Why Some of Instagram’s Most Popular Food Accounts Are Fleeing to Snapchat: Instagram’s long-awaited algorithm has finally started rolling out, and food influencers and sites that built their brands on the Facebook-owned app are already feeling the squeeze and moving to Snapchat.
Twitter Introduces Searchable, Emoji-Like Stickers for Photos: In the next few weeks, Twitter will begin letting users add stickers to photos that can be resized, rotated and placed anywhere on photos posted in tweets. The feature will be available on iOS and Android apps and also on the platform’s website.
MeetMe acquires mobile flirting app Skout for $55 million in cash and stock: MeetMe announced today that it has acquired the mobile flirting app startup Skout for $28.5 million in cash and approximately 5.37 million shares in the social discovery company — estimated at $54.6 million. Under the terms of the deal, it’s expected that Skout will remain operational and as a standalone brand following the close of the acquisition, expected to be in October.
Facebook introduces Slideshow feature, a new way to share photos and videos: To make sharing your life even better, Facebook is rolling out a new feature called Slideshow, an easy way to make and share photo and video slideshows to show off your weekend trip or BBQ hangout.
Facebook launches human-curated Featured Events list: Approximately 550 million people use Facebook Events each month, with 60 percent of connections to events happening serendipitously in the News Feed. But Facebook is giving hardcore extroverts seeking more parties a new Featured Events list full of hand-picked gatherings.
Inside The Economist’s in-app attention-based ad sales: The Economist has made its position clear: attention-based ad sales are the future. Now it’s expanding this way of selling to more of its real estate, namely its daily Espresso app.
The Huffington Post hacks a Snapchat button to drive followers from its website: The Huffington Post has a new Snapchat button on its website, something of an oddity that gives online visitors semi-easy access to content on the messaging app. What’s unique about the button is that there is a “follow us on” widget for almost every platform, except Snapchat.
New York Times Virtual Reality: The New York Times Virtual Reality project has won two grand prix awards at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the Mobile Grand Prix for the NYT VR app, and the Entertainment Grand Prix for “The Displaced”. In November 2015, the New York Times distributed 1 million Google Cardboard viewers to home-delivery subscribers, along with the paper, the biggest ever project for Cardboard.