Twitter built an in-app Tweetstorm feature

Twitter built a feature that lets people draft out an entire Tweetstorm, or string of tweets, and then send them out all together.

The feature was first pointed out by Matt Navara, director of Social Media at The Next Web, on Twitter.

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Twitter frequently experiments with new features — some of which are never publicly released — that simplify user behavior the company sees on the app.

Today, users who want to create a string of connected tweets — or a Tweetstorm — have to manually reply to each of their previous tweets. This feature its testing would allow people to draft all the tweets in the same place, all at once and then automatically send it out as a threaded conversation.

One of Twitter’s most defining characteristics is that it limits users to sharing no more than 140 characters at a time. Tweetstorms give users a way to try and share longer thoughts in one place in a way that makes it easy for others to follow.

Twitter has considered expanding the character limit in the past. A few years ago, the company internally discussed raising the limit to 10,000 characters, but ultimately decided to keep tweets shorter.

Twitter declined to comment.

Are you ready for a $1,200 iPhone?

https-blueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.comuploadscardimage582986ff9b5935-fb79-4c94-9c30-f447605fcdf6Apple is finally slated to reveal the highly-anticipated deluxe anniversary iPhone on Sept. 12, and you will want to buy it immediately — but the sticker price could wind up dampening your excitement for the phone’s next-gen features.

 

Leaker Benjamin Geskin tweeted out a pricing tier for the new iPhones, citing information from a friend who has a friend at Apple.

New York Times report also backed the idea of a starting price “around $999,” for the iPhone, citing anonymous sources who had been briefed on the device. That’s a much more reliable report than just the whispers of friend of a friend — but others aren’t so convinced that Apple will ask such a high price for a phone.

UBS analysts Steven Milunovich and Benjamim Wilson wrote in an investors note that they “questioned the logic” of Apple putting such a premium on an iPhone. They claim instead that the company will roll out the deluxe device at a $900 starting point for a 64GB model, with a 256GB version eclipsing the $1,000 mark.

The analysts also noted that Apple typically takes some cues from its competitors, and with Samsung’s latest offerings starting well under $1,000 — the new Galaxy Note 8 starts at $930 unlocked — there’s little incentive for Apple to set the bar any higher.

None of these projections questioned the features expected in the deluxe iPhone, which include a new edge-to-edge OLED display, a nearly bezel-free screen with no home button, and a new sensor system for facial recognition.

Speculation over the price of the iPhone is nothing new for the rumor cycle, with reports flying about the extra costs for as long as there have been rumors about a new OLED screen. Now that we’re a week away from the big reveal, however, those projected costs are all the more pressing, since we’re finally closer to getting a shot to put down the cash for one of our own.

10 Instagram Statistics to Keep in Mind When Planning Your 2018 Strategy

stories search1(2)Digital marketing changes very rapidly, so it’s important to stay caught up with new platforms, strategies and tactics.

One thing that can be extremely helpful when trying to stay ahead of the game is keeping an eye on stats – while you always need to be careful and consider the source of said statistics, they can help you predict trends and isolate opportunities in the market to make an impact.

The following Instagram stats could prove extremely valuable when planning your Instagram strategy for 2018. Check them out.

1. 70% of Hashtags on Instagram Are Branded

Brand engagement is notoriously higher on Instagram than other social channels. Brands have accepted this and decided to deploy their own hashtags to help organize the conversation.

Keep this in mind when planning campaigns in 2018 – having a campaign-specific hashtag can be very useful when tracking performance.

Get the rest of the stats here.

Facebook and Apple Are About to Take AR Mainstream. Here’s How Marketers Are Gearing Up

ar-kit-furniture-CONTENT-2017-840x445This past weekend in New York, the United Nations created a Facebook Live filter for World Humanitarian Day that let users overlay their real-time clips with augmented reality, particularly scrolling copy that told stories about civilians who have been affected by conflict. In Times Square, AR-enhanced videos aired on one of the iconic, commercial intersection’s large billboards. The endeavor was powered by Facebook’s 4-month-old AR system, dubbed Camera Effects Studio, which is getting the attention of brand marketers.

“For us, Facebook is an amazing platform to develop AR on because people are inherently using it already,” said Craig Elimeliah, managing director of creative technology at VML, the UN’s agency. “It includes Instagram as well. It includes Live and regular camera—so the sheer scale is unbelievable.”

While AR is still exploratory territory for marketers and media companies, its pixelated push to the mainstream has gotten a series of boosts this year from some of the biggest digital players. Snapchat—with its wacky filters and other virtual overlays—has continued to be popular among teens (even if Wall Street doesn’t like its pace). Apple, which has long been seen as a potential AR game changer due to the popularity of its iPhone and iPad, seems primed to give AR the turbocharge it needs to attract older demographics. When the Cupertino, Calif.-based company releases its iOS 11 mobile operating system in September, hundreds of millions of Apple-device owners will have augmented reality at their fingertips with a set of features called ARKit.

“Apple and Facebook will make augmented reality an everyday reality,” said David Deal, a digital marketing consultant. “We’ll see plenty of hit and miss with AR as we did when Apple opened up the iPhone to app developers, but ultimately both Apple and Facebook are in the best position to steamroll Snapchat with AR.”

Ikea, which will be one of the first major brands on Apple’s AR platform at launch, is developing an app that allows customers to see what furniture and other household items would look like in a three-dimensional view inside their homes. Ikea also plans to introduce new products in the AR app before they hit store shelves.

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40% of Consumers Want Emails From Brands to Be Less Promotional and More Informative

Consumers are sick of hard-sell email messages that are not informative enough and irrelevant, but they’d still rather get email offers from brands compared to direct mail, mobile apps or social media. Those findings arrived today from Adobe research—called the Adobe Consumer Email Survey—that surveyed 1,007 white-collar workers.

Additionally, half of consumers feel like marketers send too frequently.

Meanwhile, here are several other data points from Adobe that marketers ought to find interesting.

  • 20 percent are frustrated by having to wait for images to load.
  • 19 percent are not happy with having to scroll too much.
  • 26 percent of consumers are checking email first thing in the morning while still in bed, a 28 percent decrease year over year. So hey breakfast brands, perhaps time your campaigns for at least after they are done brushing their teeth.
  • This should interest business-to-business marketers: more folks are logging off after work, with 20 percent “never checking” work email outside of work hours, a 43 percent increase year over year.
  • And here’s one for fitness marketers: 28 percent of consumers age 18-24 peek at their email while working out, compared to 16 percent of consumers overall.

How to Get More Twitter Followers (Without Spending a Dime)

 

1. Tweet Often

The shelf life of a tweet is only a matter of minutes. Moz’s research indicates that original tweets only last in the main feed for 18 minutes. That means it will mostly just be seen by people who are on Twitter within those 18 minutes. Not long, right?

That’s why people tweet so often throughout the day, they want to reach more people. According to CoSchedule’s research, gathered from several industry leaders, the golden number for tweets per day is around 15. That’s a lot of tweeting.

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