#SocialSkim: Facebook Launches Original Shows, Social Media Claims 3 Billion Users: 11 Stories This Week

Social has 3 billion users (and other need-to-know stats); Facebook’s original video push; LinkedIn expands partners program; a mobile messaging foray by YouTube; Google’s Snapchat Discover competitor; Snapchat’s powerful tool for marketers… Read the full article at MarketingProfs MarketingProfs Daily: Content

Facebook launches Watch tab for TV shows and live sports

Facebook today debuted a new initiative called Watch to take on TV companies and streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. The social media giant listed three goals for the Watch platform, which will feature both user-generated and original content. It’s intended as a place for creators and publishers to find an audience, build a community of […]

Lonely Planet launches an Instagram-like Trips app

 Lonely Planet has a new app for travel enthusiasts. Called Trips, the app uses an Instagram-like design populated with beautiful images of far away places. Much like Lonely Planet’s website, the idea behind Trips is to offer travelers an easy way to share their experiences and discover new areas of the world — this time […]

Facebook launches original video content in redesigned Watch tab

 Facebook has a new home for original video content produced exclusively for it by partners, who will earn 55 percent of ad break revenue while Facebook keeps 45 percent. The “Watch” tab and original shows will start rolling out to a small group of U.S. users tomorrow on mobile, desktop and Facebook’s TV apps. Read […]

‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app

 Oren Peli, who wrote and directed the enormously successful film Paranormal Activity, is launching a new iOS and Android app designed to help users create, find, and join local events. Spot‘s launch might be doubly surprising — not only is Peli launching an app, but it seems like an odd idea to come from someone […]

VSCO launches its first video editing tool

 VSCO is a brand well-known among photographers who take advantage of its presets for desktop and its mobile app featuring film-inspired filters and pro image tools. Now the company is moving into video editing, with the launch of its first video editing tool on iOS. The tool will allow users to apply presets and tools to any size […]

BrightLocker launches platform to connect developers with players

BrightLocker is launching a platform that enables game developers to connect with players and offer them rewards in exchange for development suggestions. The idea is to provide a platform where game fans can go to see works in development and for developers to share their works in progress so they can get better guidance on […]

Google launches Trusted Contacts location-sharing app on iOS

Google has launched its Trusted Contacts location-sharing app for iOS devices, seven moths after the feature first arrived on Android. With Trusted Contacts installed, users can designate any of their contacts as “trusted,” which means those individuals will be able to see their activity status (e.g. “Active Recently“) and request a specific location. The activity status allows friends and […]

Giphy launches its GIF Maker tool for mobile browsers

Giphy, the online database and search engine for all things GIF, has announced that it’s launching its popular GIF Maker tool for mobile web browsers. First introduced for desktop browsers back in 2015, GIF Maker is a fairly simple tool that lets users create their own animated GIFs from YouTube links or their own videos. […]

Google launches YouTube TV subscription service in 10 new cities

Google is bringing its nascent television streaming service to more cities. The search giant’s YouTube TV subscription service is now available in ten new metropolitan areas: Washington D.C., Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Dallas, Charlotte, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Phoenix, Atlanta, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Google first previewed its TV-streaming service in February and debuted the service in […]