Facebook’s First Slate of Long Form Shows Arrives

Facebook has made no secret of its goal to pick up a number of long-form shows to deliver to its massive user base. Now, a few more details have emerged about the sort of shows the social giant plans to distribute. A Business Insider report has cited sources who claim Facebook could announce its first slate of long-form content, consisting of about two dozen series in total, in mid-June.

facebook-videoBusiness Insider describes the nature of Facebook’s upcoming programming slate as twofold. Some longer series will aim to resemble top-of-the-line TV shows, while shorter ones with runtimes ranging from five to ten minutes will likely feature lower budgets and a daily distribution schedule.

The originals will all be available through Facebook’s video tab. The general plan seems to be to use these high-profile, eye-catching shows to draw more traffic to the hub on which they will be distributed. For that reason, Facebook execs have used adjectives like “anchor” and “seed” to describe the company’s long form content. “The goal is going to be creating some anchor content initially that helps people learn that going to the video tab — that that’s a great destination where they can explore and come to Facebook with the intent to watch the videos that they want,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a recent earnings call.

Long-form content on Facebook will come with several money-making opportunities for partners. Mid-roll ads will allow published videos to accrue revenue, and Facebook is reportedly paying some creative outlets to insert those ads into their offerings.

The one part of this story that is still pretty foggy, however, is the nature of the shows themselves. Former CollegeHumor exec Ricky Van Veen has been leading Facebook’s latest programming initiative, but exact details about the projects his team has picked up are scant. Business Insider does believe that one of the series in Facebook’s long-form library will be a reality show produced by Conde Nast that will send people on VR dates, but that rumor has not been publicly confirmed just yet. Hopefully we’ll only have to wait a little longer to see how Facebook plans to draw consumers to its video tab.

by: Sam Gutelle

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Instagram Test Feature Lets Users Share Stories Straight to Facebook

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To boost the popularity of Stories, Facebook could turn to its photo-centric sister app. In a new feature test first spotted by the Next Web’s Matt Navarra and Twitter user @mruiandre, some users are seeing an option to share Instagram Stories directly to the main Facebook app. Instagram has since confirmed that the feature is indeed in testing.

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Instagram is testing option to share your ‘Story’ directly to Facebook

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Facebook added its own version of Stories earlier this year, but the feature hasn’t taken off with the same gusto as its Instagram counterpart. The company could solve that problem by mixing Instagram content into Facebook itself, as users seem perfectly happy posting on-the-fly photo and video updates to the photo-sharing app.

The move would be an interesting intermixing of content between the two apps, which have remained mostly separate (much to the relief of Instagram loyalists) since Facebook first bought Instagram back in 2012. Instagram users have been able to share individual photo and video posts to their Facebook News Feeds for a long time now, though no content travels the other direction.

Instagram Stories already has aggressive placement in its own app, appearing on a separate bar above normal Instagram posts. The company added the Snapchat copycat feature back in August 2016 and the feature’s popularity is likely largely the cause of Snapchat’s slowed growth in 2017. Since that whole Instagram Stories thing appears to be going so well, porting it over into Facebook proper isn’t a bad idea — it’s just another benefit of having a whole suite of apps that you can pick and choose from in order to fine-tune the main money-maker.

 by Taylor Hatmaker 

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