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Four Twitter Updates That Matter

Did you know that in 2010 the Library of Congress tried to archive every single Tweet? Guess what? In 2016, they determined it was a pretty hard thing to do. And while the Library of Congress struggles to archive the Tweets, Twitter is keeping them on their toes by continuing to look for new approaches to make it easier for users to engage followers and of course, tweet. Twitter kicked off the summer by announcing new features - Twitter Dashboard, Twitter Engage and Stickers. Since then, their team has been hard at work and have delivered expanded features designed for users, including:

1. Twitter Verified: initially launched in 2009, Verified was created to let people know if a public figure’s account was, indeed, authentic. Now, it is available for all users. This is a great opportunity and tool for communications professionals who are responsible for communicating messages from thought leaders or brands to confirm that the source is indeed authentic. Twitter is interested in verifying accounts that belong to a person or a company and recommends that their Twitter handle reflects the real name of that individual or company. If you are submitting a request, Twitter will ask that you detail the impact that person has had on their industry while corporations need to share their mission. You can start the process of applying for this “elite” status by completing and sharing this form with Twitter to make your case for why they should verify your account. Once verified a badge will appear next to the account name.

2. Animated GIF sizes have been expanded from 5MB to 15MB (this is massive – three times the original size!) This move supports Twitter’s trend to make it easier to post media from various platforms – and we all know that visual content boosts social engagement. Specifics can be found here. Note that the photo limit remains the same, along with the GIF limit for mobile uploads.

3. Twitter Moments: designed to curate tweets that follow a specific news story or conversation as they develop, will soon be open to brands and influencers. When it was initially launched in 2015, only a select few had access to it, mainly publishers and media companies. So get thinking about how you might incorporate Twitter Moments into your brand’s PR and social programs because it’ll be available soon.

4. Just in time for the Rio Olympics, Twitter introduced over 207 team emojis so that users around the globe can cheer on their favorite teams through text simply by tweeting the three-letter country code hashtag. But if you are a marketer thinking about linking your campaign to the Olympics, you might want to read up on the International Olympic Committee guidelines on intellectual property.

Happy tweeting, fellow communicators.

Read more from Christina Klaubert

Tweet Tweet: What’s New on Twitter

The digital world we live and work in evolves fast – and to remain as industry experts, we need to keep up. In the last two weeks alone, Twitter launched three (yes, three) new apps, tools and updates that will undoubtedly trickle down to impact, amplify and/or alter how we PR pros engage with audiences. We may still only have 140 characters to do so, but here’s the latest and greatest in the Twitter-sphere:

Twitter Dashboardmanaging Twitter for a business just got a whole lot easier. Last week, Twitter introduced the new app, which is helping businesses connect with customers and their community at large through various high-level tools. With Dashboard, you can create custom feeds to see what others are saying about your business; questions, complaints, praise, you name it. Additionally, Dashboard allows you to schedule tweets and offers helpful inspiration and tips to jog creativity. 

Sounds great, right? For those of us in PR, Dashboard is like a one stop shop for all things needed to create an engaging, seamless and comprehensive Twitter experience. Not only does this support community management, it also allows us to be in control of when content is distributed, while offering helpful insights on the back end.

- Twitter Engagea new app designed by Twitter, is geared towards the influential tweeters who have fans and followers with whom they interact. It highlights the most important interactions, mentions from verified users, tracks analytics of the users’ posts and provides a detailed performance of individual posts.

So how does this impact our roles? What’s important to know, is that Engage is available to all users (meaning you don’t need to be verified). As the thought leaders we represent work to boost their presence on Twitter, Engage will be a useful tool to help them interact with their followers, while simultaneously tracking all interactions to streamline measurement and analytics, so we can continuously learn and refine.

- Stickers: Tweeting pictures got easier when Twitter changed the character limit so that pictures don’t take up extra characters — but last week, tweeting pictures got far more exciting, thanks to Stickers. Now, when users tweet a picture, they have the option to jazz it up by adding stickers.

