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Snapchat Adds Chat Feature (USA Today)
The Los Angeles startup said Thursday that Snapchat users will be able to chat by swiping right on a friend’s name. When users leave the chat screen, messages will be automatically deleted. Mashable The rollout added text messaging and video chatting. The latest version of the app focuses on helping its users have conversations, rather than just one-off picture and video messages. The Next Web “Until today [Thursday], we felt that Snapchat was missing an important part of conversation: presence. There’s nothing like knowing you have the full attention of your friend while you’re chatting. We could not be more thrilled to announce Chat,” the company writes in a blog post. The update hasn’t arrived in the App Store or Google Play yet, but when it does it will give the company’s estimated 40 million users a new way to connect that is much like other messaging apps, but with a Snapchat (ephemeral) twist. NBC News Now Snapchat looks like it could compete with WhatsApp, not to mention a host of ephemeral messaging apps like Confide and Wickr that popped up to cater to adults wary of an app with a reputation of being for sexting teens. Before, Snapchat users could only send text in the form of captions on photos, resulting in a lot of terrible pictures being sent for the sake of the messages that accompanied them. The New York Times/Bits Blog Snapchat’s last major update arrived in October, with a feature called Stories that let people post some of their Snapchats publicly, for all of their friends using the application to see. Comscore, a mobile and web analytics firm, said that in February, Snapchat attracted 20 million users to its mobile application, up from 4.5 million users a year ago.
Foursquare Announces New App, New Strategy (SocialTimes)
Check-in app Foursquare announced Thursday that it was unbundling two features of its existing app: check-ins and discovery. The existing Foursquare app will re-launch as a dedicated Yelp competitor, while a new app called Swarm will focus on location.
Hootsuite Takes Social Media Data to a Visual Level on Desktop & Mobile (VentureBeat)
Hootesuite’s social media data is now going visual on your dashboard. The data specialists unveiled what they’re calling uberVUBoards, a dashboard widget offering a continuous scroll of valuable social media data to clients paying subscriber fees for the honor.
How to Influence Customers with Social Media Competitions [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
In not much more than a decade social media has established itself as the de facto platform for competitions, promotions and giveaways, with almost nine in 10 consumers having used social media to try to win something from a brand. So what’s in this for brands? Influence: 84.5 percent of people who enter competitions will share content from a brand on social media after the promotion ends, and studies have shown that promotions can impact future purchase decisions.
Turkish Journalist Jailed for Tweeting a Typo (BetaBeat)
Turkish journalist Önder Aytaç was sentenced to 10 months in prison on Monday because a tweet he wrote contained a typo, Business Insider reports. The official charge: “insulting public officials.”
Scripps Networks Interactive Highlights Twitter Amplify at its First NewFront Event (LostRemote)
Despite a stormy NYC day, Scripps Networks Interactive (which includes Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, DIY Channel, Cooking Channel and more) packed a beautifully designed venue to present their first NewFront, highlighting their non-linear offerings. The message to advertisers was clear throughout – Scripps viewers are the types of consumers that have their credit cards in hand when watching and engaging with content making a perfect recipe to elevate their digital offerings to the next level.
Facebook, Oculus Hit with Legal Challenge Over Rights to Rift Tech (CNET)
The deal that would officially bring Oculus VR under the helm of Facebook after a $2 billion acquisition last month has yet to close. But both the virtual reality headset maker and its soon-to-be owner are facing a complicated legal challenge from ZeniMax, the former employer of a high-profile Oculus member — Id Software co-founder and Oculus chief technology officer John Carmack.
F8: Facebook Launches Four New Media APIs (AllFacebook)
Facebook’s F8 global developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday may have been dominated by mobile, but the social network didn’t forget the media. It introduced four new application-programming interfaces aimed at allowing media organizations to integrate content and data from Facebook into their work.
LinkedIn’s Sales Outlook Again Falls Short (Reuters)
LinkedIn forecast 2014 revenue below Wall Street’s expectations on Thursday, underscoring concerns about its ability to sustain its rapid growth and helping to drag its shares more than 3 percent lower. The social networking company, which is geared toward connecting professionals with prospective employers, foresees revenue of $500 million to $505 million this quarter, compared with an average Wall Street forecast of $505.1 million.