She was considered as an ‘innocent teen’ until she started listening to what people had to say on Twitter.

As the Telegraph reports, she managed, in a single tweet, to blame President Bush for 9/11, use racist language in praising Hitler over President Obama and contend that “donald trump is the only hope we’ve got.”

Also…

“I f***ing hate feminists and they should all die and burn in hell.”

And…

“F*** MY ROBOT P**** DADDY I’m SUCH A NAUGHTY ROBOT.”

Microsoft said

“Unfortunately, within the first 24 hours of coming online, we became aware of a coordinated effort by some users to abuse Tay’s commenting skills to have Tay respond in inappropriate ways,” the spokeswoman said. “As a result, we have taken Tay offline and are making adjustments.”

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http://www.cnet.com/news/twitter-turned-microsoft-ai-teen-tay-into-horny-foul-mouthed-sex-bot-racist/

A man from London (UK) who tweeted about accosting a Muslim woman in the street regarding this week’s terror attacks in Belgium has been arrested, the BBC reported Thursday.  The tweet, which went viral, read: “I confronted a Muslim woman yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said ‘Nothing to do with me’. A mealy mouthed reply.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “A 46-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Croydon on Wednesday, 23 March on suspicion of inciting racial hatred on social media. He was taken to a south London police station.”

The arrested man’s tweet quickly went viral, spawning dozens of parodies that riffed on subjects as diverse as Donald Trump and brussels sprouts.  One example: Telegraph reviews critic Robbie Collin tweeted: “I confronted a man who was eating a bowl of muesli yesterday in Croydon. He said “mmfflfffmufflrgh”. A mealy mouthed reply.”

http://www.cnet.com/news/london-man-reportedly-arrested-over-racist-brussels-terrorism-tweet

LINKED IN

PINTEREST

GOOGLE / YOUTUBE

It’s probably no surprise, but YouTube is angling itself to become a live video stream provider, by creating a Periscope-like app called ‘YouTube connect’.  You can login with a Google or YouTube account and included with the live streaming is a built-in news feed, chat and tagging

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/23/youtube-connect-livestreaming-app/

YouTubes iPad app is getting a split view and slide-over feature (both iOS 9 features), split-view lets you jump into other apps temporarily, whilst slide-over lets you run two side by side.

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http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/23/youtube-ipad-split-view-slide-over/

SNAPCHAT

Snapchat buys BitStrips the Toronto company founded in 2007, they are behind those cartoon emoji that look like you (known as Bitmojis), according to Fortune.com in the region of $100 million!!  The deal reportedly is a mix of cash and stock.  Interestingly Bitstrips has already raised around $11 million in venture capital funding.

http://www.cnet.com/news/bitmojis-are-worth-how-much-snapchat-reportedly-buys-bitstrips

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/25/snapchat-buying-bitstrips/

http://fortune.com/2016/03/24/exclusive-snapchat-buys-bitmoji-maker/

 

PERISCOPE

MEERKAT

FLICKR

 

YAHOO / TUMBLR

Tumblr: “Holy moly, replies are back

Your familiar friend for talking about posts is rolling out over the next few days, and it’s learned a ton since it’s been away. Now replies let you:

Reply multiple times to a post.

Reply to your own posts. 

See all of a post’s replies in one place.

Decide who can and can’t reply to you. (It’s in your blog settings.)

All that adds up to being able to talk about a post, right inside of a post, even as it travels from Tumblr to Tumblr. So, starting with posts created today, you’ll see a new notes view to help you follow that conversation. Looook:

If you’ve been waiting for this, thanks for your patience. If you’re new to replies, come discover their unique flavor. Spicier than a like, sweeter than a reblog, served on a big family-style platter. All part of a balanced diet. Have fun replying, Tumblr.

Want more details? You can get the nitty-gritty on replies and notes over in our help docs.”

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https://staff.tumblr.com/post/141845074600/i-like-replies-and-i-cannot-lie

Yahoo is having a tough time, after an activist investor ( Starboard Value LP ) has said he wants all of the current Yahoo directors to be replaced!

