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Snap had its best quarter in four years

If you’ve started using Snapchat more regularly this year, you’re not alone. At yesterday’s Q2 earnings call, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel announced that the platform grew both revenue and daily active users at the highest rates it has achieved in the last four years. Snapchat now has 293 million daily active users, growing 23% since last year. Snap went public in 2017 with a $24 billion valuation, but not long before then, the ephemeral photo sharing app experienced a massive hiccup: Instagram cloned ...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Technology, Instagram, Berlin, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, Snapchat, Instant Messaging, Software, Arkansas, Computing, Augmented Reality, Ralph Lauren, Evan Spiegel

Trouble in fandom paradise: Tumblr users lash out against its beta subscription feature

The Tumblr community often refers to itself as the Wild West of the internet, and they’re not wrong. A text post with over 70,000 notes puts it best: “Tumblr is my favorite social media site because this place is literally uninhabitable for celebrities. No verification system, no algorithm that boosts their posts, it’s a completely lawless wasteland for them.” But like any social media company, Tumblr needs to keep itself afloat in order for its users to continue sharing esoteric fan art, incomp...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Post, Instagram, Youtube, Wordpress, Neil Gaiman, Social Media, Tech, Spokesperson, Mit, Software, Reddit, Tumblr

Instagram confirms test of new anti-harassment tool, Limits, designed for moments of crisis

Instagram head Adam Mosseri confirmed the company is testing a new feature called “Limits,” which would give users the ability to temporary lock down their accounts when they’re being targeted by a flood of harassment. The announcement of the new feature was made today during a video where Mosseri condemned the recent racism that took place on Instagram’s platform following the Euro 2020 final, and noted the company was working on improvements to both internal and customer-facing tools to help a...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, England, Media, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Mit, Emoji, Adam Mosseri, Matt Navarra, Mosseri, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka Marcus Rashford

Tumblr debuts Post+, a subscription service for Gen Z creators

As Twitter launches Super Follows, YouTube adds , and Instagram embraces e-commerce, the social media sphere is heating up with new ways for creators to make a living. Now, Tumblr is joining the fray with Post+, the platform’s first attempt at allowing users to monetize their content. Post+ is debuting today in limited beta for an exclusive selection of creators in the US, who were hand-picked by Tumblr. Like Twitter’s Super Follows, Tumblr’s Post+ lets creators choose what content they want to...
Tags: Verizon, Apps, Post, Instagram, Yahoo, US, Tech, Monetization, Tumblr, Automattic, Creator Economy, WordPress Though Tumblr

How to get your mobile app discovered in 2021

The iOS app store officially launched on July 10 2008 with 500 apps. Almost overnight, a huge new industry was created around mobile. According to Statista, revenue generated from apps (paid downloads and in-app advertising) will reach $935 billion by 2023, and that doesn’t doesn’t include the many trillions of dollars transacted via apps in the last decade alone (think Amazon, Uber, games, etc). Worldwide mobile app revenues in 2014 to 2023(in billion U.S. dollars) (source: Statista) ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apps, Elon Musk, Instagram, Stanford, Marketing, Trends, Discovery, Reid Hoffman, Airbnb, Brian, Brian Chesky, Don, Google Facebook

TikTok just hit a critical milestone only Facebook has been able to achieve

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and TikTok parent company Bytedance CEO Zhang Yiming. Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images; Zheng Shuai/VCG via Getty Images; Insider TikTok has been downloaded three billion times around the globe. Facebook and its WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger are the only other non-game apps to hit that mark. TikTok reaching that milestone proves Facebook isn't the only app people don't want to live without. See more stories on Insider'...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Trends, Getty Images, Whatsapp, Instagram Facebook, VCG, Sensor Tower, Tech Insider, Bytedance, Tiktok, Katie Canales, Zheng Shuai

Pinterest updates policy to prohibit ads promoting weight loss

Starting today, Pinterest will prohibit all advertisers from sharing ads that promote weight loss. This includes any language and imagery that encourages weight loss, promotes weight loss products, idealizes certain body types, or references the BMI (which is often a poor indicator of overall health). This makes Pinterest the first major social media platform to take this stance. Social media has played a role in promoting harmful beauty standards for as long as it’s existed. But even as “body p...
Tags: Wellness, Facebook, Apps, Pinterest, Instagram, US, Tech, Mental Health, Tumblr, Weight Watchers, Pinterest Pinterest, NEDA, National Eating Disorders Association NEDA, Rebecca Jennings, Tiktok, Sissy Sheridan

