9 Major Updates From Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, & Snapchat

Major social network news updates: Twitter Moments fails to gain traction, Yahoo bots for Facebook Messenger, Snapchat usage soars among parents, and more

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1. Yahoo delivers stocks, news, weather & adoptable monkey bots to Facebook Messenger: Thanks to a slew of new Yahoo bots for Facebook Messenger, you’ll be able to get the latest information on stocks, trending stories, weather … oh, and also play with a traveling monkey.

2. Google acquires Anvato, a media streaming and monetization platform for broadcasters: Google is getting deeper into the tech side of the video and broadcasting business. The company today announced that it has acquired Anvato, a platform for encoding, editing, publishing and distribution video across platforms. The company says Anvato will join its Cloud Platform team and that Anvato’s technology will complement its efforts “to enable scalable media processing and workflows in the cloud.”

3. Twitter Moments fails to gain traction with advertisers: Twitter’s Moments moment seems to have passed, as advertisers have lost whatever enthusiasm they once had for the feature. Advertisers say that Twitter has asked too much money for ads in the curated section of the site dedicated to trending tweets.

4. Facebook is bringing video downloads to India in a bid to cut data usage: Following in the footsteps of YouTube, which announced its similar “Smart Offline” video downloads program for India last month, Facebook will trial the feature starting from July 11.

5. Snapchat’s Memories opens Stories to pre-produced photos, videos: On Wednesday Snapchat unveiled Moments, a new section in its mobile app that will house saved versions of people’s snaps that could be edited with new text, illustrations and filters then posted publicly or shared privately. Being able to access and republish old snaps is a big deal, considering the app’s reputation for having the memory of a goldfish. But that’s not even Snapchat’s biggest move beyond ephemera.

6. Twitter Pursues 10 More Live Streaming Deals, Sports to Politics: Twitter said Wednesday that it had debuted its first live stream broadcast, featuring live game play from Wimbledon, but those hoping to see Roger Federer take on Marin Cilic wouldn’t have found the match there.

7. Instagram begins rolling out Insights, its analytics-based feature, to users: Instagram on Tuesday began rolling out its highly anticipated Insights feature, which provides analytics about a user’s account directly in the app. After discovering he had access to the feature, photographer and writer Jason Vinson put together a detailed overview on Fstoppers. While the feature appears to be fairly straightforward overall, there are a couple of oddities causing some confusion.

8. Pinterest Updates Strategy, Looks to Scale Search and Audience Based Buying: Seeking to scale its ad business ahead of a much anticipated IPO, Pinterest said it’s updated its advertising strategy and will place more focus on expanding its keyword search and audience based buying offerings.

9. Snapchat usage soars, attracting parents and weirding out teens: When parents make it to Snapchat, so do marketers — or is it the other way around? The Wall Street Journal shares new data about the popularity of the social network, indicating that it’s starting to creep into the older generation.