Facebook downplays test banishing all Pages to buried Explore Feed

 Facebook has caused a 60% to 80% drop in referral traffic to news outlets in six countries due to a test that removed Page posts from the News Feed and relocated them to a separate, hard-to-find Explore Feed. But now Facebook’s VP of News Feed Adam Mosseri writes that “We currently have no plans to roll this test out further.” But that doesn’t mean Facebook won’t… Read More

from Social – TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/23/facebook-page-feed/?ncid=rss
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Facebook research automatically creates an avatar from a photo

 Creating avatars. Who’s got time for it?! Computers, that’s who. You’ll never have to waste another second selecting your hair style, skin tone, or facial hair length if this research from Facebook finds its way into product form. Read More

from Social – TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/23/facebook-research-automatically-creates-an-avatar-from-a-photo/?ncid=rss
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Snapchat dangles referral traffic with link sharing from other apps

 Snapchat is embracing links beyond its native content and will now allow you to briefly disappear from its Snap Map. In an update to Snapchat’s iOS app today it added two important new features. You can now share links from other apps via the iOS share sheet, allowing you to send a private message with the link to one or several people. And rather than just turning live location sharing… Read More

from Social – TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/23/snapchat-link-sharing/?ncid=rss
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