Episode 33 Cross promote, don’t cross post!

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Two updates to Social Scheduler, principally to encourage to cross-promote rather than cross-post.

Repeating messages to different accounts

Better social SEO (with a different copy per account)

New iOS version to fix a crash when trying to send the photo to Instagram

New Android version, to syncrhonise the code-base, no real new functionality.

Social Media News

FACEBOOK

Facebook Messenger will soon get a lot more crowded. There are more than 10,000 developers building bots for Facebook’s messaging platform, Messenger’s head of product said in an interview Tuesday.

http://mashable.com/2016/05/10/facebook-messenger-bots-developers

Facebook has relied on a small editorial team to decide what news topics to show. Facebook says the guidelines are old.

Justin Osofsky, Facebook vice president of global operations, said in a statement that Facebook relies on more than 1,000 sources of news

…to help verify and characterize world events and what people are talking about.” He adamantly denied claims that Facebook has been biased.

We have at no time sought to weight any one viewpoint over another, and in fact our guidelines are designed with the intent to make sure we do not do so,

The rest of his comment said:

The guidelines demonstrate that we have a series of checks and balances in place to help surface the most important popular stories, regardless of where they fall on the ideological spectrum. Facebook does not allow or advise our reviewers to systematically discriminate against sources of any political origin, period. What these guidelines show is that we’ve approached this responsibly and with the goal of creating a high-quality product — in the hopes of delivering a meaningful experience for the people who use our service.

http://www.cnet.com/news/how-has-facebook-decided-whats-trending-leaked-docs-shed-light

Facebook 360-degree photos are coming to your news feed

Facebook introduced support for 360-degree videos in your Newsfeed in September, soon that will apply to photos too. You’ll be able to snap a panoramic photo sphere on your phone and then upload it to Facebook.

A person viewing your post can either tilt your phone around to get the full view, or drag it around with your finger or mouse cursor.

Facebook will also add a new photos section to the Oculus app so you can go ahead and strap your Gear VR on to get the full immersion. Eugene Wei, head of video for Oculus said

We’ve been beta-testing 360 photos internally for awhile now

 

It’s a lot of fun. You get to share where you are; the story of your life with other people.

Facebook’s 360-degree photos are coming to your News Feed

Facebook – Extend the Reach of Video Ads through the Audience Network

Video is a powerful way for businesses to share their brand message. With its emotional draw, video can be uniquely compelling and personal, especially on mobile devices. And people are watching more and more of it—100 million hours of video are watched on Facebook every day.

1 Video viewing time on Instagram has increased by more than 40 percent in the last six months.

2 But Facebook and Instagram are only the beginning.

Advertisers want their videos to reach more of the right people in more places. That’s why today we’re extending Audience Network to include videos from advertisers looking to drive brand outcomes. Now, in addition to watching these videos on Facebook and Instagram, people will view them on the other apps and sites where they spend their time.

Introduced two years ago, the Audience Network is a collection of apps and sites that advertisers can use to extend the reach of their Facebook and Instagram ads. These third-party apps and sites have a wide reach and account for nearly six percent of time spent on US mobile.

3 The Audience Network has historically focused on direct response ads, both image and video, but now, it offers a solution that optimizes results for marketers focused on brand awareness and recall.

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Two formats for Audience Network videos

The Audience Network will deliver ads in both in-stream and in-article formats. The delivery in each channel will match viewers’ expectations of the site or app they’re on. In-stream video ads will play before, during or after (pre-roll, mid-roll or post-roll) video content on third party apps and sites across mobile and desktop. These sites include popular video publishers like USA Today Sports Media Group. In–article video ads will appear on mobile pages of publishers, such as Daily Mail, between paragraphs of text and play automatically when at least half the pixels are viewable. In this format, the viewer must opt-in for sound. In-article delivery will start with Instant Articles (articles that load immediately upon clicking from News Feed for a fast, immersive reading experience).

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In-stream (desktop and mobile)

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In-article (viewer must opt-in for sound)

Improve return on ad spend with more placement channels

With more places to deliver content, we can better maximize value for advertisers who want more brand exposure through video. Globally, advertisers that opt-in to the Audience Network can generate approximately 10% more incremental reach than using mobile News Feed alone.4 Plus, we increase our ability to show the most relevant ads to each viewer. If your targeted audience spends more time in a particular app than on Facebook or Instagram, your video will be shown in that app more often. Early tests indicate that advertisers gain lower cost per view by enabling all their videos to show on Facebook, Instagram and the Audience Network. This added value to both businesses and people aligns with our philosophy for building advertising solutions.

“Facebook’s Audience Network has allowed us to see cost effectiveness and extend the reach of our Facebook video view campaigns. The introduction of new video formats that support brand objectives—like video views—means more people can enjoy Jack in the Box video content on more apps and sites than ever before.”

— Rah Mahtani, Social Media Manager, Jack in the Box

Bring your brand awareness videos to the Audience Network

Facebook Advertisers can extend their brand video ads to the apps and websites in the Audience Network in the same way they do so for direct response video ads: by leaving “Audience Network” checked in the placement section when creating or editing their ad. This option will roll out to advertisers everywhere over the next few weeks. Since the ads run primarily on mobile, it’s important to create content with that in mind. Get tips on creating video for mobile.

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Instagram

Instagram launches a new logo

Instagram launches a new-look logo as it moves away from being a photo app.

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Today we’re introducing a new look. You’ll see an updated icon and app design for Instagram. Inspired by the previous app icon, the new one represents a simpler camera and the rainbow lives on in gradient form. You’ll also see updated icons for our other creative apps: Layout, Boomerang and Hyperlapse.

We’ve made improvements to how the Instagram app looks on the inside as well. The simpler design puts more focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app.

The Instagram community has evolved over the past five years from a place to share filtered photos to so much more — a global community of interests sharing more than 80 million photos and videos every day. Our updated look reflects how vibrant and diverse your storytelling has become.

Thank you for giving this community its life and color. You make Instagram a place to discover the wonder in the world. Every photo and video — from the littlest things to the most epic — opens a window for people to broaden their experiences and connect in new ways.

 

Video – https://www.instagram.com/p/BFRO_5WBQfc/

 

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Video – https://www.instagram.com/p/BFRkl11hQV3/

WHATSAPP

Introducing WhatsApp’s desktop app

Today we’re introducing a desktop app so you have a new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere – whether on your phone or computer at home or work. Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop app is simply an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device.

The new desktop app is available for Windows 8+ and Mac OS 10.9+ and is synced with WhatsApp on your mobile device. Because the app runs natively on your desktop, you’ll have support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts, and more.

To download the app, visit https://www.whatsapp.com/download from your desktop browser. Then, open the app and scan the QR code using the WhatsApp app on your phone (look for WhatsApp Web menu under Settings).

Just like WhatsApp Web, the new desktop app lets you message with friends and family while your phone stays in your pocket.

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WhatsApp reportedly starts testing video calls on Android

Users of WhatsApp on the beta-test program will have seen a new voice-chat option, although currently disabled. This reinforces the chances that WhatsApp will soon have video calling.

