BuzzFeed had a strong month in January in terms of engagement on Facebook among media sites, with more than 9.5 million shares and over 40 million combined interactions, according to the latest figures from NewsWhip.
Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos and videos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured the photo to the left of singer Victoria Justice hosting a question-and-answer session with her Facebook fans; as well as the photo atop the post of singer John Mayer, actor Will Ferrell, and singer Katy Perry on the set of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Facebook has introduced several new features in recent weeks aimed at aiding the media industry, including Stories to Share, and the public feed application-programming interface and keyword insights API, but the 1,500 or so online publishers tracked by NewsWhip’s Spike content-discovery tool were already well on their way to a content explosion on the social network, with the top 20 publishers seeing a staggering increase in social interactions (likes, comments, shares) of 288 percent between September 2012 and September 2013.
Cie Games’ social automotive title, Car Town, is revving up for the May 24 theatrical release of Universal Studios’ Fast & Furious 6 by teaming up with Universal Partnerships & Licensing to integrate elements of the film into the game.
When Facebook introduced its redesigned News Feed, it did more than change how people view memes and photos of cats — it altered the way stories are seen. Now everyone can make news. But for those who make a living by spreading news, Facebook has changed the way stories are presented. Dean Praetorius, a senior editor with The Huffington Post, talked with AllFacebook about how the way news is presented on Facebook requires some changes to the traditional approach.
Maybe Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comparison of News Feed to a personalized newspaper wasn’t too far off. According to the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media 2013 report, Facebook is a key way that news outlets such as The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, and Yahoo reach their readers. The report notes that major U.S. news sites get an average of 9 percent of their traffic from Facebook, compared with 4 percent when measured 15 months ago.
Facebook has not been hesitant to cut off data to applications that don’t share back, as Vine and Yandex discovered recently. Now it has blocked a photo app — Vintage Camera — with filters similar to Facebook’s Instagram, claiming that the app has received overwhelming negative feedback. But developer Presselite said negative feedback has been rare, and it feels that Facebook’s ownership of Instagram influenced its decision.
For Rosetta Stone, at first, we first targeted people who wanted to learn how to speak Spanish, were Spanish teachers, or liked competing products. Failure. Then we started targeting people who liked the BBC, were high-income, and had status in frequent-flyer programs. Interesting content begat emails, and emails begat sales. Success! Lateral targeting is key to winning on Facebook.
The mark of a successful news story in the Facebook era is what happens after a reader is finished with it. Enter NewsWhip, which compiled a list of the top “social monster” websites, which are are killing it as measured by Facebook interactions. BuzzFeed — which scored a spot on the list despite being a relative newbie to the scene — has all the details, including a handy infographic showing that The Huffington Post, the U.K.’s The Daily Mail, and Yahoo are leading the pack.