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Social Media News Ticker: Instagram Launches Bolt, Foursquare Debuts New Logo, Facebook Drops Gifts

Check out all the latest social media news from the last two weeks, including changes and new features for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Foursquare:
Facebook Messenger

Facebook

  • Facebook forces users worldwide to download Messenger for mobile chat – Facebook is no longer allowing messaging in its main iPhone and Android apps; now users worldwide must download its standalone Messenger app. Mobile web, iPad, feature phone, Windows Phone, Paper, and desktop users can still message in their main Facebook apps or sites like before. (TechCrunch)
  • Facebook gives up on Gifts – Facebook is shutting down the remainder of its Gifts service, which allowed users to send digital gift cards to friends; the shutdown is effective August 12th (re/code)
  • Bet you didn’t notice this tiny but revealing Facebook design change – the globe notification icon at the top of Facebook’s navigation bar now looks different depending on where users are logging in; Americans see North and South America, while users in Asia, Africa and Europe see an icon of the Eastern Hemisphere (Quartz)

Twitter

  •  Twitter testing easier-to-use hashtags – Twitter is testing a feature that will better organize hashtags; it adds an expanded label to some hashtag searches, giving the hashtags “a sense of legitimacy and order as related to a certain event or subject” (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Twitter acquires password startup Mitro – Twitter acquired small password security startup Mitro, with plans to keep the team but not the product; Mitro’s product will live on as an open source project (TechCrunch)
  • Twitter joins the deep learning party – Twitter acquired MadBits, a New York startup using “deep learning” to help computers “understand” images, an approach to artificial intelligence (re/code)

LinkedIn

Instagram

  •  Instagram launches one-touch photo and video messaging app Bolt outside the US – last week Instagram officially released its Snapchat competitor, standalone app Bolt, but only in Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand; the app is designed for lightning-fast, ephemeral one-to-one video and photo messaging” and came into the public eye after banner ads for the product were accidentally leaked on Instagram (TechCrunch)

new Foursquare logo

Foursquare

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Social Media News Ticker: Facebook Tests ‘Buy’ Button, Twitter Acquires CardSpring

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Facebook Mentions app

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Social Media News Ticker: Facebook Acquires LiveRail, Twitter Acquires Tap Commerce

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Social Media News Ticker: YouTube Launches Music Show, Adds Bigger Video Screen

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Twitter

YouTube logo

YouTube

Foursquare app

Foursquare

  • Foursquare to begin charging fees – Foursquare will begin charging some businesses for access to its database of restaurants, shops and venues as a way to monetize data gained from years of check-ins; Foursquare is looking to the heaviest users of its data to either pay fees or offer services in return (The Wall Street Journal)

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Social Media News Ticker: Embed Tweets Within Tweets on Twitter, Instagram Expands Ads Outside U.S.

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Facebook Nearby Friends screenshot

Facebook

Twitter

  • Twitter’s mobile apps now let you embed tweets inside tweets – Twitter mobile users on iOS and Android can now embed tweets that are linked to a tweet; it’s a much cleaner look (embedded tweet vs. ugly link), but it’s unclear whether the feature has been rolled out to all users or is simply being tested (The Next Web)

LinkedIn

 YouTube

  •  Sony bringing YouTube to PlayStation 4 – Sony will launch YouTube on its PlayStation 4 later this year; players will be able to upload and share video captures to their YouTube channels (CNET)

Instagram

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Social Media News Ticker: Facebook Acquires Pryte, Instagram 6.0, Vine Comes To Xbox One

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Facebook launches expanded video ad capabilities

Facebook launches expanded video ad capabilities for brands

Facebook

  • Facebook acquires mobile data plan firm Pryte – Facebook’s newest acquisition plans involve Pryte, a Finnish company that makes it easier for mobile phone users without wireless data plans to use wireless internet apps; Facebook is acquiring Pryte’s team, while the actual service hadn’t even publicly launched yet (re/code)
  • Facebook video ad tools hold promise for targeted views – Facebook launches expanded video ad capabilities for brands: the ‘video views’ option shows ads to users most likely to watch them, brands can target consumers who’ve watched their content previously, and videos can now include a call-to-action (AdWeek)

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Social Media News Ticker: Crowdfunding Coming To YouTube Soon

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Twitter

YouTube

  •  YouTube will soon let you crowdfund projects directly on the site – YouTube recently revealed a “Creator Preview” that serves as a teaser for upcoming new features, including a stand-alone mobile app for content creators and a crowd-funding option that allows users to contribute money directly through YouTube (Engadget)

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Social Media News Ticker: Facebook Video Ads Expand Outside U.S.

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Users can share multiple photos on Twitter

Users can now share multiple photos on Twitter via web and the Android app

Facebook

Twitter

  •  Twitter experiments with a new video-sharing feature – Twitter is experimenting with a new feature that makes it easier to embed, display and play video clips on phones; type #amillionwaystodieinthewest into the Twitter app on an iPhone to see how it works (re/code)
  • Twitter brings multiple photo sharing feature to Android app and web – one week ago, Twitter announced that users can share multiple photos in a tweet via the web and Twitter’s Android app (it’s been available on the  iPhone app since late March); up to four photos can fit in a single tweet in a collage-like format (NDTV Gadgets) 

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Social Media News Ticker: Foursquare Launches Swarm, YouTube Reportedy Buying Twitch

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Foursquare launches Swarm

Foursquare app splits in two, launches Swarm

Facebook

  • Facebook Poke is dead – last week Facebook finally took Poke (a failed competitor of Snapchat) out of the App Store, and also removed Camera, its photo uploading app (The Verge)
  • Facebook testing ads shortcuts on News Feed – to make it easier for advertisers to monitor their ads, Facebook is testing out putting an ads shortcut link in the right side of the News Feed (Inside Facebook)
  • Facebook rolls out Foursquare-like feature to some iOS users – a new function is available for select iOS users on Facebook that “helps users divulge information about the places they visit, using a color-coding system;” this new function bears a “striking resemblance” to a key feature of Foursquare (TIME)

 YouTube

Foursquare

  • Foursquare’s Swarm and the rise of the invisible app – last week Foursquare launched Swarm, splitting the original Foursquare app in two; Swarm “will be of most use to those in dense urban areas with lots of friends” and may herald a shift toward “breaking apart large, unwieldy apps into smaller more focused components” (TechCrunch)

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Social Media News Ticker: Tumblr Users Can Now Customize Blogs Via Mobile

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Tumblr mobile update

Tumblr’s app update allows users to customize the way their blog looks on mobile

Twitter

Tumblr

  • Tumblr’s mobile apps finally get full-on customization tools – Tumblr released an update to its mobile app allowing users to edit blogs via mobile, as well as change colors, images or pretty much anything else users can change on desktop; choosing a color will even change how the interface looks on others’ devices (Engadget)

Foursquare

  •  Foursquare freezes Mayors ahead of Swarm launch – as of last Friday, Foursquare users can no longer oust mayors within the Foursquare app; mayorships are frozen in place as the company prepares to launch its new app Swarm (PC Mag)

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