Stickers isn’t strictly for entertainment and visual value – there’s a way to use them strategically too. Like hashtags, Twitter users can search specific stickers, which will take them to a timeline that shows how those exact stickers have been used worldwide. For PR pros, this is just another creative option to integrate into social campaigns, promotional posts and daily tweets to ensure they stand out.

In the competitive social media landscape, Twitter is constantly evolving to boost usage and engagement. For communicators and content marketers, it’s important to keep an eye on what’s new and how to creatively and strategically use them.

Read more from Lauren Mucci

Like It or Not: Facebook is Our Main Source of News

This just in: More people are using social media as a news source than ever before. Last week the Pew Research Center released the findings from a study about social media usage in the United States. This study is an update from a previous study from 2013.

Here are some of the main findings:

  • Overall, 62 percent of adults in the U.S. get their news on social media.
  • With 70 percent of its users turning to Reddit as a news source, this is the social media platform with the highest percentage of users that go to it to get news. To compare Facebook sits at 66 percent in this same metric.
  • That said, however, Facebook is still the largest social media site, reaching 67 percent of U.S. adults. The share of users who turn to Facebook for news is a whopping 44 percent of the entire adult U.S. population. That’s a lot of people getting their news from one source.
  • Compared with Pew’s 2013 report, news consumption is up significantly among Reddit, Facebook and Twitter. Reddit’s numbers climbed eight percentage points to 70 percent, and Twitter’s numbers rose seven percentage points. However, Facebook outpaced every other social media site in this metric by gaining nearly 20 percentage points over the past three years, reaching 66 percent.

So what does this mean?

First, these results further validate Facebook’s move into becoming a publisher in its own right through its recent widespread launch of Instant Articles. It also explains why, with 44 percent of the adult population turning to it for news, some people are nervous about what that could mean for the state of journalism and for impartial reporting. It will be interesting to see how these things shake out in the coming months and years, and how journalism will continue to evolve.

Additionally, it also means that if you’ve been ignoring social media as a news source or if you have been hesitant to use paid opportunities in social and amplification, you’re probably missing out on a lot of potential engagement for your stories. You may not be aware that Facebook has an algorithm that caps the number of people that see your story organically. So, to get more engagement and viewership for your stories, you may need to use paid amplification services.

Social media isn’t going away any time soon — especially as a source of news. So it’s more important than ever to pay attention to the approaches these platforms take in acting as a news source.

Read more from Laura Thomas

Twitter’s 140 Characters Are About to Get More Breathing Room

After years of carefully stuffing tweets full of information – being careful not to extend them beyond 140 characters – this week Twitter has announced changes that will give users more breathing room. This is great news for social media marketers, brands and everyday users alike.

Twitter’s updates (which are rolling out in the coming months) technically break the current 140 character limit rule. Here’s a rundown of the big changes coming to Twitter very soon:

  • @Replies: Among the biggest changes is the fact that when replying to a tweet, @names will no longer count toward to the 140-character count, according to Twitter. This is huge news and will make Twitter discussions, chats and interviews more seamless.
  • . @ is history: One of the most vexing issues for Twitter users – especially inexperienced tweeters – was that if a tweet was started with @name… only the people who followed you AND that person would see the tweet. Twitter has now done away with that quirky convention, allowing for tweets that begin with a username to be seen by all of your followers.
  • Retweets: Among the new changes, retweets are getting a huge makeover. Twitter plans to enable the retweet button on tweets that you have sent. So if you’ve ever felt as if the the Twittersphere missed your brilliant, concise comment the first time around, now you can simply retweet your own tweet.
  • Media attachments: Another key development, media attachments including photos, GIFs, videos, polls or event Quote tweets, will not be counted as characters within the tweet.

All these changes mean that tweets will look a bit longer, because, technically, they will be. Twitter’s announcement this week comes on the heels of reports of discussions at Twitter around potentially dramatically increasing the length of tweets – up to 10,000 characters. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is said to be a fan of making tweets longer. Indeed, this week’s changes are part of Twitter’s ongoing plans to improve the user experience and add new users.

