Social/search: Storyful expands with new UK newswire

Social media newswire Storyful has expanded its global footprint with the launch of a new UK newswire channel and a London bureau.

It comes after Storyful, which was acquired by News Corp in 2013, launched an Australian channel last year which marked the first time the company established a team with a focus on local news.

Storyful’s chief executive, Rahul Chopra, told journalism.co.uk that its London team had grown to six staff in anticipation of the launch of Storyful UK and it will expand to 10 in coming months.

Storyful unearths, verifies and facilitates payment for content posted on social media, which it distributes to its media partners.

Facebook ramps up live video

Facebook is ramping up its live video streaming with the launch of new metrics and features including the ability to live broadcast in groups and events and a dedicated hub in its app for live video content.

Publishers can now see total live viewers and a chart of concurrent live viewers over time during a broadcast, adding to metrics announced last month which include the number of people who view a video for at least 10 seconds.

US tech site Re/code also reports that the social media site is paying publishers including The New York Times, BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post to use the live video feature.

Live streamed video became widely available earlier this year after it launched for celebrities in 2015.

The social media site’s publishing platform Facebook Instant Articles will also be opened up to all publishers on April 12,

Medium enhances publishing tools

Digital publishing platform Medium has announced a suite of new tools and revenue raising options to make the site more attractive to publishers.

The platform, founded by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams in 2012, now offers publishers enhanced branding tools, the ability to host subscriber-only content and promoted posts.

Medium currently aggregates the content of a number of news sites, digital magazines and bloggers but faces fierce competition as other more popular digital publishing platforms enhance their own offerings to attract publishers.

However the site did also announced it would launch compatibility support for Facebook Instant Articles and Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages.

“We want Medium to be your write-once, publish-anywhere destination,” the company wrote in a blog post.

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