Welcome to START THE SHIFT, our weekly SHIFT newsletter where you can find updates on all things social. There is a lot happening in the world of social media, and you can always count on us for the highlight reel.
This week's buzz:
Twitter's Video-Sharing Vine Exploded 200% Last Month
Traffic to Twitter's video-sharing network Vine exploded last month, making Vine.com one of the fastest-growing sites in America. Vine hit second place on Compete.com's fast mover list for April, surpassing two million unique visitors to the website alone. Read more >>
Bing Users Can Comment on Facebook From Search
Bing users can now interact with Facebook posts directly from the search engine's social sidebar. The social sidebar displays posts from Facebook and Twitter that are relevant to the user's search query. With the new integration, users can interact with these posts. Read more >>
How Brands Will Take Advantage of Instagram's Face Tagging
Instagram has become a special opportunity for marketers to craft visual narratives at the intersection of brands and people. This opportunity has increased with the recent introduction of "Photos of You," which allows users to tag other people in their photos. Read more >>
Facebook Rolling Out Video Ads to News Feeds
Facebook will roll out video ads onto users' news feeds as soon as July, according to recent reports. The #1 social media company (which just joined the Fortune 500) is launching video ads in a bid to capture some share of TV advertising revenues. Read more >>
Other Significant Links:
Twitter Acquires Data Visualization Startup Lucky Sort
Which Social Network is Best for B2B Marketing?
Study: Major Brands Cling to Instagram
Facebook's Next $1B Acquisition May Be Social Driving App Waze
Which Social Networks are Growing Fastest Worldwide?
Why is Pinterest a $2.5 Billion Company? An Early Investor Explains...
Facebook Previews New Features for Home (Near 1M Downloads)
Foursquare Adds Yelp-Like Filters to Website
How a Picture of Kale Went Viral on Pinterest
Emerging Markets Drive Facebook User Growth
7 Ways to Create an Awesome LinkedIn Group
YouTube Launches Paid Channels with 'Sesame Street,' 'Young Turks'
Analysis: Google+ Struggles to Attract Brands, Some Neglect to Update
Reports of Lower Facebook Usage Based on Ad Data, Not Official Figures
Social, Digital Video Drive Further Growth in Time Spent Online
Hearst's New Digital Chief on E-Commerce and the 'Natural Evolution' to Native Ads