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By Frank Tentler | Community, Social Media, Networks and Messenger Marketing

Meet Binky, the anti-social media simulator

Something happened to social media recently. I don’t know exactly when things changed, but almost overnight, randomly scrolling through feeds became a lot less enjoyable. Flame-wars, bad news, fake news, worse news and anxiety-fueling comment sections meant that social media is no longer the …

When Artificial Intelligence and Social Media Marketing Collide

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Social Media Marketing

A journalist’s account was suspended after he posted allegations of corruption to Facebook

Matthew Caruana Galizia was part of the team that broke the Panama Papers<p>In May, journalist Matthew Caruana Galizia published a series of posts to Facebook, alleging that that Malta’s Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, had engaged in corrupt practices. Days later, Galizia found himself locked out of …

A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel

The average Facebook user spends almost an hour on the site every day, according to data provided by the company last year. A Deloitte survey found that for many smartphone users, checking social media apps are the first thing they do in the morning – often before even getting out of bed. Of …

Psychology

Amazon quietly launches its own social media influencer program into beta

Social media influencers – like Instagram stars or YouTube celebs – often promote products they like, either as part of a brand relationship or as means of generating income through affiliate sales. Now, Amazon is looking to get in on this action as well. The company has quietly launched the …

Micro-Influencers Are More Effective With Marketing Campaigns Than Highly Popular Accounts – Adweek

An influencer with a smaller but more loyal following might be the way to go for brand marketers looking to reach their target audience.<p>“Influencer …

Digital Marketing

Congress just cleared the way for internet providers to sell your web browsing history

Resolution is now off to the president’s desk<p>Internet providers now just need a signature from President Trump before they’re free to take, share, and even sell your web browsing history without your permission.<p>The House of Representatives passed a resolution today overturning an Obama-era FCC rule …

Twitter Considering Paid Subscription Tier for Professional Users on TweetDeck at $20/Month

Twitter is said to be "considering" whether to implement an all-new paid subscription tier that would be introduced in a premium package for TweetDeck, Twitter's popular desktop client, and be aimed directly at professionals (via <i>Reuters</i>). If enacted, this would be the first time Twitter charges …

New York Times

SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions

Born out of technology designed to help price a musician or band’s live performance, based on their social media presence, SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions at events or in venues. Like so many social media management products, the promise is less noise …

Social Media Marketing

Snapchat beyond Stories: Be the HBO of mobile

Snap is three things, and everyone else is two of them. There are plenty of chat apps, and Stories is being copied successfully by Instagram, with more Facebook clones on the way. But Snapchat’s unique Discover section, full of mobile-only daily magazines from professional publishers, could evolve …

How Using Emojis in Instagram Posts Influences Engagement

Instagram posts that include emojis receive 17% more likes and comments than posts that do not include emojis, according to recent research from …

Twitter says it’s going to start pushing more abusive tweets out of sight

The company promised users more features around safety, so here they are.<p>A week ago, Twitter executives said that making the service safer for users was the company’s “primary focus,” with CEO Jack Dorsey tweeting that the company was taking a “completely new approach” to stopping abuse.<p>Now Twitter …

Jack Dorsey

Twitter accounts really are echo chambers, study finds

As in ancient human cultures, users of the social media site interact most with those who share their political views, Demos report reveals<p>When it comes to politics and the internet, birds of a feather really do flock together, according to research confirming the existence of online echo chambers …

Snap stumbles toward a volatile IPO

Slowing growth, huge losses and no shareholder control could make Snap Inc.’s IPO a perilous gamble for investors. What it does have going for it is an addicted user base, fast-growing revenues and a visionary CEO.<p>Snap has declared itself a camera company, envisioning itself as more than just an …

Warning Signs Abound As Snap Barrels Toward IPO

Instagram has overtaken Snapchat in a critical time-spent-per-user category. Meanwhile, growth prospects in big markets like Asia appear fraught.<p>As Snap Inc. heads towards its highly anticipated IPO, new data obtained by BuzzFeed News raises questions about the company’s ability to sustain the sort …

Social Media

Facebook-Bilanz: Doppelter Gewinn und saftige Strafe

<b>Facebook kann seine Reichweite immer besser in Werbedollar ummünzen. Umsatz und Gewinn gingen im vergangenen Quartal steil nach oben. Damit könnte</b> …

Instagram Stories is stealing Snapchat’s users

Good enough and convenient. That’s proved a winning strategy for Instagram’s clone, according to a dozen analytics providers, social media celebrities, and talent managers who told TechCrunch they’ve seen a decline in Snapchat Stories usage since Instagram Stories launched on August 2nd.<p>Most …

Which Social App Will Be the First to Harness AI?

Facebook. Twitter. Online advertisers. The revolution has already begun.<p>Artificial intelligence (AI) represents what I believe to be the next leap forward in technological development. With AI, we can process data faster, design systems that learn based on their environments and possibly solve …

Facebook just made a key move in its quest to crush Snapchat

After successfully copying Snapchat with Instagram Stories, Facebook is at it again in its big blue app.<p>The same interface, which Facebook is aptly calling Facebook Stories, is currently being tested in the Facebook mobile app, a company spokesperson told Business Insider on Wednesday.<p>While the …

Facebook

Can Artificial Intelligence Silence Internet Trolls?

Have you ever been attacked by trolls on social media? I have. In December a mocking tweet from white supremacist David Duke led his supporters to …

Machine Learning

Snapchat’s big redesign, featuring universal search and more, just hit iOS

Snapchat’s major redesign, which introduces a universal search bar to the top of the app, among other features, has today hit iOS. The refreshed user interface was first announced earlier this month, but was only available to Android users at the time with a promise that it would reach iPhone users …

The cost of hot selfie app Meitu? A healthy dose of your personal info

You’ve probably seen a Meitu selfie in your Instagram or Facebook feed in the past 24 hours. The app smooths skin, slims down faces, and even applies a layer of virtual blush and lipgloss, adding a beautifying effect to your photos. And although the app has been popular in China for years — Meitu …

Facebook messaging is getting a web makeover to match Messenger

Why it matters to you<p>Messenger is finally coming to Facebook for the web, giving you access to more customization options as a result<p>Facebook is …

Vine is shutting down, so don’t forget to export your videos today

As first announced back in October, Twitter is about to shut down its looping video app and social network, Vine. The company had originally implied it would pull the Vine app from the app stores, but later said it would transition it to a new, low-maintenance app called Vine Camera instead. Ahead …

Foursquare adds list search to make its app more useful, as Google prepares its rival

Google Maps is preparing to roll out a list-making feature that lets you star places, favorite places, and make bucket lists. That has led Foursquare to now respond by making its own lists feature more useful. The company announced this morning it’s introducing a new way to seek out lists on its …

It's now much harder to see if someone edited a Facebook post

Have you ever made a cringeworthy mistake in a Facebook post? Don't lie, the answer is yes.<p>If you have a sense of shame, Facebook at least allows you to go back and correct your gaffe by editing the post, a feature that certain other social media networks still haven't added.<p>But evidence of your …

Facebook

Apple Could Be Planning Snazzy Smart Glasses

Apple might be working on a new wearable.<p>The tech giant (aapl) and German optical instruments company Carl Zeiss have teamed up to deliver smart …

Augmented Reality

Instagram's Terms of Service Rewritten So you Can Understand

In this internet age, it is not uncommon to come across a wall of text known as terms of use or terms of service prior to signing up for an account …

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