Happy tweeting.

Read more from Lisa van der Pool

Four Ways Michelle Obama Rules Social Media: And How You Can, Too

15 million Facebook likes. 4.3 million Instagram followers. 4.17 Twitter followers. 470,000 Vine followers. Since she took her place in the White House in 2009, our First Lady, Michelle Obama, has had quite the powerful social media presence, to say the least. Through her thousands of posts, tweets and status updates, the FLOTUS has been crafting messages that appeal to a variety of audiences. Want to become a social media maven like our First Lady? Here are a few tips to keep in mind when managing your social media platforms:

Be authentic: Even though she is always in the spotlight, the FLOTUS keeps her messages realistic so her followers can easily relate. In honor of her “Let’s Move!” campaign to end childhood obesity, Jimmy Fallon and the First Lady filmed the Evolution Of Mom Dancing, which went viral almost immediately after being uploaded to YouTube. This fun, genuine performance allowed viewers to see a silly side of Mrs. Obama (“mom” dancing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon seems pretty laid back to me) that the public wouldn’t normally expect from a First Lady. Keeping your posts, tweets and photos authentic will help build better relationships with your (or a brand’s) followers, both on and offline. Give your audiences something real and relatable to hold on to and they’ll keep coming back.

Keep your content timely: Back in the fall of 2014, while everyone was singing along to DJ Snake/Lil Jon’s chart topping “Turn Down For What”, the FLOTUS grabbed hold of the musical phenomenon and created the “Turnip for What” vine. This seven second video once again turned the media’s attention to her “Let’s Move!” campaign to raise awareness about healthy eating. The First Lady acknowledged the popularity of the hit rap song and developed her Vine while the song was still relevant. It may sound obvious, but keeping current trends and timely topics in mind when drafting social media posts is essential. Grab hold of something big happening in the news that may be relevant to your brand – even just a trending hashtag – and tie it back to your own story.

Stay accessible: In a recent interview with The Verge, Michelle Obama stated: “We know we have to meet young people where they are — they’re not watching the nightly news, they’re not watching the Sunday morning shows, and they’re not reading the newspapers. They’re on their phones.” The FLOTUS pays attention to what interests her audience, where she can access them and where they can access her. Be aware of this shift to digital communication while crafting your social posts. Making your message as accessible as possible to all audiences will help build a following and better brand awareness.

Be powerful: One of the more influential social media movements the First Lady started was the Let Girls Learn campaign to help the 62 million girls around the world who are not in school – many of whom are adolescent – go to school and stay in school. With the help of The President, Michelle Obama brought this powerful campaign into the spotlight and used the hashtag, #62MillionGirls, to keep the movement trending. As the FLOTUS did, make sure your message stands out to get noticed. Stay provocative and creative with your content to capture attention and push out a great story.

So there you have it – follow these tips and you may just wind up being a social media guru like Michelle Obama!

Read more from Skye McIvor

Happy Birthday to Twitter! A Decade in Review…

On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey wrote the first-ever tweet. Ten years later, the social platform has around 320 million monthly users. Today, Twitter is an amazing tool for breaking news, content sharing, following friends, and even your favorite celebrities and the hashtag – previously known as the “pound” sign – is now simply part of the way many of us communicate. Over the past decade, Twitter has proven to be an invaluable platform for marketers and brands, a means of connecting with audiences, a new form of promotion and an essential element of customer service. Today, to celebrate Twitter’s 10th birthday, I wanted to step back in time and review ten powerful campaigns and hashtags that showcase the power of reach of the platform. (Thanks to InkHouse client, Brandwatch, for the social data below.)

1 – #YesWeCan Obama Election Campaign 2008
After eight years, and nearing a November 2016 election, #YesWeCan is still a widely recognizable hashtag that was used in President Obama’s 2008 election campaign. Interestingly, while the hashtag is very well known, Brandwatch found that less than 3,000 people actually used it in the few months prior to the election. This is pretty indicative of the fact that Twitter was still just a baby back in ’08. Nonetheless – it was the beginning of something big.