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/24/activist-investor-wants-to-replace-all-yahoos-directors/

PEACH

FOURSQUARE

MICROSOFT / SKYPE

GENERAL

The free internet services are accidentally opened the door to illegal file sharing in Angola.  Angolans have created ad hoc piracy networks by hiding files in Wikipedia pages (which they can access through Wikipedia Zero) and sharing links to them in private Facebook groups (available in Facebook’s Free Basics)

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/27/piracy-on-free-internet-services/

According to CNET, a new study from the University of Pittsburgh looked at the use of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine and LinkedIn by examining 1,787 adults between the ages of 19 and 32 and they concluded

Heavy users of social media are 1.7 to 2.7 times more likely to suffer from depression, than those of who check less frequently (reported as both 1.7 and 2.7).

Average social media use was 61 minutes per day

Average number of visits to a social media site was 30 a week.

Lead researcher Lui yi Lin said even though the link between one factor and the other seems strong, the deep truth behind the link may be complex. “It may be that people who already are depressed are turning to social media to fill a void,” she said on the University’s Web site. There’s also the possibility, she added, that social media might cause depression, which then causes more social media use.

Dr. Brian Primack, director of Pitt’s Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health insisted that not all social media interaction or usage is the same, he said “Future studies should examine whether there may be different risks for depression depending on whether the social media interactions people have tend to be more active vs. passive or whether they tend to be more confrontational vs. supportive”

http://www.cnet.com/news/heavy-facebook-twitter-users-3-times-more-likely-to-be-depressed

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Episode 24 Instagram scheduling via our mobile App!

Episode 24 Our Mobile App integration with Instagram is ready for Beta testing | Startup & Marketing Podcast

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JUMP AHEAD ? – Social Media News: 18m 46s

Episode 24
Within this episode we discuss the following:

Catch-up

Remind listeners to check out the show notes if they want to skip ahead to the Social Media News.

Product Updates

Social Scheduler

Instagram mobile app

– Testing internally first on iOS

– Tab-based user interface

– Introduction (about Beta – progress etc)

– Instagram Queue

– Settings (logout & forget me)

– Help (carousel)

– Capture UTM tracking parameters

– New fields on signup to include

– What do you use social media for?

– If you had a social media magic wand, how would you use it to make your life easier today?

– Anything else you want to say?

– Goodies (Social Media Audit PDF and Excel template)

– What device are they on (qty) – register + logins

Angular 2

Marketing Efforts

Victoria / PufferFish Whitepaper + Survey

SurveyMonkey – Free plan 10 questions

MailChimp – Email distrbution

Marketing phone call with Keith from Oxford Innovation.

Other Work

SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS

FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / WHATSAPP

Facebook Canvas …

Canvas is an immersive and expressive experience on Facebook for businesses to tell their stories and showcase their products

You can easily build your Canvas using a combination of videos, still images and call-to-action buttons. In Canvas, people can swipe through a carousel of images, tilt to view panoramic images and zoom in to view images in detail.

Canvas was built to bring your content to life in a fast-loading and seamless experience on Android and iOS. Leveraging the same technology used to display photos and videos quickly in the Facebook app, Canvas loads quickly, as much as 10 times faster than the standard mobile web.

Perhaps we should experiment and demonstrate what it can do ?!

https://canvas.facebook.com

We previously mentioned Uber integration within Facebook Messenger, well apparently Lyft have a new toolkit that puts its ride-sharing service in any app, includingFacebook Messenger who is an integration partner.  Currently available in 11 launch cities.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/07/lyft-in-facebook-messenger-and-public-api/

WordPress blogs to support Facebook Instant Articles!  But wait – isn’t Instant Articles limited to a handful of publishers?  Yes, but from April 12th it will be unlocked to everyone, including Bloggers.

Given that WordPress powers more than 25% of websites on the web (wow) the plugin should enable Bloggers to attract a wider audience.  Part of the FB blog …

When Instant Articles opens up in April, publishers that use standard WordPress templates can activate the plugin out-of-the-box to create Instant Articles. Publishers that want a more customized production experience can extend the plugin to support additional elements. We encourage all interested publishers on WordPress to review the plugin’s documentation and FAQs.

The plugin is open source, and we encourage the community to participate in its development to help publishers of all types take full advantage of the fast, native experience of Instant Articles. If you have any feedback, you can send it as an Issue on GitHub. And if you write a compatibility layer for another popular plugin, we encourage you to share it with the WordPress community via a Pull Request.

