Plus latest report proves how slow Australia’s internet really is.
The day has finally come people – Facebook is testing out its Stories feature across newsfeeds in multiple countries, proving it has no shame in imitating what other social media platforms look like. Originally tested out in Ireland in January, the feature appears at the top of your news feed (that’s right, not tucked away out of sight in Messenger), and also comes with the inclusion direct messaging.
See what the latest Facebook news feed layout looks like here.
Things just go from bad to worse for Twitter, with the news that many high-profile accounts have been hacked. The hackers’ tweets were sent ahead of Wednesday’s national election in the Netherlands, and exploited Twitter Counter, a third-party tool that some people and organisations use to measure Twitter stats.
Read more about the story here.
The “30-minute sitcom with commercials” format of television viewing is all but forgotten by today’s Millennials, so one production company has turned their hand to 30-second scripts instead. Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, a production company owned by actor Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Eric Towner and John ‘Harv’ Harvatine IV, recently launched “Blark and Son” — a puppet-based animation show that “airs” on Instagram with self-contained episodes of about half-a-minute in length.
Read TheWrap’s interview with executive producer Adam Aseraf here.
The biggest names in Australian music are up for nomination in this year’s APRA Music Awards, and Flume is the frontrunner after securing four nominations ahead of next month’s award ceremony. The all-important Song Of The Year category is being fought out between tracks by Amy Shark, Tim Minchin, Julia Jacklin, D.D Dumbo and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
Read the full list of nominees here.
Having a slow internet day? Well it might be time to move to Thailand, Bulgaria or Kenya, because they ALL enjoy internet speeds faster than Australia’s! According to the latest Akamai State of the Internet Report, Australia has dropped from 48th to 51st in the world for internet speed
Read a quick overview of the full report here.
- Facebook brings Snapchat-like Stories feature to more countries [via The Next Web]
- State of Connectivity 2016: Using Data to Move Towards a More Inclusive Internet [via FB Newsroom]
- Twitter hack fills high-profile accounts with Nazi references [via CNET]
- Ed Sheeran fans confused as #sheeranalbumparty trends on Twitter [via NME]
- ‘Blark and Son’ Reinvents the Sitcom for an Instagram Generation [via TheWrap]
- The Luck of the Irish Extends to Instagram Stickers for St. Patrick’s Day [via AdWeek]
- Flume Leads This Year’s APRA Music Award Nominees [via Music Feeds]
- Live Nation Australia Appoints New Chairman [via TheMusic.com.au]
- Songkick rolls out Shazam product integration worldwide [via Music Week]
- Apple Music invited Spotify hater Vince Staples to perform at its SXSW party [via Mashable]
- Who’s on Snapchat: The Changing Demographic of the Yellow Ghost [via Social Media Today]
- LinkedIn Adds Photo Editing Tools and Filters for Profile Images [via Social Media Today]
- Australia just dropped out of the top 50 countries in Internet speed [via Industry Observer]
- How Facebook and Instagram are quietly changing the appearance of American homes [via MarketWatch]
- McDonald’s begins testing Mobile Order & Pay ahead of U.S. launch [via TechCrunch]
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