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Instagram Surpasses 200 Million Users & 20 Billion Photos

It appears that Instagram and their hefty one billion dollar price tag was one of the most valuable Facebook acquisitions over the past two years. The photo sharing network has officially topped 200 million users who have posted 20 billion photos to date. While Facebook has taken some slack recently for their perception in the young teen market, Instagram has seen great growth in this space. More than 90% of Instagram users are under the the age of 35 and the network is rapidly growing.  Of the total 200 million users 50 million of them have joined over the past 6 months. For the of [...]


Google’s Got Glass, Facebook Has Oculus, How Might AOL and Yahoo Respond?

Yahoo viewmaster In the wake of the $2 billion Oculus acquisition announcement by Facebook people on Twitter are expressing their opinions of the deal and speculating about potential copycat acquisitions by Yahoo and AOL. BREAKING: Yahoo buys ViewMaster pic.twitter.com/dbMtDq6rTd— Evan Kirstel (@evankirstel) March 25, 2014 AOL is embracing 3D Virtual Reality too, it seems! pic.twitter.com/YTidIYe5qg— Scott Hanselman (@shanselman) March 25, 2014 Facebook is really taking its name too literally. pic.twitter.com/Anqf4RCRnr— Jason Foral (@jasonforal) March 25, 2014 These tweets [...]


Instagram Experiment Dumps Foursquare for Location Tagging & Ties In Facebook Places Instead

Facebook Large It's now been nearly two years since Facebook purchased Instagram for a mere one billion dollars. Before the initial purchase (and in today's current iteration of the app) users input their location of an Instagram photo by tagging the location from information pulled in by Foursquare. According to Fast Company, Facebook is now testing the integration of Facebook Places rather than Foursquare in a test -- with the goal of bouncing Foursquare out of the app. Facebook has been making a big push in the local space and leveraging their own property (Instagram) to push Places only makes sense. N [...]


Facebook Buys Virtual Reality “Platform Of Tomorrow” Oculus For $2 Billion In Cash And Stock

Oculus VR Facebook has just acquired "the platform of tomorrow." The company announced this afternoon that it was acquiring Oculus -- the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) gaming headset and platform -- for $2 billion in cash and stock: Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR, Inc., the leader in immersive virtual reality technology, for a total of approximately $2 billion. This includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock (valued at $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of the 20 trading day [...]


Facebook Adds More Targeting Power To Lookalike Audiences

facebook-target-aim-featured Facebook announced today it is adding more targeting capabilities to lookalike audiences. Now advertisers will be able to create audiences based on the people who visited their websites, use their mobile apps or are connected to their Facebook pages. Whereas back in the olden day of last week, advertisers could only create lookalike audiences based on CRM data like email addresses, phone numbers and user IDs. The expanded targeting options will give advertisers more opportunities to scale their campaigns while still maintaining a fair amount of targeting control. Here's the rundown of [...]


Survey Says: Twitter Quitters Are Looking For More Sorting & Filtering Tools

Twitter-Large While Twitter has been lauded by brands for the ability to provide an unfiltered stream, some users just can't handle it. A recent study from Deutsche Bank suggested that users simply couldn't gather the data they were looking for on the social networking site.  Of the 270 person sample polled, 82% of those that quit Twitter were able to find information elsewhere while 76% thought that there were too many tweets and that "Twitter wasn't helping by sorting or filtering." Even further, the sorting issue was something that would in fact bring Twitter quitters back if fixed. 80% of those that [...]


Questions About The New Facebook Pages Layout? Facebook’s Got Answers.

Facebook-Page-Apps Two weeks ago, Facebook announced a significant update to the Pages layout that turned the presence of Page more personal. The crux of the redesign was that the two column business pages were soon turning to a one column format. This initial image was quite bare and failed to show where Apps and custom tabs were to be located (if at all.) Seeing that the initial release spawned so many questions, Facebook has released their own Q & A on the topic. The answers should help calm the fears of marketers, and here are the Reader's Digest version of their answers: What's on the Left-side [...]


Pinterest Advertisers Could Start Paying For Promoted Pins As Early As Next Month [Report]

pinterest-promoted-pins-featured Promoted Pins could be making their paid debut on Pinterest as soon as next month, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Pinterest began experimenting with Promoted Pins last October. In the vein of native advertising, Pinterest ads share the same look and feel as organic pins with the exception of a "Promoted Pin" tag. With Promoted Pins, advertisers can reach more of the 70 million active users on the platform than just their own followers and those that see followers' repins. The ads have been tested on both the web and Pinterest’s mobile apps in search results and catego [...]


Twitter Ups The Ante On Impression Metrics, Tests Showing “Views” In Tweets

twitter-app-600 Twitter is bringing more metrics to the people, experimenting with showing users how many times their tweets have been viewed. This test -- another potential tweak to provide positive feedback and encourage more use of Twitter --  was spotted on a users' iOS Twitter app and reported late today by Casey Newton in The Verge. Twitter has long provided analytics to advertisers and selected users about how well tweets performed  but those metrics focused heavily on retweets, favorites and replies. If rolled out to all users, this would move Twitter closer to Facebook Pages in the effort [...]


Tumblr Partnership With Viacom Opens Door To MTV, Nickelodeon & Comedy Central

Tumblr logo After announcing Tumblr sponsored posts earlier this year, the Yahoo-owned blogging platform has joined the growing list of social media sites making advertising deals with television programming networks. According to a report on CNET.com yesterday, Tumblr has entered into a marketing partnership with television programming company Viacom. From the CNET.com article: Viacom -- the parent of channels like MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central -- will inject custom content developed for Tumblr's blogging platform that connects to shows and events on its networks, using Tumblr's suite of ad [...]


