Episode 32

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Social Scheduler

Michael is continuing with the user-interface re-write

Rob improved the bulk uploader so that links work better, plus all the related fields (link name, title, description). You can also now delete entries during the import process.

Clickbank – goodbye low quality blog posts!

Android push notifications – hopefully very soon, so much client work at the moment!

Marketing – contacting people who left feedback in the registration form (whatfor, magic wand, anythingelse) – some were just plain funny, like requesting teleportation and telling us that it’s currently raining cats and dogs! These 3 new fields were suggested by Victoria from PufferFish.digital marketing.

Social Media News

FACEBOOK

Facebook temporary reactions for mothers day

Facebook have tested out temporary reactions for Mother’s Day and Facebook confirmed that it was only available in certain markets, they confirmed that United States wasn’t among them. In those places where it is available, it will disappear from the options come Monday morning, but will still appear on posts where it was left during the few days it was live.


 

 

Facebook is testing a ‘discover’ feature for Groups

Engadget have said

It’s only available via the mobile app for a select number of users at the moment.

and…

Groups on Facebook [are…] apparently testing a new feature on the iOS and Android apps [… ] dubbed “Discover.” That also lets you peruse public and private groups and see which friends are in local groups, according to Mashable.

The groups are cordoned off into categories for different interests like parenting, networking and food. The functionality is expected to roll out to more users over the next couple of weeks.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/06/facebook-group-discover-apps/

TWITTER

Twitter for Mac – GIF support

The Twitter for Mac application has been updated to include a GIF search, polls and discovery features.

 

Twitter

PERISCOPE

Coming Soon: Broadcast Search, Drones and Save Beyond 24 Hours

Everyday, our community creates amazing broadcasts — whether visiting a new place, performing a song, or sparking a passionate discussion. In the coming weeks, we’re launching broadcast search and drone support to help people form communities around the topics they care about and broadcast from new perspectives. We also want to share a preview of our full beyond 24 hours approach that will be available in the coming weeks.

In the coming weeks, you’ll be able to search for broadcasts by title or topic. When you tap on the search button in the Global List, you’ll see a list of suggested topics to search for, including #Travel, #Music, #Food and more. To broadcast about a topic, simply tap the Broadcast button in the topic’s search results to add the relevant hashtag, or add the hashtag to your title directly.

We’re also testing two special topics that you can search for. In “First Scope,” you can welcome new broadcasters to our community. In “GoPros and Drones,” you can find broadcasts from GoPros and, for the first time, drones!

A New Perspective with Drones

To broadcast from a supported DJI drone, just connect your iPhone to your drone’s remote. We’ll automatically pull in your drone’s video feed and let you switch between it, your iPhone cameras and even your GoPro. During your broadcast, you can narrate from a bird’s eye view using your phone or even Sketch on the broadcast to highlight different sights:

Watch Zagat’s drone broadcast from a New York farm.

Anyone with an iPhone and a supported DJI drone will be able to start broadcasting in the coming weeks.

Save Your Broadcasts Beyond 24 Hours

Last week, we introduced a public beta for you to add #save to your broadcasts to keep them beyond 24 hours. Today, we want to give you a preview of the full solution that we’re launching in the next few weeks.

Follow Saki and her saved broadcasts around Japan

Our goal is to give you full control of your broadcasts. Soon, your broadcasts will be automatically saved on Periscope and Twitter with comments and hearts. Should you change your mind, you can still delete your broadcasts at any time in the post-broadcast screen or in your profile. And, for those of you who still want your broadcasts to be removed after 24 hours, you can easily configure that in your account settings.

We hope these updates will make it easier for you to find broadcasts and communities that you care about. To learn more, visit our Help Center for search and drone broadcasts.

Much love,

Team Periscope

JELLY (Twitter co-founder)

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TALKSHOW (Co-founded by former Twitter exec Michael Sippey)

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LINKED IN

LinkedIn to rival Facebook Instant Articles?

LinkedIn might be considering an Instant Articles feature of its own, apparently they recently started floating this idea to “various” publishers.

Instant Articles are links to stories that you can read within Facebook’s app, elimitating the need to visit a third-party site.

A LinkedIn spokesperson provided BuzzFeed News the following statement:

Publishers remain a very important part of our content ecosystem and we are in regular conversations with them about new ways to work together. Our goal is to ensure we get the right content in front of the right member at the right time to deliver the best member experience possible.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/05/linkedin-instant-articles/

 

PINTEREST

None

GOOGLE / YOUTUBE

YouTube making it easier for advertisers to jump onto viral videos via Google Preferred

Tonight [Thursday, May 5, 2016], YouTube hosted our fifth annual Brandcast in New York, our digital Newfronts event, where we showcase the best of YouTube to advertisers and agencies. With a little help from Big Bird, the Whip Nae Nae, and Sia, we showed that YouTube is where the world chooses to watch: on mobile alone, we now reach more 18-49 year-olds in the U.S. than any broadcast or cable TV network.1

As a result, our influence is greater than ever. In fact, nearly 60 percent of YouTube subscribers say they’d follow a YouTube creator’s advice on what to buy over that of their favorite TV or movie star. And the influence of YouTube stars continues to grow—last year, 6 in 10 of the most influential celebrities among teens were YouTubers, and this year that number jumped to 8 in 10.

