December 12th Instagram event has just wrapped and as had been rumored, they will be adding messaging to the service. This is being introduced as Instagram Direct and it will allow users to send image and video messages to friends. While there is more to this, there was some comparison to days of old and sitting around a box of photos and having a conversation.
Instagram management, naming her COO. Emily White, former Director of Business Operations at Instagram, will be the new COO of Snapchat. In a discussion with All things D, White said “It happened really quickly, but to have an actual COO role in one of many companies that is disrupting the communications arena is one I could not pass up.”
upcoming redesign of their Android app. The new Facebook is said to have a flatter look, and take on some Google theming in the process. Of course, this is all pre-release, so things could change.
Instagram is ready to package a messaging feature into its service. That would give Instagram a textual spin on their visual sharing powerhouse.
Facebook is now making available its long-tested new features for Android and iOS. Once the update hits users, they will be greeted not only with a fresh new look but with the ability to send messages to non-Facebook contacts via SMS.
Snapchat turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook. The offer was said to be a completely cash transaction, but Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel held out. Those familiar with the situation say Spiegel likely won’t consider any further offers until early next year.
Facebook has begun testing a new Messenger app on Android. The details for the test group are on the lighter side, however the folks at Facebook have offered some explanation as to the new features. Basically, this update means a new look and feel as well as easier and greater access to your friends -- even if you aren't friends with them on Facebook.
Instagram began preparing users for in-feed advertisements a while back. We had known these were coming for quite some time and the talk surfaced again earlier in the month. At that time we were seeing details about how these were going to be arriving in the "next couple months" and how they would initially be delivered as a "small number of beautiful, high-quality photos and videos￼."