Instagram will ‘fess up about paid ads
Instagram will ‘fess up about paid ads

Getting caught matters and, soon, Instagram will ‘fess up about paid ads on the enormously popular image sharing network. What’s become known as “influencer” marketing – historically called paid celebrity endorsements – has become a big deal on Instagram with well-known figures from pop culture and the entertainment industry routinely using their own Instagram accounts […]

Messenger as a tool for digital marketing
Messenger as a tool for digital marketing

Sure, you like Facebook’s Messenger app (or hate it) but you may not yet be thinking of using Messenger as a tool for digital marketing. It may be time to rethink that. (As in: over 100,000 Messenger bots now being used each month, according to Facebook.) Messenger may soon (maybe already has) rival Twitter as […]

“Limitless” Snapchat changes its nature
“Limitless” Snapchat changes its nature

In a big update clearly designed to try to stay relevant in a struggle with Facebook & Instagram, “limitless” Snapchat changes its nature. Everyone’s favorite ephemeral social platform – the stock and trade of which has been its fleeting messages – has decided users can keep messages alive for as long as they please – […]

Disabled Americans aren’t reaching the online world
Disabled Americans aren’t reaching the online world

Disabled Americans aren’t reaching the online world nearly as much as Americans who live without a disability. It’s another chasm in the digital divide, according to survey results published by the Pew Research Center. “Disabled Americans are about three times as likely as those without a disability to say they never go online (23% vs. […]

Live stream video on Twitter now; save pix on Instagram
Live stream video on Twitter now; save pix on Instagram

Live stream video on Twitter now; save pix on Instagram while Insta’s own live stream is finally rolling out to users. Is this a great world or what? Okay, calm down. Yea, yea…we know: the live stream craze has now engulfed nearly all the major social media platforms. Let’s see: Facebook, check; YouTube, check; Snapchat, […]

Instagram Live & disappearing – Turkeys for all
Instagram Live & disappearing – Turkeys for all

Instagram Live & disappearing – Turkeys for all just in time for Thanksgiving! So, Instagram has decided it needs to be even more ephemeral, as if it hadn’t copied Snapchat enough already. And it really needs to offer live video, just like Momma Facebook (and Twitter’s Persicope) but, gee, it can’t compete with Facebook Live […]

Is Instagram finally getting a little deeper?
Is Instagram finally getting a little deeper?

Is Instagram finally getting a little deeper? We can hope. There are encouraging signs. Actual live links in Instagram Stories? Well, some. The wildly popular and generally very useful Facebook-owned image sharing platform announced Nov. 10 it will begin experimenting “in some” Instagram Stories with live links. Instagram Stories are the quick and ephemeral new […]

Police spy on U.S. protesters’ social media
Police spy on U.S. protesters’ social media

The fact that police spy on U.S. protesters’ social media accounts is probably not news and, yet, it’s still shocking in its Orwellian revelations. The news once again comes up as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all moved Oct. 11 to cut off access to a particular private company, Geofeedia, which, it was alleged, selling to […]

Twitter expands past 140 characters
Twitter expands past 140 characters

Going beyond where no tweet has ever gone before – the final frontier – Twitter expands past 140 characters. It’s a relatively small revolution in the social media but a significant one. Okay, it’s a big effen deal! As promised back in May, Twitter began rolling out its update which allows all 140 characters PLUS […]

Instagram filters while YouTube collects
Instagram filters while YouTube collects

Instagram filters while YouTube collects – comments, that is. The social media are by definition social and that means conversation, not always apposite, not always helpful, sometimes downright mean and abusive. Instagram is taking steps to allow users to filter comments they find offensive or mean, abusive. YouTube, once a bastion of the worst trolling […]