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2016/05/16/whatsapp-reportedly-starts-testing-video-calls-android/

TWITTER / PERISCOPE

Twitter Omnisearch

Twitter is…

building a new information retrieval system called Omnisearch. Like databases, information retrieval systems match documents (e.g., Tweets or web pages) to users’ queries. However, unlike databases, the documents are usually ranked and may not exactly match the query. While the most common application of an information retrieval system is web search, their power and flexibility make them useful for many other products.

https://blog.twitter.com/2016/introducing-omnisearch

Twitter URL and image counting

Links usually count as 23 characters and the first photo usually takes another 20 or so, check out our video

https://www.facebook.com/devologyuk/posts/880488548721759

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-16/twitter-to-stop-counting-photos-and-links-in-140-character-limit

Twitter starts to test persicope button, for Android

Engadget have reported on a post from The Verge that Android users might notice a new button in their Twitter app (‘might’ – because it’s being slowly rolled out). They said that Twitter have

…added a “go live” button that users can see when they compose tweets. It fires up Periscope when you tap it, so you can start broadcasting from within the application. But if you don’t have the video streaming app yet, it takes you straight to Google Play.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/16/twitter-periscope-go-live-android-button/

 

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PINTEREST

From their Blog

People come to Pinterest looking for new ideas to try, and the very best ideas come from businesses like yours. We understand that businesses and bloggers need a sustainable way to keep making great content. That’s why we’ve decided to allow affiliate links on Pinterest.

In the past, we removed affiliate links from Pinterest because spammers were abusing them. Now that our spam detection system is so much stronger, we’re ready to allow affiliate links again. To make way for these changes, we’re making minor updates to our acceptable use policy. We’ll start rolling out all affiliate networks today and over the coming weeks.

If you use affiliate links on your site, you don’t have to do anything differently—just keep on Pinning as usual.

https://business.pinterest.com/en/blog/affiliate-links-are-now-allowed-pinterest

GOOGLE / YOUTUBE

Amazon Video Direct poses challenge to YouTube

As reported by the BBC

Online retail giant Amazon has launched an online video service to rival Google’s YouTube.

Amazon Video Direct will allow users to post videos and earn royalties.

Viewers can rent and buy content or watch it for free with adverts. An ad-free version is offered to Amazon Prime members – a subscription service with other benefits.

Initially, videos will be viewable in the US, Germany, Austria, Japan and the UK.

The firm already offers access to professional TV shows and films via Prime Video, a rival to Netflix.

It also streams user-generated clips about video games via Twitch.

“There are more options for distribution than ever before and with Amazon Video Direct, for the first time, there’s a self-service option for video providers to get their content into a premium streaming subscription service,” said Jim Freeman, Vice President of Amazon Video

“We’re excited to make it even easier for content creators to find an audience, and for that audience to find great content.”

The news comes barely a month after online talent firm Fullscreen launched its own subscription video platform.

Previously the firm had published content on free platforms like YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat.

YouTube offers an ad-free subscription service of its own – YouTube Red – which costs $10 per month.

Google Introducing Spaces, a tool for small group sharing

Group sharing isn’t easy. From book clubs to house hunts to weekend trips and more, getting friends into the same app can be challenging. Sharing things typically involves hopping between apps to copy and paste links. Group conversations often don’t stay on topic, and things get lost in endless threads that you can’t easily get back to when you need them.

We wanted to build a better group sharing experience, so we made a new app called Spaces that lets people get people together instantly to share around any topic.

With Spaces, it’s simple to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app, since Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome come built in.

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When someone shares something new to a space, the conversational view lets you see what the group is talking about without missing a beat.

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And if you ever want to find something that was shared earlier—articles, videos, comments or even images—a quick search lets you pull it up in a snap.

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You can create a space with just one tap for any topic and invite anyone via messaging, email, a social network, or whatever way you like.

We’ll also be experimenting with Spaces this week at Google I/O. We’ve created a space for each session so that developers can connect with each other and Googlers around topics at I/O, and we’ve got a few surprises too. If you’re joining us in person at I/O, make sure you install Spaces on Android or iOS before you arrive!

Spaces is rolling out today on Android, iOS, desktop, and mobile web for all Gmail accounts. Give it a try and create your first space today.

Spaces

I personally love this Google+ message from JR Raphael..

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YouTube cardboard

YouTube has updated its iOS app to introduce Cardboard support, so you can watch any clip (not just virtual reality videos) using your iPhone and a low-cost paper box. You’ve already had 360-degree video support before, but this is a big deal if you’d rather not swipe the screen to view footage from every conceivable angle… or if you’d just like to immerse yourself in 2D

YouTube for iOS now works with Google’s Cardboard headset

 

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GENERAL

Slow news week?…

British young offenders who brag online could see tougher sentences

GOOGLE

Google adds commenting capabilities to shared albums in Photos

FACEBOOK

Facebook might have a solution to its free WiFi’s shortcomings

Facebook opens up its anti-hacker training tool

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/16/french-anti-racism-groups-target-facebook-twitter-and-youtube/

http://www.cbs58.com/story/31951790/milwaukee-teens-live-stream-sex-acts-over-facebook

Facebook hires U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal

Mark Zuckerberg chimes in on Facebook’s trending topics

Zuckerberg says ‘no evidence’ found supporting Trendingate charges – CNET

Facebook respects European privacy, skips facial recognition

Facebook hires a judge to oversee its global litigation – CNET

TWITTER

Twitter diversifies by adding BET CEO to its board. Debra Lee, who heads Black Entertainment Television, helps the social network deliver on its promise to be more inclusive.

http://www.cnet.com/news/twitter-bet-jack-dorsey-debra-lee-board

YOUTUBE

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/16/trollstation-youtube-prank-jail-london/

LG’s GoPro rival can stream direct to YouTube

Some YouTube users now have access to its in-app messenger

YAHOO

http://www.cnet.com/news/billionaire-warren-buffett-said-to-be-eyeing-yahoo-bid-berksire-hathaway

TINDER

Tinder user kidnapped and beaten by a man she met via the app

PERISCOPE

Woman ‘live-streamed her own suicide on Periscope’

An investigation opens into the death of a 19-year-old woman in France who reportedly live-streamed her own suicide.

Woman ‘live-streamed her own suicide on Periscope’

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Episode 32

Episode 32 – You can subscribe to the podcast here

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Michael is continuing with the user-interface re-write

Rob improved the bulk uploader so that links work better, plus all the related fields (link name, title, description). You can also now delete entries during the import process.

Clickbank – goodbye low quality blog posts!

Android push notifications – hopefully very soon, so much client work at the moment!

Marketing – contacting people who left feedback in the registration form (whatfor, magic wand, anythingelse) – some were just plain funny, like requesting teleportation and telling us that it’s currently raining cats and dogs! These 3 new fields were suggested by Victoria from PufferFish.digital marketing.

Social Media News

FACEBOOK

Facebook temporary reactions for mothers day

Facebook have tested out temporary reactions for Mother’s Day and Facebook confirmed that it was only available in certain markets, they confirmed that United States wasn’t among them. In those places where it is available, it will disappear from the options come Monday morning, but will still appear on posts where it was left during the few days it was live.


