Social Media

Snapchat Ramps Up Messaging Service With ‘Chat 2.0’

Snapchat is dressing up its messaging with an upgraded video chat and animations, part of the social network’s efforts to be the preferred service for young users. “We’re excited to introduce Chat 2.0,” the California startup announced on its blog Tuesday. “You can start by sending a few chats, and when your friend shows up, start talking or video chatting ... Read More »


One of the most significant changes brought about by internet connectivity has been in the way we manage our finances. Think about it for a moment – it used to be that if you wanted to deposit or withdraw your money, you’d have to go to an actual bank, you’d have to wait in line in between those herding barriers ... Read More »


If you’re considering using Pinterest for your marketing and branding efforts, one of the first things you need to know is who’s using the platform – i.e. is your target audience on Pinterest? Second to that, what you also need to get a handle on how people are using the platform – what are the common user trends and behaviors, ... Read More »

Social Media, PR and Pizza: A Case Study on Local Community Building – See more at:

As a digital marketer, I am always on the prowl for the best ways to increase website traffic for my clients, get them ranked higher in search results, create a social media buzz and, ultimately, more foot traffic into their businesses. Getting a business involved and meeting the needs of a community is a sure fire way to do just ... Read More »

SXSW May Put Online Harassment in the Spotlight

SXSW Interactive might include a daylong event on combating online harassment, Re/code reported Tuesday. The news followed SXSW’s cancellation of two planned panels that were expected to focus on opposite ends of the Gamergate debate. Threats of on-site violence spurred the decision to cancel both panels, according to SXSW officials. Caroline Sinders of IBM Watson, Katherine Cross of the CUNY ... Read More »

Mobile Malware’s Growth Slows, Nastiness Grows

While there hasn’t been a sharp rise in the volume of mobile malware this year, the increasingly malicious nature of the types of malware and attacks is alarming,Blue Coat Systems said last week in its 2015 Mobile Malware Report. “Ransomware is getting more evil, more robust, similar to the evolution it followed on the desktop,” said Chris Larsen, a senior ... Read More »

NewsON Puts Local News in Your Pocket

NewsON on Wednesday launched a free, ad-supported app that offers instant access to broadcast-quality local newscasts and clips. Users can search by market for curated content linked to breaking news from 118 stations in 90 markets, covering about 75 percent of the United States. All top 10 U.S. markets, as well as 17 of the top 20, 40 of the ... Read More »

Instagram Shows Off Collections in New Curated Video Channel

In launching a curated content initiative, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is following in the steps of Snapchat and Twitter. Snapchat launched Live Stories in June, and Twitter introduced a feature called Moments last month. Live Stories packages Snapchat posts on an event into a single stream. Moments appears as a tab on the Twitter app and links to ... Read More »

Users Balk at Mobile App Permission Requests

The number of permissions requested by a mobile app can be a deal breaker for six out of 10 smartphone users, Pew found. Applications request permission from users to access a variety of functions on a smartphone — accessing the Internet, for example, or using the device’s camera. Most apps can’t function without permissions, but a good number of them ... Read More »

Facebook to Broaden Use of Safety Check in Disasters

During the rapidly unfolding Mumbai-style attacks that killed at least 129 people in Paris, large numbers of residents and visitors to the city used social media to let loved ones and officials know they were hiding from the ISIS gunmen, injured, or safe and out of harm’s way. Wider Deployment Facebook on Sunday said it would widen the deployment of ... Read More »