1. Twitter Looks to Stop Cyber-Bullying
Last week, Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s general counsel, wrote an opinion piece in The Washington Post describing the company’s plan to restructure its safety policies and cut response times to abuse reports. The company is launching a program that will detect abuse, using signals and context that correlates with abuse. Cyber-bullying cannot be stopped all together, but Twitter is trying to take a step in the right direction it.
2. Pandora Jewelry Releases Heartwarming Mother’s Day Ad
Pandora Jewelry has released a Mother’s Day ad, in which blindfolded children are asked to identify their mothers by touch alone. The two-minute video already has more than 14 million views on Facebook and 7 million on YouTube. The video celebrates all women, whether they are mothers or not. Pandora tells them to appreciate the women they are at heart.
3. Facebook Unveils Video Program on YouTube’s 10th Birthday
Facebook unveiled Anthology, a new video program that will allows publishers and digital video producers to create videos for advertisers on Thursday, YouTube’s 10th anniversary of the first published video. Among the publishers and producers are Vice, Vox Media, Tastemade and Funny or Die. According to Facebook spokesman, advertisers will be required to run videos created through Anthology as ads on Facebook. This could help Facebook as it attempts to take YouTube’s spot as the top digital-video advertiser.
4. Hydrogen Fuel Video Campaign
There are a number of misconceptions about hydrogen fuel and for many it is even viewed as scary. As Toyota plans to introduce its new hydrogen fuel vehicle in October, the brand will be releasing videos depicting everyday hydrogen sources. Toyota hopes this video campaign will change consumers’ perspective on hydrogen fuel.
5. Facebook Users Grow
Facebook reported that it now has a user base of 1.44 billion per month. Also the number of exclusively-mobile Facebook users has increased to 581 million.
Nearly three months ago, one of the biggest announcements to come out of Target hit the Internet. The popular retailer was partnering with Lilly Pulitzer for their next designer collaboration. That’s right, THE Lilly Pultizer. Queen of American resort wear and floral prints that leave you daydreaming of sunny beach vacays and drinks in coconuts. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest exploded with the news! Devoted Lilly fans get a new wardrobe of springy floral prints to add to their closets while admirers, like myself, who’ve been priced out of the brand, can now live the Lilly life. Life was good. Everyone was happy. Well, almost everyone.
Turns out, some Lilly loyalists were very upset, even insulted that their beloved brand would consider partnering with a mega store. And following millennial fashion, they took to Twitter to voice their frustration. #LillyForTarget
Their comments were even echoed in some of my social groups. Which led me to think. Are designer collaborations a good brand strategy? Do they help or hinder brands in the long run? Is the payoff of penetrating into a new market worth the risk of offending your brand loyalists?
1. Clorox Tries to “Bleach Away” Potentially Racist Tweet
As racially diverse emojis were added to iOS Thursday, Clorox sent out a Tweet showing a bottle of its bleach made up of emojis with the text, “New emojis are alright but where’s the bleach.” Many took to Twitter, enraged by what seemed to be a racist comment by Clorox. Later, Clorox tweeted apologizing for the confusion and stating it wished it could “bleach away” the comment. Clorox explained that the tweet was meant to be about the tubs, toilets and glasses that could use some bleaching.
1. Twitter Launches Live-Streaming Application: Periscope
Earlier this week, Twitter launched a new live-streaming application called Periscope. Within hours, marketers began utilizing the platform to broadcast exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage and spontaneous question-and-answer sessions with customers and fans. The application’s ability to share replays and its link with Twitter has attracted large brands such as Adidas and Mountain Dew.
1. Why Developers Want to be on WhatsApp so Badly
WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton announced at Facebook’s recent F8 conference that they do not plan to share the WhatsApp API. Acton explained that they want to keep the app as pure as possible, and to make sure no third parties get a hold who might inundate users with messages they don’t want. Many developers are disappointed about this announcement, and Acton reassures them he is “empathetic” to their concerns.
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1. Marketers Now Post More on Instagram than Facebook
A new report shows that brands now post more on Instagram than Facebook. The photo-sharing app has become popular because content is more visible and guaranteed to be seen in users’ feeds, unlike Facebook in which brands have to pay to promote their posts. Instagram now boats more than 300 million users – many of whom belong to the coveted millennial audience that is often hard to reach.
1. Instagram Creates ‘Carousel ads’
Instagram has introduced a new form of advertising that allows readers to swipe left to learn more about the brand or product. These ‘carousel ads’ have been called a digital version of multi-page advertising spreads in magazines. The ads were created as a way to share a sequenced story. “For instance, a fashion company could use the carousel to deconstruct the individual products in a ‘look,'” according to a blog post by Instagram.
1. Cornell creates ‘Retweet’ tool
Researchers at Cornell University, supported by the National Science Foundation and Google, generated an algorithm that determines what makes a specific tweet more popular than others. It uses word construction, keywords and other elements to predict how popular or ‘retweeted’ a tweet will likely be. The tool gives users the ability to create multiple versions of a tweet to then select the one that will be the most popular. One defect of the tool is that the algorithm equates the length of a tweet with how informative it is.
1. Brian Williams Apologizes for Inaccurate Statement
NBC Nightly News anchor, Brian Williams apologized Wednesday night to Stars and Stripes for an inaccurate statement made on- air last Friday. Williams said he was a passenger in a helicopter that was brought down by enemy fire while covering the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Truthfully, Williams was in a helicopter following the one that was shot down. Was Williams’ apology effective? Watch the video here and decide for yourself.
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1. “While You Were Away” from Twitter
While Twitter is loved for its instantaneous updates, it can be overwhelming for the non-avid Twitter user. Recently, Twitter has added a new feature to its mobile app for some users called the “While you were away” feature. The addition allows users to be presented with a collection of some of the top tweets that have been published since the user last used the app. While it has not yet been announced whether or not all users will have access to this feature, advertisers are already strategizing on how to capitalize on the feature. The items collected in the “while you were away” section will likely be those that have received the most favorites or retweets, which allows premium content to garner more attention.