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
Twitter has written off most of its investment in SoundCloud
In June 2016, Twitter invested $70m in music-streaming service SoundCloud: a partnership that seemed quite exciting at the time. A year and a half on, and Twitter has written off $66.4m of that investment, according to its...
February 26, 2018
Twitter reports a quarterly profit for the first time
Shock news! A social network that isn’t Facebook *can* be profitable after all. Twitter’s latest quarterly financials included an important milestone for the company: its first quarter in the black. The company’s...
February 9, 2018
K-Pop band BTS are world-record breakers on Twitter
South Korean boy-band BTS made a splash at the American Music Awards last weekend, and now they’re breaking records on Twitter too. They’ve been included in this year’s Guinness Book of World Records for “having...
November 23, 2017
Twitter rolls out 280-character limit more widely
Given everything else that’s going on in the world, you’d hope people won’t get too carried away getting angry about Twitter doubling the character limit in its posts. Having tested a new 280-character limit earlier...
November 8, 2017
Neil Finn talks livestreams, tech and social media’s evolution
As a founding member of both Split Enz and Crowded House, Neil Finn is New Zealand’s most successful musical export, and a multi-award-winning songwriter. As well as being hugely prolific, he was an early convert to the...
August 9, 2017
Twitter tests $99-a-month ads subscription service
Just to be clear: not a subscription service for Twitter users. This is all about small-to-medium sized businesses who want to make the process of advertising on Twitter a bit more automated. Under the trial, an account’s...
July 31, 2017
Twitter user growth stalls while revenues decline
It looks like the much-discussed Trump bump is over for Twitter, with the company’s latest quarterly financial results flashing a number of warning lights. Twitter now has 328 million monthly active users (MAUs), which...
July 28, 2017
Twitter’s Periscope adds ‘Super Hearts’ tipping
Twitter’s live-streaming video service Periscope is finally taking a leaf out of rivals’ books by introducing a tipping feature to help broadcasters make money. It’s called ‘Super Hearts’ and launched yesterday...
June 22, 2017
Sandbox Issue 182: Loose Lips Sync Hits
Lead: Musical.ly wasn’t the first lip syncing app, but it is comfortably the biggest. It now claims to have 200m users and offers a direct route to a young audience that sits outside of both traditional media and the...
June 21, 2017
Does Katy Perry really have 100m Twitter followers?
“Today we #WITNESS history. Congratulations @katyperry, the first to reach 100 million followers!” announced Twitter’s official account on Friday. The company encouraged fans to share their “favourite Katy Perry...
June 19, 2017