Instagram Removes Square Image Limitation: This Week in Social Media


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To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Instagram Now Supports Portrait and Landscape Images: Instagram announces that “—in addition to square posts—you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on Instagram.”

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“Now, when choosing a photo or video, you can tap the format icon to adjust the orientation to portrait or landscape instead of square.”

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Blab.im Brings Group Video Broadcasts to Business: This Week in Social Media


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To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Blab.im has marketers talking: Combining features of Google Hangouts with Periscope-like functions, Blab.im introduces an iPhone client and fully functional desktop experience that allows up to four video streams at once with the click of a button. The site’s ease of use, along with rapid adoption by social media marketers, make it worth a look. Click here to see a recording of a Blab session from Mike Stelzner.

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“Blab lets you watch live video conversations between interesting people.”

Twitter to Expand Ad Network Beyond Twitter: Twitter unveiled significant expansions to its advertising platform, “including a new name to better reflect the evolution of the product: Twitter Audience Platform – a simple and effective way for advertisers to reach over 700 million people on and off of Twitter.”

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“The Twitter Audience Platform automatically transforms your Promoted Tweets into in-app ad formats.”

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Twitter Removes 140-Character Limit for Direct Messages: This Week in Social Media


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To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Twitter Removes 140-Character Limit in Direct Messages: This change is a “big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun.”

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Instagram Opens Ads to Masses: This Week in Social Media


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Instagram Ads API Partner Program Launches: “Instagram Ads API Partners will be able to perform tasks including scheduling and publishing content to the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network, monitoring audiences and sharing access to Instagram accounts across teams.”

Facebook Enables New Ways for People and Businesses to Connect: Facebook introduced several “new communication features for Pages, including more ways for customers to send private messages to businesses and new tools for Page admins to manage and respond to messages.”

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“The new Send Message call-to-action button for local awareness ads allows people to initiate private conversations with business Pages from News Feed ads.”

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Google+ Separates From Google Products: This Week in Social Media


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To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Google Separates Google+ From Its Products and Services: Over the coming months, Google plans to “move some features that aren’t essential to an interest-based social experience out of Google+” and eliminate the need for a Google+ profile to “share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google.”

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Facebook Announces Secret Videos for Publishers: This Week in Social Media


social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Facebook Announces Secret Videos for Publishers
“Secret videos give Page owners the ability to upload videos that are accessible only via a direct URL, but which are not searchable for people on Facebook. This is useful for publishers who want to host videos on Facebook, embed them on third-party sites or share them with anyone who has the URL, without posting them anywhere else on Facebook.”

Facebook Introduces Video Ads Creative Spotlight: Each month, Facebook’s Video Ads Creative Spotlight will highlight and share the “best practices for creating video ads on Facebook that grab attention and drive business goals.”

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“To further inspire advertisers and showcase great video ad creative, Facebook IQ launched the Video Ads Creative Spotlight, which, each month, will highlight video ad creative.”

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Twitter Expands Article Previews: This Week in Social Media


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Twitter Updates Summary Cards to Display More Link Content: Twitter users will start “seeing more detail about web content” while browsing their Twitter feeds on mobile.

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Meerkat Enables Multi-User Streaming: This Week in Social Media


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What’s New This Week

Meerkat Cameo Allows Users to Take Over Streams: “Broadcasters can now invite viewers to take over their stream for up to sixty seconds.”


Cameo is “a simple yet powerful way to create a deeper human connection with people — going from ‘broadcasting to’ towards ‘broadcasting with.’

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Pinterest Buyable Pins: This Week in Social Media


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What’s New This Week

Pinterest Rolls Out Buyable Pins: “You’ll start seeing Buyable Pins all over Pinterest: in the home feed, on boards and in search results. If a Pin has a blue price, it means you can buy it.” Buyable pins are available to iOS users in the U.S.

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