TikTok expands max video length to 3 minutes, up from 60 seconds

TikTok is embracing longer videos. The company announced this morning it will roll out the option to create videos of up to 3 minutes in length after first testing the change with a larger number of creators over the past several months. Previously, TikTok videos could be up to 60 seconds in length, after initially expanding from 15-second clips. This 60-second video format had since been copied by newer TikTok competitors, like Snapchat Spotlight and YouTube Shorts. According to TikTok, the com...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Adam Mosseri, Tiktok, Drew Kirchhoff

Instagram is developing its own version of Twitter’s Super Follow with ‘Exclusive Stories’

Instagram is building its own version of Twitter’s Super Follow with a feature that would allow online creators to publish “exclusive” content to their Instagram Stories that’s only available to their fans — access that would likely come with a subscription payment of some kind. Instagram confirmed the screenshots of the feature recently circulated across social media are from an internal prototype that’s now in development, but not yet being publicly tested. The company declined to share any sp...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Spotify, Media, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Creators, Fans, Subscriptions, Clubhouse, NFT, Creative Tools, Adam Mosseri

Snap makes a deal with Universal Music Group, adding its catalog to Sounds

Snap today announced a multi-year deal with Universal Music Group, one of the largest music companies in the world. From Queen to Justin Bieber, users can clip songs from the expansive UMG catalog to use in their Snaps and on Spotlight, the app’s TikTok competitor. This announcement comes after Snapchat added its Sounds feature in October, which lets users enhance their Snaps with music that Snap has licensed. Snap says that since then, over 521 million videos have been created using Sounds, whi...
Tags: Apps, Instagram, Tech, Snapchat, Software, Justin Bieber, Sony, Tencent, Fleetwood Mac, Warner-Music-Group, Universal, Universal Music Group, Rodrigo, Snap, Umg, Olivia

Facebook adds Shops to WhatsApp, among other e-commerce updates

Facebook is making it even easier to buy stuff while you scroll past photos of your high school lab partner’s dog. Yes, Instagram Shops and Facebook Marketplace are already displayed prominently on the apps’ bottom navigation tabs. But now, you can shop on WhatsApp too, along with other updates. Today on a Live Audio Room, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced three e-commerce updates that are coming to Facebook products: Shops on WhatsApp and Marketplace, Shops Ads, and Instagram Visual Search. “More t...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Pinterest, Instagram, Shopping, US, Social Media, Tech, Social Media Marketing, E-commerce, Ceo, Whatsapp, Artificial Intelligence, Software

Super Follows and Ticketed Spaces are coming to Twitter

In Twitter’s latest appeal to one-up competitors from Clubhouse to Patreon, the company announced today that it will begin rolling out applications for Super Follows and Ticketed Spaces. Twitter first teased the Super Follow feature during an Analyst Day event in February. Super Follows allow creators on Twitter to generate monthly revenue by offering paywalled content to followers who subscribe to them for $2.99, $4.99, or $9.99 per month. Twitter will only take 3% of creators’ revenue after in...
Tags: Google, Android, Social, TC, Apps, Twitter, Spotify, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Software, Computing, Day, App-store, Jack Dorsey

If you love voice messaging, you’ll love Squad

Squad used to be an app that connected people with similar interests for in-person meetups. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. While most social apps thrived under these conditions — people craved digital connection more than ever — Squad couldn’t operate. Founder Isa Watson didn’t know how long the world would be in shutdown. Instead of waiting for a return to normalcy, she shifted the scope of the app entirely.   Today, Squad relaunches as an audio-based social app that aims to help users...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Imessage, US, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Software, United States, Computing, Venture Capital, Squad, Watson, Silicon Valley, Isa

TikTok launches Jump, a third-party integration tool

TikTok announced today the launch of its Jump program, which expands the app’s potential for third-party integrations. TikTok began beta-testing this feature in February with Whisk, a recipe-sharing app, though only select creators could use the feature. Now, Jump will start rolling out to all users with an expanded slate of partners. Jumps can only be built by third-party providers after being approved through an application process. Platforms like Breathwrk, Wikipedia, Quizlet, StatMuse and Ta...
Tags: Apps, Instagram, Buzzfeed, Tech, Walmart, Snapchat, Software, Computing, Head, Video Hosting, Quizlet, Jumprope, Bytedance, Reels, Tiktok, TikTok TikTok

Instagram’s TikTok rival, Reels, rolls out ads worldwide

Instagram Reels are getting ads. The company announced today it’s launching ads in its short-form video platform and TikTok rival, Reels, to businesses and advertisers worldwide. The ads will be up to 30 seconds in length, like Reels themselves, and vertical in format, similar to ads found in Instagram Stories. Also like Reels, the new ads will loop, and people will be able to like, comment, and save them, the same as other Reels videos. The company had previously tested Reels ads in select mark...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Video, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Australia, Youtube, Advertising, Tech, Social Media Marketing, Bloomberg, Mobile Software, Video Hosting, Online Advertising, Digital Marketing

