1. Televisions Are No Longer the Screen of Choice for Kids: A new study that examines media consumption among the footie-pajama set may provide a clue to the root cause of an ongoing ratings drought wreaking havoc on kids’ cable ratings.
2. LA Times hires first beat reporter to cover Black Twitter: Black Twitter is here to stay and the Los Angeles Times, finally, realizes that. The newspaper announced today it’s the first news organization to hire a beat reporter to cover the influential Twitter collective that is largely ignored by the mainstream media. In a memo first obtained by Poynter, the hiring of freelance journalist Dexter Thomas to cover Black Twitter is part of a broader push to beef up its digital side.
3. This app lets you see who unfriends you on Facebook: The app, called Who Deleted Me for Facebook, makes a list of your current Facebook friends and tracks who removes you over time. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t know who has defriended you in the past; it only keeps tabs of your friend list after it’s been downloaded.
4. Infographic: Tennis Stars Use Social Media to Showcase Brands Leveraging large followings in endorsement deals: Tennis is hard to match when it comes to the power of social media: only the NBA and soccer have more average followers per player, according to exclusive research from PMK BNC. And with the U.S. Open set for later this summer, tennis’ social media season is in full swing.
5. Your Instagram pics are about to look a whole lot better with 1080-pixel resolution: Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app owned by Facebook, is about to get a much-needed makeover to its images. The app previously only allowed users to upload and view photos at 640 x 640-pixel resolution, but Instagram says it will soon let users upload pictures in a higher resolution of 1080 x 1080 pixels.
6. Nike Takes the Women’s World Cup with #NoMaybes: Nike’s #NoMaybes campaign, which ran from June 6 to July 5, consisted of a video called “American Woman,” featuring individual shots of players like Abby Wambach. The campaign made Nike’s content 121 percent more associated with the Women’s World Cup than the tournament sponsor, Adidas, on social media and across 600,000 online sites (including both desktop and mobile), according to Amobee Brand Intelligence.
7. Twitter Officially Launches Ads Companion For Mobile Campaign Management: Today, Twitter announced the launch of the tool, which it’s calling the Twitter Ads companion. The tool enables advertisers to monitor and adjust campaigns from their iOS and Android apps. Campaigns still must be initiated from the desktop ads dashboard at ads.twitter.com, but the new mobile features give marketers more ways to adjust the dials when they are on the go.
8. Coca-Cola’s Minimalist Can Promotes a World Without Labels: Dubai-based agency FP7/DXB, part of McCann Worldgroup, created special cans for the month of Ramadan that feature only the iconic Coca-Cola ribbon and the message, “Labels are for cans, not for people.”
The cans coincide with Coke’s global campaign themed “Let’s take an extra second,” which invites people around the world to take time to get to know people and banish their stereotypes and preconceptions.
9. Facebook tests photo-focused profile redesign on iOS: Facebook appears to be experimenting with the design of some pages on its iOS app. VentureBeat has noticed some updates to user profiles and notifications within the app.
10. Twitter now lets you show (and celebrate) your birthday: Twitter got a little more festive when it announced that users can now display their birthdays on their profiles. The social network plans on rolling out the feature to all users throughout the day on Monday.