Top 10 Social Media News Stories this Week 3/20/2015

March 20, 2015
Social Media News Round-up

The week in social media news hand-curated by your friends at Fandom Marketing. Facebook announced a new feature that allows users to send money over messenger. Instagram for Business offered tips regarding brands hosting InstaMeets. We learned that the app Meerkat poses new questions concerning the future of social media and how Facebook is planning to add third-party apps to messenger.

Snapchat Words of Wisdom from Its Young Users

March 12, 2015

Snapchat is in the headlines again as Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba invests $200 million into the messaging service, valuing it at an astonishing $15 billion. But its young users couldn’t give a disappearing text about the business side of things.

Full story on Mashable

Why Facebook Is Giving Away Some of Its Best Data for Free

March 13, 2015

Facebook, for the first time, is giving marketers access to the opinions expressed by its audience of nearly 1.4 billion people — and it’s not directly making a dime in the process. Of course, Facebook is not handing over this prized information, called “Topic Data,” out of the goodness of its heart.

Full story on TheStreet

Meerkat Hype Poses New Questions for the Future of Social Media

March 17, 2015

Meerkat has seen an astonishing rise over the past few days. The live stream smartphone app—which gives anyone the power to broadcast their experiences in real-time—got me thinking about the fractured, and often-odd relationship between people and social media.

Full story on Forbes

The Meerkat Bubble Is Bound to Pop. The Only Question Is When.

March 17, 2015

Almost every year, one app dominates SXSW Interactive. In 2007, it was Twitter. Two years later, it was Foursquare. At this year’s conference, it was all about Meerkat. Barely three weeks old, the live video app proved more ubiquitous than idle Game of Thrones-themed pedicabs, Tex-Mex food trucks, and St. Bernards with battery packs slung around their necks.

Full story on Mashable

Send Money to Friends in Messenger

March 17, 2015

On Tuesday, Facebook added a new feature in Messenger that gives people a more convenient and secure way to send or receive money between friends. This feature will be rolling out over the coming months in the US. It’s easy and free.

Full story on Facebook Newsroom

You Can Now Pay Your Friends Through Facebook Messenger

March 17, 2015

Facebook’s long-awaited payments feature is finally here. On Tuesday, the social network announced a new feature for Messenger that lets users send and receive money to one another. The feature will roll out to Facebook users in the U.S. across desktop, Android and iOS over the next few months.

Full story on Mashable

Finding a Place for Brands in the InstaMeet Movement

March 18, 2015

This weekend, on March 21 and 22, people will get out and connect in person in hundreds of locations around the globe for Worldwide InstaMeet 11. Instagram for Business wanted to take the opportunity to focus on how brands can successfully host an InstaMeet by sharing the story of one in particular, and by offering a few tips.

Full story on Instagram for Business

Facebook Plans to Add Third-party Apps to Messenger

March 19, 2015

Facebook Messenger is slated to get a big overhaul. Mashable has learned Facebook plans to announce that it’s opening up Facebook Messenger to third-party apps during its upcoming F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco next week.

Full story on Mashable

Reddit’s Most Toxic Communities Charted

March 20, 2015

Based on analysis of personal attacks and other machine-learned elements of language, a research company figured out which subreddits are the most toxic, then charted that toxicity against supportiveness. The results reveal much about the cultish and casual nature of various subreddits–and, often, myths about what places are really so bad.

Full story on BoingBoing

What We’re Watching

This past week SXSWi happened. I attended the festivities over the weekend, and like a true SXSW-goer I got little bit of conference and a lot of networking in Austin. It’s tough to sort through what’s important in a conference so large so, along with those of you didn’t actually make it to Austin, I’m watching the highlights on YouTube. I know it’s cheating… here we go. (My initial response to Meerkat? Meh. Do we not have anything more exciting to talk about? Is innovation dead? Ugh.)

~Melonie Gallegos

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