 

 

Facebook is testing a ‘discover’ feature for Groups

Engadget have said

It’s only available via the mobile app for a select number of users at the moment.

and…

Groups on Facebook [are…] apparently testing a new feature on the iOS and Android apps [… ] dubbed “Discover.” That also lets you peruse public and private groups and see which friends are in local groups, according to Mashable.

The groups are cordoned off into categories for different interests like parenting, networking and food. The functionality is expected to roll out to more users over the next couple of weeks.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/06/facebook-group-discover-apps/

TWITTER

Twitter for Mac – GIF support

The Twitter for Mac application has been updated to include a GIF search, polls and discovery features.

 

Twitter

PERISCOPE

Coming Soon: Broadcast Search, Drones and Save Beyond 24 Hours

Everyday, our community creates amazing broadcasts — whether visiting a new place, performing a song, or sparking a passionate discussion. In the coming weeks, we’re launching broadcast search and drone support to help people form communities around the topics they care about and broadcast from new perspectives. We also want to share a preview of our full beyond 24 hours approach that will be available in the coming weeks.

In the coming weeks, you’ll be able to search for broadcasts by title or topic. When you tap on the search button in the Global List, you’ll see a list of suggested topics to search for, including #Travel, #Music, #Food and more. To broadcast about a topic, simply tap the Broadcast button in the topic’s search results to add the relevant hashtag, or add the hashtag to your title directly.

We’re also testing two special topics that you can search for. In “First Scope,” you can welcome new broadcasters to our community. In “GoPros and Drones,” you can find broadcasts from GoPros and, for the first time, drones!

A New Perspective with Drones

To broadcast from a supported DJI drone, just connect your iPhone to your drone’s remote. We’ll automatically pull in your drone’s video feed and let you switch between it, your iPhone cameras and even your GoPro. During your broadcast, you can narrate from a bird’s eye view using your phone or even Sketch on the broadcast to highlight different sights:

Watch Zagat’s drone broadcast from a New York farm.

Anyone with an iPhone and a supported DJI drone will be able to start broadcasting in the coming weeks.

Save Your Broadcasts Beyond 24 Hours

Last week, we introduced a public beta for you to add #save to your broadcasts to keep them beyond 24 hours. Today, we want to give you a preview of the full solution that we’re launching in the next few weeks.

Follow Saki and her saved broadcasts around Japan

Our goal is to give you full control of your broadcasts. Soon, your broadcasts will be automatically saved on Periscope and Twitter with comments and hearts. Should you change your mind, you can still delete your broadcasts at any time in the post-broadcast screen or in your profile. And, for those of you who still want your broadcasts to be removed after 24 hours, you can easily configure that in your account settings.

We hope these updates will make it easier for you to find broadcasts and communities that you care about. To learn more, visit our Help Center for search and drone broadcasts.

Much love,

Team Periscope

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LINKED IN

LinkedIn to rival Facebook Instant Articles?

LinkedIn might be considering an Instant Articles feature of its own, apparently they recently started floating this idea to “various” publishers.

Instant Articles are links to stories that you can read within Facebook’s app, elimitating the need to visit a third-party site.

A LinkedIn spokesperson provided BuzzFeed News the following statement:

Publishers remain a very important part of our content ecosystem and we are in regular conversations with them about new ways to work together. Our goal is to ensure we get the right content in front of the right member at the right time to deliver the best member experience possible.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/05/linkedin-instant-articles/

 

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GOOGLE / YOUTUBE

YouTube making it easier for advertisers to jump onto viral videos via Google Preferred

Tonight [Thursday, May 5, 2016], YouTube hosted our fifth annual Brandcast in New York, our digital Newfronts event, where we showcase the best of YouTube to advertisers and agencies. With a little help from Big Bird, the Whip Nae Nae, and Sia, we showed that YouTube is where the world chooses to watch: on mobile alone, we now reach more 18-49 year-olds in the U.S. than any broadcast or cable TV network.1

As a result, our influence is greater than ever. In fact, nearly 60 percent of YouTube subscribers say they’d follow a YouTube creator’s advice on what to buy over that of their favorite TV or movie star. And the influence of YouTube stars continues to grow—last year, 6 in 10 of the most influential celebrities among teens were YouTubers, and this year that number jumped to 8 in 10.

To help brands capture some of this momentum, we have a premium content offering called Google Preferred that features creators like Lilly Singh, sWooZie and Laura Vitale. Organized into 13 lineup categories—including Comedy, Music, and Food & Recipes—Google Preferred is easy to buy and gives advertisers access to the most-loved and most-watched content on YouTube. In fact, Google Preferred reaches more people in the U.S. on mobile than all full episode players combined.2 And, we announced at Brandcast that Google Preferred just got better. Here’s how:

1. More Can’t-Miss Moments With Google Preferred Breakout Videos

Pop culture moments like the Harlem Shake and Let It Go are as unexpected as they are popular. While Google Preferred gives brands access to established creator channels, our new Breakout Videos offering lets them advertise on emerging content—the hottest and fastest-rising videos on YouTube. With the launch of Google Preferred Breakout Videos in the U.S., brands can be there alongside the next breakout star.

2. More Ease and Relevance with Programmatic Guaranteed for Google Preferred

To make it even easier to be there in the moment viewers are watching, upfront buyers will soon be able to execute their Google Preferred—and Breakout Videos—buy programmatically through DoubleClick Bid Manager. This means all video campaigns (including TrueView, Google Preferred, and cross-exchange) can be managed in one place.

3. More Sports Fans With NBA Highlights on Google Preferred

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also took to the Brandcast stage to announce that NBA inventory is now part of Google Preferred. Top NBA highlights will surface in Google Search and on YouTube, offering brands access to the NBA’s loyal fan base across screens. In addition, the NBA will soon launch two new VR series on YouTube that give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at team arenas and their favorite players.

4. More Great Results for Brands

With new additions like Breakout Videos, Programmatic Guaranteed, and NBA highlights, Google Preferred will keep delivering massive reach, and strong results for brands.

Already this year, among the Google Preferred campaigns we measured, 75 percent drove lifts in consideration3 and 61 percent drove lifts in favorability.4 Google Preferred is driving results later in the consumer journey, too: it raised purchase intent in two-thirds of campaigns.5

Results like these have encouraged nearly twice the number of brands in the U.S. to take advantage of Google Preferred in the last year.6

Chime in with your Google Preferred questions and comments on #Brandcast, and check out six questions every brand should consider after Brandcast. We’ll post even more content after the show on the Brandcast website.

Kate Stanford, Head of Global Advertiser Marketing at YouTube, recently watched “Imagine the Possibilities.

https://youtube.googleblog.com/2016/05/highlights-from-tonights-youtube.html

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Slow news week?…

FACEBOOK

…The Court accepts as true plaintiffs’ allegations that Facebook’s face recognition technology involves a scan of face geometry that was done without plaintiffs’ consent,” U.S. District Judge James Donato wrote in his ruling…

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/06/facebook-lawsuit-privacy-photo-tagging-software/

 

http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-denies-biased-trends-allegations

http://www.cnet.com/news/facebooks-trending-news-feed-may-be-a-sham/

The world’s largest social network calls out the top trending stories on its site, which is visited by more than a billion people every day. But the list may be manipulated by Facebook’s employees, who are allegedly deciding what’s “trending” based on their political views.

