Twitter and Snapchat publish their latest financial results
Two social networks that have faced challenges around their user-growth published their latest quarterly financial results yesterday. So how are Twitter and Snapchat doing? Twitter’s financial numbers were good: revenues...
April 24, 2019
Twitter’s new video analytics tool helps marketers with timing
Twitter has launched a new analytics tool for people and companies posting video on its platform. It’s called Timing is Everything, and we think it could be quite useful for musicians. “Timing is Everything displays...
March 7, 2019
K-Pop music sparked 5.3bn tweets on Twitter in 2018
Twitter is shouting proudly about the popularity of Korean pop music within its community: “With a new global record of 5.3 billion tweets last year” according to a blog post yesterday. Naturally, this is about K-Pop’s...
February 22, 2019
Would you trust a bot to handle your Twitter feed?
We’ve written a fair bit about the use of bots to automatically respond to fans on Facebook Messenger. But what about turning your tweets and (if you’re a company) LinkedIn posts over to a bot? That’s the gist of Swiss...
February 19, 2019
Twitter financials improve but it’s losing monthly active users
Financially speaking, Twitter had a good final quarter of 2018: its revenues grew by 24% year-on-year to $909m, while it reported a net profit of $255m for Q4. For 2018 as a whole, Twitter’s revenues were up by 25% to...
February 8, 2019
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