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Michael is making great progress on the revamped user-interface, this will be the 3rd attempt at getting it right, not just from a users perspective, but from an extensibility point of view. It’s looking great – you’ll have to take our word for it though, we will show you when it’s done, then you can expect feature-after-feature to suddenly appear in short order afterwards.
Mobile app – Android notifications are being integrated to a clients project, then we intend to add it to Social Scheduler.
Talking of client work, we seem to have attracted a lot of interst recently and we are booked solid for a few months – this is good and bad. The good is that it funds the development of Social Scheduler without us getting worried about income, it’s bad in the sense we have less development time available to Social Scheduler.
Social Media News
STARTS AT 3m:00s
FACEBOOK (MESSENGER / INSTAGRAM / WHATSAPP)
Facebook dedicated apps for camera and live video!
Apparently, Facebook are wokring on a standalone camera app with the aim of helping you create and share more content. Wall Street Journal (WSJ’s) sources indicate that app has two prominent features: still photos and the ability to broadcast live video footage quickly.
WSJ’s sources also say that there’s a chance this new app will never be released, but the move would make sense for Facebook, especially if sharing really is on the decline.
The Wall Street Journal reports
Dissapearing messages in Facebook Messenger
Venture Beat have reported that The Twitter account @iOSAppChanges today posted screenshots of the “disappearing messages” feature being used in the Messenger app for iOS.This means it’s going to be possible for users to adjust how long their messages will remain visible.
Instagram is reportedly potentially experimenting with a black and white theme,
Instagram has confirmed that this is real, but it maintains that this is only a “design test” that only a small number of people can see
TWITTER / PERISCOPE
Twitter is still struggling to make profit and this probably explains why Robs shares have drop £400 in value! They have 310 million subscribers but made a loss this quarter of $79 Million.
Twitter turned over $594.5 million this quarter, less than expected. Twitter noted that its revenue was on the low-end of expectations. The good news is that Twitter is closing in on profitability in comparison to this time last year.
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Twitter enable you to flag multiple abusive tweets in one report
We want everyone on Twitter to feel safe expressing themselves. Behavior that crosses the line into abuse is against our rules and we want it to be easy for you to report it to us. So, today we’re introducing an improvement to our reporting process: the ability to attach multiple Tweets to a single report.
This update makes it easier for you to provide us with more information about the extent of abuse and reduces the time it takes to do so. That added context often helps us investigate issues and get them resolved faster.
Safety continues to be a top priority at Twitter. We have more improvements coming that will give you even more control over your experience and look forward to sharing those updates soon. For more information on our current tools, policies, and processes, head over to our safety center.
We’re beginning to roll out this change on iOS, Android, and on twitter.com, and expect all users worldwide to get access to the feature in the coming weeks.
Jelly (Twitter co-founder)
On April 29th, Biz Stones Jelly App has been relaunched, it’s labelled as a ‘New search engine’.
In his blog post he says
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Jelly is the only search engine in the world with an attitude, an opinion, and the experience of people to back it all up. Only Jelly can say you asked the wrong question. Only Jelly can give you answers you wanted but didn’t think to ask. Only Jelly will deliver a thoughtful answer to your anonymous question. This is all because Jelly is humanity plus technology.
How We Got Here
Ten years ago, the world was going mobile. A small team created a simple tool to harness this potential in a productive way. As a co-founder of Twitter, I helped build a new form of communication that amplified humanity’s ability to spread ideas, self-organize, and do amazing things. Jelly is an extension of that same thinking — amplifying humanity with software.
Technology is superior when humanity is woven into its DNA. I’m newly fond of saying, “Everyone is working on Artificial Intelligence, what about just, Intelligence?” Jelly sprung from the question, “What would search look like if it were created today?” We knew mobility and good old, human experience would be defining factors.
Ask Jelly and we’ll let you know when you have your answer.
Your Time is Your Life
Less time flipping through results means more time having hot chocolate with Jake.
It takes seconds to enter a question into a search engine. Web search prides itself in providing hundreds of millions of potentially relevant documents in fractions of a second. Then you spend your time researching those results to come up with something that satisfies. Getting to a real answer may take a few seconds, it may take several minutes—that time adds up.
