Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email.
Slingshot Update Allows Reactions to Reactions, Easier Access to Friends Using the App (AllFacebook)
Facebook announced an update to its Slingshot photo- and video-sharing application, giving users the ability to react to reactions to their slings, as well as making it easier for them to find friends to sling with. The social network said in a post on the Slingshot blog that users of the app can now reply to reactions to their slings in photo, video or text form. The Next Web Similar to Snapchat, Slingshot allows you to draw on photos and add text. The app differs, however, by requiring friends to send a photo back to see your own content and by letting friends send quick reactions to your photo. TechCrunch This update solves Slingshot’s biggest problem: the inability to carry on a normal conversation. Finding friends is easier now too thanks to an aggregated My People list, and it could get more viral thanks to the new option to send SMS invites to Facebook friends and your phone contacts. Edgadget So, if you weren’t intrigued enough to try out Slingshot before, perhaps this new update will be enough to convince you to start slinging. You can download the latest version on both iOS and Android. BetaBeat Since the news of their last one didn’t go over so well, good guy Facebook has decided to recruit and pay people who actually desire to participate in their upcoming study. They’re handpicking volunteers for a three-month focus group they hope will help them improve Slingshot.
‘Reddit Live’ Tool Pushes Everyone’s Favorite News-Sharing Site in a Bold New Direction (Exclusive Interview) (VentureBeat)
A week after launching to the public, Reddit’s general manager Erik Martin tells VentureBeat the company’s new liveblogging tool Reddit Live is seeing plenty of traction. Reddit Live is the news-sharing site’s solution for managing the specific type of reader submissions that require constant, continuous updates.
Social Sharing Makes Events Seem More Real, Says Study (SocialTimes)
A new study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior investigated the widespread practice of sharing personal news and events via social media and smartphones. The results showed that 70 percent of social sharing took place through mediated communication such as texting, phone calls, Facebook or Twitter.
LinkedIn Crushes Q2 Earnings Expectations (Re/code)
LinkedIn, the popular social network for business, easily beat analyst expectations in the second quarter, boosted by 49 percent growth in its recruiting products division. The company reported earnings per share, excluding some items, of 51 cents on $534 million in revenue.
Why Now is the Time for Your Brand to Start Posting Video on Twitter (AllTwitter)
Twitter’s current video service, Amplify, allows big name brands and advertisers to push video clips out to interested followers. But the new service sounds more like a self-serve video platform, possibly following in the footsteps of Twitter’s self-serve advertising platform. It might mean that smaller businesses could benefit from video in a big way.
Twitter Transparency Data: Accounts Targeted With Removal Requests More Than Double (The Wall Street Journal/Digits)
Countries around the world asked Twitter to remove content related to 723 users’ accounts in the first half of 2014, more than double the number of accounts reported in the prior report, according to the company’s latest transparency data. Twitter agreed to 9 percent of those requests, in whole or in part. The largest number came from Turkey and France.
Mobile Data Illustrates Growing Opportunity for App Developers [Infographic] (SocialTimes)
Mobile growth is the hidden driver behind the increase of people online around the world. While wealthier countries are more connected that poorer countries, an infographic from Hot Bargain Phones illustrates the opportunity in a growing market.
Twitter Acquires Password Security Startup Mitro (CNET)
Twitter has acquired a small startup called Mitro, which focuses on password security. Mitro announced Thursday that it is joining Twitter in its New York office and will be “focusing on a variety of geo-related projects.”
#Gaza: Social Media Amplifies New Voice in Mideast Conflict (Voice of America)
Maysoon Khatib’s Facebook page is usually devoted to fun-filled images and anecdotes detailing her sometimes harried life as a mother of four children. But lately, the Kentucky woman’s social media posts have taken a somber turn. Instead of snapshots of her kids at summer camp, Khatib is sharing urgent messages about the destruction thousands of miles away in Gaza.