Facebook Tests Live Split-screen Broadcasts: This Week in Social Media

Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention. What’s New This Week Facebook Tests Native Split-screen, Two-person Live Broadcasts: This week, Social Media Examiner staff reported that Facebook appears to…

Some people are saying Facebook Messenger looks like iMessage now

Yesterday Facebook made a pretty significant update to its Messenger app for messaging and voice and video calls: It finally started letting people access its M virtual assistant in conversations. But there’s more to it than that. Facebook also adjusted the design of the app in a way that makes Messenger look like Apple’s Messages…

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey forgoes compensation again

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, continued to forego direct compensation and Peter Fenton, a board member since 2009, will leave after the company’s annual meet in May, a regulatory filing showed on Friday. Fenton, who is a partner at venture capital firm Benchmark Capital, will not seek re-election after his term expires,…

Spotting sockpuppets with science

 If you’ve ever ventured into the comment section of a website or spent any time on forums or social media, you’ve probably encountered sockpuppets, fake accounts controlled by a single person — though it’s possible you didn’t know it at the time. New research may help ID these overeager commentators automatically, which is good news…

Peter Fenton is leaving Twitter’s board of directors

 Benchmark partner Peter Fenton, who had been on Twitter’s board since 2009, will not seek re-election after his term expires in 2016 according to a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. To be sure, Fenton was expected to depart the company’s board once his term expires according to reports going back to when…

Trump's internet support squads are infighting after missile strike in Syria

The most nationalistic President Donald Trump supporters have started jumping off the Trump train. The president ordered a missile strike on a Syrian airfield Thursday night in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Syrian government that left dozens of people dead. And his actions have seriously divided his supporters online. SEE ALSO:…

Facebook adds new features to Instant Articles to encourage email sign-ups and Page Likes

 Facebook today rolled out an improvement to its Instant Articles feature that now lets publishers include call-to-action units in their articles to better connect with readers, including those that encourage email sign-ups and Page Likes. The company also announced it’s testing two more units for publishers interested in offering free trials of their digital subscriptions and another……

#SproutChat Recap: How to Be Successful on All Social Platforms

Many social platforms have launched, but few have stuck around long enough to boast active users or maintain a brand’s marketing resources. During this week’s #SproutChat, we discussed ways to ensure a consistent voice and experience across each communication touchpoint. We also covered off on reasons why your brand needs to allocate time to different platforms. Be…

Facebook adds call-to-action buttons to Instant Articles

Facebook’s Instant Articles opened up to all publishers nearly a year ago, but the mobile viewing product was very much read-only. Publishers didn’t really have a native way to support converting readers into something more, like subscribers. On Friday, the social media company launched call-to-action units with the goal of providing a “more direct line…

People are stunned by Brian Williams' praise for Trump's missile strike

In order to make a comeback, you have to go away. And a few folks on Twitter feel MSNBC anchor Brian Williams perhaps hasn’t been away long enough.  Williams, again, found himself in the news rather than reporting it on Thursday night into Friday morning after he praised United States missiles that struck a Syrian…

Alt-Twitter accounts are rallying after government demands to unmask anti-Trump account

The resistance is strong, on Twitter. After Twitter revealed Thursday it is suing the U.S. government for demanding the user information of @ALT_USCIS, an anonymous account that tweets against Trump’s immigration policies, other popular anti-Trump handles have been rallying behind it.  #WeAreAltGov and we are not going anywhere. Send support and good vibes to @Alt_USCISpic.twitter.com/hApSxhKXIy…

Otonomo raises $25 million to help connected-car makers monetize their data

Otonomo, a cloud-based platform that pulls together car manufacturers, app developers, and other service providers to leverage data generated from connected vehicles, has raised another $25 million in “strategic” funding. The round was led by automotive supplier Delphi Automotive, with participation from existing investors, including Bessemer Venture Partners, StageOne Ventures, and Maniv Mobility. Founded out of Israel…

Influencer marketing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Consumers in today’s world are focused less on advertisements, and more on content. They don’t care that your product is the best on the market. Rather, they want to know what value your brand brings them. This line of thinking is pushed every time another company goes out of their way to make branding important….

