Each week we publish a roundup of the top social news.
- Instagram now allows users to embed videos and images.
- Facebook is officially discontinuing question ads (and questions overall for pages), sponsored results and online offers. The ad units were no longer be available for purchase on July 9 and units will stop running tomorrow (July 16).
- Verified pages are now identified within the iOS app.
- Social Media Giving Day is today! Using tools like Givver (client), you can give with a simple tweet.
- Twitter released specific user data to French authorities to help identify the authors of a series of racist tweets.
- The SEC lifted a decades old ban on marketing any share offerings not registered with the SEC.
- Giphy allows you to search an online database of GIFs.
- Yelp Platform is a new service from the online ratings and reviews site that will allow businesses to transact directly with customers. In exchange for the service, Yelp will take a cut of the proceeds.
- People+, a new Google Glass app, claims to help you remember the names of people you already know and to identify people you’re meeting for the first time but already know their names.
- Pinterest’s biggest rival, The Fancy, recently raised another round of funding totalling $53 million from investor like Will Smith and American Express. This round brings their total valuation to nearly $600 million.
- Dropbox continues to grow, now touting 175 million users, up from 100M in 2012.
- Path continues to evolve, this time announcing the use of QR codes to pivot into the social discovery category.
- IvyConnect, a new social network, is predicated on the idea that you ‘might just not be good enough to join.’