Instagram Launches Business Profiles: This Week in Social Media

Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention. What’s New This Week Instagram Announces New Business Tools: Instagram unveiled new business profiles, which feature a Contact button, access to insights, […]

Online Marketing News: Snapchat Unicorns, Periscope Moderation and Instagram Business

How Snapchat Became a Social Media Unicorn (Infographics) Unfortunately, SocialTimes isn’t referring to the mythical, fuzzy, four-legged cuddle stallions we’ve come to know and love. “In the tech world, unicorns are private startups that reach at least a $ 1 billion valuation. E-commerce has the most unicorns, with 25 percent of the total pool, while […]

Slack is work chat’s runaway train, raises $200M at $3.8B

 The Slack rocketship won’t slow down. The business messaging startup has raised $ 200 million at a $ 3.8 billion post-money valuation, the company confirms to TechCrunch. The round was led by Thrive Capital, with participation by GGV, Comcast Ventures and Slack’s existing investors, including Accel, Index Ventures and Social Capital. This brings the total funding for the… […]

Palaround lets anyone build their own Tinder-like app

 Palaround began its life as one of what’s now many companies attempting to be the “Tinder for finding friends” – a list that now includes Tinder’s dating app rival, Bumble, in fact. But recently, the startup began rolling out a new product focused instead on bringing the Tinder swipe model to private organizations. A pivot from the […]

Snapchat was wonky or down for some but it’s back now

 Snapchat wasn’t working correctly for many users, with Stories failing to load or snaps not sending. [Update 5:10pm PST – Snapchat appears to be back for most users after several hours on the fritz{  The outage comes just days after Snapchat released its big Chat 2.0 update that brought stickers and other new features, but possibly […]

5 hard questions facing Oculus Rift

 Today, the future became the present with the launch of Oculus Rift. The reviews are in, but uncertainty hangs overhead with HTC and PlayStation’s VR headsets still on the way. Here are the tough questions that will determine what you should buy, the distribution of power between the platforms and VR’s effect on our lives. Should […]