Social Media

By Reuben Walker aka mobileatom | How to use social media listen to your audience/clients and promote your business

Instagram's new Questions stickers make it easy to get recommendations

In the latest update on iOS and Android, Instagram has finally released the Questions sticker it started testing last month. Now you can not only hold live Q&As with your audience, you can also use the Questions to get recommendations on restaurants, music, or just about anything else you could …

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Facebook and Twitter's new focus on ad transparency is a welcome, flawed improvement

Facebook and Twitter have, within a few hours of each other, revealed new ad transparency measures this week. In both cases, the company in question reveals more details about what ads each account or page is running. It’s also offering further insights on political ads. Trouble is, it all depends …

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The Great Facebook Crash

The social giant is retreating from the news business. It’s been a painful transition for publications that had come to depend on it—including …

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Twitter renews live news focus with Moments overhaul, personalized alerts, more

Twitter has announced a host of new features that it says will make it easier to discover ongoing news and events. In a blog post, the company outlined improvements to Moments, personalized news and events notifications, and more.<p>First off, Twitter says it is testing a new Topics tab in the Explore …

Social Media Engagement is the New Social Media Marketing: How To Do It Well

At Buffer, we think a lot about the future of social media.<p>It started as a way for friends to connect online, evolved into a broadcasting channel, …

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What are the 10 most effective steps to develop a perfect social media marketing strategy for your brand?

Social Media has changed a lot of things. Whether you’re a small business, mid-sized or a large, it’s something that you must include in your …

Is Facebook getting less important?

Nowadays, the majority of teens use YouTube and Instagram, instead of Facebook. And, websites are now attracting more traffic from Google – organic …

Teens dump Facebook for YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat

A Pew survey of teens and the ways they use technology finds that kids have largely ditched Facebook for the visually stimulating alternatives of Snapchat, YouTube and Instagram. Nearly half said they’re online “almost constantly,” which will probably be used as a source of FUD, but really is just …

YouTube is the preferred platform of today’s teens

And Facebook continues to fall, according to Pew Research Center<p>Teenagers are more interested than ever in YouTube, home to the world’s growing influencer and vlogger base. According to a recent study conducted by Pew Research Center, 85 percent of teenagers (ages 13–17) say they use the platform. …

The 1-2-3-4 Content Strategy to Drive Leads From Instagram Marketing

When I first signed up for Instagram, I had no clue how to use it. I just created an account and let it sit there for more than a year. I never …

Image Is Everything: Making a Good First Impression on Social Media

It’s no secret that social media is essential to modern business. Social networks allow you to reach current and new consumers, spread your message, …

The Simple Way to Manage Social Media for Maximum Success

Social media is a great way to extend your reach and influence; if you know how to do it right.<p>Social media channels play an important role in …

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Instagram adds emoji slider stickers to spice up polls

If you’ve been meaning to ask your friends just how eggplant emoji your new summer cutoffs are, you’re in luck. Today, Instagram is introducing a feature it’s calling the “emoji slider,” a new audience feedback sticker that polls your viewers on a rating scale using any emoji. The updated Instagram …

Instagram may soon let you add music to your Stories

The latest feature Instagram’s testing will let you add music to your Stories, though exactly what form that music will take isn’t yet clear.<p>First spotted by Ishan Agarwal <i></i>in Instagram’s code, the feature, called “Music Stickers,” apparently allows users to search for music clips to play over their …

Reddit now has more active users than Twitter — and is more engaging than porn

What’s more, Alexa’s data suggests that people spend more time on Reddit each day than they spend on the websites of any other top social platform.<p>The average user spends 15 minutes 47 seconds on Reddit.com each day, compared to just over 11 minutes for visitors to Facebook.com, and 6 minutes 23 …

How to Create Engaging Social Media Videos

When was the last time you watched a video on social media?<p>Videos are becoming increasingly popular on social media, especially on mobile. Over the …

Instagram adds new data download tool to export pictures and user information

Making it easier to get your pictures back from Instagram<p>Instagram has a new tool that lets users download their data from the social media photo site, reports <i>TechCrunch</i>. Submit your email address, and Instagram will send you a copy of your “photos, comments, profile information, and more,” …

Twitter improves user data policy ahead of new European privacy laws

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it is updating its privacy policy to allow users to view information they share with the microblogging service and show how its being used, ahead of new regulatory guidelines on European data privacy laws.<p>Tech companies are under intense scrutiny about how …

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Facebook shuts down custom feed-sharing prompts and 12 other APIs

Facebook is making good on Mark Zuckerberg’s promise to prioritize user safety and data privacy over its developer platform. Today Facebook and Instagram announced a slew of API shutdowns and changes designed to stop developers from being able to pull your data or your friends’ data without express …

Instagram now lets you share multiple photos and videos at once on Stories

Instagram has announced a couple updates to Stories on Android, including the ability to upload multiple photos and videos all at once.<p>Previously, if you wanted to post several photos or videos to your Instagram story, you would have to go through the process for every individual piece of media. …

Report: Social media use is increasing despite privacy fears

There was plenty of strong growth across all things digital in the first quarter of 2018.<p>The number of internet users rose by <b>276 million</b> between January and March, reaching a total of <b>4.087 billion</b> by the end of the quarter.<p>More than <b>5 billion</b> people around the world now use a mobile phone, with …

YouTube CEO addresses demonetization, ignores frustrated small creators

Susan Wojcicki also announced a pilot program to patch over YouTube’s spotty monetization algorithms<p>YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced in a blog post today that YouTube will be launching a pilot program with a small group of users in an attempt to address and ameliorate its creators’ continued …

Tap Bio’s mini-sites solve Instagram’s profile link problem

You only get one link on Instagram, but Tap Bio lets you point that to a customized landing page full of all the sites you want to share. Rather than constantly changing your Instagram profile URL, you can easily add slides equipped with links to your Tap Bio corresponding to your latest Instagram …

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The Ad-Free, User-Owned Future Of Social Media

“We’re trying to be transparent about how our business functions and how that’s good for a person,” says the cofounder of ethical social network Are.na.<p>The recent revelation that Facebook allowed British firm Cambridge Analytica to harvest the data of 50 million users has led to a cultural …

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Facebook update shows which of your friends are suckers for fake news

Facebook today announced it was rolling out an update to its News Feed to combat fake news. While the initial purpose of the update appears to be giving users context for the news stories they read. But the update also has a hidden second purpose: Showing you which of your friends are sharing bogus …

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Snapchat’s April Fools' Gag Pokes Fun at Facebook's Russian Bot Problem

Snap, Inc’s flagship Snapchat social media platform has rolled out a photo filter that highlights the recent stumbles of its biggest rival — Facebook.<p>…

Facebook plans crackdown on ad targeting by email without consent

Facebook is scrambling to add safeguards against abuse of user data as it reels from backlash over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Now TechCrunch has learned Facebook will launch a certification tool that demands that marketers guarantee email addresses used for ad targeting were rightfully …

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How to use Facebook while giving it the minimum amount of personal data

The Cambridge Analytica revelations illustrate why we can’t trust Facebook to police its own platform<p>Facebook has found itself embroiled in yet another colossal controversy related to how its sprawling, multibillion-person social network has been abused by bad actors. This time, the culprit is …

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