Facebook is turning into a confusing social nightmare

Facebook! It’s a confusing mess these days. The network, in its efforts to become a bit more social again, has drowned users in new features, tests and other distracting knickknacks — and for perhaps the first time in the service’s 13-year history, it’s not altogether clear what you’re supposed to do when you log in…

Live Video: Tips and Techniques for Creating Great Content

Do you broadcast live video? Want to learn how to create an engaged following? To discover what he’s learned from broadcasting over 1,000 live streams over the last two years, I interview Alex Khan. More About This Show The Social Media Marketing podcast is an on-demand talk radio show from Social Media Examiner. It’s designed…

Gordon Ramsay faces the heat for 'insulting' Indian snack on Twitter

Ace chef and television presenter Gordon Ramsay, who’s known for his sharp tongue, was left with a bad taste in the mouth when he tried to humor an Indian Twitter user. The bloke, Rameez, tweeted to Ramsay asking him to ‘rate’ his food photo. Just like many users do to invite supposedly hilarious insults from…

Skype’s real-time voice translation tool now works in Japanese

Microsoft is expanding its real-time Skype translation tool for spoken word into Japanese, its tenth language. The software giant first introduced Skype Translator in English and Spanish back in 2014, and it has since expanded into a number of additional languages, including Mandarin, Italian, Russian, and Arabic. In a nutshell, Skype Translator leverages artificial intelligence…

Tool to help users spot ‘fake news’ launched by Facebook

Social media giants Facebook has launched a tool to help its users spot fake news online. The recently launched resource will spot false news and misleading information that spreads on its service. Adam Mosseri, vice president of News Feed at Facebook, said he hopes people will become “more discerning consumers” of news. Read also: Factories…

Hands-on with Apple’s Clips: Simple and fun video editing, only for iOS

Today Apple released its latest app, Clips. It’s an answer to Snapchat and Instagram’s rapid and generally unimportant but absolutely modern systems for recording, editing, and sharing photo-video mashups. Do you need to use it when you have Instagram or Snapchat? No. Is it more understandable those other apps? At this point, I think so….

Twitter refuses to release identity of @alt_uscis, had sought verification status in January

The pseudonymous Twitter @alt_uscis account, whose true identity is being sought by the Trump Administration, contacted Twitter in January to ask about verification for #altgov accounts, VentureBeat has learned. What’s more, VentureBeat has learned of a coordinated effort by the operators of #altgov accounts to protect their anonymity. Two operators of #altgov accounts and a source close…

Mastodon the band’s response to Mastodon the platform is metal AF

As the buzz about new open-source social platform Mastodon spread round the internet, some not in the know might have been puzzled and asked themselves, “Wait, noted metal band Mastodon has their own social network?” SEE ALSO: No way out: You can’t delete a Mastodon account Rest assured, no, the platform and the band are…

Lyft reportedly raises $500 million

Lyft has reportedly raised a new round of funding to fund its on-demand ride hailing service. It’s believed that investors have put in $500 million more into the company’s coffers, probably invigorated by its recent market growth and Uber’s stumbles. A Lyft spokesperson declined to comment. And while the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal…

No way out: You can't delete a Mastodon account

Mastodon, the upstart anti-Twitter that everyone is talking about has one glaring problem. You can’t delete your account. SEE ALSO: Bye, Twitter. All the cool kids are migrating to Mastodon. In reality, Mastodon has many issues, including this one. For example, it’s a distributed social network, so there are clusters of users living on different…

Here's how to get verified on Mastodon

It takes certain credentials to become a verified human in this world—unless you’re on Mastodon, that is. While Twitter makes its little birdies fly through hoops to earn that exclusive verification tick beside their names, Mastodon—the brand new open-source version of Twitter, and maybe even the social network’s latest competition—makes the coveted symbol much more…

Facebook Messenger’s AI “M” suggests features to use based on your convos

 Write “You owe me $20” and Messenger will suggest you use its payments feature. If someone says “goodbye”, Messenger will recommend a “bye-bye” GIF. That’s how Facebook’s new M Suggestions work. Facebook’s artificial intelligence assistant will privately interject these recommendations above the message composer in your Messenger… Read More

Facebook Messenger gets M assistant-powered suggested responses

For more than 1 billion people, Thursday will be the first time they will experience Facebook’s M assistant on their terms. The social media company is launching suggested responses within its Messenger app, meaning that relevant “actions” will be proffered within conversations to make them “more engaging and personalizable.” This feature is available on iOS…

One in five Facebook videos is Live as it seizes the verb

 While most people still aren’t sure what to broadcast, and some have misused the format for unsavory or criminal purposes, Facebook now says one-fifth of the videos share on its network are now Live videos. It’s also seen Live broadcasting grow 4X in the past year, according to Facebook’s head of video Fidji Simo. This…