2 – #BeatCancer 2010 by Livestrong
This hashtag, which was backed by tremendous celebrity power on Twitter (@KimKardashian, @ArianaGrande), actually beat the Guinness Book of World Records in ’09 for its most widespread social network mentions — it reached 459k during the 2010 campaign.

3 – #WantAnR8 by Audi 2011
Back in 2011, a woman tweeted at Audi that she wanted Audi’s R8 V10 model after watching the Super Bowl ad for it. She used the hashtag #WantAnR8. As a result, the company actually delivered an R8 V10 to this women for a day and developed an entire Twitter campaign contest around the hashtag. The idea was to tweet the hashtag #WantAnR8 for a chance to win access to the car for a day. Brandwatch found that 483,175,059 impressions were created with 27,000 total mentions of the hashtag. Pretty impressive.

4 – #40Dollars by The White House 2011-2012
The White House launched this Twitter campaign in reference to its fight over extending payroll tax cuts. The $40.00 represents the amount every American would save if the payroll tax cut was extended. People used the hashtag in answer to the question: “What does #40Dollars mean to you?” Brandwatch found that 62,000 Americans responded with this hashtag on Twitter.

5 – #ShareACoke by Coca-Cola 2013
This campaign was started by Coca-Cola to encourage consumers to share a Coke with others and share Coca-Cola stories. Each bottle was labeled with a different name and the hashtag #ShareACoke. To date, the campaign has proven to spike sales. Brandwatch found that for the first summer of the campaign, it received 160,000 mentions on Twitter and made 740,484,018 impressions.

6 – @TweetACoffee: Starbucks 2013
Starbucks came up with a campaign in 2013 that let people give a $5.00 gift cards to friends if they included “@tweetacoffee” and the friend’s handle in a tweet. Brandwatch found that 936,526,852 impressions were created for the initial campaign – with a gender spilt of 54 percent female and 46 percent men.

7 – #nomakeupselfie by Cancer Research UK 2014
#nomakeupselfie raised more than £8m in just six days (that’s over $11 million USD). Brandwatch data shows the biggest spike in mentions occurred on March 20 at 5:00 pm. The total number of #nomakeupselfie mentions was 160,000 with 814,128,154 impressions.

8 – #ALSIceBucketChallenge: ALS Association 2014
We all are familiar with this one, and many of us have probably thrown a bucket of ice over our heads and challenged others to do so as well. The campaign really blew up by 2014 and had a number of celebrity backers on Twitter. Brandwatch found that there were 9,578,772 mentions during the 2014 campaign.

9 – #LikeAGirl by Always (P&G) 2014

Always launched a campaign that was intended to spark a conversation around women’s hygiene products. The hashtag got 169k mentions and 97 percent of them were positive in sentiment.

10 – #ThisGirlCan by Sport England 2015
With 180,000 mentions, and carried out in Q1 of 2015, this campaign was an effort by Sport England to get women moving no matter their abilities or body type. The top associated hashtags for this campaign were: #fitness #liveyourambition #womeninsport. Brandwatch also found that the second largest spike in hashtag use occurred on International Women’s Day.

There’s no doubt that Twitter has changed our lives. It’s clear that Twitter also provides opportunity to affect positive change – even if it’s as simple as getting your friend a $5.00 gift card at Starbucks – providing brands and marketers a powerful platform for creativity and connection.

So happy 10th birthday Twitter and welcome to your second decade!

Read more from Kit Rodophele

A Peek at Twitter’s Periscope Integration

If you check Twitter on your iPhone (like most people) you may have noticed something new on your screen. We haven’t gotten to 10,000-character tweets yet, but if a picture is worth a thousand words, the rollout of Periscope videos playing in the Twitter stream of iOS users has to be worth at least a couple smiley emojis.