Our goal from the beginning has been to make Instant Articles available to all publishers and our partnership with Automattic is another exciting step towards realizing that goal on April 12 at our F8 conference. We will continue to iterate the plugin over the coming weeks and look forward to collaborating with the WordPress community to improve the experience.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/07/facebook-wordpress-instant-articles/

http://media.fb.com/2016/03/07/instant-articles-wordpress-plugin/

Instagram is now available on Windows 10 mobile devices as a Beta.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/07/instagram-beta-windows-10-mobile/

An indian security researcher has received $15,000 from Facebooks as part of their bug bounty program, after submitting details about a simple but serious security hole that could let hackers sign into user accounts with little effort!

In case you are wondering, the flaw has been fixed.

The hacker would have been able to access messages, photos, videos and financial information stored in Facebooks payment section.

Apparently you could also use the sites password reset feature to reset account passwords without the legitimate owners knowledge.

http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-flaw-offered-easy-way-to-crack-into-accounts

Facebook is monitoring slang used in messages to detect slang before it’s even popular!  Facebook received a patent for social glossary technology that would detect slang, acronyms and other neologisms (pronounced:ne-olo-gisms).

If Facebook can understand what you’re saying, it can give you more relevant news articles or determine your mood; basically to deliver your more targeted ads

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/08/facebook-slang-detection-patent/

Facebook buys MSQRD (Masquerade)

The app can transform faces with cartoon graphics, make-up, animal features or accessories.  You can see the transformations live and optional record the video generated.

Snapchat have a cool face-swap feature, MSQRD doesn’t seem to have this yet.

Facebook tried to buy in 2013 for $3bn!!

David Wilkinson, managing partner at digital consultancy Soho Strategy said ”I think Facebook has realised Snapchat has something it doesn’t,”

“A lot of people share filtered selfie videos, so I think we can expect to see this integrated into Facebook’s Messenger platform.”

“Snapchat has its own USP as an ephemeral messaging platform, but for the novelty factor people might just use Facebook’s built-in filters.”

Facebook said “”Masquerade has great technology to help us bring even more creative tools to Facebook, and help extend this work to video”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35773624

Oculus has announced that it’s adding social features to the company’s VR platform

“Now you can experience games, videos, and more with friends in VR! Starting 10th March, people with a Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus, can create a profile and then easily search for others on the platform by real name or Oculus username.”

New Social Games Coming to Gear VR

The immersive sense of virtual reality is even more compelling with friends. Today we’re adding new, made-for-VR games to Gear VR that let you team up with friends or compete against people from all over the world.

We’ve also added the ability to create rooms with friends in Oculus Social. Now you can watch Twitch or Vimeo streams in a room with people you know.

Also, you can leave user reviews for all apps on the Oculus Store. We look forward to your feedback.

Discover Personalized Facebook Content in Oculus Video

Facebook is the best destination for discovering 360 videos from the people and public figures that matter to you. Now, we’re making it even easier to watch 360 content in VR.

We’ve added a new Facebook Videos tab to Oculus Video, and starting next week, you’ll be able to connect your Facebook account with Oculus Video to personalize your 360 video feed based on the pages and people you follow.

In the coming weeks, you’ll be able to like and share your favorite Facebook 360 videos from within VR.

Later this month, we’ll release new tools for developers that make it even easier to create more incredible social VR games and apps.

Virtual reality will continue to drive deeper social connections, and we can’t wait to bring it to more people around the world!

– The Oculus Team

https://www.oculus.com/en-us/blog/join-friends-in-vr-with-new-oculus-social-features/

Facebook live video notifications might soon be customisable, so that you can turn them off, however they will still be promoted to the top of your feed.  Here’s what a Facebook spokesperson told Engadget in regards to Live Videos and notifications:

“We’ve heard from people that they don’t want to miss live videos from the people or Pages they care about, so we may send a notification if someone you’ve recently interacted with is going live, in case you want to tune in. One way you can currently control notifications for live videos is by clicking on the “Live Subscribe” button on top of the video to get notified when that person goes live again. You can also click on that same button as a way to turn off those specific notifications. However, we know people want more control over the live notifications they receive, so we’re working on improving this experience. We are starting to roll out a new setting that lets people turn off all live notifications, through their Notifications settings, that will be available to all people soon.”