FamPay, a fintech aimed at teens in India, raises $38 million

How big is the market in India for a neobank aimed at teenagers? Scores of high-profile investors are backing a startup to find out. Bangalore-based FamPay said on Wednesday it has raised $38 million in its Series A round led by Elevation Capital. General Catalyst, Rocketship VC, Greenoaks Capital and existing investors Sequoia Capital India, Y Combinator, Global Founders Capital and Venture Highway also participated in the new round, which brings FamPay’s to-date raise to $42.7 million. TechCru...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Y Combinator, Asia, Instagram, Finance, India, Funding, Tech, Netflix, General Catalyst, Global Founders Capital, Bangalore, Greenoaks Capital, Jain

Messaging social network IRL hits unicorn status with SoftBank-led $170M Series C

Social calendar app IRL has been busy building a messaging-based social network, or what founder and CEO Abraham Shafi calls a “WeChat of the West.” Following its pandemic-fueled growth and further push into the social networking space with group chat and other features, IRL is today announcing a sizable $170 million Series C growth round, led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2. The fundraise also mints IRL as a new unicorn with a $1.17 billion valuation. Besides SoftBank, new investor Dragoneer also p...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Social Networks, California, Softbank, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, United States, WeChat, Twitch, Social Network

Everyone you know is a Disney princess, which means AR is queen

This weekend, all of your friends morphed one by one into animated, Pixar-inspired characters. This isn’t a fever dream, and you’re not alone. On Thursday, Snapchat released a Cartoon 3D Style Lens, which uses AR to make you look like a background character from “Frozen.” Naturally, even though TikTok’s own AR cartoon effects aren’t quite as convincing as Snapchat’s, people are turning to TikTok to share videos of themselves as Disney princesses, because of course they are. This isn’t the first ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Apps, Technology, Instagram, Disney, Tech, Snapchat, Software, Canada, United States, Computing, Ar, Augmented Reality, App Store, Pixar

Amid controversy, Dispo confirms Series A funding, high-profile advisors, and investors

It’s only been nine months since Dispo rebranded from David’s Disposable. But the vintage-inspired photo sharing app has experienced a whiplash of ups and downs, mostly due to the brand’s original namesake, YouTuber David Dobrik. Like Clubhouse, Dispo was one of this year’s most hyped up new social apps, requiring an invite from an existing member to join. On March 9, when the company said “goodbye waitlist” and opened the app up to any iOS user, Dispo looked poised to be a worthy competitor to ...
Tags: Apps, Japan, Beyonce, Instagram, Sofia Vergara, Germany, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Software, David, Digital Photography, United States, Computing, Venture Capital, Nba

Instagram reveals the 4 things it watches most closely to determine everything you see on the app

Images By Tang Ming Tung/Getty Images Instagram says it looks at how often you interact with users to determine what content to surface. The company revealed other factors in a blog post designed to tell users how Instagram works. Instagram and other social media platforms use algorithms to keep you scrolling on their sites. Sign up for the 10 Things in Tech daily newsletter. Instagram revealed on Tuesday how it decides what content, like posts and stories, to show you.The company publish...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, News, Instagram, Trends, Social Media, Mental Health, Algorithms, Tech Insider, Stories Instagram, Katie Canales, Tang Ming Tung Getty Images Instagram

Apple to introduce A/B testing and in-app events to the App Store

Apple today announced a number of coming changes and improvements to the App Store that will help developers better target their apps to users, get their apps discovered by more people, and even highlight what sort of events are taking place inside their apps to entice new users to download the app and encourage existing users to return. The company said its App Store today sees 600 million weekly users across 175 countries, and has paid out over $230 billion to developers since the App Store la...
Tags: Apple, Ios 8, Google Play, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Nike, Software, Itunes, App Store, Operating Systems, Streaming Services, Apple Inc, Mobile Software, Apple Apple, WWDC 2021

Facebook’s Spark AR platform expands to video calling with Multipeer API

At today’s F8 developer conference, Facebook announced new capabilities for Spark AR, its flagship AR creation software. Since Spark AR was announced at F8 2017, more than 600,000 creators from 190 countries have published over 2 million AR effects on Facebook and Instagram, making it the largest mobile AR platform, according to Facebook. If you’ve ever posted a selfie on your Instagram story with an effect that gave you green hair, or let you control a dog’s facial expression by moving you...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Software, Ar, Augmented Reality, Api, Barber, Operating Systems, Spark, Mobile Software, Facebook If