Facebook’s trending topics list … may have become a tool for employees to wield their political opinions

However Tom Stocky from Facebook have responded on their Blog

My team is responsible for Trending Topics, and I want to address today’s reports alleging that Facebook contractors manipulated Trending Topics to suppress stories of interest to conservatives. We take these reports extremely seriously, and have found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are true.

Facebook is a platform for people and perspectives from across the political spectrum. There are rigorous guidelines in place for the review team to ensure consistency and neutrality. These guidelines do not permit the suppression of political perspectives. Nor do they permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or one news outlet over another. These guidelines do not prohibit any news outlet from appearing in Trending Topics.

Trending Topics is designed to showcase the current conversation happening on Facebook. Popular topics are first surfaced by an algorithm, then audited by review team members to confirm that the topics are in fact trending news in the real world and not, for example, similar-sounding topics or misnomers.

We are proud that, in 2015, the US election was the most talked-about subject on Facebook, and we want to encourage that robust political discussion from all sides. We have in place strict guidelines for our trending topic reviewers as they audit topics surfaced algorithmically: reviewers are required to accept topics that reflect real world events, and are instructed to disregard junk or duplicate topics, hoaxes, or subjects with insufficient sources. Facebook does not allow or advise our reviewers to systematically discriminate against sources of any ideological origin and we’ve designed our tools to make that technically not feasible. At the same time, our reviewers’ actions are logged and reviewed, and violating our guidelines is a fireable offense.

There have been other anonymous allegations — for instance that we artificially forced ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ to trend. We looked into that charge and found that it is untrue. We do not insert stories artificially into trending topics, and do not instruct our reviewers to do so. Our guidelines do permit reviewers to take steps to make topics more coherent, such as combining related topics into a single event (such as ‪#‎starwars‬ and ‪#‎maythefourthbewithyou‬), to deliver a more integrated experience.

Our review guidelines for Trending Topics are under constant review, and we will continue to look for improvements. We will also keep looking into any questions about Trending Topics to ensure that people are matched with the stories that are predicted to be the most interesting to them, and to be sure that our methods are as neutral and effective as possible.

TWITTER

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/09/twitter-blocks-us-spies-from-analyzing-your-tweets

Apparently Twitter cut off the government from the Dataminr company service.

Neither Twitter nor Dataminr have confirmed the details publicly, but unnamed intelligence officials have corroborated the story.

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Episode 30 It’s A Slow News Week!

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SOCIAL SCHEDULER

New iOS and Android builds to fix some reliability problems.

If we ever do an Apple Watch App, then it’ll have to work standalone without an iPhone nearby, according to Apple starting June 1, 2016, all new watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later.

SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS

STARTS AT 1m:45s

FACEBOOK (MESSENGER / INSTAGRAM / WHATSAPP)

Messenger group calling

Messenger enables people around the world to communicate with their loved ones, and millions of people use group chats in Messenger to stay in touch. But there are situations where typing isn’t enough and when people prefer talking to one another. For catching up with colleagues or family, making collaborative plans, and hearing your loved ones’ voices, Messenger already offers voice calling from one person to another.

Today we’re introducing group calling for Messenger. With group calling, you can now talk to more than one person at a time, in a group call. To get started, open one of your Messenger group conversations and tap the audio call button. Tapping the button lets you choose the list of people from the group to call. All the group members you choose are called simultaneously.

When you receive a group call, the experience is similar to receiving a call from one person, except that the screen will show the group name (if there is one) and the list of members. You can accept the incoming group call, ignore it or decline it.

If you are a member of a group with a call in progress, you can join the group call by opening the group conversation and tapping on the audio call button. While in a group call, you can see whether group members are in the call or not, and you can call anyone who’s not there yet.

Tapping the red ‘end call’ button on the screen enables you to leave the group call. The other participants will hear an exit tone. And when the second to last person leaves a group call, the call ends.

Give group calls on Messenger a try, and let us know what you think!

More Info

Facebook was hacked, via a back door

Because it’s a slow-news week…

Devcore’s Orange Tsai recently discovered that someone had installed a backdoor on one of Facebook’s corporate servers, used for internal emails and such-like. It was a file transfer app that had several vulnerabilities that gave any potential intruder free rein.

Tsai reported the bugs to Facebook as part of their bounty program and waited for Facebook to fix it prior to disclosing the flaw.

If anything it’s a wakeup call to Facebook that they are just as vulnerable as everyone else. It should be a wake up call to you too – if a company worth 317.54 Billion is vulnerable, what’s your chances!

More Info

As for Robs shares, oops, a big drop on Friday means I’m currently down £180. I’m hanging in tight, all this regular progress and innovation can only translate to positive gains.

Facebook ranks articles whilst you read them

With Instant Articles Facebook already analyzes how long you spend reading stories while you’re still in the app. Now, it will also measure how long you spend on an article after you click away from the News Feed, without counting the load times.

Facebook say that this to “better understand which articles might be interesting to you based on how long you and others read them, so you’ll be more likely to see stories you’re interested in.”

More on Facebook and Engadget.

Make money on Facebook

Facebook performed a survey askingpeople if they would be interested in various options for making money or promoting a cause using their “personal presence” on the site.

Options include a digital tip jar, branded content, a sponsor marketplace, revenue sharing, a call-to-action button or a donate option for charities.

More Info on CNET

TWITTER / PERISCOPE

Twitter and Yelp

Twitter has teamed up with business listing and review site Yelp to supply location services for UK and Japanese users inside its app. The iOS and Android apps will now suggest a list of places you could be at and attach the name, Yelp rating and other bits of relevant information to your tweets for your friends to digest. Twitter.com will be getting the feature soon.

More info on Engadget.

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PINTEREST

Promoted Pins in he UK

The number of people using Pinterest in the UK grew 50% over the past year, so now’s a great time to grow your business with Promoted Pins.

Promoted Pins are just like regular Pins, except they’re shown to more people, letting you increase sales, traffic and more.

Ready to be one of the first UK businesses to go live with ads on Pinterest?

Pinterest have cleaned up their App

We’re lucky enough to have over 100 million Pinners around the world coming to Pinterest to find ideas to try. With so many people using our app, it’s more important than ever to make sure it works great for everyone—no matter where you

live, what language you speak or how old your phone is.

So we decided to give things a complete overhaul, from what our app looks like to how fast it works. Here’s what’s new:

  • A new modern look that lets you focus more on Pins.
  • Universally readable, in 31 languages. Kanji, Roman, Cyrillic—now our app is legible no matter what language you read or what screen size you have.
  • Crazy fast loading, for everyone in the world. When you open the app, your home feed now loads up to 3 times faster.

These changes have laid the groundwork for future improvements, too. Now that we’ve rebuilt things in a smarter way, engineers and designers here at Pinterest will be able to develop features faster than ever before.