Before storyboarding new campaigns based off live streaming video, let’s take a quick look at the brief history of Periscope. Twitter acquired the company that built it last January as mobile video innovations from the likes of Facebook and Snapchat began to take off. An iPhone app was released in March, enabling users to post or tune in to live streaming video through links in tweets. The app was released shortly after Meerkat took the world by storm with a particularly similar value proposition. An Android app was released in May and the service had registered more than 10 million users by August. Meerkat has since faded into obscurity (RIP).

Just last week, #DrummondPuddleWatch was the first international social media sensation of 2016, and it happened on Periscope. Upwards of 20,000 people tuned in to watch the courageous, ingenious attempts of pedestrians to cross a rather large puddle on a rainy day in England. No, puddles are not uncommon (especially in England). But a team of marketers with an office overlooking a particular puddle was amused by it. An iPhone was propped up and provided thousands of users with hours of unexpected entertainment. It wasn’t a planned campaign or publicity stunt, but this hints at the potential of Periscope.

This week we saw the integration of Periscope videos into the Twitter stream. Much like on Facebook, videos will start playing as soon as you see them. You can interact with these videos just like a regular tweet — show your approval by favoriting it or retweet to share with your followers. Tapping the “Open Periscope to Chat” button on top of the video opens the Periscope app (if you have it) and enables the native “heart” and chat functions. The best part of it all, however, is that if you’re on your iPhone you don’t need a Periscope account to interact with this content anymore. Before, Periscope streams appeared as links you could open in the app, which meant you needed to use the app to access them. Now anyone scrolling through Twitter on their iPhone will just see Periscope streams as they’re posted or shared. The same functionality will likely (hopefully) be available to Android and desktop users soon too. (I’m the only Android user at InkHouse San Francisco and the #FOMO is real.)

How will Twitter’s Periscope integration affect PR and content marketing? In the long-term, that’s yet to be determined. This is just the beginning of collaboration between the two tech teams, according to Fast Company. But it’s clear that Twitter is on a path of evolution and the addition of live video to the stream opens up exciting new opportunities for storytelling and content distribution. You now have instant access to a captive audience for quick announcements, walk-throughs and Q&As. Creative, engaging content will be critical to successful campaigns this year and video is a powerful medium.

So, are you ready to go live in 5…4..3..?

Read more from John Riggin

Should Brands Adopt Facebook Live?

Throughout 2015, brands have been jumping on the live-streaming bandwagon – adopting these new apps to give their followers a live look at events, show them how to use a product, or launch a real-time Q&A with a celebrity or spokesperson. My fellow InkHousers have already shared the basics of the top live streaming apps Periscope (which was just named Apple’s App of the Year) and Meerkat, but this month a new player joined the race – one that will undoubtedly place fear in their competitors.

This week Facebook Live, Facebook’s live-streaming platform, started rolling out to all users after being in beta mode with high-profile brands and personalities. It goes without saying that Facebook inherently has a leg up in the live-streaming world – the original social network has 1 billion active users every day, whereas Periscope and Meerkat are still building their user bases, with 10 million and 2 million, respectively. Periscope and Meerkat are still very much the new kids on the social media block and lack brand awareness compared to other visual social networks like Instagram, Snapchat and Vine.

Aside from its massive user base and prominence in the social media landscape, Facebook also provides analytics and advertising capabilities that are still not available on the competing live-streaming services. Meerkat and Periscope users can see how many people join a live stream and engage with them directly, but beyond that, interaction is fairly limited. Facebook’s robust engagement tracking and targeting could make their entry in this space a game changer.

So, does that mean if you’re using Periscope or Meerkat you should jump ship to Facebook? Before you do that, here are some things to consider:

  • Your Facebook followers are probably a lot different than your Meerkat fans. Periscope and Meerkat are definitely built for a younger, hipper generation, who we know are using Facebook less and less. Tune into what your Facebook fans engage with the most (do a deep dive into your Facebook analytics), and tailor your live-streaming efforts to align with their interests.
  • The Twitter-Periscope connection. When Meerkat first launched, it had access to Twitter’s social graph, but soon after Periscope launched, that was revoked. It’s safe to assume that Twitter won’t want to play nice with Facebook Live either, so Periscope will still have the leg up in its connection to your Twitter follower base.
  • Has it moved the needle in your social efforts? If you’ve been using Periscope and Meerkat and have been making new and meaningful connections, and feel a difference in the engagement you’re getting, there’s no reason to leave it for something shiny and new so quickly. It’s wise to wait a beat and see what could happen with Facebook Live, before cutting the cord on your current live-streaming platform.

