On smartphones, Facebook-owned Instagram proved more popular than its social-networking rival and would-be acquirer Twitter, according to new data published by analytics firm Nielsen.
The firm ranked Instagram seventh on its Top 10 list of smartphone apps and counted an average monthly audience of roughly 32 million people. Instagram also proved to be the fastest-growing app of the year, growing its audience 66 percent year-over-year.
Twitter, meanwhile, came in tenth place with a monthly audience of 30.8 million people, on average.
Nielsen's data reflects the average monthly unique users, ages 18 and up, for apps on iOS and … Read more
Teachers need to take a compulsory class.
It's called Facebook Privacy Controls 101.
It might help them avoid the situation currently occurring in Torrance, Calif., where a special-education teacher expressed herself a little too publicly on Facebook.
As the local Daily Breeze reported last week, the teacher, Suzanne Hutton, posted to her Facebook page:Well I have an annual IEP this morning with lawyers and crazy parents. The student is a hot mess but so sweet! So after work I'm hitting happy hour at least I have something to look forward too!!! (sic) Deep breath...I'm going … Read more
Facebook plans to finally begin running video ads that will appear in users' News Feeds, the social network confirmed early Tuesday morning.
The new ads will automatically appear on both Web and mobile feeds, people familiar with the matter initially told the Wall Street Journal, which was first to report on the pending ads, and Facebook later confirmed.
In a press release, Facebook referred to the long-anticipated launch as just a test. The company said that starting Thursday only a small number of people will see video ads. The first ad will come from launch partner Summit Entertainment, which will … Read more
Facebook is making it easier for people to use the social network to make charitable contributions to nonprofits with a new donation feature.
The feature, rolling out to members Monday, lets people click a "Donate Now" button on a participating nonprofit's post that shows up in News Feed. The donate button is also available on a nonprofit's Facebook Page. For members who have previously made purchases through Facebook, the donation process amounts to just two clicks. Otherwise, would-be givers will have to enter their credit card information, which Facebook automatically keeps on hand for future purchases.… Read more
Yesterday's update to Facebook's iOS app included a new feature to automatically play native videos while scrolling through your News Feed. Facebook has been testing autoplay for a few months, so its inclusion comes as no big surprise.
Videos autoplay with the sound off, but you may not want them to autoplay at all, especially if you're on a cellular network. Streaming videos are a surefire way to eat through your data plan in a hurry. Though you can't disable autoplay completely, you can prevent it from working when you're not on a Wi-Fi network.… Read more
Instagram is a daily habit for more than half of the photo-sharing social network's users, co-founder Kevin Systrom said at a press event Thursday in New York.
He also noted that, in general, photos taken have more than quadrupled from 86 billion in 2000 to 360 billion in 2011.
The main event of the press conference was the unveiling of Instagram Direct messaging.
Check out CNET's live coverage of Instagram's event Thursday
Ahead of the event, it was unclear just what the photo-sharing social network would announce, and speculation ranged from a photo-printing service -- based on the odd form of the invitations … Read more
Right now, it's unclear just what the photo-sharing social network will announce. Speculation has ranged from a photo-printing service -- based on the odd form of the invites -- to a private messaging service that could rival Snapchat and WhatsApp.
We may not know all the details now, but our live blog will bring you the news right as it happens.
Check out CNET's live coverage of Instagram's event Thursday The press conference, which will include … Read more
PARIS -- People who use Facebook to rant or rave about the latest TV show might soon have more of an audience than their social-network contacts.
For companies that produce entertainment content or that have brands to promote, the conversations people have about them on Facebook are mostly invisible today, said business development vice president Chris Daniels said at the LeWeb conference here. Now the company is working to give brands and media companies a better way find those conversations so they can engage.
"We know people are talking about TV, movies, and media on Facebook. We know it'… Read more