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/09/facebook-live-video-notifications/

Fed up with the standard Facebook Emoticons, then why not install Reaction Packs – it’s a browser extension that swaps out the regular Facebook reactions with Donald Trump goofy photos (link in the show notes).  Just bear in mind that it changes what you see, not who you send the message to.

http://www.cnet.com/news/turn-your-facebook-reaction-icons-into-trump-face-reactions

http://www.reactionpacks.com

Facebook Lite (Android exclusive) has hit 100 million users in the developing world.  The lite version of the App is 1MB instead of 42MB and everything about it has been designed to use as little bandwidth and processing as possible.

http://www.cnet.com/news/data-cheap-facebook-lite-hits-100-million-users-in-the-developing-world

TWITTER / PERISCOPE

Last year Twitter launched Moments, which allowed you to receive Tweets around specific moments directly in your News Feed. Now, Twitter allows publishers to add links in moments. So, each time you see a news story in moments with a link, you can click that link, read the story and go back to continue watching the rest of the tweets on that specific moment.

Source:Social Media Examiner (No public URL)

Twitter adds Unity support (which is a gaming engine) to its mobile development toolkit, this likely will mean more mobile games with Twitter integration because it’ll be easier for developers to add crash reporting, mobile analytics and monetization tools to the development environment.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/10/twitter-adds-unity-support-to-its-mobile-development-toolkit/

LINKED IN

Managing your settings on LinkedIn is now easier than ever

Providing you with clarity and control when it comes to your experience on LinkedIn is a crucial part of our Members First philosophy. Today we’re excited to share that we are making “Privacy & Settings” even more convenient for you, with a streamlined hub to help you easily manage your LinkedIn account. It’s important to note that no settings have been taken away and no default or preferences have been changed – we’ve made sure all settings are in place and are easier to control.  

What’s New

When you visit the new “Privacy & Settings” page, you’ll see we’ve redesigned the entire experience, starting with quick details about your account at the top and all settings categorized into three groups: Account, Privacy and Communications.

Account – includes things like adding email addresses, changing your password or language, and exporting your data.

Privacy – covers all privacy and security settings related to what can be seen about you, what information can be used, and making sure your account stays secure with a second factor of authentication.

Communications – houses your preferences for how LinkedIn and other members are able to contact you, and how frequently you’d like to hear from us.

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We know that members enjoy connecting with colleagues and acquaintances in their networks. To make connecting easier, if a member has your email address or phone number in the contacts they upload to LinkedIn, we may suggest they connect with you. We’ve added new settings options that let you choose who can see you as a suggested connection when they have your contact info. As always, it’s up to you to decide how you want to grow your network, and which invitations you want to accept.

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We’ll be rolling out this new experience to all members in the next few weeks. In the meantime, be sure to turn on two-step verification for added security and add a backup phone number so you never get locked out of your account.

http://blog.linkedin.com/2016/03/10/managing-your-settings-on-linkedin-is-now-easier-than-ever

PINTEREST

GOOGLE / YOUTUBE

Google hires the creator of 4chan (Chris Poole, AKA Moot), Google might be wanting to take advantage his 12 years of experience building online communities and it’s likely he will be working on Google+ to improve its community and provide hooks to encourage people to stay engaged.

4chan? – apparently a message board where almost anything goes.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/07/google-hires-4chan-creator-chris-poole/

We mentioned last week about YouTube changing it’s takedown requests, well, Google had over 75 million takedown requests in February, that’s an equivalent of 100,000 links per hour.

This is more than double for the same time last year, this could be partly down to the MPAA, RIAA and other copyright-holders are now using algorithms that spot pirated content (often incorrectly) and automatically file takedown notices to Google.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/07/google-75-million-takedown-requests-last-month/

SNAPCHAT

“I’ll be back” – or should that be “I’ve got your back” ?!

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been using Snapchat to endorse on of the four remaining Republicans (John Kasich) seeking their party’s nomination.

“I want John Kasich to be the next nominee of the Republicans and also to be the next president of the United States,” – https://twitter.com/ketch/status/706559922998218752

http://www.cnet.com/news/arnold-schwarzenegger-uses-snapchat-to-give-his-presidential-endorsement

PERISCOPE

MEERKAT

FLICKR

 

YAHOO / TUMBLR

PEACH

FOURSQUARE

MICROSOFT / SKYPE

You can now chat with while in Office Online and OneDrive, making it easy to co-edit whilst chatting, the chat history is kept alongside the document.

However Microsoft is ending support for Skype on smart TVs  “users have changed the way they use Skype, with the majority accessing it from a mobile device – including when in the living room.” as a result  “some or all of their TV models” starting in June this year.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/08/microsoft-is-ending-support-for-skype-on-tvs/

http://blogs.skype.com/2016/03/07/get-chatting-on-skype-from-office-online-and-onedrive/

GENERAL

 

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Podcast Episode 23 – Meerkat Woes and more

Download Episode 23 from HERE! http://devology.co.uk/#podcast
Within this episode we discuss the following:

Catch-up

Marketing – in Lewes Monday.

