All posts by Josh Constine

Facebook now has 2 billion monthly users…and responsibility

 “We’re getting to a size where it’s worth really taking a careful look at what are all the things that we can do to make social media the most positive force for good possible,” Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox told TechCrunch about the company’s new milestone. 13 years after launching and less than 5 years after hitting 1 billion, Facebook now has 2… Read More

Facebook equips admins to protect and analyze their Groups

 Facebook sees Groups as the core of its push to “build community”, as Mark Zuckerberg detailed in his 6,000-word humanitarian manifesto. So today at its Communities Summit in Chicago where it assembled 300 admins of top Groups, Facebook is making good on Zuckerberg’s promise to give admins more tools to manage their flocks. These include Group analytics, membership request… Read More

Facebook changes mission statement to “bring the world closer together”

 “Making the world more open and connected” had one fundamental flaw: it didn’t push for any specific positive outcome from more connection. Technically, it could encompass digital voyeurism via the News Feed, trading in-person friendship for online acquaintanceship, or the filter bubbles and echospheres that have further polarized the United States. So today, as Facebook… Read More

Snapchat acquires social map app Zenly for $250M to $350M

 Snapchat’s newest feature Snap Map is based on its latest acquisition, social mapping startup Zenly. TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has bought Zenly for between $250 million and $350 million in mostly cash and some stock in a deal that closed in late May. Snapchat will keep Zenly running independently similar to how Facebook lets Instagram run independently. Read More

Periscope lets you buy and send Super Hearts that broadcasters can cash in

 Periscope has a new revenue stream and a new way to attract the best live video content to its Twitter-owned app. Today Periscope launches Super Hearts — in-app purchase virtual goods that users buy for real money, send to creators as animated hearts that get them attention in the comment reel, and that broadcasters can then redeem with Twitter for a monthly cash pay-out. After the 30%… Read More

Snapchat launches location sharing feature Snap Map

 Snapchat’s next big feature wants to get you to meet up with friends in real-life rather than just watching each other’s lives on your phones. Snap Map lets you share your current location, which appears to friends on a map and updates when you open Snapchat. “We’ve built a whole new way to explore the world! See what’s happening, find your friends, and get… Read More

Instagram Stories hits 250M daily users, adds Live video replays

 Instagram Stories is widening its lead over Snapchat and rolling out new features to keep everyone shooting video. Instagram Stories now has 250 million daily active users, up from 200 million in April, 150 million in January, and 100 million in October after launching the Snapchat Stories clone in August. That compares to Snapchat’s total 166 million daily actives for its entire app,… Read More

Phhhoto shutters app and pivots to photobooths, blaming Instagram

 Animated GIF capture tool and social network Phhhoto is shutting down its app due to server costs becoming unsustainable after getting slammed with competition by Instagram’s copycat Boomerang. Phhhoto will pivot to focus on its parent company HYPNO’s original business  — a physical photobooths for events service. Phhhoto launched in July 2014, making it easy to hold down… Read More

Amazon Prime Wardrobe lets you try on and return clothes free

 Amazon’s latest perk for Prime members could make us more stylish by letting us buy everything that catches our eye and return what doesn’t fit. Today Amazon revealed Amazon Prime Wardrobe, which is currently in beta, but you can sign up to be notified when it launches First you pick at least three items from over a million Amazon Fashion options including clothes, shoes, and… Read More