Twitter to begin pilot testing Fleet ads starting today

Ads are coming to Twitter’s version of Stories, known as Fleets. The company announced today it will began pilot testing Fleet ads in the U.S., which will bring full-screen, vertical format ads to Twitter for the first time, allowing it to better compete with the vertical ads offered across social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok, among others. The new Fleet ads will appear in between Fleets from people you follow and will support both images and video in 9:16 ...
Tags: Android, Social, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Social Media, Tech, Snapchat, Software, United States, Computing, Retail, Fleet, Operating Systems, Real Time Web

Instagram launches a new section for shopping product drops

Instagram today announced it’s adding a new feature to help connect online shoppers to product drops through its app. Drops, which are a newer e-commerce trend, help sellers create buzz for forthcoming products in the days and weeks leading up to their availability. The products themselves are often only available in limited supplies or for a short period of time, increasing demand. On Instagram, drops will now have their own destination inside the app at the top of the Shop tab, where consumers...
Tags: Apple, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Instagram, Shopping, Social Media, Brands, Tech, E-commerce, Online Shopping, United States, Flash Sales, Drake

New Instagram insights make its TikTok competitor Reels more appealing

Over the last year, Instagram has added a slew of features to help independent creators make a living, like Instagram Shop and Shopping in Reels . Today, Instagram launched new Insights for Reels and Live on its Professional Dashboard, giving businesses and creators essential data about the reach of their content. These tools will help Reels catch up with its competitor TikTok, which already offers users detailed analytics. As Instagram and TikTok continue trying to keep up with one anot...
Tags: Apps, Instagram, Los Angeles, Social Media, Insights, Tech, Social Media Marketing, Analytics, Creators, Jones, Reels, Instagram Shop, Tiktok, Reels Instagram, Reels Today Instagram, Quinn Jones

Pinterest introduces Idea Pins, a video-first feature aimed at creators

Pinterest is expanding further into the creator community with today’s launch of a video-first feature called “Idea Pins,” aimed at creators who want to tell their stories using video, music, creative editing tools and more. The feature feels a lot like Pinterest’s own take on TikTok, mixed with Stories, as the new Pins allow creators to record and edit creative videos with up to 20 pages of content, using tools like voiceover recording, background music, transitions and other interactive elemen...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Pinterest, Instagram, Social Networks, Australia, Youtube, France, Germany, Tech, Snapchat, Software, Austria, Canada, United States

TikTok launches a Green Screen Duet feature, tests dedicated ‘Topics’ feeds

As competition with tech giants heats up, TikTok is rolling out a series of new features to help keep its short-form video app ahead of rivals. The company today announced the launch of a new Green Screen Duet feature, which combines two of TikTok’s most popular editing tools to allow creators to use another video from TikTok as the background in their new video. It also confirmed the test of a new way to discover videos called “Topics.” These are dedicated interest-based feeds featuring the top...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Instagram, India, Tech, Walmart, Snapchat, Facebook YouTube, Tiktok, Instagram Reels, YouTube Shorts, Green Screen Duet, Today Duet, Left Right React

Instagram adds a dedicated spot for your pronouns

Seeing someone mention their pronouns in their Instagram bio has become commonplace — so much so that the app now has a dedicated location where users can put pronouns without taking up that valuable profile space. The company announced the new feature on Twitter, saying that it is only available in a few countries just now, but will be arriving in more soon. I was able to make it work here in the U.S. in version 187 of the iOS app. To set your pronoun, just go to your profile page, hit “Edit Pr...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Gender, Instagram, Tech

Spotify adds timestamped podcast sharing and other social features

On the heels of its expanded partnership with Facebook, Spotify this morning new sharing features that broaden the way Spotify content, including both music and podcasts, can be shared across social media. As part of this, Spotify’s Canvas feature, which adds a looping, visual art experience to songs, is being improved. Spotify will also now allow users to share a timestamped link to a podcast, which allows users to tune into to a particular moment of the podcast episode. Previously, if you wa...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Spotify, Podcast, Music, Instagram, Podcasts, Social Networks, Social Media, Tech, Snapchat, Streaming, Social Network, Social Sharing, Facebook Spotify

Clubhouse finally launches its Android app

Clubhouse finally has an Android app that you can download from the Play Store — provided you live in the U.S. The voice social network launched its beta Android app on Play Store for users in the U.S. on Sunday, and said it will gradually make the new app available in other English-speaking countries and then the rest of the world. The social network, valued at about $4 billion in its most recent fundraise, launched as an iPhone-only app last year. The startup, which still requires new users to...
Tags: Android, Social, Apps, Instagram, Microsoft, Tech, Tiger Global, Clubhouse, Facebook Twitter Discord Spotify Reddit

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