Instagram Is Dropping Ads Into Its Stories Feature, Now 150 Million Daily Users Strong

Instagram is starting to let brands advertise in between its 24-hour video stories section even though the feature just launched in August. Why already? Why not? The scale is there—the Facebook-owned app is revealing today that 150 million people have been using Instagram stories daily. That represents a 50-million-user increase in just three months. – AdAge

Why You’re Seeing Tweets From People You Don’t Follow In Your Timeline

A Twitter bug is baffling some of the social media platform’s users by inserting tweets in their timelines from people they don’t follow. The inserted tweets, which are being placed into timelines without any initial explanation from Twitter, set off a chorus from users asking, well, what the hell is happening?

In short: Twitter previously put tweets from people you don’t follow in a box called “you might like” or with a label that somebody you follow liked the tweet. Twitter has since moved to using the label format only, and in this case the label was missing. – Buzzfeed

Facebook previews journalism features like digests and subscription trials

Between fake news and publishers struggling to keep a loyal connection to their readers, Facebook’s relationship with the journalism business is a bit strained right now. So today Facebook is revealing its roadmap of upcoming news features that it calls “The Facebook Journalism Project” to make its commitment to the industry clear.

These future launches include digest packages of Instant Articles to which users can subscribe, free trials for paid subscriptions, hackathons with publishers’ development teams, additional Facebook tutorials for journalists, PSAs to promote news literacy and combat misunderstanding of fake news and more work to prevent hoaxes from spreading. – TechCrunch

86% of U.S. Adults Aged 18-29 Are Social Media Users (Report)

69 percent of U.S. adults are now social media users, according to the latest data from Pew Research Center. Pew found that 86 percent of those aged 18 through 29 are social media users, while that number slips to 80 percent for 30 through 49, 64 percent for 50 through 64 and 34 percent for those 65 and older. Approximately three-quarters of Facebook users and one-half of Instagram users visit those networks at least once per day, according to Pew. – Social Times

Brandi Smith
Brandi Smith
Senior Social-Digital Strategist

A strategic communications professional with 10+ years of experience, Brandi has managed a plethora of award-winning public relations and social media campaigns on behalf of CPG brands. With an emphasis on consumer lifestyle, food, beverage and fashion clients, Brandi specializes in leading the integrated planning and execution of brand management strategies designed to generate both consumer awareness and engagement. Throughout her career, Brandi has served clients such as Kellogg’s, Kimberly-Clark, Jim Beam and White Wave Foods while employed at Ketchum.

After living in Chicago for a number of years, Brandi returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh. She holds a B.S. in Public Relations with a second concentration in Sport Management from West Virginia University.