The newest app from Facebook/Instagram — leaked last week — Bolt, is official. The company announced Tuesday that Instagram Bolt has been launched for iOS and Android users in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. Bolt is a way for people to quickly share images via one-on-one messaging, somewhat similar to the most recent app Facebook launched, Slingshot.
Facebook’s tendency to brand its new applications and features with names that are already in use in the tech sector appears to have been adopted by its Instagram unit, as well, as Andrew Benton, co-founder and CEO of mobile voice app Bolt, penned a blog post in the form of a “Dear Instagram” letter to the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network over its apparent plans to launch a photo-messaging app called Bolt.
The second man to walk on the moon became one of the first users of the new Facebook Mentions application for public figures, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin also participated in a question-and-answer session at the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Friday.
Did Instagram repeat the mistake its parent company made when Facebook prematurely released its Slingshot video-sharing application? TechCrunch reported that some Android Instagram users were seeing banner ads for a one-tap photo messaging app called Bolt, but the “free” button to presumably download the app took users to a dead Google Play URL.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during the company’s second-quarter earnings call Wednesday that when it comes to payments, the social network considers itself a partner to existing players, and not a competitor.
Real-time social media listening and reporting solution Nuvi added publishing to its arsenal, announcing Wednesday that users of its social media monitoring and visualization platform can now publish content directly to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other platforms.
Social engagement and loyalty rewards program provider SocialToaster announced that it joined sponsored social company Izea’s Izea Exchange ecosystem in order to better manage and execute its sponsorship campaigns across social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network Instagram introduced its Instagram Direct direct-messaging service to much fanfare last December, but mentions of the feature have been few and far between since. However, according to Instagram, rumors of the demise of Instagram Direct are premature.
Facebook found itself in the middle of another “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation involving content posted to the social network, this time over a photo of a young girl’s bare backside that was posted to the Coppertone page to mimic the classic 1953 ad from the sunscreen company of a young girl’s bathing suit being pulled down by a small dog.