Facebook Testing New Posting Option That Makes It More Like Tweets, Arianna Huffington Plans New Media Startup

Global digital news - Facebook is moving a tiny bit closer to Twitter as it tests a new posting option that makes News Feed posts much more like tweets, Huffington, 65, has held talks with investors about a new media company called Thrive, and more

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Mark Zuckerberg will answer your questions in his first-ever Facebook Live Q&A: Mark Zuckerberg is doing his bit to promote his company’s push into livestreaming by hosting a Q&A on Facebook Live. In a short video post that was shared from his account on Wednesday, the Facebook founder and CEO announced the live chat broadcast in a rather quiet fashion.

Twitter just appointed a longtime exec to head up its global media team: Longtime Twitter exec Ross Hoffman has been tapped as Twitter’s new VP of global media, according to sources, the third person to fill that role in the last six months.

Arianna Huffington Plans New Media Startup: A decade after co-founding the news site that bears her name, Arianna Huffington is poised to expand her media empire with a startup focused on health and wellness. Huffington, 65, has held talks with investors about a new media company called Thrive, said people familiar with the matter. It plans to provide lifestyle content contributed by celebrities and bloggers, and provide wellness consulting services to companies.

Pinterest starts to measure the in-store sales impact of Promoted Pins: Yesterday, Pinterest announced a relationship with Oracle Data Cloud to measure the company’s impact on in-store sales. Oracle owns Datalogix, among other martech brands. Along with the announcement, Pinterest also publicized the results of a study that “measured in-store sales for 26 Promoted Pin campaigns across major food and drink, household goods and beauty brands.”

Chewbacca Mom has made over $400k and now charges for autographs: After her initial Facebook Live video, she has received swag from Kohl’s, trips to New York, California and Disney World, as well as college scholarships for her whole family. Money estimates the net value of it all to be a whopping $420,000. According to TMZ, the viral star, whose real name is Candace Payne, charged $20 for autographs and photos at Dallas’ Fan Expo on Sunday. Her booth was next to Game of Thrones star Jack Gleeson’s.

Expedia’s first bot is for booking hotels: Expedia today unveiled a rather smart, rather simple little bot for Facebook Messenger. The bot is designed to do one thing and do it well: It helps travelers book hotels. What’s more, the bot is extremely intuitive.

Facebook hires CollegeHumor’s Ricky Van Veen to make its giant video business even bigger: Van Veen, best known as the co-founder of IAC’s CollegeHumor site, is going to work for Facebook as its “head of global creative strategy,” a newly created position. The job, as best as I can understand it, is to work with media companies and creators to get them to make (even more) stuff for Facebook.

Facebook is testing a new post type that works like a tweet: In today’s news, Facebook is moving a tiny bit closer to Twitter as it tests a new posting option that makes News Feed posts much more like tweets. The test, spotted by CNET, allows you to make a Facebook post that’s only visible to the News Feed and won’t show up on your Timeline. That means the update will be far more ephemeral, quickly disappearing as other updates push it down.

62% of all apps downloaded last month were owned by Facebook: Most people only use a few apps on their smartphones: according to research, smartphone owners spend 80% of their time in their three most-used apps. And as the app market matures, it turns out those three apps are usually owned by Facebook, at least according to download statistics.