Twitter Reports A Loss
Twitter has reported a loss of over $140m (£86m) during the second-quarter period from March to June – more than triple than that seen last year. Twitter aren’t worried though, monthly users are up 24% to 271 million with the World Cup responsible for a large chunk of this growth. Twitter also revealed that over 78% of users accessed the network via mobile.
Pinterest Acquires Iceberg
Pinterest has acquired Icebergs, similar to a “Pinterest” style platform for creatives offering an online collaboration service that allowed users to organise projects. Icebergs currently has hundreds of thousands of users and unlike Pinterest focuses on more private boards versus public curations. This is the latest of a number of acquisitions from Pinterest which also includes image recognition and visual search startup VisualGraph, recipe discovery site Punchfork, recommendations startup Livestar, and code challenge site Hackermeter.
Instagram Launches Bolt
Instagram has launched Bolt in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa – after accidentally leaking a screenshot last week, Instagram are hoping to compete with Snapchat with the time limited messaging service. Bolt will include support for text captions, and you can reply with text or photos.
You Can Now Embed Tweets Within Tweets
After mutterings of “retweet with comment’ functionality it would appear that Twitter is taking the first steps by allowing users to embed tweets within existing tweets.After manually copying and pasting the full URL of the tweet you want to embed you can create a chain of comment with up to 100 additional comments. Go here to test.
Forget Selfies, It’s All About The Ussies
This year we saw Selfie enter the English dictionary and now there might just be a new contender for word of the year with ‘ussies’, or group selfies. We’re not entirely sure how this is going to catch on, take a look at why Buzzfeed hates them here.