5 intriguing facts about Instagram’s Bolt launch

Rumors began circulating late last week that Instagram was readying the release of its Snapchat-competitor Bolt, but not until Tuesday did reps for the photo-sharing platform confirm that it had taken the app live in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. The ephemeral messaging service lets you send a photo or video to a single …


No, Mark Zuckerberg didn’t dis photo sharing (quite the opposite, actually)

Squeezed in between the loud headlines announcing Facebook’s impressive quarterly earnings, I noticed one from Business Insider that zeroed in on a comment Zuckerberg made during Wednesday’s earnings call: “Zuckerberg Says Photos Are Out, Messaging is In.” This struck me as odd, especially since much of Facebook’s current success has been generated by the social media …


Positive politician pics foreshadow favorable polls

Positive photos of politicians published in two major American newspapers foreshadow favorable polling results, four researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles have concluded. The two newspapers in question are the New York Times and the Washington Post. The researchers also found that international outlets Reuters and The Guardian tend to publish photos …


Chinese consumers quickly become ecommerce super shoppers

Chinese CPG shoppers are more willing than consumers in other markets to buy products online via smartphones and computers, a new report by Bain & Company and Kantar Worldpanel declares, making China the world’s top digital retail CPG market. This development can be attributed in large part to massive growth seen in just the last …