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Digg Relaunches News.me As “Digg Deeper” To Give You Personalized News Alerts

digg-new-featured What should you read or watch today? Digg is hoping to help you answer that question with a new launch of an old service, News.me. Renamed Digg Deeper, the tool uses signals from the people you follow on social media to surface the most interesting and important news of the day. It's not a new idea. News.me was originally a Betaworks-developed iOS social news app that was scrapped in 2012 after running afoul of Twitter's API display requirements. Betaworks, which also owns Digg, kept News.me going as an email newsletter. Nuzzel and Prismatic offer similar services and even the New York T [...]


Facebook Offers New Advertisers Personalized Support With “Start To Success” Program

start-race-600 Facebook, adding a personal touch to its mostly self-service advertising process, is offering new advertisers a dedicated account manager. The "Start To Success" program offers direct access to a Facebook representative to businesses that commit to spending at least $50 a day for a month (in other words at least $1,400). Facebook Page administrators started seeing a message on pages they manage today, promoting the offer: Clicking the link took them to a sign-up form, that included more details about the program: Start to Success is a program to help new advertisers succeed on Fa [...]


Just Like Facebook, Twitter’s New Impression Stats Suggest Few Followers See What’s Tweeted

twitter-analytics-600 Twitter has new analytics available that let anyone understand exactly how viewed their tweets are. Those stats also clear something else up. Just like Facebook, what you share on Twitter isn't seen by all your followers. Facebook has been under fire for over a year as brands have noticed that their posts have gotten less engagement than in the past. A common reaction is that Facebook's news feed shouldn't be artificially deciding what to show to a brand's followers. "Just show everything, like Twitter does it," is a general refrain. Twitter even took a shot at Facebook over this, in [...]


As Brands Newsjack #Lebron, Charmin & Cottonelle Shoot For Worst Tweets Ever

lebron-si-600px Major news can't spread on Twitter anymore without brands big and small adding their two cents in an attempt to newsjack the situation. And today's news that NBA superstar Lebron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers is no exception. King James, as he's called, began his career with his hometown Cavaliers then left four years ago to form a dream team with the Miami Heat that won two NBA titles (and lost two others). Those themes are popular among the brand tweets we've found so far in the couple hours since Lebron's announcement went public. Orbitz and Barbasol tweeted on th [...]


Facebook Adds Ability To Sell Virtual Goods To Desktop Gamers Via Ads

facebook-like-600 Facebook has always allowed desktop gamers to spend real money for virtual currency. Starting today, it's giving game developers the ability to sell virtual goods within Facebook advertising. The new product -- for News Feed and right-hand column ads -- has already shown success in reducing the friction for gamers to pull out their credit cards, according to post by Pin Lu on the Facebook Developers blog. Kixeye tested the new ad product to promote its Battle Pirates game, offering discounts on virtual gold and "saw over a 10 percent click-through rate and a 50 percent conversion rate fo [...]


Report: Social Sharing On Mobile Devices Surges 30% In Second Quarter

sharethis-mobile-20214-q2 Adding to the evidence that 2014 is a mobile tipping point, social data and sharing tool provider ShareThis reported today that sharing via smartphones and tablets surged more than 30% during the second quarter. Pulling data from its network of more than 2 million U.S. publishers, ShareThis found sharing growth of 27.8% for smartphones and 3.5% for tablets when compared to the first quarter. The ShareThis figures for desktop sharing dropped 5.5 in Q2. Although ShareThis didn't provide aggregate figures for device sharing, its growth numbers report coupled with last month's comScore estim [...]


Pinterest Updates Follow Button To Preview Brands’ Latest Pins

pinterest-whole-foods-follow Pinterest rolled out a new Follow button today that gives users a visual sample of what following a brand or business will mean. Users who click on the button will see a dialogue box with previews of an account's latest pins, "and your visitors won’t ever have to leave your website to follow you," Pinterest product manager Jason Costa wrote in a blog post. "Once someone follows your account, they’ll start seeing your Pins in their home feed." It's another smart move by Pinterest, which is working to turn its popular image-based social network into a money maker. It's cautiously m [...]


