Instagram flags up its efforts to crack down on bullying
With 153 million followers, Selena Gomez is one of the most popular stars on Instagram – only Ariana Grande and Cristiano Ronaldo are ahead of her, plus Instagram’s own official account. Yet in June 2019, Gomez revealed that...
July 9, 2019
Facebook and Instagram expand their music features to Brazil
Facebook hasn’t just been rolling out UGC-focused music features across its apps in the last year: it has also been expanding those features regularly to new markets. The latest is Brazil, where Facebook and Instagram users...
June 26, 2019
Deezer adds new feature to post lyrics to Instagram stories
Deezer is the latest music-streaming service to announce an integration with Instagram’s stories feature. In this case, it’s the ability for Deezer listeners to “post many of their favourite song lyrics from the streaming...
June 20, 2019
Instagram adds lyrics to its stories music feature
Facebook’s suite of licensing deals with music rightsholders continues to bear fruit with new features on its services. Yesterday, Instagram announced that lyrics have been added to the music ‘sticker’ that’s used...
June 7, 2019
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp under intense scrutiny in Ireland
This time last year, the EU’s new data protection regulations came into effect and the BBC is reporting that the Irish government has been the most rigorous EU Member State to avail of these new powers and controls...
May 28, 2019
You’ll soon be able to build your own Instagram camera effects
There’s something we missed in Facebook’s raft of announcements at its f8 developer conference earlier this week. The company is “opening Instagram to the entire Spark AR creator and developer ecosystem”. What’s...
May 2, 2019
Artists will be part of Instagram’s new shopping feature
Instagram wants people to start buying the clothes and accessories that their favourite celebrities (‘influencers’ included) are showing off in their posts. It’s launching a new feature called ‘Shopping from Creators’...
May 1, 2019
Sandbox Issue 226: What people just don’t “get” about digital marketing
Lead: what digital marketing trends are most underrated or simply misunderstood in 2019? That’s the question we put to the music marketing community and got them to hold forth on the subject. This resulted in a lot of ideas...
April 18, 2019
Instagram launches a photo-filter dedicated to Billie Eilish
By all accounts, Billie Eilish’s set at the Coachella festival was a big hit – levitating bed and all. And Instagram has gotten in on Billie Fever by launching a camera filter based on her. Tubefilter reported that...
April 15, 2019
Lizzo and Jameela Jamil talk body positivity on Instagram
Actor and activist Jameela Jamil has interviewed Lizzo – creator of some of the greatest singles of 2019 so far – about issues around body positivity on Instagram. Jamil has been using her social media presence to call...
April 8, 2019
Instagram is pinching Snapchat’s users in the UK
OK, it’s only one country, but the numbers from eMarketer are still interesting and tap into the issue of just how sustainable multi-platforming is in social media. The research company is saying this year will be the first...
April 5, 2019
Esperanza Spalding drove fans from Facebook / Instagram to Spotify
Facebook has published a case study of how artist Esperanza Spalding used the social network (and Instagram) to drum up excitement around her latest album ’12 Little Spells’ – including driving Spotify streams of...
April 4, 2019