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
Amanda Palmer talks about Twitter’s culture change
As part of an interview talking about her work with crowdfunding community Patreon, musician Amanda Palmer had some interesting things to say about social networks. “I’ve watched the culture of Twitter change dramatically...
May 24, 2017
Twitter may launch a subscription tier with Tweetdeck
Would you pay to use Twitter? The social network is surveying users to gauge whether there’s enough demand for a premium subscription tier, based around its existing Tweetdeck application. “We’re conducting this...
March 24, 2017
Twitter opens up Periscope to external hardware and software
Twitter’s Periscope live-streaming software is now integrated into its mobile apps, but now the company is opening it up further with something called the Periscope Producer API. Twitter says it “opens up new ways...
March 22, 2017
That’s the Spirit! Depeche Mode gig streamed live on Twitter
Twitter's ambitions in live video have taken a step forward with music, as shown by its live stream of a Depeche Mode concert on Friday (17 March). The gig took place in Berlin, and was billed as a "world premiere" of...
March 20, 2017
Sony Music Twitter hack declared Britney Spears dead
Boxing Day wasn’t so festive for Sony Music, as the label’s global Twitter account fell victim to hackers. “Britney Spears is dead by accident! We will tell you more soon #RIPBritney” tweeted @SonyMusicGlobal,...
January 3, 2017
Twitter and Facebook continue their big video push
2016 has been a year in which pretty much every social network focused heavily on video, including live broadcasts. Announcements around this trend are continuing right up to the end of the year too: witness yesterday’s...
December 15, 2016
Flits is a livestreaming app focused on music
We’ve been writing regularly about livestreaming video apps, from Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook’s ‘Live’ feature to startups like YouNow, Live.me and Musical.ly’s Live.ly. Flits is another one for the list,...
December 7, 2016
Billboard launches multi-platform video news channel
Billboard is going big on video, with the launch of a new channel called Billboard News that will live across a range of online-video services. The channel will publish four ‘episodes’ lasting 60-90 seconds every day,...
November 21, 2016
Artists may enjoy new Periscope and Instagram features
Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook’s Instagram have both announced new features that could be useful for musicians on the two social platforms. For Periscope, that includes a feature identifying ‘superfans’ – “up...
November 14, 2016