Facebook puts link to 10 tips for spotting ‘false news’ atop feed

 Today Facebook begins fighting misinformation with news literacy education, in addition to product features. This week, users in 14 countries, including the U.S., will see an alert above the News Feed several times over the next few days that links them to Facebook’s Help Center where they can read “Tips to Spot False News.” Read…

Twitter simplifies API platform, publishes 2017 developer roadmap

Twitter wants you to know that it hasn’t given up on developers and that it’s charging forward with efforts to make it easier for them to build applications on its platform. Today, the company announced a more “unified” API platform, which it said came about through feedback gleaned from its #HelloWorld tour last year. Now…

Introducing Better Insights into How Your Ads Work

Introducing Better Insights into How Your Ads Work April 6th, 2017 Your ad results should shape your marketing strategy, helping you make real-time decisions on current campaigns, or help you find direction for the future. But digesting these results shouldn’t be strenuous. We know that understanding how Facebook’s auction, optimization and targeting work is key…

Instagram Head of Product Kevin Weil to talk shop at Disrupt NY

 Instagram is killing it. The photo-sharing behemoth has topped 600 million users, with the most recent 100 million joining in the last year. Plus, the company now has more than 1 million active advertisers, building on Facebook’s already-dominant advertising business. But there is also a question of whether or not Instagram can continue iterating in…

Niche Live Events: What Does it Take to Get a Huge Audience?

Carl Landau, a 30-year veteran of magazine publishing, event organizing, and more,  share his insights into hosting a live niche event. As the brain behind the infamous Camp Niche, Niche Digital Conference, and Super Niche conferences, Landau is more than qualified to share his experiences and know-how on hosting a live event for promoters, associations,…

How Digital Marketers Can Balance Family and Career

If you’re a busy social marketer, you’re no stranger to a fast-paced life. In the current digital age, content is produced—and shared—every second, and it seems like you have to be connected at all times in order to keep your edge. I can relate. As a serial entrepreneur (currently running my eighth company, digital marketing…

Pepsi pulls Kendall Jenner ad after social media backlash

PepsiCo pulled a commercial featuring model Kendall Jenner on Wednesday, after the ad prompted outrage and ridicule from those who said it trivialised rights protests and public unrest in the U.S. The ad, released late on Tuesday, shows the fashion celebrity and reality TV star in a photo shoot when she sees protesters marching. Removing……

How to Assess Your LinkedIn Company Page Performance

Is your LinkedIn marketing working? Are you examining what works for your competitors? Using key metrics to benchmark your LinkedIn company page performance against your competitors’ pages will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. In this article, you’ll discover how to analyze your LinkedIn efforts and find out what’s working for your competition. Create…

Facebook, Instagram Makes Move Against Revenge Porn Sharing

The 21st century has moved mostly to the digital world and it is with this in mind that exes have devised several ways online to shame their former partners. The advent of photos and video sharing has made revenge plots against unsuspecting exes easier and delivering a harder blow on the victim of the social……

Twitter goes Lite for developing markets

Twitter is looking at developing regions again as it struggles to find new users elsewhere, and it’s taking a page out of the playbooks of its rivals for inspiration.  The San Francisco-based company today announced Twitter Lite, a stripped down web version of the company’s flagship service that works on slow networks (2G, to be…

Twitter releases ‘lite’ version for emerging markets

Twitter has introduced Twitter Lite, a mobile browser-friendly version that caters to people who have to worry about slow mobile networks, expensive data plans, or lack of storage on their device. This compact version follows efforts by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and others to improve accessibility to users worldwide, especially in emerging markets. Twitter Lite has been optimized for…

Twitter ads starring Trump pop up in Tokyo train stations

 He may have shared the world’s worst handshake with its prime minister, but President Trump is still big in Japan. Starting in late March, a set of splashy ads depicting Trump appeared in train cars and metro stations around Tokyo. Read More

Twitter just lost the one thing it did well

Today the NFL announced it has reached a deal with Amazon to stream 10 NFL games over the course of the 2017-18 season. Worth a reported $50 million, Amazon now takes the reins and those with Prime will reap the benefits. For Twitter, it’s now just another thing that it used to do well. Twitter…

You can now draw with a thicker brush in Snapchat

 Yesterday Snapchat tweaked their drawing tool so you can draw thicker lines on your snapsterpieces. To change your brush size all you have to do is select a color to draw with, then use two fingers to “pinch” in or out to make the brush size bigger or smaller. It’s exactly the same motion you’d use…

