Social Media

Facebook's newest record: 2 billion users
June 28, 2017 at 7:59 am

Facebook announced today it's reached a major milestone: it now has 2 billion monthly users. The social network was on the cusp of the double-billion mark for several months, and today CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it official in - what else - a Facebook post. "As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially…

Microsoft Overhauls Skype to Compete With Snapchat and iMessage
June 2, 2017 at 7:50 am

Microsoft Corp.’s Skype helped pioneer modern video conferencing and instant messaging. But its power has taken a backseat in recent years to the convenience of communicating via nearly ubiquitous social networking applications like Snap Inc.’s Snapchat and Apple Inc.’s iMessage. To stay afloat, Skype announced an end-to-end overhaul of the service Thursday -- with iMessage…

Facebook takes out full-page newspaper ads to help U.K. citizens detect fake news online
May 8, 2017 at 8:01 am

Facebook’s role in the spread of so-called “fake news” has been under greater scrutiny in recent times, with many believing that the social network played a decisive role in both the U.S. presidential election and the U.K.’s EU referendum. And this is why it, among other technology companies, has been investing in initiatives to show…

Twitter reveals 11 more video partners a day after announcing Bloomberg deal
May 2, 2017 at 8:23 am

Just one day after announcing a deal with Bloomberg to stream news reports 24/7, Twitter has now revealed video partnership arrangements with 11 more content providers in the fields of news, sports and entertainment. News partners will be Bloomberg, Buzzfeed, Cheddar and The Verge. Sports coverage will be provided by MLBAB, PGA Tour, The Players’ Tribune and Stadium. The three…

Twitter continues push into video with Bloomberg partnership
May 1, 2017 at 8:27 am

We learned last month that Twitter was expanding its push into video by opening its API to media partners, and the WSJ reports that the company will today be announcing a partnership with Bloomberg to stream news reports 24/7. It will be the first continuous video feed to be broadcast on Twitter. It follows a more limited deal…

Watch Facebook’s F8 2017 keynote live stream
April 18, 2017 at 8:54 am

Facebook’s annual developer conference kicks off today, where we’ll join CEO Mark Zuckerberg for more about where the company is going next with bots, Messenger, VR, and more. Last year, Facebook made its bot platform the highlight of the event, and since then tons of chatbots have flooded Messenger. (At least 11,000 bots were available…

Instagram's Snapchat clone is more popular than Snapchat
April 14, 2017 at 7:47 am

Facebook-owned Instagram on Thursday said more than 200 million people use Instagram Stories every day. Snap (SNAP), the parent company of Snapchat, reported that it has 161 million daily active users ahead of its IPO last month. The 200 million figure represents how many people watch stories on Instagram every day. The company wouldn't share…

The real story behind Stories is advertising
April 3, 2017 at 10:48 am

Facebook copied Snapchat Stories in its main “big blue app” today, after ripping it off in Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and every other product Facebook has ever thought about. Oculus VR Stories have certainly been whiteboarded in an office somewhere. The trend is so clear that there’s a delightful #storieseverywhere hashtag of insane mock-ups.