Plus how Chance the Rapper became the youngest person on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list.
Facebook is cracking down on content that played the algorithm game, including static images that are posted as looping videos as and fake video play buttons. As part of the latest algorithm update, Facebook will use a new ‘motion scoring’ system in order to detect movement inside a video, and demote content that’s not actual video, despite being posted as such.
Read more about this algorithm change here.
Twitter has partnered with The Weather Channel to live stream this week’s total solar eclipse as the Moon’s shadow travels from the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States. The stream will be hosted by meteorologists Ari Sarsalari and Domenica Davis, and it will also feature “high-resolution and aerial drone footage from Weather’s network of storm trackers,” and real-time eclipse footage courtesy of NASA.
Read more about this partnership here.
Instagram DMs are getting a revamp, with the adding of a new feature making it even easier to maintain context with your messages. Now when someone shares an Instagram post with you via DM, any photo or video reply you make to that message will automatically include a sticker of the image you’re replying to, which you can place wherever you want in the frame. In addition to the new stickers in shared posts, users will also have the ability to send a split-screen reply by tapping on the sticker.
Read more about this update here.
Just days after a judge ruled in her favour in a sexual assault trial, Taylor Swift has faded to black on social media. Her Instagram is now blank – although she hadn’t been using it for awhile. Her Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook page and official website have also gone dark, or are in the process of being wiped clean – which means she probably has something big planned.
Read the theories on the blackout here.
- Facebook’s AR glasses take center stage in newly published patent [via Mashable]
- Facebook Cracks Down on Static Images as Video and Fake Video Play Buttons with New Algorithm Update [via Social Media Today]
- Facebook tests adding news stories customised to users’ interests [via CNBC]
- How Facebook prioritises privacy when you die [via TechCrunch]
- Twitter partners with The Weather Channel to live stream this week’s eclipse [via The Verge]
- Twitter’s Timeline is Becoming More Algorithm-Influenced – Here’s How to Take Advantage [via Social Media Today]
- Twitter DMs should be turned into a proper messaging app [via The Verge]
- Instagram Adds New Ways to Share Content in Direct Messages, Catering to Increased Interest [via Social Media Today]
- African Instagrammers documenting rare, hidden hotspots on the continent are disrupting tourism [via Quartz]
- Laneway announce Mac DeMarco and Anderson .Paak for 2018, tease literally every other artist ever [via The Music Network]
- Taylor Swift Goes Dark on All Social Media and It’s Suspicious AF [via Complex Music]
- Jay-Z performs 4:44 songs for the first time, pays tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington [via Consequence of Sound]
- Stormzy says ‘grime is taking its rightful place on the main stage’ at V Festival [via NME]
- Gordi Vinyl Accidentally Pressed With Unreleased Queens Of The Stone Age Songs [via Stereogum]
- The Foo Fighters just pulled off the best Rickroll of all time [via Mashable]
- Thousands sign petition to replace Confederate monument with Missy Elliott statue [via FACT Magazine]
- BASCA issues response to Lyor Cohen YouTube blog [via Music Ally]
- Solange Announces New Outdoor Performance Art Piece [via Pitchfork]
- Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour Could Earn Over $100 Million [via Billboard]
- An ‘Unbelievable’ New Eminem and Pink Song Might Be Coming Soon [via Complex Music]
- How Chance the Rapper, a 24-Year-Old With No Record Label, Became the Youngest Person on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list [via TIME Magazine]
- Google Home now works with Spotify free accounts [via TechCrunch]
- Goldman Sachs fund sells $75m Spotify shares ahead of direct listing [via Music Business Worldwide]
- YouTube Says It Pays $3 for Every 1,000 Views. A Musician Says He’s Making 1/50th of That. [via Digital Music News]
- YouTube starts delivering ‘breaking news’ on its homepage across platforms [via TechCrunch]
- NBC’s Snapchat news show gains 29+ million viewers in its first month [via TechCrunch]
- Social media didn’t kill email — but it did change it [via The Next Web]
- The Art of Customer Loyalty in The Age of Consumer Experience and Engagement [via Social Media Today]
- Hackers just sent us practically all of HBO’s social media passwords [via Mashable]
- ‘The future is fewer pieces of content’: A Slack town hall with PopSugar CRO Geoff Schiller [via Digiday]
- Vice partners with shops and bars to offer incentives for enrolling to vote [via Mumbrella]
- Nokia’s #bothie will never take off because it’s just not Instagram-friendly [via Mashable]
- Google wants to help news publishers turn readers into paying customers [via The Verge]
- Google-made algorithm automatically removes watermarks from stock photos [via The Next Web]
- Here’s why publishers won’t stop pivoting to video [via Recode]
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