Social Media

Bloomberg 24/7 Twitter Network Aims to Curb Fake News on Election Night
November 7, 2018 at 11:56 am

TicToc, Bloomberg’s 24/7 news network built for social distribution, is hoping to curb the spread of fake news surrounding Tuesday’s midterm election with a series of verified Twitter Moments. The network, which specializes in smaller, snack-sized clips based on current news events, will create 50 Twitter Moments (one for each U.S. State) surrounding the midterm…

The Transformation of Bloomberg Media
November 2, 2018 at 9:49 am

Bloomberg Media remains a relatively unique industry player, in the sense that it is a very large media company sitting inside an even larger financial and technology brand. Owned by the largest shareholder and the man behind the name, Michael Bloomberg, the media division began as an extension of the core business before being transformed into…

The New York Times is on Pace to Earn More Than $600 Million in Digital this Year
November 2, 2018 at 9:39 am

The Failing New York Times released its third-quarter numbers this morning and, well, if the rest of the news industry was doing this well, we could shut down Nieman Lab and grab some worry-free beach time in warmer climes. Its ongoing transition from print to digital revenue has been managed without the staffing disruption just about everyone…

Will Google’s Homepage News Feed Repeat Facebook’s Mistakes?
October 31, 2018 at 10:24 am

I woke up this morning to two pieces of news that I couldn’t help but see as two sides of the same coin: Brazil elected a person who very clearly looks like a demagogue who weaponized social media to win, and Google finally placed a news feed on its mobile homepage.…

Audience Development Shifts Focus from Facebook Traffic to Generating Revenue
October 31, 2018 at 10:14 am

Audience development pros have always been crucial to how publishers reach new readers. But increasingly, they’re all about the revenue, trying to get people to return to the site in hopes they eventually sign up for a membership, subscribe or buy a ticket to an event. Travis Bernard, director of…

Facebook is Now Downranking Stories with False Headlines
October 29, 2018 at 11:24 am

As of this week, fact-checking outlets working with Facebook can debunk and slow the spread of headlines that are false even if the whole story isn’t — a change that adds nuance to the types of misinformation the platform is asking fact-checkers to flag. On Monday,…

The Big Lie Behind the “Pivot to Video”
October 22, 2018 at 12:24 pm

Once again, the media is righteously furious with Facebook—this time, for allegedly misleading advertisers as to how many people were watching videos on the social network. The fury may well be warranted, the righteousness not so much. The outrage centers on Facebook’s alleged deception of advertisers about a particular statistic having to do…

Did Facebook’s Faulty Data Push News Publishers to Make Terrible Decisions on Video?
October 22, 2018 at 12:21 pm

“It will probably be all video.” In June 2016, Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s VP for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, spent several minutes of a panel at a Fortune conference talking about how Facebook was witnessing video overtake text. “We’re seeing a year-on-year decline on text,” Mendelsohn answered. “We’re seeing a massive…

Pre-Installed Apps Are Reshaping the Web Traffic Universe
October 17, 2018 at 3:29 pm

Facebook and Twitter are declining as news and media referral sources on mobile, according to a report from traffic analytics company Chartbeat, which finds that users are increasingly using search for news as well as migrating to publisher and news aggregation apps. Why it matters: The increase of social…

The Facebook Pixel Will Add a First-Party Cookie Option
October 8, 2018 at 12:57 pm

Facebook is following in the footsteps of Microsoft and Google by introducing a first-party cookie option for the Facebook Pixel that will enable advertisers globally to continue to access data from Apple’s Safari browser. Advertisers will be able to use this data to measure and optimize their campaigns on the social network. Facebook said advertisers…