Facebook is following in the footsteps of Snapchat and exploring expiring content. Finally, Facebook realizes that competing against Snapchat with Slingshot is a waste of time. People just want additional popular features in the existing Facebook, not entirely new apps.
Apple introduced the iPhone 6, 6+, and it’s Smart watch this week. I went ahead and ordered the 6+ because I’m still running with the inferior camera of the iPhone 5. Bigger is better, I hope. Oh, and Apple also introduced Apple Pay, which plans to replace the physical credit card and turn your phone into a digital wallet. Finally. Is the TV next?
Facebook, Yahoo, and Twitter plan to take on YouTube in the bid to attract video stars. I finally realized why these YouTube video stars have more fans than brands on YouTube, because they act like they’re your friend.
Will Ferrell is challenging gamers to raise money for charity. Donators will be able to win the opportunity to play with the actor which to be broadcasted on Twitch. What I love about this is using a recognizable face and a new platform (Twitch) to support a good cause.
You’ll never win an argument on social media because it’s too democratic a platform (everyone has a microphone) and its too fast. The only good news is that the arguments are ephemeral as people quickly look for the next chance to opine.
Your iCloud is hackable. A bunch of celebrity nude selfies appeared this week on 4Chan. Anything in the cloud should require [two factor authentication](Dave pogue tweet), whatever that means.
Now you easily convert any YouTube video into a GIF. Excuse me: I’ll be putting together a compilation of Michael Jordan dunks and posting them on Tumblr.
Apple plans to announce both the iWatch and the new iPhone 6 this week. The watch is supposed to cost over $400 and per Johnny Ive, put a lot of watchmakers out of business. The iPhone 6 promises to become the true digital wallet. For real this time.
I was on vacation when Facebook launched Slingshot, the apparent Snapchat competitor. Let’s just say the app updated this week and I’ve still yet to try it. Facebook has passed the point of innovation and Snapchat is not selling out, yet.
Dunkin Donuts opened up in LA and customers celebrated with their coffee hauls. I may just need to love back to California now.
The Ice Bucket challenge is yet another example of mimetic desire, the natural instinct for people to follow each other like lemmings in complete disregard of purpose.
People may be participating in the Ice Bucket because they genuinely care. It validates their altruism, assuming they also donated to defeat ALS. But people are also likely to be participating in the challenge because this is their moment to shine on Twitter and Facebook.
As JG Ballard predicted 27 years ago:
“Every home will be transformed into its own TV studio. We’ll all be simultaneously actor, director and screenwriter in our own soap opera. People will start screening themselves. They will become their own TV programmes.”
Social media is a tidal wave that can generate positive change. Just be weary of other people’s intentions.
- something provocative without the need to offend
- something digestible that others can relate to
- something that everyone else is thinking about but not bold or articulate enough to say
You don’t need permission to tweet. You just need the courage to say what’s on your mind in the most succinct way possible. The simple truths and observations are the most likely to be retweeted. So tweet something you too would endorse.
Chris Anderson’s “Long-Tail” theory argued that the mass of niches would collectively surpass the hits and the superstars. In other words, the world of Beyonces and Katy Perry’s would be over. That never came fully true. But it has meant that previously underground music genres like electronic dance music could emerge to become mainstream, if not the most popular.
I never saw this coming but I think it says more about the culture the sound. Most of the popular electronic music is absolutely garbage. The best stuff is in here.
Snapchat is the third most popular social network amongst Millennials. It’s private, it’s social, and it’s fun, unlike your typical messaging apps.
The events in Ferguson demonstrate once again that Twitter is the default social networking for breaking and following live news.. Kudos to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey for broadcasting his own Ferguson experience in a thread of Tweeted Vines.
There are officially more Internet subscribers than cable subscribers. Of course, this still leaves people in the hands of cable companies providing the Internet service. Technology changes but monopolies stay the same.
Social networking is more popular than games, reading, and all other forms of distractible media. But you can’t possibly be checking it all the time; instead, designate time and use it in batches. I’m trying to get better at this as well.
Bonus: Vote for Marsel van Oosten’s picture ‘Facebook Update‘ as the image of the year in the Wildlife Photographer competition.
TV is too slow. Facebook’s algorithm takes at least a dozen hours to build up steam. It’s too hard to tell what’s live, archival, owned, and merely sourced on Instagram. Instagram also restricts rebloggability so the best-real time content never goes viral. It’s quite clear that the default tool for breaking and keeping up with news as evidenced Ferguson is Twitter.
Twitter thrives off breaking news. It’s the quickest microphone for people to spread awareness. Protestors in Turkey and Egypt turned to Twitter first to get the word about government corruption. So did the people in Ferguson in complaining about the local police, which appeared to represent the American military more than everyday police officers.
So as much as tech pundits slam Twitter for it’s torpid user growth, it’s still the best way to peek inside the lives of those on the ground. Sometimes the best social media is local.
Talking to someone online in chat, instant message, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. is equivalent to talking to them on the phone. These micro-conversations are how people keep in touch with friends and others without actually feeling obligated to see each other.
I used to think it was the other way around. In high school, I got frustrated when my best friends would say they chatted with me without actually doing so on the phone or in person. I never thought digital communication counted as a real conversation, especially email, which I still don’t.
Email doesn’t count as a micro-conversation since it’s not live but merely a thread of archival conversation. This may change though if Twitter becomes the new email and creates more immediacy.
Micro-conversation is an easy way to replace a legitimate conversation and still stay top of mind. But it still feels like such a cheap workaround. FaceTime may be reconnecting faces again, but it too can feel impersonal.
Traditional conversation is changing. We communicate in bite sized pictures, emojis, and supplementary text. The wave of the future is talking through screens.
YouTube stars are the new Hollywood. They’ve got millions of subscribers and crying fans. All because these YouTubers decided to record themselves having fun or teaching what they love. It’s a DIY world.
All social networks seem to be unbundling their apps to do niche things. Foursquare spun off check-ins in its new Swarm app. LinkedIn has an app dedicated to job search. Facebook just forced all it’s users this week to download the Messenger app. I’m not so sure this is a winning strategy.
Posit: Getting replaced by ‘Facebook Places’ in Instagram’s geo-tag was the beginning of the end for Foursquare. There’s just no way Foursquare can last, unless it sells all that valuable check-in data to another company.
Pinterest launched a direct messenger tool in its platform. It’s less about chat than it is about speaking through aspirational images. It’s already much better than Twitter’s DM service.
+ Here’s a graph showing that Internet users prefer to share privately much more than publicly. Vehicles for sharing real life outperform our publicly edited shared lives. Dark social wins.
Social media is not about shopping just yet. Would you like to buy something while socializing in a bar? Nonetheless, Twitter seems to think it can make social shopping happen.
Here’s a frightening thought: once you send someone a digital item (text, snapchat, etc) it’s theirs to keep forever.
Sure, they don’t technically own it but there’s nothing you can do in preventing them from sharing your content further, even after they’ve manipulated it.
The age of flying files and texts is also one of incredible trust. In principle, we shouldn’t share each other’s content or forward emails without the original provider’s consent. Anything we share publicly via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram however is fair game to be reshared or talked about.
Content is king. We use it to communicate on the web. Images and emojis or images with emojis embedded are becoming the new status updates. But within the excess of sharing comes context. Where and why a person shares something is squally as important as who they share it with.