Facebook saw a 56 percent year-over-year increase in worldwide downloads of its Android and iOS apps during the fourth quarter, according to MoffettNathanson.
Apple device owners using Twitter's app are finding a new feature in their feed: integrated Periscope videos, which can either be streamed live or watched later on demand until they expire. It's a component that Twitter has been working toward since acquiring Periscope last March.
Facebook's and Twitter's app portfolios' fourth-quarter total downloads both came out ahead of where they ended up during the same quarter in 2014, according to MoffettNathanson. The analyst firm, now getting its app data from Apptopia, found Facebook's app portfolio notch impressive annual growth globally while finding more modest results in the U.S. Twitter's portfolio growth almost matched Facebook's, but mostly because of Periscope.
Sprint said it is offering customer care services across a range of social sites including Facebook Messenger and Twitter, thanks to a teaming between the nation's fourth largest wireless carrier and social customer service vendor Conversocial.
It's great that Jack Dorsey used Twitter's recent Flight conference to publicly apologize for the way the company has historically treated app developers, but he may have an even better way of making it up to them.
Social media may boost TV shows that score weak on traditional TV ratings. A new study by Engagement Labs that measures social data for online and offline conversations (word of mouth), found that series on Fox, ABC, NBC and other broadcast networks that have middling to low traditional TV ratings do well in terms of engagement scores.
Online video and animated clips that highlight specific sports plays continue to occupy a gray area in the social media world, but their usage came to the fore again this week when Twitter suspended two popular accounts over their posting of football clips.
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Keeping in line with comments made by CFO David Wells during its second-quarter earnings report, Netflix is moving ahead with its planned launch in Japan. The SVOD provider will debut there on Sept. 2, VentureBeat reports.
Live-streaming app provider Meerkat is moving its technology along, in spite of--and maybe because of--neck-and-neck competition with Twitter-owned Periscope. A new feature called "Cameo" allows a live-streamer to permit other Meerkat users to temporarily take over his or her feed.