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Vice President Biden Joins Instagram (CNET)
Welcome to Instagram, Mr. Vice President. Wednesday, Joe Biden joined Instagram to share behind-the-scenes photos and videos with followers. POLITICO Biden’s office posted its first picture to the new Instagram account Wednesday. Although, Biden is out of focus in the background, up front is perhaps his best known accessory: his Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses. The Wire Who knows, maybe only photos of sunglasses will be uploaded. Still, it’s about time Biden signed up for the social media app, even if most of the time it’ll probably be one of his aides doing the actually ‘gramming. Today This picture, which appears to have been posted by a staffer, is a nod to Biden’s history of channeling “Top Gun” fashion in his famous aviators, which have launched plenty of Internet love in the past. The caption urged fans to follow the account for the latest news about the vice president. Mashable “Vice President Biden’s getting ready to head to Pennsylvania with President Obama this afternoon, where he’ll lay out steps we can take to train America’s workers with the skills they need for good middle-class jobs,” the first post says. “Follow @VP for the latest from the Vice President, and the occasional aviators pic.”
WordPress 3.9 Arrives with Better Media Editing, Gallery Previews, Audio and Video Playlists, and More (The Next Web)
WordPress.org Wednesday announced the debut of WordPress 3.9, which adds a slew of “refinements” to the blog management tool. You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download (it’s 6.0MB).
YouTube Turns to Traditional Advertising to Promote Content (SocialTimes)
YouTube is falling back on traditional advertising like print, television, billboards and subway wraps to promote its most popular content creators. YouTube “stars” attract a highly sought-after demographic of young viewers. But as Ad Age asks, “Can you name any of them?”
Facebook Takes Instagram User’s Name, Then Gives it Back (VentureBeat)
Facebook has returned a username that it peremptorily took away from an Instagram user recently. A post Wednesday on story site Medium tells the tale.
Sparksfly Helps Users Manage Their Social Flows (AllFacebook)
The latest solution to help users cut through the clutter of their multiple social media accounts comes from Sparksfly, which announced the release Wednesday of its social network consolidation tool, Sparksfly 2.2, on the iTunes App Store and Google Play. Sparksfly 2.2 uses what the company calls a proprietary Fuzzy Logic Engine, made up of built-in algorithms, to allow users, both personal and business, to filter their feeds by people or keywords and establish “routines.”
Bitly CEO Not Surprised Twitter Finally Bought Its Own Tweet-Marketing Group (BetaBeat)
Bitly sat on its own database of social behavior data for years before recently making moves to license it. So Bitly CEO Mark Josephson isn’t surprised by the Twitter acquisition of Gnip.
Twitter, Sky Team Up To Let You #WatchOnSky (AllTwitter)
Twitter has teamed up with BSkyB, the broadcaster that owns Sky Television, the United Kingdom’s most popular premium digital TV service, to trial #WatchOnSky, a new tool that will let Sky customers watch or record shows simply by clicking on buttons displayed within a tweet. Users simply need to follow their favorite Sky channels on Twitter and look out for the #WatchOnSky hashtag within tweets, and then click on the Watch or Record buttons, logging in with their Sky IDs when promoted.
Twitch Jumps in to Fund Faltering Twitch-Based Video Game on Kickstarter (Re/code)
A videogame that turns broadcasting gameplay into an interactive experience is going to meet its Kickstarter funding goal — thanks to Twitch, the game streaming site it was designed to work with. Twitch announced Wednesday that it would chip in the necessary funds to help Choice Chamber meet its crowdfunding goal.
Mark Zuckerberg on Exploring New Platforms Not ‘All Tied to Facebook Identity’ (LostRemote)
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg tells The New York Times the social network is fine with its different entities – like Instagram and WhatsApp – not being instantly linked with Facebook. “One of the things that we’re trying to do with Creative Labs and all our experiences is explore things that aren’t all tied to Facebook identity. Some things will be, but not everything will have to be …,” he said.