New Facebook Success Stories from March

New Facebook Success Stories from March April 5th, 2017 Every day, Facebook connects businesses with the people that matter to them, helping them to drive real results. Here are a few examples of how we’ve helped our clients to achieve business success recently. Perfect partners ITV (UK) To relaunch a national TV favourite, this UK…

Microsoft launches “Who’s In,” a social event planning app for iMessage

 Microsoft’s name isn’t exactly synonymous with social networking, though that hasn’t stopped the company from finding angles into this space – generally, with more of a focus on the business side of socializing, as with its LinkedIn and Yammer acquisitions. It’s own efforts in social, meanwhile, have failed, as with last month’s shuttering of its social……

Six reasons Mastodon won't survive

William Shatner couldn’t find me on Mastodon. This was a problem. I couldn’t even find you https://t.co/keNUC3IOYd — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) April 5, 2017 Mastodon stomped onto the scene this week instantly generating some buzz as the anti-Twitter. It looks and feels like Twitter. but is not a part of it. Mastodon is a free,…

Netflix ditches 5-star rating system for thumbs-up and thumbs-down

We knew it was coming, but Netflix is finally beginning to replace its old five-star rating system with a simple thumbs-up and thumbs-down button. The move mirrors other similar online content companies such as Spotify, and is designed to solicit more feedback from its users, while alleviating confusion about how the rating system actually works. Contrary…

3 Ways To Boost Your Instagram Feed

Instagram now has over 400 million daily active users, making it the fastest growing social media platform of the moment. With so many users, there are more marketing opportunities on Instagram than ever before, so your brand has to put its best foot forward. Making the most of your brand’s presence on Instagram all starts…

Time Inc. is launching its own influencer marketing network with help from Speakr

 Time Inc. is getting into the influencer marketing business in a bigger way, with a new offering called Time Inc. Connect. This influencer network will be “powered by” startup Speakr — as explained to me by Time Inc’s senior vice president of digital business development and business operations Regina Buckley, this means Time Inc. Connect will…

Why Hugging Haters Defies Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink

Recently, I finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s classic, Blink. Yes, I am a little behind the times. I also just recently finished The West Wing. This post is not about my trials and tribulations in staying timely, however. Gladwell’s analysis has been percolating through my brain, and somewhere in that process, it occurred to me that…

Sysomos launches its new AI-powered social marketing platform

Social media marketing is big business. In addition to the intangible value offered by earned and owned media, advertising revenue across social networks worldwide amounted to $25.14 billion in 2015 and is projected to grow to $41 billion this year. But bringing everything together into one social media management has always been a challenge. Today Sysomos…

Social Media Scheduling: How to Always Be One Step Ahead

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail.” While it might have been a few centuries before social media existed, the same sentiment rings true to marketers and community managers today. When you make social media scheduling a priority, you plan for the future and stay one step ahead in an industry…

German cabinet backs €50M hate speech fines for social media firms

 The German cabinet has backed proposals to hit social media firms with fines of up to €50 million if they fail to promptly remove illegal hate speech from their platforms — within 24 hours after a complaint has been made for “obviously criminal content”, and within seven days for other illegal content. Read More

April: Taking risks with digital transformation: Andy Main, Deloitte Digital

Andy Main, Head of Deloitte Digital and ClickZ’s Featured Digital Leader for April, discusses digital transformation, risk-taking in his career, and the innovative new technology that Deloitte Digital is placing its bets on. Andy Main has worked for Deloitte, the 172-year-old accounting and consulting firm and one of the world’s largest professional services networks, since…

Dutch men are holding hands in solidarity against anti-LGBTQ violence

Dutch men are holding hands in an act of protest and solidarity after a gay couple was brutally beaten for holding hands in public.  SEE ALSO: LGBTQ people share their stories of violence and resilience Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Verne were holding hands in Arnhem, Netherlands, when they were attacked by a group in the…

How to Set Up an Effective Facebook Ad Campaign

Are you considering Facebook ads? Wondering how to set up a successful Facebook ad campaign? Understanding the fundamentals of Facebook advertising can help you avoid common mistakes that cost time and money. In this article, you’ll discover how to create an effective Facebook advertising campaign. Decide Where Facebook Ads Fit Into Your Marketing Before you spend…

#StopHindiChauvinism has taken over Indian Twitter

India, a country of 1.3 billion people, has 22 official languages. Its most-spoken language (Hindi) is sometimes mistaken as the national language.  But it’s not. India has no “national language” though Hindi has become the unofficial leader of the pack. And that is a problem.   SEE ALSO: New mobile banking app supports 11 Indian…

11 Ways to Improve Net Promoter Score Surveys

You can’t fix what you can’t find. Garnering customer feedback is more important than ever, and it’s exhilarating to see so many companies committing to surveying their customers post-purchase. Many of these customer feedback collection mechanisms rely on the Net Promoter Score system, a simple zero to 10 scale that asks the customer how likely…

Bye, Twitter. All the cool kids are migrating to Mastodon.

