Social Bento: 9th May: A Round Up Of This Week’s Best Social Media News..

Tesco’s New Smartphone To Rival Android?

This week Tesco proved they are so much more than the place where we do our weekly grocery shop. With the supermarket chain already edging their way into the technology game with the release of Hudl, a tablet which has seen sales of over 550,000. With the success of Hudl behind them, Chief Executive Philip Clarke revealed that a Tesco phone is on the way and should be launched by the end of the year. It’s also been reported that the handset will be based on Android, but there haven’t been any confirmations of any further details such as prices of the handset. The only details we do have is that the phone will be loaded with Tesco services such as Blinkbox video streaming, a music/books/movie e-store, and general Tesco shopping services. Clarke also revealed how they are also releasing a follow-up to their tablet, Hudl 2, in September. We’re intrigued to see the new Tesco phone; will it really rival Android? We guess we’ll have to wait and see!

Amazon Lets You Pay With A Tweet

This week saw Amazon launch a new feature to their e-commerce website. After connecting your Twitter account to your Amazon one, using Twitter you now can add items to your basket using the hashtag  #amazonbasket. It’s targeted at users who don’t want to go through the trouble of clicking links and then manually adding products to their basket. Amazon has created #amazonbasket to provide ease for their customers, stating that “no more switching apps, typing passwords, or trying to remember products you saw on Twitter. Save it to your cart now, and check out later when it’s more convenient for you.” Reports state how this new feature benefits Twitter more than anyone else. An Amazon spokesperson says ““Twitter offers a great environment for our customers to discover product recommendations from artists, experts, brands and friends. #Amazonbasket was designed to help customers add products to their cart now without leaving Twitter and come back later to shop and buy on Amazon.”  Will you be using the new #amazonbasket feature? We’re sure that our basket is probably always going to be full to the brim!  Shopaholics beware!

Police Love Pinterest Too

Some of us in the office are big Pinterest fans. This week we learnt that it’s not just us who love Pinterest, in fact so do the police. No not Sting and pals, the actual police force who are using the pinning inspiration platform as a way to solve crimes. Yes really. Redwood City’s force in California used the site to list stolen jewellery that had been found in a bag. After just eight hours, the police force received details from three different people about owners of the stolen jewellery. Including a charm bracelet that had been stolen in 1983 and was a mother’s keepsake and 30 years later, it was reunited with the rightful owner. In addition Pottstown’s force have created boards of criminals mug shots and have seen a 57% increase in arrest rates for offences since the boards were created. Police have also been using other social platforms such as YouTube and Facebook to help find criminals and a revolutionary new pre video advert on YouTube showing missing people. How do you feel about Police forces on social media? We think it’s a great way for them to connect and help solve crimes.

 

Everyone To Get New Twitter Profile This Month

If you thought you’d got away with not having the new Twitter profile, we have bad news. It’s coming for you. Twitter announced this week that everyone will have the new profiles on May 28th. The new design has come under criticism in recent weeks for its similarity to Facebook. With not everyone having the new profile yet, it won’t be long before everyone has the new features including larger profile and header images, new timeline views and the ability to pin a tweet to the top of a profile page. So if you’re a hater of the new design… you’ve only got 19 days (and counting!)

Vine Gets Accessible

It’s been announced Vine have revamped their website to show it’s more accessible for viewers to search and watch their favourite six second videos. The best thing you don’t even have to be logged in to see videos, or even have an account for that matter, making the new shift a very similar one to YouTube. You’ll even be able to see different channels, popular videos and trending tags. The move shows a real segregation between Vine and Instagram who still have a limited online website, and moves towards becoming closer to being a YouTube competitor. The developments of the website means that more people can enjoy Vine’s and search for them a lot easier, which will do nothing but boost the platforms popularity. We have had hours of fun searching for our favourite Vine’s, will this new update mean you’ll spend more time on the six second video site or stay faithful to the giant YouTube?

