WMG hails ‘untapped commercial potential’ of Facebook UGC
By now you may know that Warner Music Group has become the latest major label to sign a licensing deal with Facebook. Like the social network’s previous agreements, the focus is firmly on user-uploaded videos that feature...
March 12, 2018
Palo Santo Messenger bot kicks off Years & Years album campaign
What is Palo Santo? It’s a fictional city where androids and humans live side-by-side, of course. But don’t worry if you didn’t know that: this is only just being revealed, bit-by-bit, to fans of British band Years...
March 6, 2018
Pew Research: 73% of US adults use YouTube, while 68% use Facebook
The Pew Research Center’s surveys of Americans are well-respected, so its new study of social-media habits is well worth perusing today, to see some of the trends at work. Facebook remains the top platform overall, used...
March 5, 2018
Facebook signs licensing deal with processing-hub ICE
The music agreements keep coming for Facebook, which now has a deal with online licensing and processing hub ICE – the joint venture between European collecting societies PRS for Music, STIM and GEMA. “The licence...
February 22, 2018
Instagram adds ‘recommended’ posts as Snapchat stories expand
The rivalry between Instagram and Snapchat was a big feature of the social-media world in 2017, and it’s already kicking off 2018 in a similar vein. Instagram is adding a “recommended for you” section to its feed,...
January 2, 2018
Facebook revenues up 47% while net profit grows by 79%
Facebook has announced another strong set of quarterly financials, with the company’s revenues growing by 47% year-on-year to $10.33bn in the third quarter of 2017. The social network reported a net profit of $4.71bn...
November 2, 2017
Sandbox Issue 188: Wham, Bam, Instagram
Lead: Speak to any artist and ask them what social platform they prefer most and chances are they’ll say Instagram. Away from the trolling on Twitter and the sinkhole of posts on Facebook, Instagram offers a calmer place...
September 29, 2017
Instagram expands live-video feature to two people at once
Instagram is adding something to its live-video broadcasting feature: an extra person. The app is testing allowing people to add another Instagram user to their broadcast in split-screen, which could be used for one-to-one...
August 9, 2017
A year after launch, Instagram publishes new Stories stats
It’s now a year since Instagram added its (by which we mean Snapchat’s) ‘Stories’ feature, for people to share quicker, rawer photos and videos for a short period of time. 12 months on, and the feature now has...
August 3, 2017
DeStorm Power ‘Caught’ series claims 10m+ views an episode
American social star DeStorm Power has built up a decent audience on YouTube thanks to his own musical channel, and his appearances in the Epic Rap Battles of History show. In 2017, he has a new music-related hit on his...
July 3, 2017
Facebook to launch dedicated app for video creators
Facebook’s next spin-off app will be focused on video creators, according to an announcement made by the social network at the VidCon conference. “Facebook is set to launch a standalone app for video creators later...
June 26, 2017