A roundup of relevant links affecting our industry.
Each week, I compose a newsletter that includes a series of links about current events and trends in the worlds of technology, social media, mobile, digital communications and marketing in order to keep leaders up to date on the changes, newsworthy items and content that might be useful in their jobs.
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- In an effort to force adoption of its Messenger and Paper apps, Facebook is removing chat from its native app. (TechCrunch)
- Following the popularity of the anonymish apps Secret and Whisper, Facebook is exploring anonymity features. So it's not a surprise that some would ask: will facebook buy Secret? (re/code and Fortune)
- Once again, new privacy settings are looming for Facebook. Expect the updates to clarify the difference between public and friends, to give users the ability to change the privacy settings on old cover photos, and a pop-up for those who haven't changed their privacy settings in a while. (Washington Post)
- Facebook is making its right-hand side ads look more like posts in the main section of the News Feed. (All Facebook)
- Twitter is rolling out a redesign that makes it look more like Facebook. This is most likely in an attempt to address slow growth and bolster ad revenues. (AdWeek)
- Facebook succeeded in generating revenue through in-app purchases; now Twitter is planning to to the same. (re/code)
- All that hype over social TV may be a little premature; Nielsen surveyed Americans and discovered that 8 out of 10 did not use social media while watching TV. (AllTwitter)
- In an effort to keep people from leaving their employers, LinkedIn is now offering service that identifies job openings within users' companies. (WSJ Digits)
- As our methods of sharing and communicating change, so do the ways we need to measure our storytelling abilities. Here are 10 charts that are changing the way we measure content. (Contently)
- The real challenge is recognizing that using big data and analytics to better solve problems and/or make decisions obscures the organizational reality that new analytics often requires new behaviors. And thus, this is why our analytics are failing us.
- The FTC now requires disclosure from consumers when they're participating in online giveaways and contests (Internet Retailer)
- Amid claims that it buried positive reviews when companies refused to buy advertising on its site, Yelp is now being subpoenaed by the FTC. (Fast Company)
- Humor can play a powerful role in your content strategy. Unfortunately, here's why you're not funny. (Fast Company)
- Speaking of which: stuck for an idea? Have a go at the Content Idea Generator.
- When Ezra Klein left the Washington Post, he vowed to remake journalism. His new venture, Vox, is doing that through a combination of journalism and technology. (New York Times)
Finally, we'll leave you with HootSuite's social version of The Game of Thrones intro:
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