This is what’s happening in the world of Facebook today:
Facebook hosted content – Facebook might start natively hosting full Buzzfeed, National Geographic and The New York Times articles and videos as soon as this month, according to The Wall Street Journal. This new feature is called “Instant Articles,” and the social network has been working on it since March, at the very least. Facebook is reportedly offering news organizations special ad models that maximize their earning potential to entice them to sign up.
Full story: engadget.com
This is big news - Meerkat is distancing itself from Twitter. The live-streaming service now works with Facebook, thanks to an update to the iOS app released this weekend. That means that you can now publish Meerkat alerts directly to Facebook, and, more importantly, new users can sign in to Meerkat without a Twitter account — you can now use your Facebook login.
Full story: theverge.com
Times are changing – Traditionally, media companies have operated independently and controlled their own destinies. They owned the whole content supply chain, from research to writing to publication to distribution. In the digital era, they built their own web sites, which drew loyal readers (direct traffic), and they sold most of the ads that ran on their sites, keeping 100% of the revenue. Those days are gone.
Full story: businessinsider.com
Facebook provides relief – In the first two days after a donate button for Nepal earthquake disaster relief efforts was placed atop Facebook pages, more than half a million people donated $10 million to the International Medical Corps, Mashable reports. The social networking giant also pledged to match up to $2 million in donations for relief efforts.
Full story: philanthropynewsdigest.org