Bloated Facebook Messenger promises to simplify in 2018

 “The app became too cluttered,” Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus announced today in a post of plans for 2018 including “massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year.” Between Messenger Day/Stories, its Snapchatty augmented reality camera, a bot Discover section, games, and more, Facebook had to build artificial intelligence “M… Read More Social – TechCrunch

Facebook brings Messenger Kids to Fire tablets

 Messenger Kids, Facebook’s new app designed to allow those under the age of 13 to more safely communicate thanks to parental controls, is today launching on Fire tablets. The service had originally debuted on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in early December, but today’s launch will also see it arrive on the Amazon Appstore in […]

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 […]

Marketing Day: IAB’s ad revenue report, Snapchat Sponsored Filters & Facebook Messenger

Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web. Please visit Marketing Land for the full article. Marketing Land – Internet Marketing News, Strategies & Tips

#SocialSkim: Facebook Messenger for Kids; Instagram’s New App: 10 Stories This Week

Facebook launches Messenger Kids app; Instagram tests standalone messaging app, adds Stories features; Twitter Lite expands to conquer new markets; Facebook allows pre-roll video ads; Pinterest’s president is stepping down; and much more… Read the full article at MarketingProfs MarketingProfs Daily: Content

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 […]

Pinterest launches Facebook Messenger bot

Pinterest today launched its first Facebook Messenger bot to power Pin searches, as well as a chat extension to power collaborative visual search inside one of the most popular chat apps on the planet. Starting today, any pin shared from Pinterest to Messenger will automatically link to the Pinterest chat extension. The chat extension can […]

You can now import your Instagram contacts into Messenger

 Facebook and Instagram have begun testing a feature that allows you to more easily bring your Instagram contacts into Messenger. The experience, which is entirely opt-in for the app’s users, is the latest in a series of integrations between Instagram and Facebook’s properties, which has earlier included the cross-posting of Instagram Stories to Facebook as […]

Facebook “Messenger Kids” lets under-13s chat with whom parents approve

 For the first time, Facebook is opening up to children under age 13 with a privacy-focused app designed to neutralize child predator threats that plague youth-focused competitors like Snapchat. Rolling out today on iOS in the US, “Messenger Kids” lets parents download the app on their child’s phone or tablet, create a profile for them, […]

#SocialSkim: New Algorithm Redefines Snapchat; Facebook’s Messenger Broadcast: 10 Stories This Week

Why Snapchat’s new algorithm is unique; Facebook preps Messenger Broadcast for business; Twitter tests bookmarking; YouTube gets its own version of Snapchat Stories, also faces advertiser exodus; Tumblr’s CEO steps aside; 2018 social media trends… Read the full article at MarketingProfs MarketingProfs Daily: Content