The average person likely has several if not a dozen or more ordinary questions every day. Think about the time you spend “searching” each day. Those minutes easily turn into hours. Jelly gives you your time back. Enter your question, then return to your life. In its early phase, it may take minutes for Jelly to get you an answer, but Jelly is doing the work.
Technology Plus Humanity
We confess, we’re using a bit of AI. Yes, we’ve developed a routing algorithm. Each query and every answer is freighted with metadata. But all this science is in service of getting you the right responses from the right folks. People who can help because they’ve been there, they have the experience, they have the opinion, and most importantly, they have the answers you need — and you can follow up with them too.
People choose topics in which they have experience and opinion—they answer your questions.
The People Who Power Jelly
We all have an instinct to help. If we pass a driver broken down on the road, our first thought is to help. When friction is removed between wanting to help and helping, people help — especially when it’s something they already know. Studies have shown that helping others releases the same brain chemical as winning money. Our incentive to help is wired in.
There’s no account needed to ask a question on Jelly. You are encouraged to create an account if you would like to answer questions in certain topics or otherwise engage with people on Jelly through commenting, saving good questions, sharing, and other interactive features we’ve built so far, and will continue building. Setting up an account is free and easy.
Jelly Is Officially “Out There”
Jelly has been in a “closed beta” for a while. That means people have been testing it out while we’ve been building it, finding bugs, and being very patient with us. Today, you can download on the App Store or use on the Web. We still have more to build (and possibly some quirks). It’s more important to get Jelly into the hands of people, than try to perfect it.
Get for free!
This release is the beginning. We believe strongly that big changes are coming to the way people interact with technology. Getting answers to questions is, and always has been, central to living our lives. Jelly takes out the middleman—results—and answers questions directly. Technology should get out of your way so you can decide how to live your life.
Biz StoneCo-founder and CEOJelly Industries, Inc.
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TalkShow (Co-founded by former Twitter exec Michael Sippey,)
Talkshow is texting in public.
People text amazing things.
Talkshow is a simple messaging app that allows you to text these things in public. With Talkshow, individuals, groups of friends, entertainers, creators — anyone! — can have conversations in public, to be viewed by others in real time or after the fact. Every Talkshow can be shared outside the app and embedded into other websites.
Talkshow is available today for iPhone and iPad and we can’t wait for people to download it and start hosting their own Talkshows.
Conversations are how we entertain each other and advance ideas, and messaging is how most of us have conversations today. We believe a fast, simple and uncluttered conversation between friends can be entertaining and enlightening for more than just the people talking. So, Talkshow is about turning messaging into media. That’s why we call it “texting in public.”
Taylor and Ed. https://www.instagram.com/p/2QHgzkDvMM/
People have been screenshotting texts and posting them on the web for years, but it was this Instagram pic Taylor Swift posted of a conversation with Ed Sheeran that pushed me toward Talkshow. This little exchange is funny, it’s personal, and even though Tay and Ed are multi-platinum superstars, their conversation is relatable. Why? Because everybody texts! And everybody texts about everything: sports, TV, politics, Beyonce’s Lemonade, Damn Daniel, or what they’re eating for dinner. I wanted to create Talkshow to give people a platform to share these conversations in front of an audience.
How does Talkshow work?
Talkshow is a messaging app (available for iPhone and iPad) that lets people have conversations with their friends in public.
Some screenshots of Talkshow.
When you download the app and register, you can find friends on the app via Twitter, Facebook and/or your address book and start following them to find out when they’re hosting shows. You can also invite your friends to co-host shows with you.
Starting a show is as easy as sending a message — just pick your co-host(s) and choose a title for the show. They will get a push notification letting them know they’ve been invited to co-host your Talkshow, and then it’s show time. It’s easy to share pics and GIFs in shows and use third party keyboards to post stickers if that’s your thing.
Audiences can discover shows from the home screen of the app (we’ll be featuring great shows to bump them up to the top). As they watch they can like individual messages, share reactions and even send a request to become a co-host.
Friends and fans of people hosting shows don’t even have to have the app to tune in — every show has a permalink home on the web, and can easily be shared via email, SMS, Twitter or Facebook. And on desktop web, you can grab an embed code and put your Talkshow wherever you like. For example, here’s a great show from this weekend about the Warriors game:
Game 4 Talkshow: https://talkshow.im/show/NwH18okLRamgAWiP/
Go start your own Talkshow
We’ve been beta testing for a few months with a small group of people from different backgrounds. Now we’re opening the app up to everyone, and we can’t wait to tune into more conversations from a wide variety of people and voices.
