Mobile messaging service WhatsApp now has over 700 million monthly active users, up from the 600 million the company reported around four months ago. The announcement was made by co-founder and CEO Jan Koum in a Facebook post, where he also revealed that WhatsApp users are now sending more than 30 billion messages per day.
“Most of all, we’re grateful that so many of you are using WhatsApp to stay in touch with your friends and family, business colleagues and classmates,” Koum said. Read more »
Nowadays the pre-roll ad model is widely used with video content. Just think how many times you’ve had to sit through an ad before a YouTube clip started playing for you (unless, of course, you’ve subscribed to YouTube Music Key, which makes the ads go away). Facebook, however, has another idea that it’s started testing.
These are ads that play after you’ve watched a video, and not before. At first blush, this might seem like a very counterintuitive idea, since many claim that pre-roll ads work exactly because you have no choice but to sit through them until the video you want to see starts. Read more »
Facebook added auto-enhancement of photos to its already rich set of tools for sharing your life’s moments with the world. The feature is available only for iOS devices for the time being – it will arrive on Android at a later stage.
The new Facebook photo sorcery resembles the Auto Awesome feature of Google Photos. Read more »
Instagram boasts 300 million users. Kevin Systrom, the CEO of the social network delivered the news about the achievement in a dedicated blog post.
The latest user count means that Instagram now boasts more users than Twitter. Read more »
Moving steadily on with its newfound commerce focus, Twitter has today announced a new service called Twitter Offers. This basically means businesses can embed discount coupons into tweets, but redeeming them is easier than if you were to use actual coupons.
Twitter Offers comes after the Twitter Buy button started appearing for certain users, letting them buy stuff directly from tweets. Read more »
The makers of the popular instant messaging app Viber announced Public Chats. Dubbed social entertainment channel by its makers, the feature allows users to share conversations and content on mobile devices.
Public Chats will include live discussions with personalities and various celebrities. Read more »
This year Facebook has pushed its Messenger app for mobile more than ever, even forcing people to use only that for messaging one another. And now the social network has announced a new standalone mobile app that focuses on one single aspect of your Facebook experience. In this case, we’re talking about Groups.
The new Facebook Groups app is already available in both the iTunes App Store for iOS and the Google Play Store for Android. Read more »
In a move that sounds like an April Fool’s joke, Snapchat has launched a new feature called Snapcash that will let you send money to your friends by adding a dollar sign and entering an amount in your pictures. Yeah, it’s totally legit.
Snapchat has joined forces with Square, makers of the popular Square Cash, to let you add your debit card to the app and then send money to your friends. As mentioned before, it’s as simple as adding a dollar sign and the amount in your messages and sending it to your friends and the money is transferred from your bank account to theirs. The payment part is handled by Square, who has more expertise in this matter than Snapchat. Read more »
The Financial Times has spilled the beans on an upcoming effort from Facebook to create a social network for professional users. It’s going to be called Facebook at Work and its aim will be to separate your personal profile from your work-related one.
The service will look similar to the current Facebook design. It will be enhanced however, to handle large documents and allow you easily to collaborate and communicate with your contacts. Read more »
This year Facebook split off the chat functionality from its main app into a separate Messenger app, which pretty soon became a mandatory download for those who use Facebook for chatting. Despite the bombardment of 1-star reviews from unhappy users, the Messenger app reached 500 million downloads in late August.
Now, the social network has announced that the app gets 500 million users each month. Read more »
Instagram has released an update for its iOS and Android apps that adds two new features. The first is the ability to edit captions, which was sorely missed before.
Previously, if you made some typo in your caption or wanted to change it, the only way was to delete it and then add it again as a comment, which only worked if someone else hadn’t commented yet on your photo. Or, just reupload the photo altogether. Now an option appears in the menu below the image that will let you edit the caption of your photo whenever you want. Read more »
Facebook launched a brand new app for iOS dubbed Rooms. The newcomer allows users to create or participate in message boards that cover any topic they might be interested in.
The app consist of rooms that are organized by area of interest. Read more »
Twitter has announced a new feature called Audio Cards. This will allow users to discover music from their favorite artists and then play it within the app itself. The feature is available on both iOS as well as Android.
Audio Cards appear as regular tweets on your timeline with the track. You tap on the track and it starts playing within the app with album art and playback controls. You can minimize the Audio Card and continue to browser your timeline. Read more »
This sure took a while, but Facebook is now officially the owner of WhatsApp. The social network agreed to buy the mobile messaging service on February 20, shocking the tech world by offering $19 billion for that privilege.
All the regulatory hurdles have now been cleared, so WhatsApp is finally part of Facebook. Read more »
Snapchat is one of the most popular messaging servicess among the teens. It’s been around for over three years now and even though it’s yet to monetize its user base, things are going very well for it. There were even rumors Snapchat refused acquisition bids from Facebook and Google worth $3 to $4 billion.
It seems the Snapchat CEO was right to turn those offers, if real. The company is estimating its value at $10 billion as it prepares for another round of financing. Read more »