Mink: The 3D Printer That Prints Make Up 

This week we saw an innovative new product launched that got the girls in the office pretty excited. Okay no, it’s not a Ryan Gosling clone. However Mink a new 3D printer that allows you to print out make up was revealed at this week’s TechCrunch Disrupt event by Harvard business school student Grace Choi. So how exactly does the printer work? Well, the printer works as an inkjet to mix colours to the user’s preference then print, the custom make up. You can select colours from any digital image, whether you want to copy a look from YouTube, a photo or a colour found on the internet. Creator Choi says “”The inkjet handles the pigment, and the same raw material substrates can create any type of make-up, from powders to cream to lipstick.” With no specific release date apart from later this year, Mink has an enquiry list you can join to be first in the know about the revolutionary new printer’s launch. Reports are the printer will be roughly $300 and materials will be ‘competitively’ priced. We love the idea of having a printer to print custom ideas, our Social Media Exec and beauty blogger Corrie is literally beside herself at the idea.

 

Yahoo Launches News Digest App For Android

This week Yahoo launched their News Digest app for Android, and made the current iOS version available for all users worldwide. The app which gives daily news updates for users was previously only available in the UK or US. The app was launched earlier this year, and was based on news app Summly, started by British teen Nick D’Aloisio started up before Yahoo acquired it  in 2013. Yahoo also released some latest stats on News Digest, with D’Aloisio revealing that 40% of users use the app every day. With News Digest going worldwide, will you be downloading the app?

5G Trials In Japan

Word on the street is that Nokia and Samsung have joined in with trials of 5G in Japan. However it seems we can’t get too excited as 5G is still years away, in fact 2020 is the predicted year that we’ll get internet speeds up to 10Gbps. Current tests are being carried out to see if high frequency bands (higher than 6GHz) which can support speeds up to10 Gbps even if there are lots of devices using the same bandwidth. It’s reported that the first tests will be held in an indoor research facility and later in outdoor field trials next year. We guess we’ll just have to carry on with 4G for the time being!

Tumblr’s New Features For Mobile:

Tumblr have announced they are rolling out a fully customisable update to their mobile versions. In the past, users haven’t been able to change the background of their blog or customise it due to logos and backgrounds not being available on the mobile version. Peter Vifani, the creative director at Tumblr says “this is our biggest launch in the past five years. We’re allowing customization and theming to occur in mobile apps, which is huge, because mobile takes up half of our total traffic and it’s rapidly growing.” Updates now sync instantly between the desktop and mobile versions so changes made to one another are then reflected on each device. We love the idea of being able to customise whilst on the mobile app, seeing as we are all such big fans of Tumblr. What do you think about the new update?

 

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Headstream’s Social Bento : 4th April

Best of the April Fools:

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This week saw April 1st happen, which is of course known as April fool’s day. With a bevy of hoaxes being thrown around, we’ve picked the best ones from Tuesday. Tesco brought out ‘cudl’ a tablet connection that means that couples can snuggle up on the sofa even if one’s watching YouTube and the other is browsing Twitter. Virgin Active released pants that promise to tone your bum with a built-in pedometer, and of course Google Maps Pokémon feature. With many more to choose from, our timelines were full of April foolery, what was your favourite joke?

Storytelling through What’s App

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WhatsApp this week was turned into a story telling platform. A creepy ghost story called “Annie96 is typing” has been created though the medium of WhatsApp. Using the enter button, the story updates line by line, which makes  you feel like the story is live which makes it that even more creepy and nerve-wracking, and makes you wonder what’s coming next after pressing enter! The way that the story is written and the execution means that people are kept engaged and drawn to the story. Using the WhatsApp format is a new way of telling stories, it’s an innovative new way of writing fiction and we’re sure it’s another way that WhatsApp will be used and will maintain its popularity.
On a side note, WhatsApp also revealed this week that they had 20 billion messages sent and 44 billion messages received in just 24 hours! You go WhatsApp!

What happens every second online…

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This week a really interesting study by Fractl was released about what happens on the internet every second. With so much content being posted online, it has created its own phenomenon known as media convergence. The study shows just how far the internet has come and just how much content we post online every day, and the results really are mind-blowing. Did you know that 18,144 novels worth of content are created every day on WordPress? Or that over 1.3 million spam emails are sent every second? And selfies? UK users post 13.5 per second.. We’re not quite sure where that .5 comes in though! For more crazy facts, check out the study!