Because this was such a huge effort, we’re starting to roll out these updates on iPhone and iPad first. Make sure to update your app so you have the latest, greatest. Android and web are next on our list to tackle, so keep your eye out for updates in the coming months.

More info on Pinterest

GOOGLE / YOUTUBE

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SNAPCHAT

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PERISCOPE

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VINE

None

MEERKAT

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FLICKR

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YAHOO / TUMBLR

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PEACH

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FOURSQUARE

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MICROSOFT / SKYPE

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GENERAL

Because it’s a slow-news week…

Buckingham Palace have a Social Media job going for £50,000

Buckingham Palace is in the market for a Head of Digital Engagement, who will be responsible for handling the online presence of the Royal Household.

The salary is £45,000-£50,000 (roughly $70,000) and 33 days of annual leave.

“Whether you’re covering a state visit, award ceremony or royal engagement, you’ll make sure our digital channels consistently spark interest and reach a range of audiences,”

More on CNET

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Episode 28

Show Notes

Social Media News from 8m:20s – SUBSCRIBE THE PODCAST HERE

Social Scheduler

Instagram mobile app – push notifications – didn’t get very far, spent time on adding the ability to supply links for Facebook, principally so that Facebook events can be referenced in scheduled posts, but it works in multiple social platforms to link through / hyperlink to the original content, like Pinterest, LinkedIn and now Facebook.

Marketing Efforts

Videos on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

Other Work

SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS

Now only news that affects you day-to-day

FACEBOOK / MESSENGER / INSTAGRAM / WHATSAPP

Facebook Messenger now makes it easier to share your Dropbox files, specifically photos, animated gifs and videos, on iOS and Android.

Stan Chudnovsky, head of product for Messenger said in a statement…

“We want people to communicate just the way they want to on Messenger, with everyone they care about,”

“Giving our users the ability to share their Dropbox videos and images in Messenger threads with just a few taps will help them bring more style and personality to those conversations.” 

How does it work?  Now, when you tap the More button in Messenger for iOS or Android, you’ll see Dropbox as an available source. With the Dropbox app installed on your phone, you can share any file in your Dropbox without having to leave the Messenger app.

Videos and images—including animated GIFs—will be displayed directly in your chats. For everything else, tapping Open will bring recipients to the Dropbox mobile app, where they can preview and save files. It’s a quick, simple way to share vacation snapshots, home movies, and laugh-worthy memes with any of the 900 million people using Messenger—whether they’re Facebook friends or not.

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http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/11/dropbox-facebook-messenger/

https://blogs.dropbox.com/dropbox/2016/04/dropbox-facebook-messenger-sharing/

There’s a new tagging feature that must be used by anyone posting something tied to a marketer. The tag will alert the company being referenced so that they can view analytics, share and boost the post.

The original post from the “influencer” will get a “with” tag just like you see when you tag friends in updates.

Facebook is banning “overly promotional” content like “persistent watermarks” and pre-roll ads in any sponsored videos. It also won’t allow products, brands or sponsors to be used in profile pictures or cover photos. However, things like product placement and logos are allowed.

Facebook says that the features will soon extend to its live video push as well.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/08/facebook-branded-content-tags/

Facebook improved the ways that you discover live video

Yesterday, we announced new features for Facebook Live. We’re always working to improve Facebook Search to help you find out what the world is saying right now about the latest news and popular topics. So, we’ve updated Search with more ways to discover Live video.

Live Video in Trending Topics

It’s now easier to discover Live video in topics that are Trending on Facebook. If relevant Live video is available, it will be included in the Search results pages for these topics so you can get a direct, first-hand look at what’s happening.

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You’ll also see a new indicator that lets you know when relevant Live video is available for a Trending topic.

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Expect to find Live video in a small handful of Trending topics for now. As more people start creating and sharing Live video, we’re excited to see these perspectives make Trending topics an even better experience.

Video Search

Our team built a dedicated search experience for the new Live video destination that’s coming to Facebook’s mobile app. Here, you can easily find even more videos across Facebook—just type a few keywords into the search bar at the top of the screen to discover all sorts of videos about things that matter to you, from chefs sharing their recipes to scientists explaining their breakthroughs to comedians trying out new jokes.

As always, you can only see videos that have been shared with you.

These updates are another way Search connects you with the unique, authentic public stories and conversations happening on Facebook. We look forward to your feedback.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/07/facebook-updates-search-to-better-promote-live-video/

http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/04/search-fyi-more-ways-to-discover-live-video/

Facebook have made it easier to find your friends

Say Hello to Messenger Codes:

Find the 900 million people who use Messenger every month more easily thanks to Usernames, Links and Messenger Codes.

At Messenger, we always aim to make life simpler, fun and more delightful. Starting today we are taking another step forward in delivering a new solution to the more than 900 million people who use Messenger every month. Phone numbers aren’t necessary, and you don’t have to be friends on Facebook.

Since traditional phone books are almost obsolete, we’re making it easier for you to find the people (and businesses) that matter to you and be able to start conversations immediately with the launch of a simple set of tools that are built for the modern world – Messenger Codes, Messenger Usernames, and Messenger Links. We’re starting to roll these tools out today. Here’s how they work:

Messenger Codes are the best way to find people in Messenger, whether you’re standing side-by-side or looking at your computer screen. No matter where you are – online or at an event – all you have to do is scan a code someone shares with you, and then you can start that important conversation. No more back and forth with texts trying to make sure you have the right number saved and awkwardly asking people how to spell their names. Your settings tab in Messenger has your own Messenger Code displayed prominently to scan or share.

We also took special care to make Messenger Codes as beautifully designed as possible so you can use them everywhere – on business cards, online, or in-store and anywhere else you like.

Messenger Links and Usernames are your very own personalized links that you can share anywhere online – from your email signature to a website – so people can reach you quickly on Messenger. You can send your Messenger Link directly to your contacts or friends. Tap or click any Messenger Link to open Messenger directly to a thread with that person or business. We are all unique human beings but sometimes we share the same name! This can make it hard to know you are contacting the right person when searching for them in Messenger. Now, it’s simple to find someone by their very own unique username. You can find and share your username from your Settings tab.

When people connect, powerful things happen and life just gets better …. from an exchange with an old friend that brings a smile to your face or a new contact that changes your life path, or even the world, these new tools will make it easier for you to be even more connected. We also can’t wait to see how businesses embrace these new tools too: http://bit.ly/1NaDWcs.

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http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/07/facebook-makes-finding-your-messenger-friends-way-easier/

https://www.facebook.com/messenger/posts/930151277104553

According to Engadget, Facebook pays news outlets to use its live video service

It’s giving the NYT, Huffington Post and other sites a financial incentive to start streaming.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/06/facebook-pays-news-outlets-to-use-its-live-video-service/

Facebook videos now has now features that enables viewers of a live stream to click on a range of new “reactions” – emojis for Like, Love, Wow etc.  The author will be able to add filters to the video, like monochrome or sepia tones.

“We’re entering this new golden age of video,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg told BuzzFeed. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you fast-forward five years and most of the content that people see on Facebook and are sharing on a day-to-day basis is video.”

