Chris Thilk

1,701 Added | 7 Magazines | 2 Following | 24 Followers | @christhilk | Freelance writer and content strategist. 

Mobile App Users Warm to Rewarded Video, Playable Ads

In the battle between the mobile web and native apps, advertisers have already declared a clear winner, at least in the US. eMarketer estimates that …

Advertising

Twitter’s New Service Cranks Out 6-Second Videos for Advertisers

Even Twitter wants in on the six-second ad craze and it’s creating a new arm of its brand-strategy services to produce those short spots as well as …

Advertising Industry

Facebook Gives Publishers Paywall for Instant Articles

Facebook is finally letting publishers build paywalls inside Instant Articles, but only on Android phones.<p>On Thursday, the social network announced …

Digital Media

Introducing Team Newsletters

The increasing volume of information, along with accelerating industry trends, has made it harder for busy professionals and teams to keep up with …

Collaboration

Nuzzel, a news app beloved by influential types, adds LinkedIn stories

Since 2014, smartphone app Nuzzel has made finding the news your friends share on Twitter and Facebook easier by stripping out everything—from cat videos to selfies—that <i>isn’t</i> news. Now it’s doing the same for LinkedIn, which has increasingly emphasized news as a primary feature.<p>The Nuzzel …

LinkedIn

Facebook officially rolls out its discovery-focused ‘Explore Feed’

Facebook’s tests of an alternative News Feed dubbed the “Explore” feed have progressed to a full rollout, the company now confirms. Previously available on mobile devices in the main navigation, Facebook’s new Explore Feed is now appearing for users on the desktop, as well. Facebook tells …

Facebook

Pinterest Introduces Self-Serve Search Ad Platform With Autotargeting

Pinterest on Wednesday introduced a self-service suite of tools that advertisers can find in the Pinterest Ads Manager. The company also began …

Pinterest

Hot Topic Launching 'Justice League' Collection (Exclusive)

You may not be the fastest man alive or an Amazon warrior, but you can dress like them.<p>Not everyone can join the Justice League. Apparently, you …

Comics

Nielsen Says It Will Measure Audiences for TV Episodes That Stream Via Netflix

Nielsen said it would extend measurement of TV-show audiences to select subscription video on demand services, a new push by the backer of the media …

Televisions

Facebook Tests A Return Of The Status Message

Status messages of up to 101 characters that you can set to expire may soon come to Facebook. The company confirms it began testing them this week.<p>Facebook is testing a new "temporary profile status" feature that will allow its users to post ephemeral, text-only updates of up to 101 characters, a …

Facebook

Facebook: Here’s How to Prioritize Friends, Pages in Your News Feed

Did you know that the Facebook application allows you to prioritize specific friends and pages so that you see their posts first in your News Feed? …

Facebook

Facebook Live adds its own screen-sharing feature

Facebook today added an option to share your screen directly on Facebook Live, thus eliminating the need for other software for many users.<p>The feature was first spotted by our own Matt Navarra:<p>When you want to share your screen to Facebook Live, you hit the button on the Live interface that says …

Facebook

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Forecast Predicts Skinny Bundles Will See Limited Growth

Internet TV services like DirecTV Now and Sling TV may be getting a lot of buzz these days, but they won’t become a major contributor to TV revenues …

Televisions

Facebook acquires App Store’s #6 app 💰

You’re not alone — the app has barely been around. tbh is where your friends tell you what they really think, anonymously. But unlike similar apps of …

App Store

Snap, NBCUniversal Form Studio Joint Venture, Tap Duplass Brothers for Original Shows

Snap and NBCUniversal are creating a Hollywood studio dedicated to the future of app-centric entertainment.<p>Snap, Snapchat’s parent company, is …

Mobile

The Chicago Journalist Who’s Spent 17 Years Investigating R. Kelly

Jim DeRogatis is in his element. Which is to say, he’s talking. The famously opinionated radio personality’s New Jersey–inflected voice cuts through …

R. Kelly

Complex is the latest media company to lay off staff amid a pivot to video

The company said goodbye to some of its product team Friday.<p>Complex Networks laid off much of its product team on Friday as the media company rejiggers its personnel a year after being bought by Verizon and Hearst.<p>Once home to a website and a magazine, the media organization appeals to young male …

Media Industry

Facebook Lets Brands Dive Into People's Posts

Facebook is experimenting with letting brands study people's posts and comments on the network in an effort to better inform their marketing.<p>The beta …

Facebook

Funny or Die Launches Its Own Twitch Channel

Digital comedy platform <b>Funny or Die</b> is launching its own <b>Twitch</b> channel that will feature regular, weekly programming.<p>The channel goes live Friday, …

Viral Videos

The New York Times released new staff social media guidelines, so phew, thankfully that’s settled

Last night, in an event at George Washington University, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet talked about his frustration with the social media profiles of some of the Times’ reporters and editors:<p>“I’ve spent full days policing our social media,” executive editor Dean Baquet said, adding …

Journalism

Next X-Men Solo Film 'Gambit' Set for Valentine's Day 2019 Release

Channing Tatum will play the card-slinging mutant<p>Twentieth Century Fox announced Thursday that the X-Men film “Gambit” will be released Feb. 14, 2019.<p>…

Movies

Making media literacy great again

A basic understanding of where news comes from is back on the syllabus as students navigate an increasingly bewildering media environment

Media Literacy

Brands Want Students to Sell to Each Other

Victoria's Secret, Aerie, and others are deputizing campus brand reps across the country.<p>At Indiana University, a pair of tanned, blond twins in matching T-shirts hold up a banner for LIKEtoKNOW.it, the Instagram shopping app; at San Jose State, a group carrying polka-dotted shopping bags and giant …

Social Media Marketing

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

Journalism

The Real Reason Twitter Restricted Rose McGowan's Account Instead Of Just Deleting One Tweet

Twitter silenced McGowan at a key moment because its enforcement tools don’t suit the realities of policing its users.<p>BuzzFeed News has learned that Twitter's Trust and Safety Team doesn't have the ability to remove or block individual tweets; it can only take action on accounts. That’s why Twitter …

Social Media

Google Play and Movies Anywhere bring your movies together

Whether you're looking for a Halloween classic or the latest action thriller, we want you to access that movie, no matter what platform or device …

Google

Facebook rolls out Stories for all Pages

Facebook today announced it was bringing its Stories to all Pages — meaning that anyone with a Page can now use filters and effects to drum up their Followers’ interest.<p>To use it, go to the timeline of any Page for which you’re an Admin and hit the “Create Story” button. From there, it works like …

Facebook

Pixar Makes Its Virtual Reality Debut With ‘Coco VR’

The Pixar of virtual reality (VR) may just be Pixar, after all: The iconic studio announced its first-ever VR experience at Facebook’s fourth Oculus …

Virtual Reality