Instagram has been showing users ads in the last couple of months, ever since it announced back in June that it would be serving more ads. Now, we're here, and so are the ads.
The company launched an ads API in August, allowing third-party companies to sell ad vacancies for them, but thanks to Facebook's ability of not sharing Instagram's revenue numbers, it's hard to see how much "more" advertising Instagram had planned on selling. Well, Brand Networks is an ad network that is an official ad partner of Instagram, and released some interesting numbers on Monday.
In the two charts Brand Networks provided, it shows just how quickly Instagram's push into advertising was. Brand Networks served some 50 million ad impressions on Instagram in August, but doubled this to 100 million in September. Just last month, Brand Networks served a huge 670 million - 13x its start in August. Keep in mind these numbers are from a single ad partner, so the total figures from Instagram could be far different.
Undisclosed sources claim that Twitter's engineering head Kevin Wail and its head of media, Katie Stanton, will be departing the social media giant soon, seen reported by The Australian recently.
The information has been leaked "according to people familiar with the matter," with further claims being made that Stanton has already announced her absence internally some time ago. Being a prior chairman, current chief executive Jack Dorsey told Twitter that he'll only take back the CEO role if the entire board of directors was replaced - it seems that he's now a few steps closer to this goal.
While Twitter has declined official comment itself, sources further claim that this major executive shuffle is a bold move by Dorsey to revitalise his company, one of which that has fallen on hard times recently.
Skype has just made a big change to the way in which their omnipresent messaging app works, adding in a level of privacy that wasn't quite there before. Now your IP address is hidden by default, to help prevent an easy avenue for launching a DDoS from.
It seems that the gaming community is the reason for this change, because of how vindictive and angry players can get if they lose, or if someone says something they don't agree with. DDoS's are a real threat carried out on a variety of scales almost daily, and Skype has previously been an easy way to facilitate that. Just use a tool to backtrace a persons IP using their Skype ID. But now that won't work, because your IP address will be obfuscated by default, a great leap forward for privacy.
"Starting with this update to Skype and moving forward, your IP address will be kept hidden from Skype users. This measure will help prevent individuals from obtaining a Skype ID and resolving to an IP address," the news update says. It's a great thing, because it was one of the easier avenues attack.
Tagging someone in a funny cat video or fresh new meme violates the terms of a retraining order according to a New York judge, ruling that Maria Gonzalez breached her 'contract' due to tagging her sister-in-law Maribel Calderon in a post that labeled her as "stupid."
As reported by Gizmodo, this violation was ruled by Acting Westchester County Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci, who stated that it wasn't necessarily the tag itself that created an issue, but the notification that the sister-in-law received was the straw that broke the camels back.
Gonzalez now faces up to one year in jail due to being charged with second-degree criminal contempt.
If you're sick of seeing past memories and wish Facebook would (partly) get out of your life, the whizz-kids at Gizmodo have posted a guide on how to turn them off.
It's as simple as heading to the 'On This Day' page and telling this social media giant that you're not interested in seeing posts between certain dates (found in the preferences section). If you pick a time before your account was created and up until late 2017, you're not going to see anything for quite some time.
This semi-permanent solution is the best that I've seen so far - besides simply not posting on Facebook at all. If you're super-keen on nostalgia, I suggest checking our your MySpace profile.
As if it wasn't bad enough as it is with autoplay for all media set to on by default, now even Periscope live feeds will start playing as you scroll through your Twitter feed.
Twitter's own real-time video streaming app has been a very successful venture once it was acquired early on in 2015. It's used for a variety of entertaining things, from pre-show interaction with fans to simply showing the world a small part of your life. It's interesting and can potentially be a tremendous creative outlet. The possibilities are endless, and what would happen if they integrated live 3D video streaming (with an external camera, of course). The world would nearly end.
But before it does, Twitter has naturally turned on autoplay in the iOS app, much to the behest of many social media moguls. This follows a trend set by Facebook that plays videos in as you scroll. In Twitter, only on the iOS app for now, you'll be able to watch, though tapping it will prompt you to open the actual Periscope app in order to actually interact with people.
Authorities have located and arrested a 19-year-old located in Pennsylvania recently, accusing this teenager of using 57 total Twitter accounts to recruit and advertise for ISIS.
19-year-old Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz was also found in possession of a stockpile of weapons, with authorities homing in on this man due to various tweets about buying female slaves and killing US soldiers while using Twitter names such as '@MuslinBruh0', reports Gizmodo. Found inside his closet were items such as five loaded magazines (explained to look like belonging to an M4) and a large kitchen knife.
While it has been explained that not all of these 57 accounts were operating at any one time, Twitter was reportedly closing accounts quite regularly, with this teenager continuing to make a new handle in response each time, continuing the spread of ISIS propaganda.
With the 2015 Facebook 'Year in Review' being published recently, the social media giant has announced that the 2016 American presidential election has been the most discussed topic over the last 11-12 months.
With one of the biggest posts about this topic being Hillary Clinton announcing her candidacy, one single Facebook post alone by her drew in just under 80,000 likes, 10,500 comments and 41,289 shares. This was followed by Donald Trump's tax plan press conference, drawing 54,000 likes, 22,000 comments and 17,000 shares.
There's no denying that many different individuals have taken to Facebook in order to express their opinions and often engage in heated debate about the election to come, with the statistics showing that maybe its something the globe cares about more than other things. While its interesting to point out how much reach Clinton and Trump both have, they're still tiny compared to copious meme and pop culture Facebook pages.
Photos get some key enhancements on Twitter as of today. Now uploaded photos will be uncropped for full, accurate viewing, and multi-photo displays are made bigger.
As you can see from the image comparisons here, the improvement is massive. However, it does take up more space, adding some work to scrolling.
While there has been some interesting names 'invented' in the last decade during the rise of 'millennial parents', research from BabyCenter.com was used to analyse 340,000 parents and subsequent naming choices for their brand new bundles of joy.
A concerning trend was a rise in parents naming their children after Instagram filters, a smartphone tool often used by people to alter images quickly before posting them on this massive social network, aiming to give photos a slightly modified and improved look in order to impress peers or market products. While News.com.au reported that none of these Instagram babies ranked in the top 10 most common, they are certainly on the rise.
The name Lux was at the top of the list, rising 75 percent in popularity over recent times. This was followed by other popular filters (and names) including Ludwig which saw a 42 percent increase, Juno at 30 percent and other various filters such as Amaro, Reyes, Hudson, Kelvin, Valencia and Willow.