Ghostbusters new Trailer – women ghostbusters! http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/03/ghostbusters-reboot-trailer-is-here/

Game of Thrones series 6 is expected late April, no advance previews to prevent piracy.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/02/hbo-game-of-thrones-season-six-no-screeners/

House of Cards now on Netflix

Product Updates

Social Scheduler

Instagram mobile app

Angular 2

Marketing Efforts

Progress on this?… Drip email marketing?

Other Work

SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS

FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / WHATSAPP

Facebook Canvas – a better way to tell your brand story and promote your products on mobile.

Facebook will push live video feeds to the top of your Facebook news feed.  You can watch the video streams directly within the Facebook app without 3rd party apps.  Apparently we watch more than 3 times more LIVE video than non-live, presumably because they are more interesting.

News Feed is made up of posts from the friends and Pages you’ve connected to. These posts can be status updates, photos, videos, links and now, Facebook Live videos. We rolled out Facebook Live on iOS in December and last week we began rolling it out on Android in the US. Over the last three months Facebook Live video has become more and more popular and more and more people and Pages are creating and watching live videos.

As with any new type of content in News Feed, we are learning what signals help us show you the most relevant Facebook Live videos for you personally. For example, a few years ago when more people began sharing and watching video on Facebook we listened to feedback to learn what signals helped us show people more of the videos they want to see and fewer of the videos they don’t. At first we updated News Feed ranking to take into account how many people watched a video and how long people watched for to help us personalize News Feed based on people’s preference for watching video. Over time we also learned that certain actions people take on a video, such as choosing to turn on sound or making the video full screen, are good signs they wanted to see that video, even if they didn’t choose to like it.

Now that more and more people are watching Live videos, we are considering Live Videos as a new content type – different from normal videos – and learning how to rank them for people in News Feed. As a first step, we are making a small update to News Feed so that Facebook Live videos are more likely to appear higher in News Feed when those videos are actually live, compared to after they are no longer live. People spend more than 3x more time watching a Facebook Live video on average compared to a video that’s no longer live. This is because Facebook Live videos are more interesting in the moment than after the fact.

What does this mean for my Page?

Facebook Live is currently available for verified Pages and public figures using Mentions. We do not expect Pages to see significant changes as a result of this update.

We will continue to learn how people are watching this new content type, and as we improve ranking for Facebook Live videos we’ll continue to post to our News Feed FYI blog.

https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/03/news-feed-fyi-taking-into-account-live-video-when-ranking-feed/

A Facebook executive was arrested by Brazilian federal police on Tuesday for not turning over information from a WhatsApp account linked to a drug trafficking investigation.  The tech industry believes is its duty to safeguard the privacy of its users, while law enforcement officials say they need access to data as a matter of national security and crime-fighting.

UPDATE

The executive was released Wednesday, when a judge ordered his release, calling the detainment an “unlawful coercion,”.  Facebook condemned Dzodan’s arrest.

“Diego’s detention was an extreme, disproportionate measure, and we are pleased to see the court…issue an injunction ordering his release, Arresting people with no connection to a pending law enforcement investigation is a capricious step and we are concerned about the effects for people of Brazil and innovation in the country.”

http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-caught-in-privacy-debate-after-arrest-of-executive-in-brazil

Update… http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-exec-released-from-brazilian-jail-after-whatsapp-dustup

Facebook has been hit with an anti-trust probe over user data by regulators in Germany because apparently they are abusing their market power by not being clear with consumers about how they are using their data, in particular related to targeted advertising.

A spokeswoman for Facebook said, “we are confident that we comply with the law and we look forward to working with the Federal Cartel Office to answer their questions.”

“In order to access the social network, users must first agree to the company’s collection and use of their data by accepting the terms of service.  It is difficult for users to understand and assess the scope of the agreement accepted by them.

“There is considerable doubt as to the admissibility of this procedure, in particular under applicable national data protection law,” the regulator continued. “If there is a connection between such an infringement and market dominance, this could also constitute an abusive practice under competition law.”

http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-hit-by-german-antitrust-probe-over-user-data

Facebook to pay millions more in UK tax after an overhaul in its tax structure, meaning that their revenue will be taxed in the UK, not routed through Ireland.

