Hello Giggles: Instagram wants everyone to see your live conversations with your bestie with this new feature

Hello Giggles: Instagram wants everyone to see your live conversations with your bestie with this new feature. “Just when you think Instagram has become the best version of itself, the app went and created a new feature you’re about to be obsessed with. With Instagram’s latest update, you can ‘go live’ with another person — as in, someone else, somewhere else, who has their phone on them too. You and your bestie have always said your conversations were funny and/or insightful enough to make you famous, right? Well, Instagram just gave you the platform to test it — literally.”

New Yorker: How to Get Rich Playing Video Games Online

New Yorker: How to Get Rich Playing Video Games Online. “[Roberto] Garcia, known online as Towelliee, is a star broadcaster on Twitch, a streaming platform whose popularity has turned recreational gaming into an improbably viable career. Each month, a hundred million visitors watch their favorite personalities play video games on Twitch, spending an average of nearly two hours a day there. This audience is large enough to make the site one of the twenty most trafficked in the U.S., yet it’s perhaps more apt to measure Twitch against a different medium. With viewership numbers that rival those of MSNBC or CNN, Twitch is less like a conventional Web site than like a kaleidoscopic television network: thousands of channels at once, broadcasting live at every hour of the day.”

The Verge: Facebook will begin live-streaming college basketball games

The Verge: Facebook will begin live-streaming college basketball games. “Facebook is steadily building out content to get viewers to watch things on its site. Back in May, the company streamed several MLB games, and now it’s following up on that with live streams of college basketball, via Engadget. To do that, Facebook is partnering with Stadium, a sports live-streaming site, in order to stream 47 college basketball games through Facebook Watch.”

AdWeek: Creators on Facebook Get Their Own Stand-Alone App and Website

AdWeek: Creators on Facebook Get Their Own Stand-Alone App and Website. “The Facebook Creator app enables users to create original video, add exclusive features to their Facebook Live offerings and connect with their communities on the social network, and product manager Chris Hatfield detailed some of the app’s features in a blog post…”

The Next Web: Facebook adds live video Fan Club feature, but you’re not cool enough to see it

The Next Web: Facebook adds live video Fan Club feature, but you’re not cool enough to see it. “Facebook is quietly working on a mysterious new app for its Live Video platform. It’s called Fan Club App, and it appears to be specifically designed to help you and other influencers boost engagement with your audience. Unfortunately, the social media giant is yet to enable Fan Club to users – even though the company is already testing a shortcut to the app within Live Video.”

TechCrunch: Skype launches Photo Effects – sticker suggestions powered by machine learning

TechCrunch: Skype launches Photo Effects – sticker suggestions powered by machine learning. “Not content with merely launching its own take on Instagram and Snapchat’s Stories, Skype today is adding another copycat-like feature to its app: photo stickers. The company says it’s introducing new ‘Photo Effects’ (as it’s calling these stickers), which include things like face masks, decorative borders, witty captions, and more. However, unlike the photo stickers you’ll find in other social apps today, Skype will actually suggest the stickers to use based on the photo’s content, day of the week, and other options.”

Forbes: How To Engage Your Facebook Live Audience

Forbes: How To Engage Your Facebook Live Audience. “Why is Facebook Live worth mastering? Every week, when [John] Haydon reviews Facebook Insights for his page, Facebook Live video is ‘hands down’ the most popular content he publishes. The broadcasts also result in a regular weekly spike of signups for his email list, which he promotes as the best way of finding out about future programs. In addition, he can download the replay recordings from Facebook as MP4 files and edit them, pulling out excerpts to publish as separate videos. So if he did a Facebook Live on ‘3 Things You Need to Know’ about topic X, each of the three things could become its own video.”