Top 10 Social Media News Stories this Week 2/13/2015

February 13, 2015
Social Media News Recap

The week in social media news hand-curated by your friends at Fandom Marketing. An Instagram bug is causing celebrity’s posts to appear pinned to the top of feeds. Facebook is giving advertisers a new tool and Pinterest may roll out a new “buy” button. Learn about Pinterest’s new app pins and how Facebook is now allowing users to designate someone to manage their page after they pass away.

Why Twitter Launched Curator, a Storify Competitor

February 10, 2015

As it gets more aggressive about growth, Twitter wants to be useful to just about everyone — including the media. Curator, a tool the company unveiled last week, makes it easier for media outlets to figure out which topics are popular and where.

Full story on Mashable

Install the Best New iPhone and iPad Apps from Pinterest

February 11, 2015

Over the years, Pinterest has added extra info to Pins to make them even more useful. Recipe Pins list ingredients and cook time, product Pins show you price and availability, and article Pins give you a headline and story description. Now if you’re on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll see another kind of Pin: app Pins.

Full story on The Pinterest Blog

Instagram Bug Is Pinning Celebrity Posts to the Top of Some Users’ Feeds

February 11, 2015

If you’ve been on Instagram lately and noticed posts from celebrities appearing out of order on your feed, you’re not alone. A bug in the service is causing posts from some celebrities and other high profile accounts to stay “pinned” to the top of some users’ feeds.

Full story on Mashable

It’s a 10: Facebook Starts Telling Brands How Relevant Their Ads Are

February 11, 2015

Facebook is giving advertisers a new tool to better compete for the social network’s expensive and scarce ad slots. Starting this week, Facebook will tell advertisers how relevant the social network has judged their ads to be.

Full story on Ad Age

Twitter to Buy Niche, a Talent Agency for Social Media Celebs

February 11, 2015

Twitter is finally getting serious about Vine. On Wednesday afternoon, the company announced it plans to acquire Niche, a New York-based startup that pairs content creators popular on services like Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter’s own Vine — with brand advertisers.

Full story on Ad Age

The Startling Rise of Yikyak in One Chart

February 12, 2015

Anecdotes galore have been helping to raise the notoriety level of YikYak recently. The chart from 7Park Data offers some quantifiable evidence that the rapid rise in YikYak’s popularity is real, and has come quite suddenly. Currently close to 2.5% of all iPhone users in the United States are using YikYak on a regular basis.

Full story on Forbes

Pinterest May Roll Out a ‘Buy’ Button as Early as This Year

February 12, 2015

Pinterest is reportedly working on getting into the e-commerce game by offering a “Buy” button that would let users purchase “pinned” items without leaving the site or app. Recode first reported the move, saying it could happen this year and noting that it’s been expected for some time.

Full story on Ad Age

Facebook Is Now Letting You Decide Who Will Run Your Page after You Die

February 12, 2015

When a Facebook user dies, their page often becomes a memorial, frozen in time. Now members can designate someone to manage their account posthumously, Facebook said today. The designated person is called a “legacy contact” and will be able to do things like write a memorial post on the person’s page, respond to friend requests, and update the person’s profile picture

Full story on Buzzfeed

Pinterest Kills Affiliate Links, Making Monetization Difficult for Bloggers

February 13, 2015

Pinterest has begun removing affiliate links, redirects and trackers on pins from today, reports VentureBeat. The move won’t visibly affect users’ posts on the social network, but the tracking links will be stripped.

Full story on The Next Web

Happy 10th, Youtube: This Is Your Life—and Ours

February 13, 2015

YouTube, the video-sharing website and ad revenue machine, turns 10 years old on Saturday, otherwise known as Valentine’s Day. Over a decade, the site went from humble beginnings to the height of popularity as a purveyor of online productions, both amateur and professional.

Full story on ReadWrite

What We’re Watching

Ever find something on Pinterest and wonder, ‘would that really work?’ You can visit another social network to find out, YouTube. DIY is huge online. Pinterest is a great passive discovery platform through attractive and bright visuals. YouTube delivers the detailed step-by-step. It’s worth noting that Pinterest also allows video uploads. 
~Melonie Gallegos

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