Facebook takes on Twitch with new live-streaming deal for esports

In addition to Facebook’s announcement of a new partnership with the MLB to live stream a number of regular season games, the social network this week also signed a deal with global esports company ESL to bring over 5,550 hours of esports events and other original content to Facebook, including 1,500 of original programming. The move will aid Facebook in challenging Amazon-owned … [Read more...]

Twitter is down for some users

Twitter seems to be having some technical difficulties this morning, with the network going down for some folks. Down Detector’s live outage map shows Twitter suffering outages in Japan, the UK, and now parts of the East Coast in the United States. Around 2am ET, Twitter’s Support account tweeted that some users may have had issues sending tweets, but that the issue had been… … [Read more...]

Facebook Messenger debuts a new look focused on improving navigation

Facebook Messenger is getting a new look. No, it’s not getting rid of its Stories feature, Messenger Day, but is instead making a series a smaller changes to the way the content on its home screen is organized in an effort to speed navigation and help you pick up where you left off on your last visit. The update introduces new tabs to the top of Messenger’s main screen for… Read … [Read more...]

Facebook fined $122M in Europe over misleading WhatsApp filing

Facebook’s 2014 acquisition of messaging app WhatsApp cost $19 billion when it was announced. Now the price tag has been bumped up a little more, after European regulators slapped the company with a €110M (~$122M) fine for providing “incorrect or misleading” information at the time of the deal. Read More Article by Social – TechCrunch. Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Instagram’s Kevin Weil says Instagram Stories are just one part of the product

Instagram’s head of product Kevin Weil came to Disrupt in New York to introduce selfie filters for Instagram Stories — read more about the new feature here. You can now choose between eight filters to add koala nose and ears to your face and more. This was clearly inspired by Snapchat, and Weil is aware of that. Read More Article by Social – TechCrunch. Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Instagram tests Location Stories

Instagram wants to let you see everything going on somewhere right now. TechCrunch has discovered that Instagram is testing a new Location Stories feature that compiles publicly shared Instagram Stories posts tagged with a location sticker. Users can then visit that business, landmark, or place’s Instagram page and watch a slideshow Story of posts from there shared by strangers they… … [Read more...]

Snap is getting absolutely crushed after falling short of Wall Street’s expectations

Snap may have had a successful IPO, but that was pretty much wiped out after it reported its first-quarter earnings — where it completely whiffed on what Wall Street was expecting. The stock is down more than 20 percent in extended trading after it reported its first-quarter earnings. In short, it doesn’t look good. Read More Article by Social – TechCrunch. Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Facebook Groups can now screen new members with a questionnaire

Facebook is making good on Mark Zuckerberg’s promise to build community by improving admin tools for Facebook Groups. Now Group admins can establish up to three questions for people requesting to join their Group to answer. This lets admins screen potential members to ensure they’re the right fit for the group and will add constructively to the discussion, not just spam or … [Read more...]

Facebook kicks off Mother’s Day weekend with flower reactions, cards, stickers, masks and more

You may have noticed the purple flower reaction has returned to Facebook, allowing you to respond to posts with a “thankful” sentiment instead of a Like. As it turns out, the addition is only one of several features Facebook has planned for this Mother’s Day weekend here in the U.S., and throughout the month where the day is celebrated elsewhere in the world. The purple… … [Read more...]

Snap is the new stubborn, slow-growing Twitter

Twitter fell apart in 2013 when its growth slowed significantly in the face of competition and copying from Facebook, and users found it too hard to find the best content due to its unsorted reverse chronological feed. Its share price fell 18 percent a quarter later as the growth troubles continued. Snapchat fell apart today when its growth slowed significantly in the face of competition… … [Read more...]

Yelp is getting eviscerated after it toned down its expectations for the year

Yelp shares are down more than 25 percent after the company reported its first-quarter earnings report today, where it reduced its full-year guidance that it set in the previous quarter. Read More Article by Social – TechCrunch. Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Facebook downranks News Feed links to crappy sites smothered in ads

Facebook will bury links to low-quality websites and refuse to carry ads pointing to them in a News Feed algorithm change announced today. Facebook defines a ‘low-quality site’ as one “containing little substantive content, and that is covered in disruptive, shocking or malicious ads.” This includes hosting pop-up and interstitial ads, adult ads, or eye-catching but… … [Read more...]

