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Facebook Cuts Down on Links to "Low-Quality" Web Pages

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We've all been there: you're scrolling through your Facebook news feed and end up clicking on a link to an interesting-looking article, only to arrive at a slow-loading page riddled with ads, popups, autoplaying video and tons of sponsored links to unrelated content that have shocking or just plain disgusting accompanying images.

In response to widespread concern over this issue, Facebook announced yesterday that it's cracking down on links to "low-quality" web experiences, reinforcing an important rule for marketers: in order to be successful, good content must be supported by good design.

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Facebook's Instant Articles Losing Favor with Content Marketers

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Two years ago, many content marketers were hailing Facebook's Instant Articles (IA) as a potential game-changer in social marketing. The idea that brands could publish natively on Facebook using long-form content that loads quickly on mobile presented some interesting opportunities for social engagement and brand awareness. Along with other trends at the time (like Twitter potentially dropping its character limit and the debut of Snapchat Discover), in-depth content looked like the future of social content marketing.

Now, however, it looks like IA may not be the game-changer Facebook hoped it would be, as the network struggles to make it worthwhile for publishers.

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Snapchat Now Most Popular Social Network for Teens

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As of December 2015, Facebook had 1.59 billion monthly active users, with millions more using the standalone Messenger app. When it comes to raw user numbers, no other network or messaging app comes close.

However, these numbers do not necessarily reflect users' feelings about a product. Users' enjoyment and perception of importance, as well as popularity among specific demographics, are not reflected in overall user number stats. So while Facebook may be the go-to social option for marketers playing the numbers game, there's a different service that should be focused on to reach the hearts of young people: Snapchat.

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Will a New Facebook Video Feature Finally Compete with YouTube?

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Sharing videos on social media is incredibly popular, and Facebook now gets around four billion video views every day. For marketers, video is one of the most effective and popular techniques for bringing attention to a product or service on the Internet.

Of course, many marketers host their companies' videos on a YouTube channel and share or embed them from there. While other streaming video sites like Vimeo have tried to compete with YouTube, none (except possibly Vine) have succeeded. Now, however, a new Facebook video service could finally challenge the video giant.

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Twitter May Drop 140-Character Limit

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Last week, it was reported that Instagram now has a community of over 400 million active users, which makes it officially more popular than Twitter. This is just the latest in a string of not-so-great news for the network: its value has plummeted since its IPO in 2013, its growth has flatlined, and many of its new users are quick to abandon it.

In an effort to combat all this, Twitter has revealed some new features such as Moments, which will make users' timelines more organized and easy to understand. For content creators and marketers, however, the most important change involves the famous 140-character limit.

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