Facebook teased an upcoming feature that will let you doodle on your live videos.

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http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-live-streaming-tool-adds-filters-and-reactions

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/06/facebook-live-gets-a-discovery-section-and-instant-reactions/

What’s app now has end-to-end encryption on every device and for every message, whether it’s voice, text, photo, video, group or one-on-one

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http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/05/whatsapp-end-to-end-encryption/

Enabling Self Expression with Facebook’s Profile Expression Kit

With more than 4.5 billion views and nearly 30 million profile picture updates every day, Facebook profiles have become the best place to curate your own identity and learn about others. Last September, we launched profile videos to give people a new way to bring their profiles to life. We were blown away by the positive response of profile videos and the variety of creative ways people used them to show off their personality. Today, we’re further unlocking this creativity and lowering the barrier to expression by releasing the Facebook Profile Expression Kit.

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The Facebook Profile Expression Kit lets people share videos they make in third-party apps directly into the Facebook profile video flow. The SDK is available now to a select group of beta partners for the iOS versions of their apps: MSQRD, Boomerang from Instagram, lollicam, BeautyPlus, Cinemagraph Pro from Flixel, and Vine. Consumers can now use these apps to create fun and personality-infused profile videos with just a few taps. Developers enjoy attribution within News Feed every time someone uploads a profile video created by their app.

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If you have or are building a video app that can help more than 1.5 billion people better express themselves, you can learn more about the SDK here and apply for consideration as we expand access to additional developers.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/12/facebook-profile-videos-third-party-apps/

It’s apparent that Facebook are heavily investing in AR, VR and 360 degree video, during their F8 developer conference they demonstrated their open-source 360-degree camera designs which will be available from Github!

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/12/facebook-announces-its-360-degree-camera/

Facebook plan to put augmented reality in your glasses

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During Mark Zuckerbergs keynote he mentioned that while his first steps were saved in a physical baby book, his children might be sharing their kid’s first steps via VR with friends and family.  He noted that it’s “going to take a long time to make this work.”

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/12/facebook-to-put-augmented-reality-in-your-glasses/

Facebook lets you share quoted text with a tool that will help you easily share quotes from an article. Rather than having to copy and paste a snippet of text across apps, you’ll be able to simply highlight the words you want to share and post them to Facebook with a click. In the News Feed, the post will appear as a block quote with a link to the original URL or source.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/12/facebook-quote-sharing-save-button/

Other items from F8, on-going…

Facebook’s Account Kit signs you in with a phone number

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/12/facebook-phone-number-sign-in/

Facebook to allow Live Video streaming from any device

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/12/facebook-to-allow-live-video-streaming-from-any-device/

F8 conference is running live now – http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/12/watch-the-f8-keynote-right-here/

Rob just bought some shares back in FB – I’m getting good vibes 😉

TWITTER / PERISCOPE

Twitter has two new board members, Peter Currie and Peter Chernin will step down after the annual meeting, to be replaced by Pepsi exec Hugh Johnston and UK entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/08/twitter-has-two-new-board-members-including-one-who-uses-it/

Twitter ads a direct-message sharing button to iOS and Android, this enables you to quickly share a tweet with one of your <followers?> privately.

“…we’ve also heard from many of you that it could be easier to share a Tweet using Direct Message. So now — in just a few taps — you can share unique Twitter content from your timeline right into your private conversation.

This update is our next step towards making conversations richer in Direct Messages. Over time, we’ve added more ways to express yourself using GIFs, emojis, or realllllllyyyyy long private messages, helped you connect with a group of people, and made it easy to get customer service.”

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/05/twitter-adds-dm-share-button-to-ios-and-android/

https://blog.twitter.com

Rob bought some shares in Twitter! Why?  It has been loosing value over the year, but I feel that we are at the bottom, given that this week it dipped to 16.22 USD per share, then bounced back to a support of 16.50 USD, what with the latest features and board changes, I’m hoping that confidence will grow and then the stock price will slowly increase.  Unlike Facebook it doesn’t need to go up much to make a lot of money!  If it returns back to the price it was at the beginning of the year then I could gain 300%, I’d be happy with 100% gain.

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LINKED IN

PINTEREST

GOOGLE / YOUTUBE

SNAPCHAT

PERISCOPE

Periscope will now let you draw on your lifestream, so that you can point things out whilst you are broadcasting!  The scribbles only last a few seconds, so it’s great for temporarily highlighting things and then carrying on with your stream.  This feature should be available in a few weeks.

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http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/11/periscope-tests-drawing-on-live-streams/

MEERKAT

FLICKR

 

YAHOO / TUMBLR

PEACH

FOURSQUARE

MICROSOFT / SKYPE

GENERAL

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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/

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Episode 21 Podcast – The shakespeare episode

 

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JUMP AHEAD ? – Social Media News: 25m 12s

Within this episode we discuss the following:

Catch-up

Headaches & colds – 10 days Rob, similar for Michael, everything behind schedule 😦

2p incident

Marketing – Meeting with Victoria this morning in Brighton, with a 2nd tentative meeting with Jodie in Lewes, but I received a message saying that Victoria couldn’t make it, because she had been hospitalised, so I messaged Jodie and headed straight to Lewes in the hope that she could make an earlier appointment, my Sat Nav however took me to the wrong ‘High Street’ (about 30 minutes in the wrong direction), so I corrected the journey, finally parked the car, payed my car-park fee, rushing to get to Jodie, then noticed an email from Victoria saying she was looking forward to seeing me shortly, in Brighton!  I jumped back in the car (£2 down) and headed to Brighton to honour my original meeting!  About an hour later I had a text from Jodie saying that she had only just received my message and would I still be up for it?  What? Who had been hospitalised?  It turns out a third marketing person, Daniel had emailed me and somewhere along the lines I had assumed the wrong person.  What a day.  Due to the delays reaching Brighton I couldn’t see Jodie, so I’m hoping to see her in a couple of weeks time.

Remember Ghostbusters?  The new trailer is out and it gives nothing away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zen753JD5kI&feature=youtu.be

Product Updates

Social Scheduler

New Relic – Startup pricing AWS micro $17

Instagram mobile app – started Monday (originally said Tuesday), 1 1/2 days before falling ill!

Email users when errors sending messages, or when oAuth token problems, or an account is coming up for expiry.

Google+ integration also starting in parallel – awaiting approval (bad, bad, bad form!)

Marketing Efforts

Discussions with multiple Marketing consultants, to see whether there’s any way we can partner up with marketing specialists.