I’ve already seen some brands on my Facebook feed testing out Live, and in the coming months it will be interesting to see the effect it has on its competitors.

Read more from Stephanie Olesen
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Distributed Content: The Evolution of the Paper Route

As a PR person, it’s really important to keep up with the news of the day. In fact, being in the know is equally as important as all other facets of the role, almost on an as-it-happens basis. The truth is, with the frenetic pace of the day, keeping current with speed of breaking news while also being productive is a constant juggling act. As a news junkie, I was thrilled when news outlets took to Facebook and Twitter and began posting links to stories in the places I visit a few times a day anyhow.

This is the new era of news consumption. Gone are the days of the paper boy delivering the news to our door in the wee hours of the morning; instead, mobile has changed the way we consume news, a cycle that is 24/7 – no breaks. There is no such thing as the morning news or the evening news – news follows us via different mediums all day and all night. Twitter and Facebook have led the charge in recent years – according to recent Pew Research, news hounds are getting their fix on either Twitter or Facebook (63 percent respectively) up significantly from 2013 (52 percent/Twitter; 47 percent/Facebook).

Recently news consumption has evolved so it’s delivered to where readers already are, versus having readers come to get the news. It’s a huge shift known as “distributed content” that PR people need to understand.

How are social platforms adapting?

Everyone is getting in on the game, figuring out how best to entice publishers and content producers to get their news “into the stream” and in front of the huge mobile audiences. It all started with Facebook Instant Articles. Then came Apple News, an aggregation of the day’s top stories designed to bring news stories to you; eliminating the need to have to go to a blog or the New York Times or BuzzFeed to get your news. Twitter has taken it to a new level with its launch of Moments, a new feature that allows users to flip through trending news, all nicely edited and aggregated by humans who provide users with a simple way to engage with current events. It’s quick and dirty, not in-depth, and is great for steering readers toward the news they’d like to explore further. Similarly, Facebook’s “Trending” feature gives users a look at what’s happening now – serving up full-length news stories from major sources (think WSJ, NYT, etc.). The best part about Trending is that it’s smart – showing news relative to popularity, geography, and interest. Then came Google AMP, designed to dramatically improve the performance of the mobile Web to deliver rich content instantly regardless of device.

For Millennials who think Facebook and Twitter are for their parents (I beg to differ…), super popular Snapchat has been in on this action for some time now, too. Snapchat’s Discover offers Stories, just like our personal Snaps – but sponsored by major news outlets and delivered in brief editorial packages. Short and sweet. Just like our attention spans.

As the “on-demand” generation, this is about as on-demand as it gets.

Publishers get on board

The major shift taking place is that many major media outlets are no longer publishing exclusively to their own properties (which is crazy if you think about it). The Washington Post, Business Insider and The Huffington Post all publish to Facebook Instant Articles. CNN, Vox Media, TIME and Wired were among the first wave of publishers on Apple News, while U.S. News, New York Times and Buzzfeed got on board with Google AMP.

The proverbial paperboy is still delivering to your doorstep – only the doorstep is your computer or mobile device or tablet. And even then, the news is following you, not the other way around. Clearly this means media outlets have had to adapt the way they publish (and monetize) news if they want to remain competitive and relevant.

So what does this mean for PR? Smart PR people understand that securing media coverage with publications who are distributing their content into this new stream is the way to get vast amounts of more eyeballs on their stories. In parallel, there are also clever ways to feed our owned content into the stream via Apple News and LinkedIn Pulse.

Is this the end of conventional media output as we know it? Not quite. Publishers still have to maintain their sites both for readers and advertisers, but the pressure to dive into the evolved media stream is on, and publishers who stay on dry land will definitely be left behind.

