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YouTube's new 'cards' will now obstruct your videos instead of annotations

For a long time now, watching a YouTube video on your smartphone meant you'd be able to avoid any pesky annotations asking you to subscribe to a channel or click through to another clip. But those days are over. YouTube has just announced it's aiming to replace annotations with a new "cards" system …


#HigherEd and Snapchat: How @UF Tells Its Story on Snapchat

The University of Florida joins the ranks of higher education using Snapchat. The UFSocial team used Instagram to launch its debut to Snapchat.

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Twitter Taps Partner Data To Help Marketers Target Their Ads

Twitter announced a new ad-targeting feature today called partner audiences, allowing Twitter advertisers to aim their ads at audiences like “coffee buyers” and “cereal buyers.”

The various social media platforms have done a lot of work to expand their ad programs beyond their core sites and apps, …


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Free Stock Photos: 75 Best Sites To Find Awesome Free Images

Looking for the perfect stock photo for your blog? There’s no shortage of beautiful stock photos out there, but the price can be …

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Twitter Fights For Its Future With Native Video And Group Chats

Welcome to a bigger, more holistic Twitter.

Twitter is about to get bigger, and yet smaller too.

Today, the company announced it is rolling out two new and substantial features to its service: private chatrooms, and a tool that lets people capture, edit, and share videos. Either alone would be a big …


Demographics of Key Social Networking Platforms

Facebook71% of adult internet users/58% of entire adult populationFully 71% of online adults use Facebook, a proportion unchanged from August 2013. …


Be the Star of Your Own Snapchat Story

An original promise of social media was that it mimicked real life. Sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram offered places to capture and share your memories, but after using them for several years, I feel like someone who was sold a lemon by a used-car salesman.

These social media sites have …

Social Media

Social Media Update 2014

In a new survey conducted in September 2014, the Pew Research Center finds that Facebook remains by far the most popular social media site. While its …

Social Media

Details Unveiled For Twitter’s Native Video Player To Rival YouTube? [Update]

Update: A Twitter spokesperson tells us that the FAQ and terms are in reference to promoted video services for Amplify users, not the new video player that it plans to launch for consumers in the first half of 2015. Another spokesperson says there is nothing new to share at this time. Original …


Facebook Challenges YouTube Channels With New Features For Pages

Twitter’s not the only one Facebook is battling for control of news and content distribution. With Pages getting quieted down in the feed, Facebook wants to make its home for businesses less like a newspaper that come to you and more like TV channels you turn on. That’s why it’s YouTube that’s …


These are Instagram's first new filters in two years

For all that you hear about Instagram’s filters, the company doesn’t release that many; there were two additions in December 2012, and nothing since then. Apps like VSCO Cam have picked up the slack since, offering a wider variety of filters and editing abilities to help your photos stand out. …


New Tools and Insights for Publishers

By Holly Ormseth, Product Manager

Over the past few months, we’ve listened to publishers around the world to better understand how we can help them …


The next WeChat is hiding in Canada and eyeing the U.S.

Waterloo, Ontario is a quiet sort of suburban college town, far removed from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley. Although it’s positioned in Canada’s Tech Triangle, it’s not the sort of place you’d expect America’s next social media powerhouse to come from.

That is both the promise and the …


How Technology Is Changing Media

November 2014

An in-depth look at how BuzzFeed is leading the industry’s trends in social, mobile, and video.


The shift from search to social isn’t just in progress: it’s already here.

According to Shareaholic, social is now the #1 source of referral traffic to content on the web.

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How Brands Can Leverage Snapchat Stories: Lessons From Snapchat Celebrities

Almost a year ago, Snapchat introduced “Snapchat Stories,” which turned the photo messaging app into its own social network. Now, Stories is their …


Snapchat's next Story is a live feed of college life

Snapchat's popular Our Story feature has been used to capture live events around the world — everything from the World Cup to the Electric Daisy Carnival. Now, Snapchat's bringing Our Story to college campuses.

Launching today at UCLA, USC, Penn State, and UT Austin, "Our Campus Story" lets students …

College & University

Tumblr Overtakes Instagram As Fastest-Growing Social Platform, Snapchat Is The Fastest-Growing App

With 1.35 billion active monthly users, Facebook continues to be the world’s largest social network by some margin, but when it comes to picking up new users, it appears to have reached a saturation point. Research out today from the Global Web Index notes that Tumblr’s active user base in the last …

Social Networks

Meet Generation Z

College application season is in full swing at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, outside Washington, D.C. Students pour into the office of CollegeTracks, a program that helps students from low- and moderate-income families navigate the process.

The office is packed with students seeking help, …

Inside Pinterest: The Coming Ad Colossus That Could Dwarf Twitter And Facebook

The Cannes Lions advertising festival has become as big among the Madison Avenue crowd as the Riviera town’s iconic film event is for Hollywood. So as Steve Stoute nursed a drink with a friend at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the balmy June evening that opened this year’s boozing and schmoozing, the …

If Facebook Organic Reach Is Dead, What Does It Mean For Marketers?

If organic reach for Facebook Pages is dead — and the obituaries cranked up since Facebook’s rule change announcement late Friday leave little hope …


Great Social Media Idea: Having Your Reach and Enhancing Your Brand Too

One of the big challenges we face in higher ed social media marketing is the balancing act between promoting our university and sharing content that …

Social Networks

An Update to News Feed: What it Means for Businesses

One of the main reasons people come to Facebook is to see what’s happening in their News Feeds. Our goal with News Feed has always been to show …

Facebook Will Curtail Unpaid Ads by Brands

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook’s executives are not terribly worried about upsetting people these days.

Flush with cash and a high stock price, Facebook recently shocked investors by saying that it planned to spend billions of dollars on projects that might never generate any profits.

And on Friday, the …


Facebook is cracking down on 'overly promotional' posts from brands

Facebook announced that it intends to crack down on "promotional content" from brands, citing feedback on Friday from users who complained about too much hucksterism in their News Feeds.

Such content was showing up in the form of status updates from brands that consumers had Liked at one time or …


Why Being Human on Social Media Is the Best Strategy You'll Ever Have

You’ve read a million list posts on how to do Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and (insert another social media network here) for your business. In search of faster growth, more engagement and that elusive return on engagement, you’ve tried tactic after tactic and tool after tool but it’s just not …

Social Media in #HigherEd: Measuring the Immeasurable Industry

Social media in higher education is unlike any other industry. It’s not B2B, B2C, B2 — anything, really. There are no measurable sale conversions …

This Is the Human Behind 'Humans of New York'

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Is Facebook The New YouTube For Brands? More Marketers Opting Out Of Google’s Video Platform

Social media analytics provider Socialbakers claims Facebook is quickly becoming the new YouTube for brands.According to a recent study by the social …