After nearly 20 years of operation, AOL Instant Messenger will shut down at the end of the year due to idle activity. AOL made the announcement through a tweet and a farewell email to its remaining dedicated users. Despite its rapid decline of engagement throughout the past decade, the announcement sparked a trending amount of mentions amongst millennials sharing memories and nostalgic thoughts about this end of an era. Although gone for good, sharing embarrassing screen name still remains a great ice-breaker. – Mashable Continue reading “CUL8R AIM: AOL is signing off for good”
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Pinterest announced a partnership with Target to integrate its visual search technology known as Lens into Target’s apps, and later its desktop website. The deal, which represents the first time the company has integrated Lens into a retailer’s app, will allow Target shoppers to snap a photo of any product, and then find similar items available for sale at Target. The company says that this feature will initially become available within Target’s registry, but will expand more fully to Target’s app and desktop website in the future. – TechCrunch Continue reading “Target and Pinterest Partner to Translate Real World Inspiration to Retail Purchase”
SnapChat Brings Bitmoji to Real World
Snapchat’s World Lens feature applies filters intelligently to the world around you using augmented reality and your smartphone’s camera, and now the app is adding support for Bitmoji to the feature. This means you can take those animated avatars of yourself and drop them into your surroundings. We just can’t get enough! – TechCrunch Continue reading “Did SnapChat just make our Lizzie McGuire dreams come true?”
“Instagram is finally fixing one of the most frustrating parts about posting multiple photos at once. The app now allows you to add both portrait and landscape photos to albums. Previously, the app only allowed you to upload multiple photos as square images. This severely limited the usability of Instagram’s albums feature, as it forced you to choose between awkwardly cropping photos into squares or posting your photos one-by-one.” – Mashable Continue reading “Instagram Just Made an Important Change to Albums”
In an effort to encourage its users to share more video content, LinkedIn has released a native video auto-play feature. The new feed layout will be similar to that of Facebook’s. A “LinkedIn Live” feature is also rumored to roll out soon. – AdAge Continue reading “LinkedIn Stepped Up its Video Game”
Whether you’re a fan of Facebook’s birthday-centric features or not, it’s still handy to know when your buddy’s next celebration day is so you can mark the occasion. Facebook has just added two more ways to celebrate: fundraisers and personalized videos for your close friends. Continue reading “Nielsen Makes Strides to Even the Playing Field Between TV and Digital”
German for flight day, Flugtag is a Red Bull international event that invites 40 teams to launch a homemade, human-powered flying contraption off of a platform and into a body of water. For one of their 2017 Flugtag events, Red Bull chose Pittsburgh as a host. Continue reading “Recipe for Flying Pierogi: Smith Brothers Tries Hand at Aeronautics at Red Bull Flugtag”
Facebook may begin testing a paywall for selected media stories as soon as October: Facebook could begin testing a paywall for subscription news stories as early as October, according to a top company executive.Campbell Brown, who heads up the social network’s new partnerships business, made the reveal at the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit on Tuesday, The Street reported. We have independently confirmed that, too.“We are in early talks with several news publishers about how we might better support subscription business models on Facebook. Continue reading “SnapChat News! This platform is partnering with NBC”
“After first announcing a new self-serve ads platform last month, Snapchat’s parent company Snap Inc. has now officially launched the tool, while also announcing some additional ad options to help boost take-up of Snapchat ads.
Advertisers will now be able to create and purchase their own Snapchat ads via a new dashboard. Previously, you were only able to purchase Snapchat ads via partners or through Snapchat themselves.”
“Instagram is testing a Favorites feature, which allows users to designate a group of friends to share posts and Stories with. The Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network said it is also testing what a spokesperson called a ‘lightweight profile refresh,’ simplifying and organizing its features without changing how the application works. Instagram called the Favorites test “an initial test with a small percentage of users.” – Adweek Continue reading “Instagram channels “group chats” with Favorites feature”