Spotify gets a makeover

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This week Spotify rolled out a new design.On Wednesday the new design for desktop player, web player and iphone app was released, the re design boasts a new colour scheme, fonts and icons. It has a more consistent feel across the different platforms. The main focus of the design is around content and discoverability. Spotify have made it easier for users to browse and manage their music collections, and have eradicated the faff of having to have albums on playlists to add them to your collection. So that’s the new spotify update, are you enjoying the new look?

Text and walk

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So we’ve all done it, the old walking and texting thing. It usually ends in walking into someone or a lamppost, which is never a good look. So apple are building a patent so you can avoid accidents whilst sending a text. So how does it work? Your phone background will show display images of what’s going on around you captured by the rear facing camera. The new transparent text patent looks to be part of the new update, but one thing we wonder, is do we have to hold the phone in front of our face to avoid those awkward bumping into people situations?

Line reaches 400 million users

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Japanese messaging app Line, has surpassed 400 million users! An app that isn’t that well-known here in the UK is growing rapidly across the rest of the world including, north America, Spain and Southeast Asia. The app offers free messaging and calls, as well as voice calls. Currently Japan has the highest amount of users with 50 million using Line daily. Line is trying to target the US and European market with an assault of tactics, and its popularity soared after WhatsApp downtime in February. With Line’s CEO saying their target for this year was 500 million users, it seems that Line do not have far to go.

Facebook still dominates the most time spent on apps 

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This week, new stats were released that Facebook still dominates in terms of time spent on iPhone and Android, however, the average US time of 2 hours 42 minutes per day spent on devices, meant that Facebook accounted for 17% of that time. This means that Facebook leads the way in terms of the most used app. The time spent is slightly down from last year which was 18% in 2013. ‘Flurry’ a research agency who carried out the stats, found that app usage was up from 24% to 28% which means that time is being spent on other online apps. This may be a reason why Facebook have recently bought WhatsApp, and Instagram, which are two apps that are growing in terms of user time and member growth.

Gmail’s snooze button

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Ever read an email and then thought ‘oh I’ll reply in the morning’. Then once the morning comes and another flurry of emails pushes it down into the depths of your inbox to never be uncovered again? Well now we can stop this happening, if Google’s new plans come into action. Google are reportedly trying out a new snooze feature on their Gmail accounts. You could press snooze on an email and then have it resurface in a few hours so you don’t forget about that all important reply. Google are also trying out other cool features including, more tabs for emails, and email pinning, where emails stay at the top of your inbox till you say so. Sounds like Google never want us to forget about replying to emails ever again.

Fun news: emoji

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This week’s fun social media news is that emoijis are now available to see on twitter’s desktop and web versions. Being the emoji fans that we are (or maybe just myself) we are excited that you can now see the crying laughing face or the salsa dancing lady on your computer. Phew, we didn’t know how people really felt before this.

News: Electronic Arts’ game title No. 1 in Social Brands 100 2013

Video game Battlefield has taken the number one spot in Social Brands 100 – the annual report of brands leading the way in social. The ranking is dominated by the Retail industry this year, making up 25% of the list overall, however Travel brands have made their mark, with four featuring in the top ten.

The research has found that brands are starting to make the most of social for their customer care with scores slightly higher for those metrics. Scores were on average lower for engagement metrics, suggesting more could be done to better connect with people and create long-term loyalty. Continue reading

Social Brands 100: Over 700 nominations

This is a big year for Social Brands 100, in fact, it’s the biggest yet. We’re including over 700 brands in the research from at least 25 industries.

So what happens now? At Headstream, in between working out how many pages we need to make the report, what with all this content (!), we’re also surveying brands to understand how they manage social media. At the same time Socialbakers is monitoring interactions on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to establish the ranking. The methodology is outlined on Slideshare (and embedded below).

We’ll be announcing the shortlist on 23 April and the final report and ranking will be released in May. If you’d like to join the mailing list for updates, contact us at socialbrands100@headstream.com.