Head to the App Store to download the app and start texting in public. Questions, comments, feedback? Hit us up on Twitter, Facebook or email us at email@example.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Want to read more? Check out our FAQ here.
See you on Talkshow!
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Twitters new ‘Connect’ feature
Twitter says it’s built a feature that will recommend accounts based on who you follow already, your tweets, what’s popular around you and what’s happening in the world.
Twitter connects you with the people you’re interested in —whether that’s someone across the world who shares your love for science-fiction, your friends and family, a politician, or your local sports team (go Warriors!). However, finding new accounts to follow used to require jumping through a few hoops and a dash of luck. That’s why we’ve reimagined the experience with our new Connect tab. Starting today, you’ll see a detailed list of people and accounts we think you’ll enjoy following, all easily accessible in one place.
To give you the best recommendations — which we’ll continue to refine over time — we look at who you already follow, Tweets you like, popular accounts in your local area, what’s happening in the world right now, and more. We’ll also let you know exactly why we’re showing you each recommendation.
The Connect tab also makes it easier to connect with your friends and family by giving you the option to automatically sync your address book. And if someone in your address book joins Twitter, we’ll let you know so you can give them a warm welcome.
We’re thrilled to get this new feature into your hands and help you connect with even more people that are relevant to you. The Connect tab is rolling out today to everyone on Twitter for iOS and Android. To check it out, update your app and you’ll see a little blue prompt introducing the Connect tab when it’s available for you.
Persicope currated best live streams
Twitter owned Periscope has hired its first editor-in-chief to help you sift through the noise, Evan Hansen said that he will be ”curating best feeds to start, surfacing the most interesting content to the people most likely to want to see it.”
Of course – nothing here
GOOGLE / YOUTUBE
Youtube – Loss of monetization during the Content ID dispute process
At YouTube, one of our core values is a belief in the freedom of opportunity. We believe anyone should have the opportunity to earn money from the videos they create and turn their channels into successful businesses. That’s why we opened up the YouTube Partner Program nine years ago and why we remain the only platform where anyone with an idea and a camera can turn their videos into full time jobs.
We understand just how important revenue is to our creator community, and we’ve been listening closely to concerns about the loss of monetization during the Content ID dispute process. Currently videos that are claimed and disputed don’t earn revenue for anyone, which is an especially frustrating experience for creators if that claim ends up being incorrect while a video racks up views in its first few days.
Today, we’re announcing a major step to help fix that frustrating experience. We’re developing a new solution that will allow videos to earn revenue while a Content ID claim is being disputed. Here’s how it will work: when both a creator and someone making a claim choose to monetize a video, we will continue to run ads on that video and hold the resulting revenue separately. Once the Content ID claim or dispute is resolved, we’ll pay out that revenue to the appropriate party.
We’re working on this new system now and hope to roll it out to all YouTube partners in the coming months. Here’s a closer look at how it’ll work once it’s live:
We strongly believe in fair use and believe that this improvement to Content ID will make a real difference. In addition to our work on the Content ID dispute process, we’re also paying close attention to creators’ concerns about copyright claims on videos they believe may be fair use. We want to help both the YouTube community and copyright owners alike better understand what fair use looks like online, which is why we launched our fair use protection program
last year and recently introduced new Help Center pages
on this topic.
Even though Content ID claims are disputed less than 1% of the time, we agree that this process could be better. Making sure our Content ID tools are being used properly is deeply important to us, so we’ve built a dedicated team to monitor this. Using a combination of algorithms and manual review, this team has resolved millions of invalid claims in the last year alone, and acted on millions more before they impacted creators. The team also restricts feature access and even terminates a partner’s access to Content ID tools if we find they are repeatedly abusing these tools.
We will continue to invest in both people and technology to make sure that Content ID keeps working for creators and rightsholders. We want to thank everyone who’s shared their concerns about unintended effects from Content ID claims. It’s allowed us to create a better system for everyone and we hope to share more updates soon.
