Why messaging is the future for contact between artists and fans
By Tim Heineke, founder of I am POP, a new way of storytelling via chat. If you haven’t read Josh Constine's excellent blog post "Spotify’s missing money maker is artist-to-fan messaging” then you can read it here....
May 16, 2018
Messenger bot makers reveal ‘pause’ in new bot launches
Want to launch a new Facebook Messenger bot in the next few weeks? Good luck with that. As part of the fallout from the ongoing Cambridge Analytica revelations, the social network has “paused” app reviews while it...
March 28, 2018
Facebook promises to redesign “too cluttered” Messenger app
2017 was a good year for Facebook Messenger, as the social network’s own-brand messaging app grew to 1.3 billion monthly active users. However, its boss David Marcus has admitted to one downside in his annual blog post...
January 17, 2018
Messaging app Telegram goes blockchain with own cryptocurrency
Telegram has become the second major messaging app (after Kik) to explore blockchain technology, including its own cryptocurrency. TechCrunch reports that the company is planning to launch the ‘Telegram Open Network’,...
January 9, 2018
Telegram blocks channel after music-piracy complaint
Sorry, at the time of writing Taylor Swift hasn’t put her new album ‘Reputation’ on streaming services as a post-Thanksgiving gift to fans. Today’s Taylor story focuses on another aspect to the album’s rollout:...
November 24, 2017
Google Assistant gets its own Shazam-style music ID feature
Google really does mean business in 2017 when it comes to parking its tanks on Shazam’s lawn. The company’s recently-unveiled Pixel 2 smartphones include a feature to automatically identify music that’s playing around...
November 7, 2017
K-Pop band BTS team up with Line for characters and merch
Japanese messaging app Line has always made a big thing of its animated characters, which are used as ‘stickers’ in its users’ conversations, as well as appearing in mobile games, merchandise and cartoons. Now the...
October 23, 2017
Jason Derulo returns with GIFs, bots and emoji campaign
Jason Derulo has been one of the artists most willing to test out new digital channels to market his music. AR app Taggar in 2014; Tinder and Smule in 2015; Musical.ly and Live.ly in 2016; and chatbots startup Octane AI in...
September 4, 2017
Messaging app Kik is raising $125m with its Kin cryptocurrency
Youth-focused messaging app Kik is the latest company raising funding through its own cryptocurrency – or specifically through an ethereum ‘token’ called Kin, which it announced earlier this year. Kik has just sold...
August 30, 2017
YouTube adds new in-app sharing and messaging features
YouTube is getting much more social with the latest update to its mobile app, which adds in-app sharing and messaging features. “Not only can you share and receive videos in the app, you can also chat about them right...
August 8, 2017
Facebook Messenger gets natural-language and payments features
Facebook has launched the latest update to its Messenger Platform for developers creating apps and bots for its messaging app. Version 2.1’s new features include built-in natural language processing (NLP) to automatically...
July 28, 2017
Rednote launches social app for sharing music and lyrics
We first came across startup Rednote in August 2016, when its profile on investment site AngelList revealed its plans to launch an app to help people share licensed music clips in their messaging apps of choice. That app...
July 4, 2017