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Instagram Debuts Video Sharing (SocialTimes)
In Facebook’s hyped announcement Thursday, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom announced that the photo-sharing service is rolling out video-sharing. “This is the same Instagram that we all know and love, but it moves,” said Systrom. AllFacebook Video on Instagram is available immediately as part of Instagram for iOS version 4.0 and Instagram for Android version 4.0. Its main features are: users can upload and share 15-second video clips; 13 video-only custom filters; selection of cover frames for videos; and Cinema, a video-stabilization feature. The New York Times/Bits Blog Shooting short videos is a popular activity among mobile users, with Twitter’s Vine app growing to nearly 20 million users since its introduction. Instagram, which already has 130 million users, will probably supercharge growth of the category through its sheer size. CNET Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Systrom tout Instagram, with its hockey stick growth and zero revenue, as if it were the next incarnation of the polio vaccine. In their reality, the app has to aspire to be world-changing and capable of achieving great heights of simplicity and beauty, and, by virtue of its inherent goodness, it will be bathed in popularity and adulation. The Wall Street Journal Any service based on sharing is more valuable if you can do that sharing with more people. And no service can compete with Facebook’s user base of 1.1 billion monthly active users.
YouTube for Android and iOS Gets Video Suggestion Overlays for What to Watch Next, Coming to Mobile Site Soon (The Next Web)
Google Thursday released an updated to its YouTube app for Android and iOS, adding video suggestion overlays for what to watch next. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
Twitter Adds Official Follow Buttons To ‘Who To Follow’ Box (AllTwitter)
A slight but significant tweak to Twitter.com: Twitter has added Follow buttons beneath each suggested account in your “Who To Follow” box. Now you can follow recommended people right from your Twitter profile page, with the official Twitter Follow button.
Is Reddit Outgrowing Reddit? (The Daily Dot)
A social media website gains massive popularity among teens and 20somethings based on “upvoting” news stories, Web comics and other online miscellanea. As the site makes the front pages of the news, the user base grows at an exponential rate, leading to a selloff to a major media company. Sound familiar?
How LinkedIn Launched Influencers in Just Six Weeks (GigaOM)
LinkedIn has made a splash in the publishing world by persuading the likes of Bill Gates, President Obama and Sir Richard Branson to submit original essays to its publishing platform, Influencers. Normally, a feature like Influencers takes many months to create and test drive, but the company was able to have it running full-steam in just six weeks.
Facebook Update Makes it Easier to Follow Publishers & Journalists (AppNewser)
In a move to make it easier for users to follow their favorite authors and journalists, Facebook has added a new Open Graph tag that lets publishers highlight links to their page or to an author’s Facebook page directly in preview pages. Once activated, Facebook users who see a post about an author or a book can simply click on the highlighted author or publisher name in order to follow or like them.
YC-Backed Kippt Launches Inc, the Ultimate Startup Communication Tool (VentureBeat)
Y Combinator-backed Kippt released a new product for companies Thursday called Inc, which seeks to improve communication among teams and provide a better alternative to email. Kippt is a Web service for finding, reading, storing, searching and sharing information in one coherent place.
Twitter Legal Director Nicole Wong Officially Joins White House as Deputy CTO (AllThingsD)
Nicole Wong, former director of legal products at Twitter, will depart the company to join the Obama administration as deputy U.S. chief technology officer, the White House said in a statement on Thursday. As AllThingsD reported previously, Wong will be working on privacy and technology issues under Todd Park, the acting U.S. chief technology officer.
New Bing Experiment Adds Curated Lists of Links, Images and Videos from Experts to Search Results (TechCrunch)
Microsoft Thursday announced a new experiment for its Bing search engine that’s a bit different from the usual social search and algorithm updates we’ve come to expect from the service. Bing Boards, as this new effort is called, aims to create something akin to curated search results for a select group of searches.