Social media in China is nothing like what we’re used to in the West. Although the country’s Great Firewall blocks most external social media platforms, it is not short of its own unique social networks, as technology is a driving factor for the Chinese economy. RenRen, Weibo and Youku Tudou are examples of social media platforms that, from a Western perspective, are often said to be similar to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Yet, having just returned from Beijing, my argument is that they can't be so easily compared - especially when it comes to the WeChat app.
Looks like there's a new messaging app in town that could shake things up and compete with the likes of WhatsApp and Yik Yak. Sarahah, a relatively unknown app, caught our attention last week, when it soared to the top of rankings of the most-downloaded apps in the UK, USA, Australia and Ireland. So what is Sarahah and what does it do? Read more
Last night, Facebook hosted its major innovation showcase event, F8, where Mark Zuckerberg and other execs at the social network present their vision of the future and how Facebook will work with developers and brands in the year ahead. The talk of the show was Stories - or rather how Facebook will allow third parties to build into Facebook's Augmented Reality Platform.
Overnight, the messaging app goliath WhatsApp launched WhatsApp Status, its clone of Snapchat and Instagram's Stories feature. It will allow WhatsApp users to upload photos, videos and GIFs that last 24hrs, with stickers and text, in a look and feel just like its sister company Instagram.
If you’re anything like us, you’re never too far away from your phone. Chances are you’re reading this on yours right now, and it’s also highly likely that you’ve got WhatsApp installed, which is why this next bit is so important.
Snapchat yesterday announced a new integration with Bitmoji, part of Bitstrips, a personalised emoji app which the company bought in March 2016 for a reported $100 million. So what is Bitmoji, how do you use it and what does Battenhall make of it?
Everyone loves emojis. They’re often used to joke, express feelings, and at times give someone a piece of your mind. At Battenhall, we love using them for our daily WhatsApp Broadcast messages - which is what inspired us to look into where the universal language of emoji comes from, who decides what emoji launches next and why so many brands and influencers are quickly jumping on the trend.