TechCrunch: Instagram is killing Direct, its standalone Snapchat clone app, in the next several weeks

As Facebook pushes ahead with its strategy to consolidate more of the backend of its various apps on to a single platform, it’s also doing a little simplifying and housekeeping. In the coming month, it will shut down Direct, the…

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TechCrunch: PubNub nabs $23M as its IaaS network hits 1.3T messages sent each month

There’s been a huge boom in the last decade of applications and services that rely on on real-time notifications and other alerts as a core part of how they operate, and today one of the companies that powers those notifications is…

Mashable: Instagram seems to be testing direct messaging on web

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The Hidden Benefits of Not Abbreviating Your Client’s Brand Name, In Mails, Messages, Conversations, or Anywhere Else, Ever.

Over the years I worked for countless brands in the social media and online marketing space. Those brands ranged from products that have been in almost everyone’s fridge at one point in their lives or have been used to pay at any given store every now and then. You may also have worn their clothes or shoes. Or you’ve been one of the people who’ve been to one of their shows?