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Monthly Archives: August 2014

10 must-have IFTTT recipes for social media managers

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Last night the news came out that one of the web’s best kept secrets, IFTTT (If This Then That), landed $30m of funding to turbo charge its recipe book for the social web. If you haven’t used IFTTT before, it’s like a dashboard of connectors that can make anything hooked up to the web work by […]

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Instagram launches new time lapse video app Hyperlapse

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Instagram is the only one of the big social networks not to have spun off a new stand-alone app to date. Well today’s the day, as Instagram has launched Hyperlapse, an app that allows you to create time lapse videos with the kind of quality that you’d only normally be able to achieve with specialist […]

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YouTube’s new Music Key service launches as direct competitor to Spotify

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Google has announced recently that it’s developing a new service that will take the services of Google Play Music and combine it with the size and power of Youtube to form the new Youtube Music Key. This premium service, for which we are still awaiting a release date, will charge a similar price to the […]

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Instagram adds new marketing tools for account data insights and ads

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Last night Instagram announced on its blog a raft of new tools to encourage businesses to take it more seriously as a brand marketing social network. These include Account Insights, which gives you data on your Instagram account the way Facebook and Twitter does, Ad Insights, which is similar but for ad campaigns on Instagram, and Ad […]

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A world beyond apps, from two different perspectives

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This week the popular press has covered a new stat that has been revealed at length: that app downloads have for the first time begun to decline.It has started many off asking is this the end of apps? The truth is possibly that this is the summer and over the summer traffic dips for a […]

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Twitter launches data visualisation tool #EverydayMoments

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Twitter has recently launched a new data visualisation tool called Everyday Moments. The tool can be used to look at what people in the UK are tweeting about based on topic, region and time of day. The beta version of the tool is now live and demonstrates the ways in which people share updates and […]

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Facebook now tells us when ads lead to purchases

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Facebook has reported that it will from now on tell advertisers when ads lead to actual purchases across devices. This will come in the form of a new report showing how often ads drive users to buy the advertised product on a different device. With this new report, Facebook hopes advertisers will now be able […]

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Yo takes on Twitter with new sharing features

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News overnight from San Francisco is that the new social network Yo has added features that allow users to share links and social media content. Yo launched in June, allowing users simply to send alerts to their friends – the word Yo – but with a large user base, we think that the new features […]

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5 graphs worth reading: the social media sections in Ofcom’s new UK media and comms report

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Ofcom’s 11th annual Communications Market Report was released this morning, looking at media consumption and communications trends across the UK. These fresh stats are well-worth a read, and we’ve gone through them all to flag up the key findings for you. Section 4 of the report is about the web and internet. You can view […]

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How Buzzfeed is disrupting the media model with new hires and ways of working

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The rise and rise of Buzzfeed as an online media outlet ceases to give pause for breath. Recent data shows that its expansion in audience size, viral spread and as a company (ie people) is outstripping most media on the planet. The below graph from earlier in the year shows a bit of a comparison, […]

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