Plus the question that got a Facebook executive hired by Sheryl Sandberg.
Facebook has internally developed “Messenger Broadcast,” a self-serve mass-messaging interface that lets businesses send marketing messages to users. While some may argue it’s just a ploy to add an additional advertising option to the already-saturated space, it appears that businesses design a welcome message, message title and subtitle, and include a call to action to the user such as visiting the business’ website, prompting a Messenger bot or tapping to send a preset reply written by the business.
Find out more about this new development here.
Instagram has tweaked a couple of its direct messaging features to make them a bit more flexible and interactive. You can now automatically capture and “remix” photos sent to you in replies back to friends, and allow photo and video replays to be replayed more than once. As an added bonus, Instagram now lets you choose to allow replays on photo messages sent to friends, instead of having them expire permanently once viewed.
Read more about this new development here.
It’s time of year again… no, not Christmas, Grammy nominations! There were plenty of surprises and snubs when the Grammy Awards nominees were announced this morning with JAY-Z leading the pack with eight nominations and Album of the Year category without a single white dude to be seen.
Read the full list of nominees here.
- Facebook wants you to upload a photo to beat its new Captcha [via The Next Web]
- Facebook is giving some publishers a ‘breaking’ label for news posts [via Recode]
- Facebook’s AI suicide prevention tool can save lives, but the company won’t say how it works [via Mashable]
- Facebook prototypes Messenger Broadcast for businesses [via TechCrunch]
- You’ve never met anyone like SAM, the first A.I. politician on Messenger [via Digital Trends]
- How Bored Panda Survived Facebook’s Clickbait Purge [via WIRED]
- Facebook and Twitter to provide Brexit disinformation reports soon [via TechCrunch]
- Twitter blames human error after blocking a New York Times account over the weekend [via TechCrunch]
- Twitter bosses under fire from MPs after defying demands to remove fake news posts [via The Sun UK]
- Marvel superhero pic inspires Twitter to post photos of kickass women in suits [via Mashable]
- Instagram’s secretly testing a handful of new features. We found them. [via The Next Web]
- Instagram now allows optional photo and video message replays [via TechCrunch]
- Popular travel Instagram page shut down over offensive photo [via News Limited]
- How to Use Instagram Live With Friends for Business [via Social Media Examiner]
- triple j’s Ben and Liam fool media with brilliant ARIA red carpet hoax [via Radio Today]
- JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar lead Grammy nominations, APRA AMCOS ambassador among Aussie connections [via The Music Network]
- The most popular song of all time on Spotify is not nominated for a Song of the Year Grammy [via Music Business Worldwide]
- Music is no longer a white man’s game. The Grammys confirm it [via Quartz]
- Do Super Fans Do Just As Much Work As A Marketing Team? [via TheMusic]
- Beyoncé and Elton John collaborating on new versions of classic Lion King songs: Report [via Consequence of Sound]
- This Lorde fan put Melodrama up in the Louvre [via triple j]
- BTS Surge Up Album & Song Charts Following American Music Awards Performance [via Billboard]
- U2 & Amazon Music Team Up for Immersive Online Radio ‘Experience’ Leading Up to New Album Release [via Billboard]
- Ed Sheeran leads vinyl sales charge [via Music-News]
- Ricky Martin’s Concert in Mexico City Draws More Than 100,000 Fans [via Billboard]
- Spotify starts the holidays off right [HITS Daily Double]
- Youtube Dips Toe Into Social E-Commerce With Ticketmaster Partnership [via hypebot]
- Snap’s new filters could be the start of an advertising revolution [via The Next Web]
- Google adds a donate button to search results to encourage giving during the holidays [via The Verge]
- Photoshop’s upcoming tool uses AI to take the pain out out of selecting people [via The Next Web]
- The question that got a Facebook executive hired by Sheryl Sandberg [via Quartz]
- ‘We’re no good at saying no’: How adland’s overwork culture is dragging us down [via Mumbrella]
JADEN JAM: Domino’s is launching a baby registry, because apparently we asked for it.