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Social Media

Facebook Messenger’s PM director Martinazzi leaves after launching Day

Completing almost 8 years at Facebook, Director of Product Management has left the company. His last product, . A Facebook “OG”, Martinazzi was well-liked and respected at the company. He worked with the growth team in some of Facebook’s breakout years before the IPO, and ran all of Messenger product during its modernizing 3.0 in 2013. Goofy and casual, but with the zeal of a true believer in the mission of connecting people, Martinazzi always struck me [...]

That time Facebook went too far

Facebook’s attempts to clone Snapchat know no limit. The social networking giant is in the enviable position of owning a number of the world’s most used internet services and applications. Facebook the social network is closing in on two billion registered users — a level of global reach that is unprecedented in history — while its Messenger app counts one billion active users. The company has invested wisely, and two of its acquisitions are equally as popular and international. WhatsApp has more than a [...]

Chinese dating app Momo sees record revenue growth thanks to live streaming

Editor’s note: This post , an editorial partner of TechCrunch based in China. Momo, China’s top location-based social networking app, has  and added solid financial figures to back it up, according its most recent earnings report. The company, which was previously backed by Alibaba, went public when it . The firm’s revenue recorded a significant 524 percent year-on-year jump to $246.1 million in Q4 last year, while its annual revenue soared 313 percent to reach $553.1 million. Momo reported a non-GAAP earning per share [...]

How Facebook Messenger evolved into a chat camera

A picture is worth a thousand words… that no one wants to type on a tiny screen. And even if you did mash in all that text, it’d still lose the subtleties of sarcasm or sincerity. To express the full range of emotion, messaging apps must put us face-to-face despite our distance. “We like to think of the camera as the new keyboard,” Facebook Messenger product manager Tony Leach tells me. So nine months ago, his team embarked on [...]

Gobi raises $500K to take on Snapchat

Norwegian startup Gobi raised $500,000 at a $15 million valuation to take on Snapchat with its “Stories” communication tool. The platform enables users to create public and private groups where users can share photos and videos that stay around for three days before vanishing into digital pixel-dust. “We originally created a Snapchat group for our college,” says Kristoffer Lande, Gobi’s CEO. “And the group rapidly grew to 4,000 users. Snapchat wasn’t a big fan, so they shut it down after about 24 hours. [...]

Twitch introduces Pulse, its very own gamer news feed

With the introduction of its own in-house social stream, Twitch hopes users won’t stray too far beyond its purple walls. Twitch’s newest feature is called Pulse and will collect into one big gaming-obsessed feed the real-time social happenings of everyone you follow. Like any properly evolved social network, Pulse isn’t just for text updates. The social stream, which supports links from services including Vimeo, YouTube, Twitch, Imgur and Gfycat, will go live on Twitch’s mobile app, too. In practice, Pulse [...]

Facebook tests reactions and Dislike button (!) on messages

Facebook finally has a Dislike button, but it’s not where you’d expect. How do you reply to a specific message in a rapid-fire chat thread? Facebook wants you to attach emojis to your friends’ messages the same way you do with News Feed posts. Hover over a message and tap the emoji button to add a Reaction Reaction counter TechCrunch reader Hoan Do sent us a tip that Facebook Messenger is showing some users a Reactions option. When you hover over messages [...]

The Associated Press’ plan to put hyperlocal data in the hands of reporters

Since 2013, The Associated Press has been making an intentional effort to put data in the hands of local reporters. In the last few years, this meant assisting with Freedom of Information Act requests and putting a team of four engineers to work building visualizations and extracting insights from massive spreadsheets. Today the AP is entering into a joint pilot program with Data.world to equip reporters with granular, local, data for more telling stories. Data.world is a platform for [...]

Snapchat stock finishes up 44% on first day

Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, had a great day in its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. After pricing the IPO at $17 per share yesterday, the stock opened at $24. It then closed the day at $24.48, a 44 percent premium to the people who bought it yesterday. But like with all IPOs, not everybody got to access Snap’s IPO price. This is usually reserved for a smaller group of institutional investors and high-net worth individuals who are on [...]