Four years ago Monday — Oct. 6, 2010, to be exact — Instagram launched, and the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network marked its fourth anniversary by saluting some of the brands that are part of its community in a post on the Instagram for Business blog.
In June, Facebook announced that status updates could include “clickable” hashtags. Users have been sticking hashtags on Facebook posts for years, but since they weren’t clickable, they were sort of insider jokes for their friends and fans. But they’ve been a popular way for users to track conversations and topics on Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus, and, since social networks often steal popular features from competitors, it wasn’t a big surprise to see hashtags make their way to Facebook.
The Nitrogram 50, a list of the 50 most popular brands on Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network Instagram, went live to the public Monday, with athletic apparel and footwear giant Nike topping the charts by a wide margin.
Brands have an overwhelming presence on Facebook, but has that transferred into the site’s photo-sharing network, Instagram? New figures from Simply Measured show that more brands are becoming hip to Instagram, as 67 percent of the Interbrand 100 (top companies such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Disney) have a presence on the site, compared with 57 percent in February.
Facebook’s Gifts feature is slowly starting to go global, as readers of sister blog Inside Facebook located in the U.K., Canada, and India reported the ability to send gifts to their friends, but only to friends in the U.S.
Last week, Facebook entered the gift card market with the Facebook Card — a new addition to Facebook Gifts. Unlike other gift card options offered by Gifts, this is a plastic card that can be used at Target, Sephora, Jamba Juice, and Olive Garden. Noah Mallin, vice president of social media for brand agency Digitas, thinks that the Facebook Card could be a very powerful way that brands learn more about users’ spending habits, and it could also revolutionize mobile ads.
Social marketing software provider Spredfast announced Tuesday that it raised $18 million in venture capital in a round led by OpenView Venture Partners and joined by existing investors Austin Ventures and InterWest Partners.