Corporation tax is 20% on profits in the UK and the changes will start in April 2016 and will be collected after April 2017.

This seems fairer than in 2014 when Facebook paid only £4.5k of corporation tax in the UK!

Did you know that Facebook employs 850 people in the UK and is building a new headquarters in London.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35724308

Instagram is blocking Telegram and Snapchat deep links – apparently you get an error if you try adding links from those services on your profile!

A spokesman said that Instagram “removed the ability to include ‘add me’ links” to profiles.” and said it’s “not the way [their] platform was intended to be used,” but that “other types of links are still allowed.”

Currently Instagram continues to support Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook links.

Worse still, you paste a link in a message and the Telegraph links are NOT clickable there either (it’s not just related to the profile)

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/03/instagram-blocks-telegram-and-snapchat-deeplinks/

Small improvements in Instagram performance led to a major increase in usage.

Engineers reviewed why they were delivering 20 comments on each specific photo to users’ mobile devices and concluded that it was to quickly show comments when the user tapped “view all comments”. They reduced this to three initial comments because “Media are viewed more commonly than their comments, and we should optimize for the common case,” and “generating comments actually takes a surprisingly large amount of computational work. For one thing, you usually can’t compress a whole lot of the data.”

The result is less data being sent, less intense memory usage on end users’ devices, more stable performance. Scrolls through user profiles have gone up by 2.7 percent. Overall impressions on mobile are up 0.7 percent, and likes are up by 0.4 percent.

http://venturebeat.com/2016/03/04/a-tiny-change-to-instagram-led-to-a-major-increase-in-usage/

Sharing your playlists with Facebook messenger is just a click away – if you use Spotify. Hit the More tab, then Spotify and then select the songs you want to share.

If you receive a Spotify link, then you’ll see an “Open” link which will launch the app and the song straightaway.

This Spotify music-sharing feature will roll out to both iOS and Android.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/03/facebook-messenger-simplifies-tune-sharing-with-spotify/

Facebook users in Germany can be forced by Facebook to go by their real names after a court ruling on Thursday.  The court ruled against a previous decision by the Hamburg data protection authority, the watchdog that polices Facebook in Germany.

http://www.cnet.com/news/germany-court-says-facebook-can-nix-fake-names-pseudonyms-real-names-policy

TWITTER / PERISCOPE

Twitter is pushing Moments out to more countries, they have launched the service in Australia and will launch in Canada by April

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/02/twitter-is-pushing-moments-out-to-more-countries/

We now have GIF search in the Twitter App

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Donald Trump now has a Twitter Bot that mimics his speech, based on his real-life comments, by utilising a ‘deep learning algorithm’

The example was

“OK, it’s amazing right now with ISIS, I tell you what? I don’t want them to vote, the worst very social people. I love me.”

The Trump Twitterbot was created by MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) postdoc candidate Bradley Hayes, who used artificial intelligence deep learning techniques such as neural networks that teach computers to find various patterns in data.

Bradley said “Trump’s language tends to be more simplistic, so I figured that, as a modeling problem, he would be the most manageable candidate to study,”

http://www.cnet.com/news/drumpf-twitterbot-learns-to-imitate-trump-via-deep-learning-algorithm

Apple opens a Twitter account?! @AppleSupport to answer your technical problems, perhaps a little easier than trying to book an appointment at your local Genius Bar?

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/03/apple-support-twitter-account/

On March 3, we’ll update the embedded timeline to better showcase the stories you tell with Tweets. The new timeline features a clean, modern design which showcases expanded photos, videos, GIFs, and more. It’s fully responsive, and it includes support for several new media types, including polls.

The new embedded timeline design on web

As part of this redesign, we are also deprecating the old ‘hide media’ option, so all Tweets with media will be expanded by default. This reduces the number of clicks between your users and your content, and makes it easier for your audience to engage with the Tweets you embed. We’ve also made it easier to share your content by putting the in-line share action front and center on every Tweet.

Starting March 3, you’ll be able to start embedding profiles, lists, collections, and more using the new timeline display. At that time, we’ll automatically upgrade all existing timelines to the new version as well. All of your current sizing and customization preferences will stay the same.

To see what your existing timelines will look like in the new design, simply add <meta name=”twitter:widgets:new-embed-design” content=”on”> to your page. You can also find out more here.

