Plus ten predictions for digital media in 2018.
Facebook has introduced an app, called Messenger Kids. Targeted at those aged 13 and under, the app requires parents to give their approval so children can message, add filters and doodle on photos they send to one another. But many are arguing that while Facebook’s official entry into the children’s market is a watershed moment both for families and for the social network, the app introduces social media the an audience too young to comprehend the consequences.
Read both sides of the argument here.
Instagram is copying Snapchat’s Memories feature and going a step further, letting you create a permanent home to show off formerly ephemeral content. Rolling out globally today on iOS and Android, Instagram Stories will now automatically Archive your Stories to a private part of your profile when they disappear 24 hours after being posted. You’ll then be able to create Stories Highlights, which are named collections of your past Stories that show up in a new horizontal bar across the top of your profile.
Read more about this new feature here.
Spotify has revealed our listening habits for 2017, both locally and globally. Globally, hip hop is the most popular style as far as streaming consumers are concerned. Flume was the most streamed Australian artist of the year, but several emerging names as Amy Shark, Starley, Tash Sultana, Dean Lewis and Vera Blue also made their presence felt.
Read the full list of stats here.
- The Future of Facebooks Ads and how brands should adapt in 2018 [via Medium]
- Facebook reportedly wants to spend a ‘few billion dollars’ for streaming sports rights [via Recode]
- As tbh popularity wanes, Facebook launches ‘Did You Know’ social questionnaire [via TechCrunch]
- New Facebook App for Children Ignites Debate Among Families [via New York Times]
- Aussies on Twitter this year cared most about politics, marriage equality and of course, BTS [via Mashable]
- John McCain asked for 74 new Twitter followers to help him reach 3 million and immediately lost thousands [via Business Insider Australia]
- Ariana Grande’s Manchester bombing tweet among 2017’s most popular [via Music-News]
- Instagram just unveiled new wildlife protections to curb animal exploitation [via Fast Company]
- Instagram lets you Archive and Highlight your favorite expired Stories [via TechCrunch]
- You can now import your Instagram contacts into Messenger [via TechCrunch]
- Barbie Backs Marriage Equality On Instagram [via HuffPost]
- Cristiano Ronaldo had nine out of the 10 most-liked sports-related Instagrams in 2017 [via Recode]
- Spotify Year In Music report: Aussie hip hop fans love their home grown stars [via The Music Network]
- Bandsintown Giving Emerging Artists a ‘Big Break’ With New Spotlight Program [via Billboard]
- Spotify Tests Discovery Weekly Playlist Like / Dislike Feature [via hypebot]
- Resurface your best tunes of 2017 with Spotify’s yearly Wrapped [via The Next Web]
- Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’ is the longest-running female number one since Adele [via NME]
- Why Infidelity Elevated Jay-Z & Beyoncé’s Music [via Refinery29]
- Ed Sheeran Says Beyoncé Changes Email Addresses Every Week [via SPIN]
- Sia drove 13 hours to make her gig in Sydney after her flight was cancelled [via NME]
- How Camp Cope’s new album was made in 2 days [via triple j]
- Bryan Singer says he was fired from Freddie Mercury film after asking for time off to be with ailing parent [via Consequence of Sound]
- Spotify Admits To Streaming 300,000 Songs Illegally [via hypebot]
- Yelawolf Performs Only 1 Song At Sold-Out Minneapolis Show [via HipHopDX]
- The 10 best music videos of 2017 [via FACT Magazine]
- How YouTube Is Leveling the Playing Field for Indie Artists [via Billboard]
- How To Advertise Your Music Using Google AdWords [via Music Think Tank]
- Stories are coming to YouTube next [via The Verge]
- Marvel just got into the scripted podcast game with “Wolverine: The Long Night” [via Fast Company]
- ‘That’s not a PR idea’: Why it’s time to leave labels behind [via Mumbrella]
- Ten predictions for digital media in 2018 [via TechCrunch]
- ACCC to investigate Google and Facebook’s impact on Australian news and advertising [via Mumbrella]
- Read Sheryl Sandberg’s full Facebook post on ending sexual harassment [via Quartz]
- Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus [via Harvard Business Review]
- 5 Chrome extensions for improving your focus at work [via The Next Web]
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