Snapchat users stay loyal, but Instagram could block its growth

US millenials and Gen Zs aren’t entirely replacing their Snapchat addiction with Instagram Stories, according to a slew of new studies and surveys commissioned or collected by TechCrunch. Yet the fact that 80% of Instagram’s users are outside the US has helped propel Instagram Stories’ rapid ascent to 200 million daily active users last month, surpassing Snapchat’s… … [Read more...]

Real humans

Technology has many societal impacts, but perhaps one of its most visibly evident is how the tools we use change how we communicate with each other — so, literally, how technology rewrites language itself. Read More Article by Social – TechCrunch. Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

WhatsApp’s ‘Status’ Snapchat clone hits 175M daily users in 10 weeks

WhatsApp’s version of Snapchat Stories is already pulling in around 15 percent of the messaging app’s 1.2 billion users. Mark Zuckerberg today announced that WhatsApp Status now has 175 million daily users after only launching in mid-February. That’s made more impressive because Status lives in a separate tab of WhatsApp, instead of showing up at the top of the home screen. Read … [Read more...]

Scan these new QR-style Spotify Codes to instantly play a song

Spotify has taken a tip from Snapchat with its new feature for sharing music via scannable images. The new Spotify Codes feature creates a unique barcode and album cover image for every song, artist and playlist. Scan these Spotify Codes with the new camera in the Spotify app’s search bar to instantly play that music. Read More Article by Social – TechCrunch. Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Facebook debuts a Twitter-like ‘Latest Conversations’ feature that shows public posts about buzzing topics

Facebook is rolling out a new feature called “Latest Conversations” in its search results that will show the most recent public posts about timely topics that a lot of people across its network are discussing. The unit gives you a wider view of what people are saying about a news story or other subject by exposing you to sentiments being expressed outside your social circle. Read … [Read more...]

Snapchat launches self-serve ad manager

Snap Inc. wants the ad dollars of smaller businesses, not just giant brands. So today it’s launching its new self-serve ad manager for buying video Snap Ads. There’s also the new Snapchat Mobile Dashboard for tracking campaigns from your phone, and the Business Manager site for configuring the roles and permissions of team members. Read More Article by Social – TechCrunch. Read entire … [Read more...]

Facebook deflates filter bubbles by letting you follow topics, not just Pages

Facebook gets a lot of flack for just reinforcing your world views in its News Feed echo chamber instead of challenging your opinions. That’s because you choose exactly which friends and Pages to follow. But Facebook’s newest feature could bring a wider range of sources to your News Feeds. Read More Article by Social – TechCrunch. Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Zuckerberg thinks Facebook was ‘late’ to competing with Snapchat, is now ‘ahead’

Mark Zuckerberg believes Facebook has leapfrogged Snapchat in the race to provide visual communication thanks to the launch of Facebook’s augmented reality Camera Effects platform. Read More Article by Social – TechCrunch. Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Social media firms should face fines for hate speech failures, urge UK MPs

Social media giants Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have once again been accused of taking a “laissez-faire approach” to moderating hate speech content on their platforms. Read More Article by Social – TechCrunch. Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Twitter plans to eventually air live video 24/7

Is Twitter the new TV? The social network hopes to become something resembling that, with plans revealed by CFO and COO Anthony Noto to eventually be airing live video content 24 hours a day, 7 days per week via both its website and app. Noto discussed the plans with BuzzFeed News, ahead of the company’s earnings report Wednesday morning. Twitter already plays host to a number of … [Read more...]

Every feed app should steal Pinterest’s “More Like This” button

{} ‬This is the best new social app feature in a long time. Twitter should copy it. Instagram should copy it. Facebook probably already is copying it. I’m talking about Pinterest’s “Instant Ideas” button that started testing in February but is slowly rolling out to more people. As soon as I tapped it, I was hooked. Essentially it’s an elegant “show me … [Read more...]

The NYT brings its news – and a mini crossword – to Snapchat Discover

The New York Times announced today it’s joining Snapchat Discover – the feature in Snapchat which includes updates and news from a variety of media publications. The paper’s “daily edition” on Snapchat will include a handful of The NYT’s stories, distilled down to the quick, more consumable format that’s common on the medium, and will heavily focus… … [Read more...]