#MidweekMinute 5/16/18: take a break

Facebook cryptocurrency (maybe); FB bans 200 data-trolling apps; FB Live multi-stream & rewind; India-first FB Story features; Instagram emoji slider & unreleased "Time Spent" metric; YouTube "take a break" feature & Android voice remote; Snapchat re-redesign; Twitter troll traps; LinkedIn sizes you up.

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#MidweekMinute 5/9/18: taking care of business

Facebook explores blockchain, expands reactions with Avatars, won’t advertise on dating service, tests possible subscription model, and develops image AI; Twitter encrypting DMs; Instagram business tools include ecommerce & CTAs; Story Song Stickers; beauty unit; WhatsApp integrates Facebook & Instagram videos; Pinterest on Hootsuite.

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#MidweekMinute 5/2/18: A twist of F8

FB’s Hate Speech glitch; Messenger Bots, translation & AR; FB dating, 3D photos & VR Memories; Oculus Go VR headset & FB smart speakers. Instagram group video chats, third-party integrations, Camera Effects, feature testing rumors, customized Explore & anti-bullying AI. Twitter prioritizes news. Snapchat specs & Snappable AR game, Story Ads, non-skippable video ads & redesign rollback. Pinterest filters beauty results & enhances experience for the visually impaired.

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#MidweekMinute 4/25/18: Greater transparency for all

Facebook transparency in content standards & data use; "Premieres” streams pre-recorded video & pre-roll ads roll out to more videos; playable game preview ads, "loyalty prediction" advertising, and political ad identity verification; Instagram Story batch uploads; Snapchat selfie game, Viacom programming, and tabs; Pinterest dynamic cover images for businesses; Reddit advertising.

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#MidweekMinute 4/12/18: No advertisers were harmed...

Facebook political ad verification, Messenger retraction, Story encouragement; FB & Twitter back Honest Ads Act; Instagram Nametags, story Focus Mode & tag stickers; Snapchat iPhoneX lenses, group video chat, semi-chronological algorithm, new Specs, & Tegna news partnership; Twitter API tweaks; LinkedIn hashtag update confusion; Pinterest Propel program & Promote button expand.

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#MidweekMinute 4/4/18: Data squeeze

Facebook tightens ad targeting restrictions, adds HD video & 360 photos to Messenger, & improves Spaces VR; Instagram also restricts third-party app partnerships, brings GIFs back to stories, & makes story ads full-screen; Snapchat announces 16-person video chats; Pinterest splits discovery from following; LinkedIn debuts B2B video; YouTube short reach ads.

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#MidweekMinute 3/28/18: Insta listens to the people (not in a creepy way)

Facebook faces FTC woes & Android data controversy, tweaks privacy controls, and takes its local news push global; Instagram makes its algorithm more chronological, and adds tags & hashtags to profiles; Snapchat introduces third-party app integrations, buys a 3D VR gaming developer, & unveils Map Explore.

Guest: Jenn Herman of Jenn's Trends

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#MidweekMinute 3/21/18: Brought to you by Big Data!

SPECIAL GUESTS: Azriel Ratz, Brian "iSocialFanz" Fanzo, Madalyn Sklar
Facebook data abuses, creator monetization, Instant Games & Express Wi-Fi; Twitter breaking news, Video Moments, business ad subscriptions & cryptocurrency ad ban; Instagram sharing & shopping expansion; LinkedIn video lenses & referral button; Pinterest shoppable ads; YouTube livestreaming & pic-in-pic.

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#MidweekMinute 3/14/18: Blue checks all around!

Twitter re-examines verification; Facebook's data-mining App Lock, news for Watch, music licensing, location-based AR, and disappearing Messages; Snapchat user-generated AR lenses, story tagging, and branded Explore ads; GIPHY down; chronological Instagram; Microsoft Pix adds business card contacts to LinkedIn & ups business news; PLUS a live update from #SXSW courtesy of Brian Wallace of NowSourcing!

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#MidweekMinute 3/7/18: News you can USE!

NEW & IMPROVED #MidweekMinute!!! Also... Have you downloaded Vero?; New Snap Specs, Hands-Free mode & Full Body lenses; Instagram Video/Voice Calling & Portrait Mode; Twitter Bookmarks; Facebook Explore, Breaking News, Video Ads, Trip Advisor, Voice Clips, & Messenger Broadcast

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#MidweekMinute: Snap, Pinterest & Google expand interactivity

Facebook tests downvotes, and gets animated, communal, and protective; Instagram story sharing; Snapchat opens marketing API, Maps feature, creator tools, and free ads; Pinterest rearrangements & visual/text search; Google AMPs up Gmail & search.

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Presenting with Risa Hoag at Keller Williams

My presentation alongside Risa Hoag of GMG PR on how realtors can more effectively use LinkedIn & other social media platforms to grow their businesses.
Special thanks to Keller Williams Realty and Citizens Bank.

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#MidweekMinute: Stories about stories

Facebook upgrades security, newsworthiness, Story publishing flexibility, and makes video viewing more social. Instagram Stories adds GIFs, text-only stories, a screenshot notification feature, and activity status. Snapchat Stories are now shareable, and adds valuable advertising features. WhatsApp goes business.

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#MidweekMinute: FB devices & integrations

Facebook gets into home devices & ditches its AI/VA hybrid in beta; Instagram Stories expand to WhatsApp; Ripple follows Bumble in taking on LinkedIn.

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