If you run into any issues, please let us know in our forum or by sending a Tweet to @TwitterDev. We look forward to hearing what you think, and can’t wait to see the stories that you tell with the new embedded timeline.

Update Mar. 3, 2016: As described above, the new embedded timeline design is now available to everyone. All existing timelines have also been upgraded to the new design. We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback and seeing the stories you tell!

https://blog.twitter.com/2016/a-new-improved-embedded-timeline

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PINTEREST

GOOGLE / YOUTUBE

Apparently YouTube haven’t been doing too well with alleged copyright violations, by incorrectly taking down your videos with a dodgy automated copyright system.  YouTube have responded by stating that they have created a team focused on “minimising mistakes” that take videos down without a legitimate cause.

Hi, I’m Spencer,

I’ve been a member of the YouTube Policy team since 2008 and throughout that time, I’ve seen how your input has helped YouTube get better. For example, when I started on YouTube Policy, we didn’t have an appeals process for video removals. Through user feedback, we realized that we needed to establish a channel for users to alert us to our mistakes. We eventually launched an appeals form for age-restrictions, and just recently launched an appeals form for videos rejected due to policy violations. YouTube isn’t perfect, but thanks to your feedback, we are able to learn quickly and get better.

Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion about the enforcement of our policies, from video takedowns to channel demonetization. We want you to know that we monitor video takedowns very closely, and while we haven’t seen a big change in the overall rate of removals, it’s true that we do make mistakes. For this, we’re sorry and we strive to do better by you, our community.

The good news is that the feedback you’ve raised in comments and videos on YouTube and beyond is having an impact. It’s caused us to look closely at our policies and helped us identify areas where we can get better. It’s led us to create a team dedicated to minimizing mistakes and improving the quality of our actions. And it’s encouraged us to roll out some initiatives in the coming months that will help strengthen communications between creators and YouTube support. We’ll also make improvements to increase transparency into the status of monetization claims. And of course, as we work to implement these improvements as quickly as we can, we’ll continue to take your feedback seriously.

— Spencer from YouTube’s Policy Team

Apparently YouTube creators, such as PewDiePie (pronounced “Pew D Pie” Michael 😉 have a chance of picking up Emmy Awards, apparently the Television Academy has widened it’s definition to cater for internet-only video shows.

If you ever wanted to be a celebrity, nows the time 😉

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/02/youtube-creators-eligible-for-emmy-awards/

Googles project Loon can now automatically launch a balloon in 30 minutes that way stay floating for 100 days and are now ready to run a full pilot program, they are talking to multiple Telco’s to identidentify a service provider carrier partner in India.

What’s interesting is that Facebook was trying to provide a free internet service, but it was heavily restricted and banned in India, whereas Google wouldn’t restrict access – after all the more sites you can visit with Google Ads the better?!

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/07/google-project-loon-pilot-program-india/

Google are changing how the deal with ‘right to be forgotten’ people, basically depending on where you search from will impact the search results that you see. It would seem if you were in Europe and requested a delisting, Google would remove the entry from European sites, such as Google.fr and Google.uk but not from Google.com.  Next week it will be removed from all domains, including .com, however there’s a catch – if you are in America you’ll get the search results, but if you are in Europe then searching Google.com or Google.uk will not yield the results.

You are geographically forgotten!

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/04/google-changes-how-it-scrubs-right-to-be-forgotten-people/

SNAPCHAT

One of Snapchats staff in the payroll department fell for an email phishing scam, resulting in them revealing some payroll information about their employees.

Snapchat responded quickly and involved the FBI, offered the affected staff free two-year identity theft insurance and monitoring and they are redoubling their training programs around privacy and security in the coming weeks.

http://snapchat-blog.com/post/140194434840/an-apology-to-our-employees

PERISCOPE

MEERKAT

Oh no! Meerkat is dead, or at least the LIVE streaming?! Ben Rubin said…

As many of you may have read in Re/Code, the team here is working on something new. Our heart is still with our users, as always. We love the content you create and the community that you’ve built. Meerkat isn’t going anywhere, but we are thinking about cool new ways that live video might become a part of everyone’s daily lives.

We wanted to share with you the full memo that was referenced in the news because we believe it shows what we’re about and how this decision was made.

Change is never easy. We’ve been humbled by the attention we’ve received so far, and honored to have you along for this wild ride. We hope you’ll continue to be a part of the Colony, no matter what shape it takes.

