The Top 5 Brands On Instagram

Instagram is a hotbed for brands with some reportedly paying upwards of $1 million per month to advertise, and today Socialbakers published the latest stats. The social media statistics company analyzed the top brands in March, and here were the top five based on followers: Victoria’s Secret – 4,209,740 Nike – 3,937,152 Forever 21 – […]

Katherine Heigl Suing Duane Reade For $6 Million After Tweeting Paparazzi Photo

Katherine Heigl is suing convenience store chain Duane Reade after the company tweeted a photo of the actress on March 18 walking out of a New York City store. Seeking damages of over $6 million, the photo was taken by paparazzi, and the chain used it as a promotional tool. From the lawsuit filing: “The […]

Social Music Company Smule Raises $16.6 Million

Smule launched a new social network last year around sharing music created through its suite of apps, and today raised $16.6 million in new funding. Led by ROTH Capital Partners, previous investors Granite Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners and Shasta Ventures were also part of the round. CEO Jeff Smith says the money will be used towards further developing […]

Only 16% Of People Use Social Media While Watching Primetime TV

Social media has long been believed to help boost TV show ratings, but according to a new study, just 16 percent of people engage online during primetime. Published by the Council for Research Excellence, over 1600 people ages 15 to 54 were told to report anytime they heard, saw or talked about a primetime TV show. […]

Conan O’Brien Plays Video Games On World’s Largest Full HD Display [Video]

Conan O’Brien was in Texas last month for an entire week during SXSW, and while there, filmed a special segment at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. No, Coco didn’t get tackled by the Cowboys or throw his hat into the world of concessions. Instead, as part of the Clueless Gamer segment, he hooked up a PlayStation 4 to […]

Facebook Will Require Messenger If You Want To Chat On Mobile

The Facebook app has chat functionality built in, but soon the social network will require users to install Messenger if they want to keep conversations going. A spokesperson confirmed the controversial move, saying the change will eventually roll out worldwide to Android and iOS with a few exceptions. For example, older Android smartphones with lower […]

Pennsylvania High School Stabbing Victim Posts Instagram Selfie Of Injury

A teen at Franklin Regional Senior High School outside of Pittsburgh went on a stabbing spree Wednesday morning, injuring 20 people, including one staff member. The alleged attacker, a 16-year-old male sophomore, was said to have been yielding two knives before being subdued, and is currently in police custody. One victim transported to a nearby […]

Listen To The 10 Most Viral Tracks On Spotify

Spotify users streamed 4.5 billion hours of music last year, and 2014 is shaping up to be another exciting year with a new redesign announced last week. Today, music business blog hypebot published the most viral tracks as of April 6, also drilling down to just the United States and United Kingdom. Based on the number […]

Quora Raises $80 Million, Valued At Around $900 Million

Quora launched Verified Profiles last month for its most influential users, and today closed a new round of Series C funding pegged at $80 million. According to inside sources, the latest funding now values the question-driven social network at around $900 million. Back in May 2012, the company raised $50 million in Series B, however, […]

The Most Social Universities In The US [Infographic]

Facebook was originally created for college students, first launching at Harvard, and a new infographic lists the university as the most social in the United States. Created by MediaMiser, the media monitoring company analyzed mentions, likes, followers, retweets and more for U.S. universities on Facebook and Twitter. Here were the top six most social based […]

Buffer Launches Redesigned iOS 7 App

Buffer knows you’re not always in front of a computer when you want to share with the world, and today announced a completely redesigned iOS 7 app. Thrown into an episode of Extreme Makeover, it also comes with new features: -New “Re-Buffer” button allows you to re-post key content -Support for Facebook Groups (in addition […]

‘Cuban Twitter’ Was Not A Covert Operation, Says USAID

Last week, a new report hit the Internet claiming the U.S. government was secretly behind a Twitter-like social network to weaken communism in Cuba. Allegedly funded by USAID, the U.S. Agency for International Development, “secret shell companies” were created to make it look like a legitimate project, and CEOs were even brought in to help guide the […]

What A Burnout, Getting Soaked Looks Like In Super Slow-Mo [Video]

Slow motion cameras were first used in the late 1930s, and make just about anything approximately 10 times cooler to watch. When it comes to slow-mo videos on YouTube, there’s no bigger channel than The Slow Mo Guys. Created by Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy in 2010, they currently have over 3.7 million subscribers. Their latest video captures a […]

The 2014 NCAA Tournament Saw 46 Million Posts On Facebook

The 2014 NCAA Tournament came to a grinding halt last night after the UConn Huskies brought home the win against Kentucky’s Wildcats in a 60 to 54 victory. Today, Facebook published stats from this year’s March Madness, including the most popular moments and athletes sharing their thoughts. From March 16 to April 7, the social […]

Social Reader Wattpad Raises $46 Million

Wattpad makes it easy for readers to discover millions of free stories, and today announced it raised $46 million in new Series C financing. The latest funding, now $67 million to date, came from the following venture capital firms and investors: -OMERS Ventures -August Capital -Raine Ventures -Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund -Union Square Ventures -Khosla […]

Winners Of The 2014 Shorty Awards

The sixth annual Shorty Awards ceremony took place last night in New York City, and is all about honoring the best people and companies on social media. Hosted by comedian Natasha Leggero, awards were handed out to over 100 people spread across seven different categories. Here are just a small sampling of those voted as […]

The First Instagram From Space Is Exactly What You’d Expect

Space is a wild frontier, full of mind-blowingly terrifying explosions and infinite darkness, and Instagram has finally made it outside of planet Earth. The photo, snapped of American Steven R. Swanson on the International Space Station, is a beautiful glimpse of our planet or a shot of visible stars, right? Nope. The first Instagram from space is […]

WhatsApp Gets Into The Prepaid SIM Card Business

WhatsApp works on a wide range of mobile platforms, and now the messaging service is branching out into prepaid SIM cards through a new partnership. Teaming up with E-Plus, a mobile carrier in Germany, consumers can purchase a prepaid SIM card that includes free data access to the messaging app. For €10 or around $14 US, […]

HBO Posts First Episode Of ‘Silicon Valley’ On YouTube

Silicon Valley is a new comedy from the mind of Mike Judge, and today the first episode was uploaded to the official HBO YouTube account. The show runs for 30 minutes, and the first episode aired last night at 10 PM Eastern. Here’s a synopsis courtesy of IMDB: “In the high-tech gold rush of modern […]