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Mar
2013

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Social Media… Twitter Is Live TV; Facebook Is DVR

On 06, Mar 2013 | In News | By Contrive Media

When you follow someone on Twitter, you see everything they post. When you follow someone on Facebook, it decides what you see. Which is right? I’d say both, and it comes down to the live TV versus DVR personalities of each service.

Should Facebook Show Everything?

The issue of Facebook deciding what to show people in their Facebook news feed came up this week when Nick Bilton of the New York Times wrote about how over the past year, the engagement on his posts had dropped, despite his having gained a huge increase in Facebook followers.

That echoed concerns from Star Trek alum and social media extraordinaire George Takei, who last year was alarmed that his Facebook engagement was down. He wondered, as Bilton did, if this was perhaps something Facebook was doing to get him and others to pay for better visibility. Billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, also got in on the criticisms last year.

I used to be in the “Facebook should show everything” camp. For example, when the Subscribe feature (now called Follow) launched in 2011, I wished it was…

Original Article: For Social Media Viewing, Twitter Is Live TV; Facebook Is DVR

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Dec
2012

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By Contrive Media

Twitter-Instagram feud escalates as photos show up wonky

On 05, Dec 2012 | In News | By Contrive Media

Instagram disabled its Twitter cards integration today, which means that photos appear oddly cropped on Twitter. Instagram’s CEO pledges that his company will remain integrated with Twitter in some form, though.

The Twitter-Instagram feud continues, with Instagram today disabling a feature that allows photos to be properly displayed on Twitter’s Web site and apps.

Twitter noted in a status update today that Instagram disabled its Twitter cards integration. What that means is photos from Instagram are difficult to view and appear cropped or off center.

Instagram Chief Executive Kevin Systrom, meanwhile, said today at the LeWeb conference in Paris that while the relationship with Twitter is changing, Instagram will remain integrated with Twitter in some form.

He noted that the move today, while confusing to some, is the right step for Instagram, which wants more people to view images via Instagram’s site instead of through other sites.

“Really it’s about where do you go to consume that image, to interact with that image. We want that to be on Instagram,” Systrom said at the LeWeb conference today. “What we realized over time is we really needed to have an awesome Web presence.”
Systrom added that the change was his decision, not an order from…

Read the whole story here: Twitter-Instagram feud escalates as photos show up wonky

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