YouTube – mobile home page redesign has better recommendations.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Whether you want to watch hilarious sketch comedy, your favorite vlogger, new let’s plays, or music videos, you should be able to see new videos you love every time you visit YouTube—right on your homepage. Starting today, when you open the YouTube app on your iPhone or Android phone, you’ll experience a redesigned Home, with a clean and simple format that invites you to discover and enjoy.
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Large, high resolution images make it easy to identify videos you want to watch, and a prominent icon highlights the creator for every video
This isn’t just a new coat of paint on the same old Home—we’ve coupled a fresh design with more relevant personalized recommendations that make it easier to discover videos you’ll be excited to watch. The new recommendation system is based on deep neural network technology, which means it can find patterns automatically and keep learning and improving as it goes. Every day, we recommend hundreds of millions of different videos on Home, billions of times, in 76 languages.
One of the biggest improvements is how the system suggests more recent videos and those from the creators you love. People who have tried the new system have spent more time watching fresh videos and content from their Subscriptions.
We hope you’ll enjoy your new Home, built just for you!
YouTube – also related is that the YouTube website is going to get a cleaner Material Design – you can even hack-it to show the hidden feature by following the link in our show notes.
YouTube introduce Bump Ads
Built for mobile: Bumper ads drive incremental reach and frequency, particularly on smartphones
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Recent research has shown that half of 18-49 year olds turn to their mobile device first to watch video. Even in the living room, many people prefer to watch on their smartphone – for the control, personalization and ease it offers. And as viewing habits change, we are working to introduce new formats adapted to these habits.
That’s why today we’re announcing Bumper ads – a new six-second video format, sold through the AdWords auction on a CPM basis. Bumper ads are ideal for driving incremental reach and frequency, especially on mobile, where “snackable videos” perform well.
Given the succinct nature of the format, we’ve seen Bumper ads work best when combined with a TrueView or Google Preferred campaign. In early tests, Bumpers drove strong lift in upper funnel metrics like recall, awareness and consideration. We also see that Bumpers work well to drive incremental reach and frequency when paired with a TrueView campaign.
Atlantic Records was an early tester of this new format, using Bumpers to launch English band Rudimental’s second album. As Fiona Byers, Senior Marketing Manager of Atlantic Records/Warner Music Group said, “TrueView and Bumpers were a really important part of the recent Rudimental campaign to tell the story of the band’s second album. Through cost-efficient bumpers we could really showcase the plethora of legendary guests featured on the record. They each gave a short sharp insight into a featured artist and individual track on the album, with TrueView providing the fuller story around the album and the band. When used in conjunction, TrueView plus Bumpers really work more effectively than either format on its own.”
As a quick and fun format, Bumpers lend themselves well to serialized content. Audi Germany cut up their longer TrueView ad to introduce their Q-series SUVs with evocative German “q” words like querpass (cross kick) and quantensprung (quantum leap). Their early adoption of the format mirrors Audi Germany’s tagline “Vorsprung durch Technik” (“advantage through technology”).
We like to think of Bumper ads as little haikus of video ads – and we’re excited to see what the creative community will do with them. You can use Bumpers beginning in May by talking to your Google sales representative, and stay tuned as we continue to roll out new ad formats that are uniquely adapted to the way people watch video now, and in the future.
You can’t skip the new 6-second ‘bumper’ ads –
You can’t skip YouTube’s new 6-second ‘bumper’ ads – CNET
YouTube TV – as early as next year
CNET say that Bloomberg news are reporting that YouTube is finalizing deals with Broadcast TV and cable channels (that is NBCUniversal, Viacom, Twenty-First Century Fox, and CBS), to launch a paid-for TV service, called ‘UnPlugged’ over the internet, in 2017.
The expected cost is less than $35 a month.
YouTube will reportedly start streaming live TV in 2017
Google Hangouts – direct peer-ot-peer connection
To improve audio and video quality, Hangouts calls use a direct peer-to-peer connection when possible. This allows Hangouts to connect your call directly to the person you’re talking to, rather than routing the call through one of Google’s servers.
When does Hangouts use peer-to-peer calling?
Every Hangouts call starts with all participants connecting to a Google server. The audio and video are then relayed to the people in the call. When there are only two participants in the call, Hangouts may attempt to establish a peer-to-peer connection between them. If the peer-to-peer connection isn’t possible, the Hangout will continue to send and receive audio and video using the existing connection to Google.