How Happy Would You Be After 99 Days Without Facebook?

facebook-edit-erase-featured How would you like to turn the tables on Facebook? Chances are you weren't one of the 689,003 people that Facebook manipulated emotionally during the now infamous 2012 experiment. But you could have been, and Facebook is not sharing the list of human guinea pigs. And you probably feel a bit creeped out by Facebook's ongoing social engineering, especially given all you know that the social network knows about your likes, opinions and daily habits. So how about joining an experiment you can control? Stop using Facebook for 99 days to test "how life without Facebook impacts user happi [...]


The CIA Celebrates Its Month On Twitter By Answering 5 Softball FAQs

cia-twitter-one-month As you would expect, the CIA doesn't run the most responsive Twitter account. In the one month since its coyly worded introduction to Twitter -- "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet." -- the CIA hasn't sent a single direct @reply. It's a spy agency so you can bet it's listening -- and some critics don't think it's appropriate for a spy agency with a checkered human-rights history to be yucking it up on social media -- but the CIA hasn't been responding. Instead, it has been sticking to fairly pedestrian tweets of excerpts from CIA director John Brennan's speech t [...]


Facebook Reports Month-Long “Discrepancy” In Reach & Engagement On Pages

facebook-pages-600 If any Facebook Page administrators were wondering about iffy reach and engagement metrics for posts recently, Facebook quietly provided an explanation today. As reported first by the Inside Facebook blog, Page managers who access the Insights dashboard are seeing this message: There is a discrepancy in the engagement and reach metrics for all Page Posts and Boosted Posts between 5/30 and 6/30. We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Inside Facebook was tipped to the notification by Rachel Globus, social media strategist for ABC 10News in San Diego, who said Faceb [...]


Privacy Watchdog Group Files Complaint Against Facebook: They “Messed With People’s Minds”

facebook-newsfeed-featured A privacy watchdog group today filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission claiming that Facebook "purposefully messed with people's minds" with its psychological research in 2012. The Electronic Privacy Information Center charged that the research study -- which manipulated the News Feeds of nearly 700,000 Facebook users to study their emotions -- was a deceptive trade practice and violated an FTC privacy consent order. EPIC is seeking sanctions, including forcing Facebook to make public its News Feed algorithm. "At the time of the experiment, Facebook did not state [...]


Facebook Wants To Know If Posts In Your News Feed “Feel” Like Ads

facebook-ad-survey-span Facebook has set a very high bar for advertising on its network, pushing for ads that "delight" users as much as posts from your friends and family. Hitting that mark -- or at least approaching it -- is important for Facebook as it works to balance revenue generation with the need to make sure its users aren't flooded with advertising. That's why Facebook engineers are continually fiddling with the dials of the News Feed algorithm to make sure users are being served content that will keep them satisfied and coming back for more. Most of that tinkering happens under the hood, without users' [...]


Whoopsies: A System Mix-Up Sent The Wrong Facebook Ad Receipts & Data To Advertisers

oops-mistake-featured If you are a Facebook Advertiser that found yourself perplexed by your most recent ad receipt you can breathe a sigh of relief as the mix-up was likely the result of a system-wide issue. This issue delivered the wrong receipts and data to other advertisers that included the ad name, clicks, impressions and amounts causing much confusion. Thankfully, this receipt issue had no outcome on the actual ad delivery or billing for your account. This issue has been resolved now, and Facebook released the following on the topic: You may have received email receipts for advertising charges unrela [...]