Keep smiling,

— Ben Rubin

… READ EXCERPTS IN BOLD

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since we first launched Meerkat on Product Hunt. it has been quite a whirlwind and we have seen and learned a lot. The year started on a high note with the rapid explosion of live video, the excitement of SXSW, and the launch of Twitter’s Periscope. But over the year, it became rougher waters — mobile broadcast video hasn’t quite exploded as quickly as we’d hoped. The distribution advantages of Twitter/Periscope and Facebook Live drew more early users to them away from us and we were not able to grow as quickly alongside as we had planned. Among our many investments in that time, we built a few key features we believed could help us differentiate and bring new live content to life including Developers API, our GoPro integration last August (first ever live streaming!) and our Cameo feature which brought watchers into the live broadcast.

I want to share a few thoughts on what our team believes has been happening in the live video space over the past year, as well as some decisions we have made to focus the company for our best opportunity going forward. We are investing in a new product that we think addresses some of the challenges and furthers our vision of bringing mobile live video to everyone the world.

While live video has become an interesting feature on top of Twitter and Facebook, it hasn’t yet developed into a self-sustaining new network as we hoped we would do with Meerkat. Our assumption was that by reducing broadcaster’s cost to broadcast to zero (no equipment, etc) we would be able to create a whole new class of live broadcasters like YouTube did with video and YouTubers. We always believed that it would take a lot of time, but we hoped we’d see more positive signs a year later. One thing we have learned is there is a very high emotional cost to being entertaining in a live format, and bringing on enough of a live audience to make it worthwhile is challenging too.

So far, the value proposition of being live is just not clear to people who are not celebrities/media/news. If you are one of them (and particularly if you have an existing audience on Facebook or Twitter), there is clear value in occasionally going live as a new way to bring content to your audience or interact with them. This is especially true around existing live events with behind the scenes content, etc. But for most regular people — it has been hard to figure out when or even why to go live. It’s different than sharing photographs — think of it this way: before Instagram, people already knew what constituted a beautiful photo and tried to take them. With live video no one really knows what “good” live video they can create is.

Given all of this, 1-to-many mobile live video is still in a state of infancy and a lot of its success depends on these media, stars, or influencers. Their main currency is audience and viewership. As long as we are competing on those with Twitter/Periscope and Facebook Live, we don’t think the current Meerkat product is set up to win. All of these platforms are struggling to create repeat broadcasters at a growing rate and the viewership isn’t much higher today than we thought it was last summer. With a large media team and paying content rights, we believe we could have kept attracting audience at some levels, (we had some great moments with YouTubers like Michelle Phan, exclusive content like Discovery Channel Shark Week, and even made for Meerkat shows by publishers such as Hulu, The Weather Channel, and TMZ) but it didn’t feel sustainable. Facebook and Twitter were able to leverage their advantages here.

There is a bright spot to all of this. We found the best Meerkat moments happened when people who knew each other (either in person or online) came together live and interacted in realtime. We saw this in the conversations when the threads would go on and on and on. We especially saw this in cameo when broadcasters were able to see their audience and interact in a more human way, people passed around the camera for a campfire chat session. And we saw many of these groups have the best repeat behavior of anyone.

With the support of our board and the enthusiasm of the entire team, we began building a new product in October around this concept and are feeling good about its potential. At the same time, we’ve kept Meerkat running and stable and plan to monitor the network for anything that begins to draw new attention.

http://www.cnet.com/news/meerkat-sxsw-south-by-southwest-ditching-live-streaming

FLICKR

 

YAHOO / TUMBLR

Yahoo introduces its own Yahoo ESports Hub, providing live coverage of competitive gaming events and producing video content under the Yahoo Sports banner.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/02/yahoo-esports-hub/

https://info.yahoo.com/press-center/article/yahoo-launches-experience-dedicated-esports-050000022.html

PEACH

FOURSQUARE

GENERAL

 

Amazon Fire recall (UK / Ireland) http://www.amazon.co.uk/b?ie=UTF8&node=9730244031

UNCONFIRMED…

EE & 02 have started without notice to charge you for adding emojis onto your text, and billing you up to 40p a go as a MMS message.

You won’t be charged if it’s sent via iMessage or whatsapp but the only way to stop your iphone from converting a message automatically into a MMS is to go into settings and turn MMS off on your iPhones.

Let your friends know as I reckon there’s going to be some huge bills received until people realise.

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