This feature will be available for participants on Google Apps with the latest Hangouts apps for iPhone/iPad and Android. We hope to bring this functionality to other devices in the future.
How does peer-to-peer calling help me?
Peer-to-peer connections improve almost all two-participant Hangouts calls. Routing audio and video through a Google server means that your call with a family member in the next town, or your colleague in the other building, could end up traveling farther than needed. Instead, a peer-to-peer connection allows the audio and video to be sent directly, allowing for the best possible quality.
Does Hangouts use peer-to-peer calling for a Hangout with more than two participants?
Peer-to-peer connections are used only for calls with two participants. If any additional participants join, Hangouts will immediately go back to sending and receiving data using the connection to the Google server.
How does peer-to-peer calling impact my personal information?
In order to create a peer-to-peer connection, it is necessary for Google to make the IP address of each participant available to the other. (The IP address is like a phone number; in order for the two devices to speak to each other, they need to know how to contact each other.) Though this happens in the background, it may be possible for a highly motivated and technically proficient person to discover the participants’ IP addresses, which can be used to approximate location. This discovery can happen only during the call.
How does peer-to-peer calling work in an organization?
For organizations with internal networks, a peer-to-peer call where both parties are on the network would take place primarily within the network. If one participant is on the network and the other isn’t, the IP address visible to the other participant is likely to be the IP address of the organization’s gateway, rather than any specific internal network address (this depends on the individual network configuration). This is the same IP address that is displayed when a member of the organization visits a public website. From this perspective, Hangouts operates in the same way as most other Internet-enabled applications.
We’re thrilled to introduce a new way to express yourself while broadcasting on Periscope. Now you can sketch on the screen!
Just tap and hold while LIVE and select Sketch.
You can use the three primary colors, or the dropper to pick a color from the live video.
Improved broadcast statistics. We’ve added new viewer and watch time statistics to all broadcasts. As a broadcaster, you can also see a graph of your viewers over time to find your broadcast’s moments with the most reach.
Smaller changes and improvements:
– Fixed issue where the sun overlay was flipped on the map.
– We now show a clear error message if Periscope can’t access your Twitter account (which causes Tweets to fail). If this is happening, try re-entering your Twitter password in iOS settings.
– Added an option in Settings to turn off video stabilization, which could darken broadcasts in low light conditions.
YAHOO / TUMBLR
None – hmmm, Yahoo – Tumbleweed.
MICROSOFT / SKYPE
If you like services like IFTT (If This – Then That), then perhaps Microsoft Flow will be a good option for you, we are hoping that it’s more accessible for businesses like ours that doesn’t have a bucket of cash to participate as a provider!
Microsoft Flow is publicly available as a preview, at no cost. We have connections to 35+ different services, including both Microsoft services like OneDrive and SharePoint, and public software services like Slack, Twitter and Salesforce.com, with more being added every week. You can now go to https://flow.microsoft.com/ and sign up with a work or school account
If you like including animated gifs, then maybe Giphy Keys for iOS will be a good solution for you, it includes a keyboard too, so you don’t have to swap between a GIF picker and back to your keyboard. I think that this is for SMS messaging, but I’m not sure from the description whether this is nicely integrated with applications like Twitter, where you would usually upload an animated gif separately or through their own GIF search.
More info on Engadget
Slow news week?…
The US government wants your Facebook data…but they don’t want you to know – CNET
Facebook: 60 percent of government requests come with gag order
28 percent of people say they don’t trust Facebook at all – CNET
http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/27/facebook-earnings-q1-2016/ – great overview of earnings
Snapchat video views at 10 billion a day – CNET
Teen on Snapchat crashed car at 107 mph, lawsuit claims – CNET
On Twitter, CIA takes trip down memory lane to revisit Bin Laden raid – CNET
Twitter gets anti-‘Social’ in the App Store, bills itself as ‘News’ – CNET /
Twitter for iPhone is now classified as a news app
‘Boom!’ Prince Harry one-ups the Obamas on Twitter – CNET
Most Pinterest users are now from outside the US
Instagram forces anti-littering app Littergram to change name – CNET
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