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Twitter is really serious about video now

Twitter is preparing for a big video push today, enabling Web video uploads, and announcing more pre-roll video ads and tighter Periscope integration.<p>Though Twitter.com is generally regarded as the most powerful version of Twitter, some features come to mobile first, including video. That’s …

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Snapchat wants to slip a little news into teens’ social smartphone time

“A 19-year-old may not come across what the Iran deal is, but if it’s in their face in Snapchat, where they’re living all day, I kind of see that as a social good.”<p>This month, as millions of Muslims made the annual Hajj to Mecca, Snapchat set up a Live Story around the pilgrimage. Using a geofence …

Your Facebook Profile Is About To Get GIF-Like Photos

Today, Facebook revealed a slew of new features and controls for your profile—including the ability to use a looping video as your photo. Which is... …

Introducing Signal for Facebook and Instagram

<i>By Andy Mitchell, Director of Media Partnerships</i><p>We’ve heard from journalists that they want an easy way to make Facebook a more vital part of their …

2018 Social Media Image Dimensions [Cheat Sheet]

Social media platforms are <i>always</i> being updated, which means they’re frequently changing their profile and cover photo dimensions, layouts, and …

Host an instameet on your campus

A recent instameet at the University of Birmingham was a big success. We took the chance to ask the organisers Beth Astington and Annabell Lamba why …

Facebook Is Finally Building a "Dislike" Button

The world has waited nearly a decade to show their disdain on Facebook with a single click. Now, Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is finally building a …

Social Media

7 Ways to Get People to Share Your Snapchat Messages, Even Ads

Snapchat has been a lot more ad friendly of late. It still lacks some features brands love—giving users an easy way to follow their accounts and like …

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Facebook's New Personal Assistant "M" Is Part Robot and Part Human

Apple has Siri. Microsoft has Cortana. Google has Google Now. Now, Facebook is hopping on the AI assistant bandwagon with M. Not to be confused with …

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Tweets Now Appearing in Google Desktop Searches

Do not stay at the Mount Olympus Resort in the Dells.. #BedBugCentral<p>- Christina Hanson (@christinaaa39) August 11, 2015<p>That would likely be a …

The New York Times built a Slack bot to help decide which stories to post to social media

The bot, named Blossom, helps predict how stories will do on social and also suggests which stories editors should promote.<p>The New York Times publishes more than 300 stories each day. Which ones should editors feature on its many social media channels? While the humans behind the Times’ social …

Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015

In today’s world, people — particularly young people — are continually finding and adapting new ways of communicating electronically to fit their …

Hacked: A Case Study

<b>There’s no denying it: we got hacked. Here’s what we learned and what you can learn, too.</b>On Wednesday, August 12, at approximately 3:30am, a barrage …

Facebook wants you to blog

Facebook has been making big moves into the publishing world, and its next step appears to be rolling out something a bit like a blogging platform. As spotted by developer Dave Winer, Facebook seems to be revamping its old Notes feature into what looks like its own take on the blogging / publishing …

Twitter Teaches You How to Hashtag

Want to be sure your tweet is shared with the right group of users? There's a hashtag for that — if you can find the right one.<p>Hashtags have become …

Facebook makes it easier for businesses to private message customers

Facebook is about to make it a lot easier for businesses to connect with their clients: today it’s introducing a set of tools that simplify private message communications between Pages and customers.<p>Page admins will soon be able to reply to comments on posts with a private message. This should make …

Facebook is about to turn on the money jets for Instagram

Over the next few months, all of Facebook's ad targeting tools will be opened up to Instagram advertisers, Facebook's VP of global marketing, Carolyn Everson, explained at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.<p>Translation: For advertisers, buying Instagram ads tailored for specific …

Instagram just made a major move that will turn it into a huge advertising business

The third-party partners now plugging their software into the API made a coordinated announcement about their involvement on Tuesday morning.<p>By opening up an API to partners, marketers can now — for the first time — start buying Instagram ads and planning their Instagram marketing in a more …

You Can Now Schedule Instagram Posts Through Hootsuite -- But There's a Catch

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Brand managers, rejoice! Starting tomorrow on August 5, all Hootsuite users can post and schedule Instagram through the social-media management tool. While standalone apps such as Latergramme and ScheduGram already schedule Instagram …

Starting The College Search From Your Smartphone

One thing drilled into every college applicant: What you put on social media may affect what a college thinks about you. But while colleges may judge prospective freshmen and transfers by their social media habits, an increasing number of students are doing the same right back.<p>Rising college …

Twitter Is Reinventing Itself. Hope You Like Facebook.

Less than a month after taking the tiller as interim CEO, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is charting a new course.<p>Will Oremus is <b>Slate</b>’s senior …

Instagram's First Hire Was a Community Manager

<b>Instagram</b> is easily one of the leading social platforms. And, according to Instagram’s Mike Krieger, the reason for its success may be attributed to …

8 Lessons that Technologists & Social Media Marketers Can Learn from Taylor Swift

…which have nothing to do with her music<p><b>I happen to love music</b> though I cannot honestly admit to being a Taylor Swift music devotee. This could be …

Following user backlash, LinkedIn brings back tool for exporting contacts

LinkedIn has reinstated its tool for exporting your contacts. The company quietly removed the tool on Thursday and asked users to request an archive of their data instead, a process which could take up to 72 hours to complete.<p>LinkedIn’s export contacts feature allows you to easily export your own …

LinkedIn quietly removes tool to export contacts, makes users wait up to 72 hours for their data archive

LinkedIn has removed the option to export your contacts. Instead, the company is asking users to request an archive of their data, but that process can take up to 72 hours to complete.<p><b>Update</b>: LinkedIn has brought back the tool after users complained.<p>Before it disappeared today, LinkedIn’s export …

Social Media Is Changing How College Students Deal With Mental Health, For Better Or Worse

Students admit social media fosters unrealistic expectations. But it could also be a way to reach those suffering from the pressure.<p>When she began her freshman year in 2011, Sydney embarked on a tumultuous transformation. She had been accepted to her “reach school," Duke University, where students …

Forever 21 Unveils a Giant, Crazy Machine That Re-creates Your Instagram Photos in Thread

If you want to see your next selfie brought to life as a real-time mosaic of moving thread, Forever 21 and Breakfast are happy to help—and the …

Increasing Reach with Twitter Website Cards

Leading up to Final Exercises (aka commencement), U.Va. Social Media tested out Twitter website cards using content from UVa Today.

Yik Yak Introduces Photos, But No Faces Allowed

Yik Yak wants to let you share what you’re seeing without anyone knowing who you are.<p>The anonymous social app today announced that users will now be able to share photos on the service. The company had previously been testing photos in a few Yik Yak communities, but will now roll out the feature to …