#Newsfeed: Instagram combines disappearing and permanent messages into one inbox; Twitter allegedly deleting negative tweets about United Airlines; Viacom releases first VR music album
Plus is the free version of Spotify still worth it?
Digiday has reported on the mass exodus of publishers from Facebook’s Instant Articles feature, citing “many publishers are deeply unhappy with the monetisation on these pages”. According to the news outlet, major partners like The New York Times throwing in the towel and many others cutting back the amount of content pushed to the IA platform, forcing Facebook to respond with concessions to publishers, including new subscription options.
Read more about this story here.
Things just go from bad to worse for United Airlines. A number of Twitter users are reporting their negative tweets criticising United Airlines’ abusive behaviour have been vanishing into of thin air – and nobody seems to know why. While Twitter has previously hidden tweets containing offensive messages from showing up in other people’s timelines as part of its efforts to curb abuse on its platform, deleting tweets against users’ wills goes firmly against the company’s rules.
Read some of the content that’s mysteriously disappeared from Twitter here.
Instagram has announced a new way to send direct messages on the platform. According to Instagram, the move looks “to make it fast and easy to turn any conversation into a visual conversation with photos and videos”. Texts and reshares will also now appear in the same thread with disappearing photos and videos, and the disappearing messages can be accessed by clicking the blue camera icon in any given message thread, or swiping left from your feed.
See more of these new features in action here.
Brisbane rockers Regurgitator have cancelled their headline appearance at a show for the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, as its controversial promoter continues to defend a “gross” comment he made after being questioned about the concert’s all-male lineup. “Given our position on matters of gender equality, social justice and equal opportunity for all, we have decided we can not be involved with the upcoming ANU FINALE event,” the band said in a statement to Music Feeds.
Read more about this developing story here.
MTV parent Viacom and multidisciplinary artist Nick Koenig have pioneered the first virtual reality album. Dubbed “The Melody of Dust”, the virtual reality music and gaming experience was released for the HTC Vive headset and allows players to discover and unlock more than 80 original melodies hidden within objects found in an animated castle.
Read more about this story here.
- Facebook Now up to 5 Million Advertisers, Announces New Video Metrics [via Social Media Today]
- Facebook faces increased publisher resistance to Instant Articles [via Digiday]
- Get Paid Back: Announcing Group Payments in Messenger [via FB Newsroom]
- Here’s everything you can do with M in Facebook Messenger [via Digital Trends]
- Twitter allegedly deleting negative tweets about United Airlines’ passenger abuse [via The Next Web]
- That teen who wants free Wendy’s chicken nuggets is on track to make history [via Mashable]
- Twitter Announces New Third Party Measurement Options for Advertisers [via Social Media Today]
- Introducing the New Instagram Direct [via Instagram Blog]
- Instagram combines disappearing and permanent messages into one inbox [via The Next Web]
- 5 Free Instagram Analytics Tools for Marketers [via Social Media Examiner]
- Regurgitator Pull Out Of Controversial Canberra Show As Promoter Defends All-Male Lineup [via Music Feeds]
- Viacom Releases First Virtual Reality Music Album “Melody Of Dust” [via Hypebot]
- Can an app teach you how to be a better singer? [via The Verge]
- ‘Music streaming still needs to get a lot easier for consumers’ [via Music Business Worldwide]
- Korn’s New Bassist Is The 12-Year-Old Son Of Metallica’s Bassist [via Huffington Post]
- Is the free version of Spotify still worth it? [via The Verge]
- BMG boss targets major labels with artist royalties comments [via Music Ally]
- ‘Fate of the Furious’ Tie-ins Force Their Way Onto the Viral Video Chart (Which Excludes Movies) [via AdAge]
- Tweaks to Google’s image search allow you to buy items you see in photos [via Digital Trends]
- The News Feed is Outdated: How Stories Changed the Way I Think About Social Media [via Buffer Blog]
- Spotify’s VP of design on being data aware, debating your ideas and being heard [via TechCrunch]
JADEN JAM: Hold on to your hats 90s kids, the OG Tamagotchi is making an anniversary comeback (but only in Japan).