In the battle between a massive prehistoric beast and a fluttering bird, we all know what’s destined to come out on top.  But in the case of Mastodon, a social network with the potential to take on Twitter, the former just so happens to be the underdog. And yet, it’s an underdog with serious spunk. …

New York’s top court rejects Facebook challenge to 381 search warrants

(Reuters) – New York state’s highest court on Tuesday rejected Facebook’s challenge to 381 search warrants to uncover suspected widespread Social Security disability fraud by its customers. By a 5-1 vote, the Court of Appeals said it lacked jurisdiction to hear Facebook’s appeal over warrants obtained by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr….

#SproutChat Calendar: Upcoming Topics for April 2017

This April at #SproutChat, we’re talking about everything from measuring success across all social platforms to educating colleagues on personal branding best practices. Be sure to click the “add to calendar” links to add a meeting notice with all the Twitter chat details to your schedule. Wednesday, April 5: Success Across Social Platforms Many social platforms besides Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and…

How to Rise Above Social Media Algorithms

Depending on where you stand, social media algorithms are either the best thing since sliced bread or the bane of your existence. For the casual user who’s tired of sorting through dozens of Facebook posts from brands they followed five years ago and no longer care about, algorithms are amazing. For the social media marketer who’s…

Why Video Holds the Key to Authentic Community Building

It’s no secret that paid media is failing. With the rise of savvy consumers and the prevalence of ad-blocking technology, traditional paid media models are simply no longer viable. Instead, brands are increasingly turning to content as the go-to solution for media advertising. Content marketing positions products and services uniquely within informative and entertaining content…

Twitter invokes the allure of one of its biggest users for its billboard ads

To promote the nature of real-time news on its platform, Twitter is turning to one of its more unfiltered, famous users — U.S. president Donald Trump. The social network is plastering his likeness on its billboard ads all over Tokyo’s railway stations, accompanied by the hashtag #TrumpAdministration (トランプ政権) and a catchphrase: “There is a ‘now’…

LinkedIn introduces lead generation forms in sponsored posts

LinkedIn has introduced a call to action feature that enables marketers to curate qualified leads from those that read their paid content on the professional social network. With LinkedIn Lead Gen Forms, when a prospect clicks on a sponsored post and is interested in more information, their LinkedIn profile will be automatically populated into a…

4 Tips for Successful Social Media Contests

Do you run social media contests for your business? Looking for ways to make your contests deliver more than entries? A strong social media contest can generate real value for your business. In this article, you’ll discover four tips for executing a successful social media contest. #1: Appeal to Prospective Customers, Not Just Entrants The…

13 epic stats and facts from The State of Social webinar

On March 23, ClickZ Intelligence held the webinar ‘The State of Social 2017’ in association with Tracx. As part of the presentation, a huge number of stats and facts were shared about social media, both as a whole and in relation to individual networks. Practical tips given by National Geographic’s Mia Vallo and Shell’s Matt Owen helped demonstrate…

Japan’s Rakuten Games launches HTML5 social game platform

Japan’s Rakuten Games has launched its HTML5 social game platform known as R Games. The HTML5 platform — based on HTML5 standard, or the lingua franca of the web — is becoming more popular with endorsements from Facebook, which launched its Instant Games last fall. That means you can play HTML5 games on a smartphone…

Your News Feed is such a mess that Facebook is giving you another one

There’s nothing quite like a clean slate — especially one that’s pre-populated with a generous helping of algorithmically generated spam. Perhaps realizing that the News Feed has over the years morphed into a cluttered mess, Facebook has started testing an entirely new feed with a subset of its users.  After all, why have one feed…

Sprout Social Receives 2 Top Awards in G2 Crowd’s Latest Software Report

Sprout Social was recently recognized by G2 Crowd as the Most Implementable social media monitoring software with the Highest User Adoption—two distinctions we are both honored and humbled to receive. According to G2 Crowd, a product’s Implementation score is calculated by a proprietary algorithm that factors in real-user satisfaction ratings for a number of implementation-related…

