If you took our poll about what Instagram would announce at its press event in New York Thursday, and you guessed, “private messaging and/or group messaging features,” you were absolutely correct, as Co-Founder and CEO Kevin Systrom announced the launch of Instagram Direct, which allows users of the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network to send photo and video messages directly to friends.
The top Facebook page in Australia for the year 2013, in terms of both engagement and likes, was Tourism Australia, while the media dominated when broken down by industry, with radio topping the engagement chart and TV shows leading in likes, according to a data analysis by Online Circle Digital for Social Pulse.
Facebook reminded application developers that the end of the holiday season does not mean their efforts to attract more users must end, as well, and the social network also offered tips on successful engagement strategies for mobile apps.
A Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer has a new president Thursday, as social advertising and optimization provider Adaptly announced that former The Daily Mail Online Chief Marketing Officer Sean O’Neal will assume the role.
One of the most effective ways to create engagement for Facebook pages is running photo contests, and Facebook application developer Woobox offered up 20 suggestions for holiday-themed photo contests.
Facebook announced Wednesday that the redesigned like and share buttons it introduced last month are now available to all pages, and that page administrators can now adjust the width of embedded posts to anywhere from 330 pixels to 750 pixels.