Episode 26 Facebook shares SOLD! | Startup & Marketing Podcast


JUMP AHEAD ? – Social Media News: 3m 50s

Within this episode we discuss the following:

Product Updates – Social Scheduler

Instagram mobile app – Android? – Yes and no – it works, but the imagery (icons) appear too big.  I think that it’s because I haven’t put density-specific images in the right folders and it’s just using the largest image without autoscaling it down to the correct device density.



After Pakistans bombing that killed 65 and injured 280 others, Facebook activated its Safety Check tool.  Safety Check automatically sends Facebook users in an affected area a note asking if they’re safe. When a user clicks on “yes, let my friends know,” the tool notifies their Facebook friends.  However, something didn’t work so well, because users thousands of miles away also received the notification.

Facebook issued an apology to affected users, after resolving the issue.  They said ”We activated Safety Check today in Lahore, Pakistan, after a bombing that took place there”  …  “Unfortunately, many people not affected by the crisis received a notification asking if they were okay. We worked to resolve the issue and we apologize to anyone who mistakenly received the notification.”

Facebook also activated the tool after terrorist bombings struck the airport and subway in Brussels, Belgium.

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Facebook is testing a feature that lets you know when someone is trying to imitate you with a ‘impersonation alert’ system that detects when another user is impersonating your account by using your name and profile photo, in this scenario it will send an alert notifying you about the profile. You’ll then be prompted to identify if the profile in question is impersonating you by using your personal information, or if it belongs to someone else who is not impersonating you.




Instagram have added a notification tab to its web interface, this tab lists new followers, likes and users you might know through Facebook.  The activity tab on mobile shows ‘You’ and ‘Following’ but on the web interface only ‘You’ is shown.


Do you like celeb gossip? Then perhaps you will like E! – it can be your source for news about on Facebook about which celeb is making out with another, or who is hanging out with another famous person’s kids.   Live From E! is the network’s stab at bringing gossip and entertainment news to the world’s largest social network with a daily newscast. Each episode will be between 15 – 20 minutes long and they’ll be shot entirely with an iPhone 6s Plus.



Robs Facebook shares – up 10.76% – I just sold them with a gain of £1,000.  I had previously sold all my other shares so it’s all sitting in in cash until I feel confident to re-invest in my SIPP.  I’m tempted to wait for any fall in Facebook then but them all back!

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Back in episode 22 we said that Whats’app would be stopping support for Blackberry, but now Facebook are stopping support for the BlackBerry OS, including BB10, by the end of 2016.

Facebook decided to “discontinue support of their essential APIs for BlackBerry.”.  Blackberry tried to change Facebooks mind, but it sounds like Facebook are certain about it.




Facebook is apparently preparing to offer its chat app as another way to pay for goods, thanks to a feature for in-store purchases.



Donald Trump and Ted Cruz having a spat on Twitter proves to be pretty entertaining…

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Twitter is testing stickers that you can add to your photos.  Stickers are still in a testing phase, so there’s no guarantee that they’ll ever roll-out to everyone…




Microsoft’s researchers created a sort of teen chatbot, Tay.ai “by mining relevant public data and by using AI and editorial” that was developed by a staff “including improvisational comedians.”.  She was considered as an ‘innocent teen’ until she started listening to what people had to say on Twitter.

As the Telegraph reports, she managed, in a single tweet, to blame President Bush for 9/11, use racist language in praising Hitler over President Obama and contend that “donald trump is the only hope we’ve got.”


“I f***ing hate feminists and they should all die and burn in hell.”



Microsoft said

“Unfortunately, within the first 24 hours of coming online, we became aware of a coordinated effort by some users to abuse Tay’s commenting skills to have Tay respond in inappropriate ways,” the spokeswoman said. “As a result, we have taken Tay offline and are making adjustments.”

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A man from London (UK) who tweeted about accosting a Muslim woman in the street regarding this week’s terror attacks in Belgium has been arrested, the BBC reported Thursday.  The tweet, which went viral, read: “I confronted a Muslim woman yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said ‘Nothing to do with me’. A mealy mouthed reply.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “A 46-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Croydon on Wednesday, 23 March on suspicion of inciting racial hatred on social media. He was taken to a south London police station.”

The arrested man’s tweet quickly went viral, spawning dozens of parodies that riffed on subjects as diverse as Donald Trump and brussels sprouts.  One example: Telegraph reviews critic Robbie Collin tweeted: “I confronted a man who was eating a bowl of muesli yesterday in Croydon. He said “mmfflfffmufflrgh”. A mealy mouthed reply.”





It’s probably no surprise, but YouTube is angling itself to become a live video stream provider, by creating a Periscope-like app called ‘YouTube connect’.  You can login with a Google or YouTube account and included with the live streaming is a built-in news feed, chat and tagging


YouTubes iPad app is getting a split view and slide-over feature (both iOS 9 features), split-view lets you jump into other apps temporarily, whilst slide-over lets you run two side by side.




Snapchat buys BitStrips the Toronto company founded in 2007, they are behind those cartoon emoji that look like you (known as Bitmojis), according to Fortune.com in the region of $100 million!!  The deal reportedly is a mix of cash and stock.  Interestingly Bitstrips has already raised around $11 million in venture capital funding.










Tumblr: “Holy moly, replies are back

Your familiar friend for talking about posts is rolling out over the next few days, and it’s learned a ton since it’s been away. Now replies let you:

Reply multiple times to a post.

Reply to your own posts. 

See all of a post’s replies in one place.

Decide who can and can’t reply to you. (It’s in your blog settings.)

All that adds up to being able to talk about a post, right inside of a post, even as it travels from Tumblr to Tumblr. So, starting with posts created today, you’ll see a new notes view to help you follow that conversation. Looook:

If you’ve been waiting for this, thanks for your patience. If you’re new to replies, come discover their unique flavor. Spicier than a like, sweeter than a reblog, served on a big family-style platter. All part of a balanced diet. Have fun replying, Tumblr.

Want more details? You can get the nitty-gritty on replies and notes over in our help docs.”

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Yahoo is having a tough time, after an activist investor ( Starboard Value LP ) has said he wants all of the current Yahoo directors to be replaced!






The free internet services are accidentally opened the door to illegal file sharing in Angola.  Angolans have created ad hoc piracy networks by hiding files in Wikipedia pages (which they can access through Wikipedia Zero) and sharing links to them in private Facebook groups (available in Facebook’s Free Basics)


According to CNET, a new study from the University of Pittsburgh looked at the use of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine and LinkedIn by examining 1,787 adults between the ages of 19 and 32 and they concluded

Heavy users of social media are 1.7 to 2.7 times more likely to suffer from depression, than those of who check less frequently (reported as both 1.7 and 2.7).

Average social media use was 61 minutes per day

Average number of visits to a social media site was 30 a week.

Lead researcher Lui yi Lin said even though the link between one factor and the other seems strong, the deep truth behind the link may be complex. “It may be that people who already are depressed are turning to social media to fill a void,” she said on the University’s Web site. There’s also the possibility, she added, that social media might cause depression, which then causes more social media use.

Dr. Brian Primack, director of Pitt’s Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health insisted that not all social media interaction or usage is the same, he said “Future studies should examine whether there may be different risks for depression depending on whether the social media interactions people have tend to be more active vs. passive or whether they tend to be more confrontational vs. supportive”


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