5 Ways To Ease The Facebook Page Organic Reach Blues

facebook-magnifying-glass-600 It’s hard out there for a Facebook marketer. Anyone who manages a Facebook Page feels it. It might be anecdotal, but the anecdotes are piling up and the conclusion is undeniable: Organic reach is down and fewer people who have liked your page are seeing your posts. The ominous headlines hit almost daily, including two from this week: Facebook Is Ending the Free Ride, in which Valleywag quoted a source  familiar with Facebook’s marketing strategy saying that Facebook is in the process of throttling organic reach for Pages down to 1 or 2 percent. A Glut Of Facebook Updates Result [...]


Report: Pinterest Is Looking For 7 Figure Ad Buys, But Not Yet

Pinterest Pinterest still isn't selling ads, but when it does they won't come cheap. AdAge reported today that the network is seeking spending commitments between $1 and $2 million, and is hoping to price CPMs between $30 and $40. Marketers have long been eager to tap consumers on Pinterest, which according to the Pew Research Center trails only Facebook and LinkedIn in percentage of online adult users in the United States. And the 70 million active users of Pinterest use the network in a way that's especially attractive to marketers, regularly sharing photos of products they are planning to buy. [...]


Celebrate Twitter’s 8th Birthday By Traveling Back To See Your #FirstTweet

First-Tweet-SE-Land It's hard to believe that Twitter is turning 8 years old already. To celebrate their octennial existence Twitter has released a simple tool that allows users to head back in time to view their first Tweeting Experience.  The #FirstTweet tool allows users to look up any account's first Tweet. Users can then quickly share and interact with others using the #FirstTweet hastag. To view your #FirstTweet just head over to the tool or check the official Twitter blog post to view other notable First Tweets.  [...]


Facebook Sharing Bug Generates Faulty 404 Errors

gamespoterror It's a minor, but annoying bug. Sporadically, when someone tries to share a Marketing Land or Search Engine Land post on Facebook, the social network displays a 404 error. It's not an actual 404 error, mind you. If you click the link, you are taken to a live page with all the great content you'd expect from us. Obviously, no publisher wants to be associated with such error messages. And ours aren't the only sites being hit by the bug, which we first noticed several months ago. Here's how it manifest itself on a post from GameSpot.com today: And here are a couple unresolved bug rep [...]


Facebook: Opportunity For Earned Media Still As Rich As A Year Ago

facebook-like-600 [caption id="attachment_77215" align="aligncenter" width="600"] From left, speakers from Nestle, 360i, Twitter & Facebook discuss social media[/caption] Facebook keeps coming under fire that it's harder for brands to get the free exposure -- "earned media" -- that they once got. But Facebook says it's not so -- it more a matter of adjusting how you measure your earned success. "The opportunity for earned media is still as rich as it was a year ago," said Patrick Harris, ‎director of global agency development for Facebook, on a panel today at the 4A’s Transformation conference [...]


Consume Tweets From Only Your Favorite Twitter Accounts With “Fave People” Test

Twitter-Large While Twitter has always stood behind an unfiltered Twitter stream, testers now have access to a new feature named "Fave People." This functionality allows users to keep closer tabs on those accounts that they value in a separate timeline. Much like a Twitter List, users can be added by tapping a star icon on their profile. According to TechCrunch, the app has a swipe-able navigation that places the "Fave People" tab between Home and Discover in the main nav. In order to pull users into this tab a click-able star logo will show up next to their profile. Once clicked, they are officially a f [...]


Moderate L.A. Earthquake Provides Good Test Of Social Safety Net

quakeface There were no reports of damages or injuries caused by the moderately strong earthquake that jolted Southern California this morning. The quake -- measured at 4.4 in the Richter scale and centered near Westwood -- hit at 6:25 a.m. Immediately, Southern Californians took to Twitter and Facebook to share their shaking experiences. Fortunately, there were no reports of either service suffering an outage during the aftermath of the shaker. Also, and comfortingly, public safety agencies quickly jumped into the social media fray, providing a good test case of their emergency tweeting systems. [...]


Facebook Testing Business Manager, A Powerful Tool For Agencies And Large Businesses

Business Manager Managers of Facebook pages for agencies and large business take heart. Facebook is testing a new dashboard that seems to solve many issues that have for years frustrated those managing large stables of pages. As reported today in TechCrunch, Facebook is testing a Business Manager dashboard that gives administrators the ability to control pages and ad accounts from one place. No longer will it be necessary for teams to create fake Facebook profiles to manage a business' presence on the social network. No longer will you have to friend someone -- or know the email address tied to their [...]


Direct Traffic Beats Facebook By A Mile For Engagement On News Sites

pew It shouldn't surprise anyone that readers of news websites who navigate directly to a site are significantly more loyal than those who come via referrals from Facebook or search. People who type in a URL, click on a bookmark or use a news site as their browser home page are certainly going to spend more time browsing the site than people who spot interesting items in their Facebook feed. So results showing higher engagement for direct traffic on news sites from a Pew Research study published this week are most interesting because of the magnitude of the findings and because it appears di [...]


Twitter Study: Photos, Videos Lead To Most Retweets

retweet-600 Tweets that have a photo or video URL tend to lead to the biggest increase in retweets for verified accounts on Twitter. That's the key takeaway from a Twitter study out this week that analyzed more than two million tweets sent in the span of one month from verified accounts related to TV, news, radio, government and sports. Twitter's data team looked at measurable tweet elements like photos, hashtags, videos, links and numbers (to measure tweets with sports stats and scores), and then compared its results to the baseline count of retweets that these accounts typically get. Overall, [...]


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