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

Check out this week’s summary of all the latest social media news, including changes and new features for Facebook, YouTube and Foursquare:

Foursquare launches Swarm
Foursquare app splits in two, launches Swarm


  • 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)



  • 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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