#Newsfeed: Facebook for Desktop Removes Messages; YouTube adds new in-app messaging feature; New figures show pre-stream payouts from Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and more
Plus the Aussie rap duo who got banned from Twitter for impersonating an iconic figure
- Facebook plans to invest US$3 billion in virtual reality over the next decade [via Digital Trends]
- Facebook for Desktop Removes Messages, Adds Messenger Interface? [via AdWeek]
- Twitter Serves Up Emoji, Stickers for Australian Open [via AdWeek]
- Rap Duo Jackie Onassis Got Banned From Twitter For Posing As The Real Jackie Onassis [via TheMusic.com.au]
- Twitter’s ‘Buy’ button is officially dead [via Recode]
- Queensland Rail fails to uncover mystery emoji tweeter [via ABC News]
- Instagram users go into meltdown after an update causes the app to crash [via DailyMail]
- YouTube adds new in-app messaging feature on iOS and Android in Canada [via TechCrunch]
- New figures show pre-stream payouts from Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and more [via Music Ally]
- How streaming saved the music industry [via Financial Times]
- LinkedIn wants more ad dollars, so it’s offering up more user data to advertisers [via Recode]
- Pinterest Adds Ad Groups to Campaign Structure [via AdWeek]
- Realtor.com uses augmented reality to help you in the hunt for a perfect home [via Digital Trends]
- Slack gets threaded messaging at last [via The Next Web]
- The Rise of Chat Bots and Their Implications for Social Media [via AdWeek]
- Journalist criticises Mamamia and Mail over lifting of investigative article into child abuse [via Mumbrella]
- New ‘Dank’ app launches to help advertisers monetise online trends [via Mumbrella]
- Sainsbury’s bets on creative flair with Spotify but will it trump status quo ads from supermarkets? [via The Drum]
Facebook users with a keen eye will have noticed a small change to their desktop experience this morning, with Facebook appearing to have replaced the messaging interface for desktop with its Messenger interface. Many users began seeing Messenger icons in places of messaging in the right-hand-side menu and the menu bar atop the site.
To see what we’re talking about, click here.
In news you may have missed – we know we certainly did – Australian hip hop duo Jackie Onassis are no longer active on Twitter. The duo’s verified account was suspended after they used their verified account to satirically pose as the real historical figure from whom they took their name. “Our verification left us in an interesting and potentially unprecedented position,” producer Raph Dixon wrote in a lengthy recount of the events that led to the account suspension.
Read a summary of the events here.
Instagram users in the UK were up in arms yesterday when they were unable to post photos after the latest app update. According to Down Detector, fifty per cent of the problems reported to the site have been to do with the news feed, while 25 per cent of the issues appear to be with log-in, and 25 per cent with the website.
Read more about the frustrating reaction of users here.
New figures release by community blog The Trichordist has revealed just how much money artists are making off popular streaming services. According to the analysis – the first of it’s kind since 2014 – Spotify generated $0.00437 per stream for the label in 2016, down from $0.00521 in 2014. The number of streams needed on the various services to equal a traditional sale was also calculated – 139 streams on Spotify, 83 on Apple Music, 90 on Google Play, 95 on Deezer and, ahem, 876 on YouTube.
Read the full breakdown of figures here.
In-app messaging has arrived to YouTube – for users in Canada at least! The platform has been in testing since mid-2016, and allows users to send to connections directly within the app, and make drop messages for talking about videos.
Read more about the update here.
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