New Global Facebook Ad Places ‘Missed Calls’ On The Behalf Of Users

Missed-Call While you may have the most recent Samsung or Google smartphone model to access the internet (and Facebook), you may be surprised to find that globally, you are in the minority. Worldwide, 7 out of every 10 people use simpler, feature phones when accessing the internet. This usage is mainly in high growth countries like India, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa and Nigeria. In some of these locations (especially in India) the high cost of voice calls lead to users placing a call, quickly hanging up before the other end answered. Much like a pager, this format would allow for communicat [...]


Janrain Q2 Report: Facebook Maintains Social Login Lead, Stops Long Slide

Q2-janrain-social-logins Facebook padded its lead in the battle for market share in the social login space, stopping a six-quarter slide, according to second quarter results from customer management firm Janrain. Facebook now accounts for 44% of social logins on the sites in Janrain's network. That's a gain of 1.5% percentage points over Q1, and the first increase for Facebook since the third quarter of 2012. Google+ maintained its solid second-place position, but slipped slightly, dropping to 37%, one percentage point lower than its first quarter results. After Facebook and Google+, the dropoff is severe. T [...]


Facebook Strengthens Its Video Ad Tech With Acquisition Of LiveRail

facebook-magnifying-glass-600 In a move to bolster its position in the lucrative video advertising space, Facebook today announced the acquisition of video ad tech startup LiveRail. LiveRail's automated platform helps publishers, such as Major League Baseball, ABC, A&E Networks, Gannet and Daily Motion, serve ads on the videos that play on their sites and apps. "LiveRail also helps marketers by providing them with access to premium video inventory and the information that they need in order to decide where to show their ads," Facebook said in a blog post. "What LiveRail ultimately offers is a complete advertising [...]


Facebook Touts 1 Billion App Links Served, Adds Support For Mobile App Ads

facebook-app-links Facebook's App Link program, an open-source, cross-platform standard for linking on mobile devices, has been widely adopted since the program was introduced on April 30 at the F8 Developers conference. Today Facebook announced in a blog post that developers had enabled more than 1 billion of the links that drive users directly to apps, or specific content within apps. The links can be published from an app, a Facebook page or copy-pasted URLs and have been adopted by apps such as Spotify, Mailbox, Quip, Hulu, Redfin, Goodreads, Live Nation and Vimeo and third party SDKs such as the Xama [...]


SocialBro Adds A Free Plan For Twitter Analytics & Management

logo_socialbro medium Twitter management platform SocialBro is now free -- if you have fewer than 5,000 Twitter contacts. The London-based startup, fresh off its newly minted status as a Twitter Certified Partner, is offering the "Free Cloud" plan to introduce startups and small businesses to its dashboard. The plan is available to users with a Twitter community of 5,000 or below. The SocialBro platform works alongside Twitter publishing clients and offers HootSuite integration. Here's a look at a sample dashboard: Among the features offered in the free plan: Discover your best time to tweet In-depth [...]


Vine Introduces Loop Counts To Show How Many Times A Video Has Been Viewed

vine-loops Twitter's six-second video platform Vine was updated today to include "loop counts" to show how many times videos have been viewed on the network. Loop counts are visible on the desktop version of the site and on updated iOS and Android apps that are being released today. The updated mobile apps also feature a new design, "offering you bigger edge-to-edge videos and a cleaner view of likes and comments," according a post on Vine's blog. Because Vine started compiling loop data on April 3, videos created before that date will display a "+" next to the loop count to show that the actua [...]


Waffle House Fires Shot At Belgian Waffles, Scores #WorldCup Engagement Win

waffle-house-tweet Let's face it, most Americans' knowledge of Belgium doesn't extend much further than the breakfast plate. So Waffle House was in perfect position to take advantage of today's big FIFA World Cup game between the United States and Belgium. And the restaurant chain didn't waste the opportunity, firing off a funny broadside this morning: We don't believe in Belgium waffles — Waffle House (@WaffleHouse) June 30, 2014   The fact that the tweet had an error -- it's Belgian Waffles, not Belgium -- made the effort seem more spur of the moment, rather than a pre-baked corporate plan [...]


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