Twitter lets brands use location data in direct messages

Twitter has launched a new tool for brands to use when interacting with customers. Within direct messages, businesses can now ask for or share location data, which should help guide people to nearby retail stores. This feature is available through Twitter’s developer program to partners offering customer service tools for brands. Above: Twitter now lets brands…

This MIT professor with a reality show is the Kardashian of physics

César Hidalgo is an Associate Professor at MIT who’s studying the human collective learning process. He travels all over the world to advise organizations and give speeches.  Hidalgo recorded his life over a period of three months when he visited seven cities in five countries, providing an alternative kind of reality TV. Read more… More…

Ultimate Guide to Social Media Competitive Analysis

The early days of social media marketing were like the Wild West. Everyone was on the same level, trying a million different tactics to find the secret sauce. Whether it was spamming people to death, Tweeting 50 times a day or trying to figure out the all of the social media image size guidelines, nothing…

Product Hunt will now let you ask the community for product recommendations

 While Product Hunt has always been a great place to discover new services and products, it’s not necessarily the best place to find a product that you need right now. For example, let’s say this morning I’m behind on work and all I’m concerned with is finding a great to-do list app. While I’m sure there are some great options…

How Breaking the Fourth Wall Sparks Great Storytelling

Your marketing firewall can get between you and your audience. Last year I wrote a content piece about live streaming (I was honored that it was a top ten post on Convince and Convert for 2016, and thanks to Brian Fanzo, whom I interviewed in the article). The piece focused on how brands are finding success…

How deep learning is changing the game for both advertisers and consumers

AI has forever changed digital advertising. As marketers, it already allows us to decide how to best engage potential customers and markets like never before. But there’s room to grow. Deep learning tools are the next major area of AI-based research, and it will spark a wave of future innovation in every industry – bringing…

Twitter: It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

In my role as a professional speaker and social media consultant, I still get asked a version of the following when I tell people about the value of using Twitter for business: “Isn’t Twitter just a bunch of people talking about what they had for breakfast?” Setting aside my answer to that question for the…

How to Use Facebook Stories for Marketing

Is video part of your marketing strategy? Are you wondering how Facebook’s short-form video format could help your business? Facebook Stories brings a new video format to Facebook that closely resembles Instagram Stories. In this article, you’ll discover what you need to know to succeed with Facebook Stories. About Facebook Stories If you’ve not used…

'Brown girl' poetry act blows the lid off society's misogyny

Brown Girl’s Guide to Gender, a hard-hitting spoken-word performance by Mumbai girl, Aranya Johar, will strike a chord with every Indian woman.  Or perhaps with all women in conservative societies. SEE ALSO: This video about a transgender mother tugs at your heartstrings The 18-year-old’s uninhibited act (with some NSFW language) exposes the hypocrisy of patriarchal…

This video about a transgender mother tugs at your heartstrings

Transgender rights is a sensitive issue in India. And elsewhere too.  But this new ad film from P&G for its cough medication brand, Vicks, hits all the right notes and passes on an important message — motherhood transcends gender.  SEE ALSO: Moving ACLU video tells the story of a trans teen who could make history…

Malicious Video About Gov Sani Bello: Handwork Of Social Media Insurgents

There is a certain malicious video clip circulating in the new (social) media purporting that Governor Abubakar Sani Bello was stoned  and booed while on his statewide Mid-Term Project  Assessment and Meet the People  Tour. This is not true. This cannot be true. Even though the video speaks for itself, we are constrained to disown…

Facebook creeping is no longer totally anonymous

Facebook’s new “Stories” update is here, and it ruins the best part about the entire social network: Mindlessly plumbing your friends’ lives without fear of getting caught. When you watch a friend’s Story — which exists for 24 hours and is comprised of one or more photos or short videos — that friend will know…

How Snapchat can reignite growth to compete with Facebook (podcast)

Snap’s public offering marked the biggest U.S. tech IPO since Alibaba in 2014. This milestone has put a spotlight on the social media company, with public investors digging into their long term growth potential and path to profitability. One of the increasing concerns about Snap is user growth. While Snapchat boasted 50 million new daily actives…

Facebook Stories Launch Globally: This Week in Social Media

Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention. What’s New This Week Facebook Rolls Out Facebook Stories and Other Snapchat-like Camera Features Globally: Facebook rolled out a new in-app camera…