Lea’s live event assistant for Messenger makes buying tickets easier

 Buying event tickets online isn’t a great experience. Sites like Ticketmaster are the default, but are difficult to use and expensive. A startup called Lea wants to offer a more modern experience by combining event search, discovery, seat selection and payment all in a single application that works right in Facebook Messenger. Yes, that’s right […]

Facebook, not Twitter, will live stream this year’s Golden Globes’ red carpet pre-show

 Facebook has scored the exclusive rights to live stream this year’s Golden Globes’ red carpet pre-show – a deal that last year went to Twitter. On Tuesday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and dick clark productions announced the two-hour event would be exclusively available on the Golden Globes Facebook page from 6 to 8 p.m. ET (3 […]

Instagram now lets you share live videos through direct messages

 Instagram has been beefing up its Direct Messaging feature as it toys with the idea of spinning out messaging into its own, separate app. Among its more recent tweaks: the added option for photo and video message replays, and enhancements like support for web links and different photo orientations. Today, it’s rolling out another change […]

Bloomberg’s TicToc 24/7 news channel launches as Twitter doubles down on live video

For for the first time in several years, we can say without irony that Twitter appears to have a slight wind at its back. A little more than two years after Jack Dorsey returned as CEO, investors seem mildly content with progress and willing to give the company a second look. Riding this mini-momentum, the […]

Facebook pushes pre-roll ads on Watch as it stops subsidizing Live

 Everyone’s least favorite ads are coming to Facebook, but six-second pre-rolls will only appear on original Watch tab videos you purposefully view and not in the News Feed. Facebook is embracing pre-rolls after years of shunning them as it tries to make payouts to video creators sustainable. Read More Social – TechCrunch

Facebook adds support for live streaming and video chats to Messenger games

 Last November, Facebook launched Instant Games, a new platform for gaming with friends inside the Messenger chat app. Today, the company is announcing a couple of notable new features for this gaming platform, including support for live streaming via Facebook Live and video chatting with fellow gamers. The idea with Instant Games is to boost […]

Google Santa Tracker is live, counting down the days until Christmas with holiday games & resources

This year’s Google Santa Tracker comes with coding games, an elf filter in the Android app and daily updates delivered via an Advent-styled calendar. The post Google Santa Tracker is live, counting down the days until Christmas with holiday games & resources appeared first on Search Engine… Please visit Search Engine Land for the full […]

Stationhead allows anyone to become a streaming radio DJ, with live listener calls

 Streaming services like Spotify have turned playlists into one of the main ways to discover new music, but I’d argue that they’re missing some of the personality of traditional radio — the kind of radio where I knew not just the names of my favorite DJs, but also what kind of music they liked and […]

The SMX West agenda is now live! See the SEO, SEM & Retail sessions in store for 2018

Hungry for the latest in search marketing? Feed your obsession with SEO and SEM with actionable, proven tactics served up at Search Engine Land’s SMX West March 13-15, 2018, in San Jose, California. Our three-day action-packed agenda is brimming with 50+ sessions led by SEO, paid advertising and… Please visit Search Engine Land for the […]

You can now request to join someone’s Instagram live stream

 Instagram just rolled out a neat feature for its live product. Users can now request to join a live stream that they’re watching and, if accepted, can start broadcasting live as the host’s guest. To request to join a live video a viewer can tap a request button in the comments section. Hosts see the […]