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Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

Oscar Wilde
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Sunday Social Roundup

  1. Twitter now enables GIFs just like Tumblr. Tumblr is well known for reviving the GIF format on its platform for creators. But what’s this new GIF functionality mean for Vine, which was Twitter’s GIF outlet in the first place?

  2. Facebook introduced Slingshot, apparently a Snapchat competitor. The only drawback is that you have to send something in return to view your friends content. I may be old school, but why enforce such a hurdle? Based on Facebook’s previous copycat history, this app is also bound to fail.

  3. Facebook is reportedly not cool, again. However, what I find interesting about these teens’ perspective is that they’re realizing what adults realized long ago, that people want real interactions. Social media is just a way to get there.

  4. There’s 250 new emojis going to be added to all phones. Apparently there’s even one to express the middle-finger. How far we’ve come.

  5. YouTube continues to integrate itself into the TV. At which point does YouTube become the new cable. It’s already doing the music deal.

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Sunday Social Roundup

  1. The World Cup started this week and generated in one day more tweets and Facebook banter than the Oscars. The World Cup is also one of the rare times advertisers can actually get through to Millennials.

  2. The New York Times is the beacon of journalism. The problem is that it still depends on print for most of its revenue. But digital changes everything. Think digital first, perhaps social media first like Buzzfeed, and print second.

  3. Self-discovery: In further evidence that Facebook and Twitter are becoming more like each other, here’s the Retweet icon now showing on Facebook posts.

  4. The iPhoneography awards were announced this week. I visited the site and noticed that you have to pay to submit your non-Photoshopped photos. That’s bullshit. How about partnering with Instagram, Flickr, and VSCO using a campaign hashtag for the collection process. I see pics in the VSCO gird every day that are comparable to the winners here.

  5. Social media ads can be obtrusive and immoral, suggesting things and ideas to people that go against their online behavior. Here’s an insightful article explaining why big data is bunk.

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The Young Turks And The Future Of News On YouTube

So if you and people like Jon Klein of Tapp are right, what does the future of TV look like? Is it just a set-top box with stations I subscribe to like podcasts?

I think that’s exactly what it is. Everything will become one giant ocean of content. And the people with the best branding will win. You will have to have advantages in search, in sorting, and in branding. If you’ve built a loyal audience, you have a tremendous advantage. Right now, I’d rather be us than them.

Who needs TV when your tribe is online?

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TV audience still has twice the number of online video viewers in the US.
TV audience still has twice the number of online video viewers in the US.
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kateoplis: “Even in this world where you’re getting everything you need and having this nice life, there’s still loneliness and longing and disconnection.” —Spike Jonze The Disconnectionists.