Progress on this?…

Next week I plan to look at email marketing tools, in particular drip-marketing campaigns

Onboarding – how to complete registration, how to add your social media accounts, how to schedule your first message, bulk-uploading, etc

Upgrade free to basic / pro

Emails to ask for feedback when someone cancels / deletes a social scheduler account

Other Work

SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS

FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / WHATSAPP

Facebook has a hidden chess game, you can invoke it by typing @fbchess play when you’re in a conversation, but you have to type text commands for everything.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/07/facebook-messenger-chess/

Facebook Messenger optionally gift-wrapped your Valentine messages.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/14/facebook-messenger-lets-you-send-a-heart-wrapped-valentine/

Facebook are creating image recognition technology to create high resolution population density maps (to within 10m), using neural networks trained to quickly determine whether or not buildings were present or not in satellite images.  The purpose is to enable Facebook to determine which areas need better internet access, what technologies would work best and could help with disaster handling too.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/22/facebook-population-density-map/

Mark Zuckerberg made a surprise appearance at the Samsung Galaxy S7 keynote to explain how putting a VR headset on can be social, he said “Pretty soon, we’re going to live in a world where everyone has the power to share and experience whole scenes, as if we’re there in person”, he also announced the creation of a dedicated VR team – although Devology mentioned this a few weeks ago in our news!

http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-is-about-to-put-the-social-in-virtual-reality/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Facebook make Gear VR videos clearer and faster to load, by using ‘dynamic streaming’ resulting in VR videos that are higher quality and more data efficient on the lightweight device.  “Dynamic streaming” requires Facebook to process and store all of its videos in multiple resolutions. It only shows the best version for the spot you’re actually looking at — the rest is a lower resolution file that’s automatically swapped out as you look left and right. “By doing this, we’ve quadrupled the resolution quality of 360 streaming video in VR, while reducing the amount of required bandwidth by four times,”

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/21/facebook-dynamic-streaming-gear-vr/

Facebook Messenger

Messenger users on Android can now switch from one account to another using a single device. You can add accounts to Messenger via a new Accounts section in Settings, and you don’t need to be on Facebook in order sign in.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/19/facebook-messenger-for-android-now-supports-multiple-accounts/

Facebook makes it easier for Brits to report suicidal posts as part of the built in ‘Report post’ feature

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/19/facebook-uk-suicide-prevention-tools/

A leaked document indicates that we should get ready for ads in Facebook messenger, users who’ve voluntarily messaged a company could open themselves up to the spam as early as this April

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/19/facebook-messenger-ads/

Facebook Live Video is rolling out internationally

To check whether you have the livestreaming tool, select Update Status at the top of your News Feed and hit the new Live Video icon (it should display a banner notifying you of its existence). You’ll then be able to choose who you want to share your stream with and add a description before broadcasting it to the world.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/18/facebook-live-video-international/

Taking of video, Instagram is now going to show you how many people have viewed your video, within the next several weeks.  It will only count if the video has been played more than 3 seconds, in other words, if you scroll past a video it will not count.

http://www.cnet.com/news/instagram-video-count

Facebook Instant Articles are extending the number of publishers who can use the tool, as of April Facebook is opening it up to any publisher interested in leveraging it.  This will mean more news articles directly within Facebook so you’ll probably spend more time within it and this will lead to more money through ads to Facebook.  On that note – Robs shares are back up 5 1/4% for Facebook and 12% for Amazon.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/17/more-facebook-instant-articles/

Facebook Instagram has added two factor authentication but is rolling it out ‘slowly’.  Two factor authentication usually means that if you attempt to login (especially from a new device) you’ll receive an SMS text with a code that you must also enter.  However, TechCrunch have reported that it behaves somewhat differently to that, instead Instagram gave people reset codes that they had to screenshot or write down when they activated the feature.  This just seems too bizarre and I wouldn’t be surprised if this changes.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/16/instagram-two-factor-authentication/

Instagram – if you want to know how to swap accounts, see the URL in our show notes (Android)

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/manage-multiple-instagram-accounts-from-the-official-app/

If you had been caught selling drugs (cannabis) and get a two year suspended sentence, you might be a little appreciative that your not in jail, perhaps humble.   But no, a UK man decides to ‘diss the judge’ on social media, he said

“Cannot believe my luck 2 year suspended sentence beats the 3 year jail yes pal! Beverly Lunt go suck my ****,” he posted. The status update has since been removed.

and then followed that up on Facebook with

 “I want to say how sorry I am for what I wrote about Judge Lunt and my sentence. I was very lucky not to be sent to prison and I was very stupid to have written what I did. I want to say sorry to Judge Lunt and to anyone else who was upset or offended by my thoughtless post which I did not mean.”

Facebook is testing on Android SMS and multi-account support

“At Messenger we are always trying to create new ways for people to communicate seamlessly with everyone,” said a Facebook spokesperson. “Right now, we’re testing the ability for people to easily bring all their conversations — from SMS and Messenger — to one place. It’s a really simple way to get, see and respond to all your SMS messages in just one app. By choosing to access your SMS messages in Messenger, they’re right alongside all the other enhanced features that Messenger offers.”

The likely reason why it’s Android only at this time is that I’m unaware of any API’s within Apple that will enable you to consume and certainly not post text messages without intervention from the user.

As for multiple accounts they said “Millions of people share phones with their family and friends. Until now, there hasn’t been an easy way for people to access their individual Messenger accounts from shared devices. To address this, we’ve launched a feature on Android to enable multiple people to log in and use Messenger from a single phone.”

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/11/facebook-is-testing-sms-multiple-accounts-in-messenger/

Do you find yourself joining many others to type ‘Happy Birthday’ on someone else’s timeline?   Facebook are now offering a birthday video cam that lets you quickly record a 15-second clip to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The feature is only available on iOS for now.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/22/facebook-birthday-video-cam/

Facebook had issues with their Free Basics controversy, so they have announced a new infrastructure project to help the developing world get online.

“Today we’re taking the next step by partnering with telecom companies to develop new technologies that will reduce the cost of building mobile networks all over the world,” Facebook is researching wireless networks that use extremely high-frequency millimeter-wave bands

http://www.cnet.com/news/mark-zuckerberg-internet-org-telecoms-project-mobile-world-congress-2016

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/10/facebook-millimeter-wave-internet/

Marc Andreessen a Silicon Valley investor and Facebook board member on Wednesday took to Twitter to apologize for a series of offensive tweets he posted the night before apparently referencing India’s colonial history. The world’s second-most populous country, with more than a billion people, was a British colony until 1947. Andreessen said he withdrew his comments “in full and without reservation.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to distance himself from his board member. “I want to respond to Marc Andreessen’s comments about India yesterday,” wrote Zuckerberg on his Facebook page. “I found the comments deeply upsetting, and they do not represent the way Facebook or I think at all.”

http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-board-member-offends-india-facebook-recoils

Facebook’s the ‘Sports Stadium’ was launched only in January and it looks like it struggled to keep up with the supper bowl, with 200 million posts people were getting post updates late, they vented on Twitter with posts such as

“7 minutes of game time into the second half and @facebook sports stadium is still all posts about halftime,”

Facebook said

“Due to overwhelming traffic and activity, people visiting Facebook Sports Stadium during the Super Bowl may have experienced a delay with the scores and play-by-play information available in the Matchup and Stats tabs, or a problem with posting in the Friends tab”

http://www.cnet.com/news/facebooks-sports-stadium-struggled-to-keep-up-with-the-super-bowl

Facebook make it harder to scroll past videos, they are rolling out a tool that automatically captions video ads, the hope is that you’ll stop, even if briefly, to read what a promo is saying instead of skipping to the next post.

