#Newsfeed: Facebook testing video cover images; Twitter added nine million new users last quarter; New ‘Women In Pop’ magazine set to launch next month
Plus why Drake’s ‘More Life’ sold less than Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’.
Video is king on Facebook, and soon it may be coming to your cover art. Social Media Today has noted that several users have seen tests – which Facebook has confirmed – of video cover images on some Pages, with the video looping like a GIF.
Read what Facebook had to say about the trial here.
Turns out Twitter’s Q1 earnings report wasn’t as bad as we were all expecting – just had its best quarter of user growth since early 2015! Of course, the numbers have been spun in a very particular way – Twitter doesn’t actually share its total daily active user total after all – however according to reports, nine million new monthly active users were added during the quarter, as well as a 14% increase in daily active users year-on-year.
Break down more of the reported stats here.
Just four months after reaching its last hundred million milestone, Instagram is once again celebrating – this time it’s 700 million monthly active users.
Read the full interview here.
Real or imagined, Drake and Kendrick Lamar are in competition for the coveted title of best rapper on the planet, and Kendrick’s successful sales adds another chapter to the narrative. In a great story by Complex that’s more about streaming vs. physical music sales than the two artists, the data reveals that DAMN. has already been more successful than Drake’s More Life.
Read the full story here.
Female music fans are about to get the magazine they deserve, with the news that a new all-female focused music magazine is set to launch next month. Dubbed “Women in Pop”, the quarterly magazine will consist of only feature articles which profile female musicians and include their background, how they compose music and their opinions on the gender politics within the music industry, and sold across Australia, NZ, US, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
Read more from editor Paul Mitchell here.
- Facebook Testing Video Cover Images to Enhance Pages [via Social Media Today]
- As Facebook grows, brands say it’s gotten more complicated to work with [via Digiday]
- Twitter added nine million new users last quarter, the most since early 2015 [via Recode]
- Twitter Q1 Numbers: Active Users Up, Increasing Advertiser Focus [via Social Media Today]
- Twitter plans to eventually air live video 24/7 [via TechCrunch]
- Instagram shows no sign of slowing as it hits 700 million users [via The Next Web]
- Why Instagram Is Becoming Facebook’s Next Facebook [via The New York Times]
- Spotify acquires blockchain firm to build ‘a more transparent music industry’ [via Music Business Worldwide]
- New ‘Women In Pop’ magazine set to launch next month [via Mumbrella]
- Why Cover Art Is More Important Than Ever [via Pigeons & Planes]
- A UK band got 100,000 new likes on Facebook after hackers turned their page into a viral video dump [via The Verge]
- Why Drake’s ‘More Life’ Sold Less Than Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’ [via Complex]
- From Pearl Jam to Tupac, you won’t want to miss HBO’s rock hall ceremony stream [via Digital Trends]
- Finding new podcasts is getting easier thanks to specialty search engines [via The Verge]
- New Doritos bag will play you the entire ‘Guardians 2’ soundtrack. Really. [via Mashable]
- Why people complain online, in 5 charts [via Digiday]
- Desktop and Mobile Ad Revenue Surpasses TV for the First Time [via AdAge]
- ComScore launches free ad viewability tool [via Mumbrella]
- Serena Williams didn’t mean to share that pregnancy announcement with the world [via Mashable]
- TRENDING: #JonathanDemme,
JADEN JAM: Amazon sells a robot that judges how you look (as if you needed that).