Sunday Social Roundup

  1. Tunepics is a new app in the App Store that blends music and photography. You take a photo and pick a snippet from any track in the iTunes library (like Soundtracking) to attach to it. Music adds emotion to life streaming photos, something the creator knows all about having worked for Burberry. But all it takes is for Instagram to add a music layer to its platform to mainstream the ‘soundtrack to life’ concept.

  2. FB introduced Shazam-like app functionality that allows people to tag TV shows and music using the phone’s microphone. This is yet another example of Facebook wanting to build everything on its own to keep you within its walls. Last week, Facebook announced that it’s building its own version of Snapchat.

  3. A Facebook exec takes to Facebook to complain about the state of media. The irony of course is that Facebook is equally responsible for the Buzzfeedification of the Internet. Om Malik points the finger at both social networks and the publishers.

  4. Although it’s never revealed its user numbers, Snapchat is the fastest growing app based on monthly use. The kids want to share privately while still being in public. Is dark social is the new social?

  5. Here’s an interesting look at the emerging global web. People in Kuwait use Instagram to sell sheep and fruit. In Thailand, they use Facebook pages to take orders and manage inquiries. While the West uses social network to promote and tell stories, the rest of the world uses them to conduct informal business.

By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.

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