This has been an amazing week! We attended Social Media Week London, we gave a talk about maximising social media & partnerships for ROI at MOO HQ (many thanks to General Assembly!), Apple launched iOS9, London Fashion Week and London Design Festival kicked off, and…
What’s new this week
– Facebook dislike button: Facebook has plans to launch what is being called the “dislike button”. “I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years,” Zuckerberg said. “Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it.” The exact form a “Dislike” button may take is still up in the air. “What [users] really want is the ability to express empathy,” Zuckerberg added. “Not every moment is a good moment.”
– Goodbye creepy targeted ads on Facebook: as you can see in your own settings page Facebook now allows you to choose your ads settings with a simple yes-or-no check. So, goodbye Interest-based advertising.
– Snapchat Launches First In-App Purchases With ‘Replay’: Users of the messaging service can now purchase “Replays” of disappearing photo and video “snaps” they receive on the app. Replays, priced at three for 99 cents, represent the first time users can spend money in the app. Snapchat still gives users one free replay per day, a feature it introduced about two years ago. However, a snap can only be replayed once. “They’re a little pricey — but time is money!,” the company said.
– You Can Now Donate To Politicians … On Twitter: Twitter just made it way easier for people (in the USA) to be politically active. They announced that through its partnership with mobile payment company Square, Twitter users will now be able to make political donations via tweets. Candidates sign up for an account through Square Cash and once his or her campaign is verified by Square, the politician can tweet a unique URL or a $Cashtag, which will have a “contribute” button.
– Facebook Introduces Signal for Facebook and Instagram: Signal for Facebook and Instagram is “a free discovery and curation tool for journalists who want to source, gather, and embed newsworthy content from Facebook and Instagram, across news, culture, entertainment, sports and more–all in one place.” (Read more)
– Periscope Introduces Web Profiles: “Periscope web profiles are finally here! Go to periscope.tv/username to see all the recent broadcasts for any Periscoper.” (Read more)
– Pinterest Introduces Pinterest Palettes: “Pinterest Palettes looks at your boards and unearths your own personal color palette using colors right from your pins.” (Read more)
Skype Launches Mojis: “Now, when you send a message on Skype, you can personalize your chat and pull in your favorite TV or movie moments to do the talking for you.” (Read more)