Snapchat and Twitter reveal their latest financial results
Snapchat versus Instagram may be the existential social-app battle of 2018 (and by that we mean it looks more existential for Snapchat) but yesterday gave us the chance to compare its performance with another social network,...
October 26, 2018
UK broadcasters call for more regulation of internet firms
In a year of enhanced scrutiny of internet companies, the latest example is a group of British broadcasters lobbying for Facebook, Google and Twitter to face more regulation by a new watchdog created specifically for the...
September 4, 2018
Twitter promises to address fake news and echo chambers
Twitter has been criticised for years for not doing enough (or not doing anything, some will argue) to fix abuse and trolling on the platform. Misogyny is particular has arguably been fanned, not quelled, on Twitter. While...
August 16, 2018
What is Social Music in the Streaming Age?
Music IS social, and it always has been. We talk (and argue!) about it; we watch concerts together; go clubbing together; experience it as a communal soundtrack for birthday parties and religious worship and much, much more… Any...
August 10, 2018
Twitter shares dropped 21% after fall in monthly users
After Facebook’s stock-plunge last week, Twitter experienced a similarly-bumpy response to its latest quarterly financial results, which saw the company’s shares drop by 21%. The cause: a slight fall in the number...
July 30, 2018
Top-10 social profiles have thousands of impersonators
Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are among the musicians with the largest followings on social networks – but also those with the greatest number of impersonators. That’s according to the New York Times, which...
July 9, 2018
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