Hmm, don’t they get paid if someone ‘watches’ a video for more than 3 seconds, isn’t this just enough to boost their income!?

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/11/facebook-captions-for-video-ads/

France is warning Facebook to stop moving its users data overseas, which is in violation of the countrys data protection act.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/09/france-facebook-block-overseas-data/

Facebook emojis instead of likes

http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-emojis-arrive-love-haha-wow-sad-angry-like

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TWITTER / PERISCOPE

Last episode we heard Twitters Jack Dorsey say that he was absolutely 100% keeping Twitter ‘LIVE’, however, since then, we can now see that you’ll instead have a ‘what you missed’ summary that can be reverted back to the list timeline in an instant.

In his blog post Twitter’s Jahr said “We love it and think you will too,” he wrote. “If you don’t…you can easily turn it off.”

http://www.cnet.com/news/twitter-has-a-new-timeline-for-you-if-you-want-it

Within hours of the US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, Twitter users had sent more than 650,000 tweets about him, with high praise from conservatives and the oppose from Liberals.  Apparently everyone is wondering how the Supreme Court vacancy will affect the coming political year, especially the presidential election.

http://www.cnet.com/news/antonin-scalia-supreme-court-clarence-thomas-twitter

Stephen Fry giving up on Twitter, isn’t this just yet another nail in the coffin when there are plenty of reports that Twitters user-base is stalling

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/10/twitter-isnt-attracting-enough-new-users/

 

Twitter is making customer service even better on Twitter with two simple tools, moving tweeters from tweets to direct messages and feedback seem key.

1 – A simple way to start  a direct message – available now

Direct Messages are a great way for customers to have a private conversation with a business. Customer service conversations often start in Tweets, but then need to transition to a private channel when personal information is required. We’re making that transition as easy as a single click. A business can now add a deep link to their Tweets that automatically displays a call to action button, which allows the customer to send the business a Direct Message, quickly and easily.

2 – Customer feedback – available over the next few weeks

We’re also announcing a new feature called Customer Feedback that enables people to privately share their opinions with a business after a service interaction.

Care teams have told us they love the open-ended feedback they get from people via Tweets and Direct Messages, but they also need the ability to survey customers in a structured way to better measure and improve their service experience. Customer Feedback makes it easy for customers to share their feedback with a business after a customer service conversation. With this feature, businesses will be able to use two industry standard question formats: Net Promoter ScoreSM (NPS®) and Customer Satisfaction (CSAT).

https://blog.twitter.com/2016/making-customer-service-even-better-on-twitter

Twitter helps you find the perfect GIF, it’s being rolled out over a few weeks, you will be able to click the GIF button when you compose a tweet or message and browse popular categories or search with a few keywords to find a GIF. You’ll only be able to post one GIF at a time and you can’t share a regular, not-moving photo and a GIF in the same tweet.  Giphy and Riffsy are providing the GIF search engine.

http://www.cnet.com/news/twitter-gifs

Twitter plans to set up their ‘Twitter Trust & Safety Council’ to combat online abuse and more than 40 organisations are joining the council.  The groups in the council include:

  • Safety advocates, academics and researchers focused on children, media and efforts to create a kinder Internet.
  • Grassroots groups that use Twitter to build up and rally followers.
  • Community groups seeking to stop harassment and bullying, as well as those focused on mental health and suicide prevention.

A Twitter spokesman said the company hopes the council will enable it to tackle “issues more efficiently and quickly.”

http://www.cnet.com/news/twitter-to-set-up-safety-council-to-combat-online-abuse

LINKED IN

PINTEREST

GOOGLE / YOUTUBE

YouTube wants to attract more acts to it’s ad-free Red Subscription plan, to help with this they have acquired BandPage – it’s a independent platform for musicians.  The purchase is probably a way to attract new bands and customers.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/12/youtube-has-acquired-bandpage/

YouTube is now using notifications to pass recommendations with the ability to turn them off.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/11/youtube-notification-recommendations/

YouTube RED is now showing those original shows we talked about a few weeks ago, in particular A trip to unicorn island, Lazer team, Scare PewDePie, Dance Camp

http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2016/02/youtube-red-originals-available-today.html

Google is shutting down Picasso in exchange you’ll use their Photos app instead.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/12/googles-shutting-down-picasa/

SNAPCHAT

Snapchat is apparently planning to let you subscribe to Discover channels, so for example when CNN or ESPN posts a new video, you’ll get to know about it.  The company isn’t confirming anything, but Snapchat is reportedly aiming to launch subscriptions as early as May.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/12/snapchat-discover-video-subscription-leak/

SnapChat wants users to pay to make their own Geo Filters, from £5.  The minimum geofenced area starts at 20,000 feet; a portion of city block or enough to cover a business location. You can expand that sizing up to 5 million square feet, which Snapchat says will be enough to cover several city blocks. As for timing, you can have the filter live for anywhere from an hour up to 30 days.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/22/snapchat-paid-custom-geofilters/

PERISCOPE

FLICKR

 

YAHOO / TUMBLR

Because we have discussed Yahoo a lot in the past, I just wanted to update you with the fact they are killing digital magazines and  laid off its Tech publication’s editor-in-chief.   Yahoo media division’s global editor-in-chief Martha Nelson announced on Tumblr that most of its digital magazines, particularly Yahoo Food, Health, Parenting, Makers, Travel, Autos and Real Estate, are shutting down  — News, Sports, Finance and Lifestyle will carry on.  This has been blamed on a 16.5% active-user drop on the Yahoo homepage.  I took a quick look and it does feel like a somewhat dated style which doesn’t help.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/18/yahoo-kills-digital-magazines/

Poor ol’ Yahoo isn’t having much luck ..

Indonesia blocks Tumblr because it hosts pornography

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/17/indonesia-blocks-tumblr-over-porn/

PEACH

FOURSQUARE

GENERAL

Twitter and Facebook support Apple with its fight against the FBI – it’s all about not introducing backdoors into the operating system software, enabling the FBI to gather the intelligence it needs, that would be fine, but leaves massive security holes for hackers.

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple has also come out with strong support for Apples case.

However, it would seem the FBI don’t give up easily and could use dead suspects fingerprints to unlock iPhones!

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/18/twitter-facebook-support-apple-in-its-fight-with-the-fbi/

http://www.cnet.com/news/woz-says-you-cant-trust-government-denies-apple-case-is-terrorism-related-iphone-san-bernardino

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/18/fbi-to-use-dead-suspects-fingerprints-to-open-iphones/

Skype

This is an interesting development, Skype is adding group video calling supporting up to 25 participants in their Android and iOS apps (interesting – wheres the Microsoft mobile version!?), initially Northern America and western europe, with full worldwide support by the end of February.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/18/skype-group-video-calling-android-ios-apps/

http://blogs.skype.com/2016/02/18/announcing-group-video-calling-for-mobile-phones-and-tablets/

This is late news, but Skype helped with valentines day with a special ‘love’ tab, and enabled you to record a video message with floating hearts.

http://blogs.skype.com/2016/02/12/share-the-love-with-skype/

 

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