And yes, you’ll be able to see this blog post in your LinkedIn feed.

Read more from Jill Rosenthal

‘Moments’ Aim to Turn Twitter into Storytelling News Discovery Platform

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The Twitter project known as “Project Lightning” has finally been revealed and is already rolling out in the U.S. on mobile and desktop before going global. Just 24 hours after Jack Dorsey was named the permanent CEO – after serving as interim chief executive for four months – Twitter announced “Moments.” And it’s big. This new curation feature is described by Twitter as, “The best of what’s happening on Twitter in an instant.”

The new lightning bolt icon on mobile and desktop opens Moments where people can browse different categories of popular content on Twitter including: “Today,” “News,” “Sports,” “Entertainment” and “Fun” – all of which have different Moments consisting of a title and description. Unlike Twitter’s standard feed, which is most often read in reverse chronological order, Moments have a beginning, middle and end. They are made up of tweets often containing multimedia such as videos, photos, GIFs and Vines, where users simply have to swipe to go through the full Moment. In fact, it feels similar to Snapchat Stories, but you can share the Moment with your followers. Plus, when an event or story ends, so does that Moment.

It’s interesting to note that the majority of moments are created by Twitter’s curation and editing team – but that these curators are not reporters. They do not create original content; instead, they organize and present compelling and popular content that already exists on Twitter. Twitter also has contributing publishing partners on Moments including: Bleacher Report, Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, Fox News, Getty Images, Mashable, MLB, NASA, New York Times, Vogue and the Washington Post with plans to expand to more soon.

So what does this mean for public relations and news? Twitter, like Facebook and Snapchat and other social media channels, are vying to become a news discovery platform, telling and sharing stories, news and events in a compelling way. In this way, Twitter is becoming more than just a sharing, social platform. There’s now an incentive for people and brands to tweet more about top news stories and events with a goal of hopefully appearing in a Moments feed, and reach a whole new audience. But a few of the top questions that came out of this announcement are: will Moments actually drive new users to Twitter and how will Twitter measure success of Moments? Only time will tell.

Read more from Danielle Laurion

Publishing Changing “In An Instant” – Google and Twitter Team Up to Offer Their Own Instant Articles


It seems as though no landscape (with the exception of perhaps the Tien Shan glaciers which are melting at an alarming rate) is changing faster than the media. The latest shift, being pushed out across some of the biggest platforms, is “instant articles.”

Facebook took the first leap back in May, introducing “Instant Articles” as a new way for publishers to push out content quickly and help eliminate the load time (a brutal eight seconds, how impatient are we?) when sharing articles with friends. The move was criticized by some as a way to keep content, and subsequently power, within Facebook’s site and grasp. However, the opportunity to reach a growing number of interested, albeit impatient, readers was enough for publications such as The New York Times and The Atlantic to get on board.

Now Google and Twitter are getting in on the instant game, announcing that they too will be allowing publishers to show “instant articles” to readers who are using their services while on mobile devices. One of the key differences here, however, is that neither Google nor Twitter will be hosting the articles. Unlike Facebook’s approach, the “instant article” that pops up is a “snapshot” of the article hosted on the original publisher’s site. This is of particular importance to those publishers who were not crazy about Facebook being the host to their content, but still want to reach us eager readers who, apparently, possess the attention span of a fruit fly.

But are instant articles the be all and end all of news publishing right now? Nope. Another major media move to watch is by tech’s most glorious fruit, Apple, (a title easily usurped from beans) as they roll out the Apple News App this week. This new app, available with iOS 9, will allow users to read, share and save articles, as well as curate their feeds to include only the news outlets they value.

So what does it all mean? Expect more content, quicker. Speed has long been a key factor in the news industry, and that desire to be the first to publish is certainly extending to how quickly we want to share and consume news. I, for one, welcome our new instant article overlords, even though the eight second delay never really bothered me. Patience is a virtue and I lived through dial-up modems, emerging on the other side a more patient person because of it.

Read more from Lisa Mokaba