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.
Music fans have embraced concert-discovery application Bandsintown, and now the company is targeting artists and managers with its new app, Bandsintown Manager, aimed at allowing them to manage their social presences via their devices.
The competition between Facebook and Snapchat has extended past the mobile messaging sector and into the executive ranks, as Mike Randall, global director of Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developer program, left the social network to become vice president of business and marketing partnerships for the mobile messaging application.