Instagram Co-Founder Kevin Systrom validated a rumor Thursday morning, confirming that Instagram is adding direct messaging. Through a feature called Instagram Direct, users can send photos and have private chats with one or more friends.
Many people felt that this was Facebook’s way of integrating a key feature of Snapchat, which reportedly rejected a $3 billion offer from the social network. However, there’s still a major thing that sets Snapchat apart from Instagram, even with this messaging ability.
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While Facebook is still the king when it comes to social sharing worldwide, research from Gigya, a social connection firm, shows that Twitter and Pinterest are gaining steam.
Facebook saw its percentage of social shares drop below 50 percent to 41 percent, but maintained its lead as the top social network for sharing on media and publishing web properties in Q3.
Facebook released a heat map of developers Tuesday at the Le Web conference, showing which countries have high concentrations of Facebook developers and which countries are emerging.
Among the countries with greater than 10,000 developers: the U.S., Canada, Brazil and France. Facebook released the above heat map, showing the concentration of Facebook developers around the globe.
The new funding will help the international expansion of SHIFT’s Open Marketing Cloud, which provides marketers access to a host of marketing apps, allowing them to reach customers through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. This round brings total financing for SHIFT to $14 million.
Through Seasonal Affective Disorder, many people can become saddened or depressed over the winter months. Does this affect your Facebook activity too? That’s what Expion, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, wondered.
Expion discovered that, among 50 top retail brands on Facebook, engagement does tend to dip as the days get colder.
Farm Heroes Saga passed up TripAdvisor in our monthly leaderboard, meaning the three most popular Facebook apps, in terms of monthly active users (MAU), are all made by King.
Look below for a list of the top 25 Facebook apps, ranked by MAU estimates, courtesy of AppData:
One of the fastest-growing Facebook pages belongs to The Fast & The Furious star Vin Diesel. The page has gained 2.1 million fans in the past week — the most on our monthly leaderboard outside of Facebook for Every Phone.
Look below to discover the 25 Facebook pages with the most likes, courtesy of PageData.
Facebook for Business, a hub for companies large and small on the social network, is going beyond North America. The site announced recently that the Facebook for Business portal is launching in 11 more languages: Brazilian Portuguese, European Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and UK English.
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