How do social media camera filters work, how much do they cost to make, and are they worth the investment?
In 2020 you’re nothing in the music industry without your own custom AR filter, layering brightly covered digital swirls over camera displays. Legendary artists such as Prince, Pink Floyd and The Beatles have all launched...
August 26, 2020
Twitter is getting its ‘stories’ with new fleets feature
“Sharing your thoughts publicly can be intimidating!” tweeted Twitter’s product lead Kayvon Beykpour yesterday. No, this wasn’t a precursor to announcing new measures to crack down on the kind of users who can make...
March 5, 2020
Facetune-maker Lightricks launches social apps for businesses
Facetune is a popular app among young people who want to digitally tweak their selfies before sharing them with the world. Its developer, a company called Lightricks, is now expanding into apps for businesses wanting to give...
October 3, 2019
Zen 8 app adds AI music to Instagram and Snapchat stories
As Music Ally has been covering the latest wave of AI-generated music startups, we’ve argued that one of the most interesting uses for this technology is social – a way to create background music for videos and other...
September 30, 2019
Spotify can now share 15-second music clips to Facebook stories
The ability to share songs to ‘stories’ posts on Instagram has become a regular announcement by the various streaming services. Now Spotify is improving its integration with Facebook’s stories feature, by adding the...
September 2, 2019
Tidal adds social features (oh, and threatens to sue Norway)
Tidal is the latest music-streaming service to hop onto the ‘stories’ social-media bandwagon. Its mobile app can now share music (tracks, albums, artists and playlists) to Instagram and Facebook stories, while videos...
August 21, 2019
Spotify appears to be testing ‘stories’ for its playlists
Independent researcher Jane Manchun Wong has an excellent job: digging around in the code of smartphone apps to root out as-yet-unannounced new features. Her latest blog post is the result of a furtle within Spotify’s...
August 20, 2019
The ‘impermanent social internet’ may be our online future
Looking for a spicy hot-take of the day that doesn’t involve Game of Thrones? Try this one from journalist Mike Isaac. “The permanent social internet is dying. The impermanent social internet will need to replace it....
May 20, 2019
Facebook financials strong despite looming multi-billion fine
Facebook’s latest quarterly financials show the company’s business rolling on, with revenues up 26% year-on-year to $15.1bn in the first quarter of 2018, and a net profit of $2.43bn. The latter figure is down from $4.99bn...
April 25, 2019
YouTube stories get their own Snapchat-style AR features
Snapchat has its lenses, Instagram has its face-filters, and now YouTube has its own augmented-reality effects, which can be used in ‘stories’ posted to the video service. They’re a mixture of animated face-masks,...
March 12, 2019
Pandora launches ‘stories’ as a blend of podcasts and playlists
Pretty much every social-media service now has ‘stories’ as a format, so why shouldn’t music-streaming services? However, Pandora’s launch of a ‘stories’ feature isn’t what you might expect (i.e. short video...
February 27, 2019