To help brands capture some of this momentum, we have a premium content offering called Google Preferred that features creators like Lilly Singh, sWooZie and Laura Vitale. Organized into 13 lineup categories—including Comedy, Music, and Food & Recipes—Google Preferred is easy to buy and gives advertisers access to the most-loved and most-watched content on YouTube. In fact, Google Preferred reaches more people in the U.S. on mobile than all full episode players combined.2 And, we announced at Brandcast that Google Preferred just got better. Here’s how:

1. More Can’t-Miss Moments With Google Preferred Breakout Videos

Pop culture moments like the Harlem Shake and Let It Go are as unexpected as they are popular. While Google Preferred gives brands access to established creator channels, our new Breakout Videos offering lets them advertise on emerging content—the hottest and fastest-rising videos on YouTube. With the launch of Google Preferred Breakout Videos in the U.S., brands can be there alongside the next breakout star.

2. More Ease and Relevance with Programmatic Guaranteed for Google Preferred

To make it even easier to be there in the moment viewers are watching, upfront buyers will soon be able to execute their Google Preferred—and Breakout Videos—buy programmatically through DoubleClick Bid Manager. This means all video campaigns (including TrueView, Google Preferred, and cross-exchange) can be managed in one place.

3. More Sports Fans With NBA Highlights on Google Preferred

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also took to the Brandcast stage to announce that NBA inventory is now part of Google Preferred. Top NBA highlights will surface in Google Search and on YouTube, offering brands access to the NBA’s loyal fan base across screens. In addition, the NBA will soon launch two new VR series on YouTube that give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at team arenas and their favorite players.

4. More Great Results for Brands

With new additions like Breakout Videos, Programmatic Guaranteed, and NBA highlights, Google Preferred will keep delivering massive reach, and strong results for brands.

Already this year, among the Google Preferred campaigns we measured, 75 percent drove lifts in consideration3 and 61 percent drove lifts in favorability.4 Google Preferred is driving results later in the consumer journey, too: it raised purchase intent in two-thirds of campaigns.5

Results like these have encouraged nearly twice the number of brands in the U.S. to take advantage of Google Preferred in the last year.6

Chime in with your Google Preferred questions and comments on #Brandcast, and check out six questions every brand should consider after Brandcast. We’ll post even more content after the show on the Brandcast website.

Kate Stanford, Head of Global Advertiser Marketing at YouTube, recently watched “Imagine the Possibilities.

https://youtube.googleblog.com/2016/05/highlights-from-tonights-youtube.html

SNAPCHAT

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PERISCOPE

None

 

VINE

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MEERKAT

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FLICKR

None

YAHOO / TUMBLR

None

PEACH

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FOURSQUARE

None

MICROSOFT / SKYPE

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GENERAL

Slow news week?…

FACEBOOK

…The Court accepts as true plaintiffs’ allegations that Facebook’s face recognition technology involves a scan of face geometry that was done without plaintiffs’ consent,” U.S. District Judge James Donato wrote in his ruling…

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/06/facebook-lawsuit-privacy-photo-tagging-software/

 

http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-denies-biased-trends-allegations

http://www.cnet.com/news/facebooks-trending-news-feed-may-be-a-sham/

The world’s largest social network calls out the top trending stories on its site, which is visited by more than a billion people every day. But the list may be manipulated by Facebook’s employees, who are allegedly deciding what’s “trending” based on their political views.

Facebook’s trending topics list … may have become a tool for employees to wield their political opinions

However Tom Stocky from Facebook have responded on their Blog

My team is responsible for Trending Topics, and I want to address today’s reports alleging that Facebook contractors manipulated Trending Topics to suppress stories of interest to conservatives. We take these reports extremely seriously, and have found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are true.

Facebook is a platform for people and perspectives from across the political spectrum. There are rigorous guidelines in place for the review team to ensure consistency and neutrality. These guidelines do not permit the suppression of political perspectives. Nor do they permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or one news outlet over another. These guidelines do not prohibit any news outlet from appearing in Trending Topics.

Trending Topics is designed to showcase the current conversation happening on Facebook. Popular topics are first surfaced by an algorithm, then audited by review team members to confirm that the topics are in fact trending news in the real world and not, for example, similar-sounding topics or misnomers.

We are proud that, in 2015, the US election was the most talked-about subject on Facebook, and we want to encourage that robust political discussion from all sides. We have in place strict guidelines for our trending topic reviewers as they audit topics surfaced algorithmically: reviewers are required to accept topics that reflect real world events, and are instructed to disregard junk or duplicate topics, hoaxes, or subjects with insufficient sources. Facebook does not allow or advise our reviewers to systematically discriminate against sources of any ideological origin and we’ve designed our tools to make that technically not feasible. At the same time, our reviewers’ actions are logged and reviewed, and violating our guidelines is a fireable offense.

There have been other anonymous allegations — for instance that we artificially forced ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ to trend. We looked into that charge and found that it is untrue. We do not insert stories artificially into trending topics, and do not instruct our reviewers to do so. Our guidelines do permit reviewers to take steps to make topics more coherent, such as combining related topics into a single event (such as ‪#‎starwars‬ and ‪#‎maythefourthbewithyou‬), to deliver a more integrated experience.

Our review guidelines for Trending Topics are under constant review, and we will continue to look for improvements. We will also keep looking into any questions about Trending Topics to ensure that people are matched with the stories that are predicted to be the most interesting to them, and to be sure that our methods are as neutral and effective as possible.

TWITTER

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/09/twitter-blocks-us-spies-from-analyzing-your-tweets

Apparently Twitter cut off the government from the Dataminr company service.

Neither Twitter nor Dataminr have confirmed the details publicly, but unnamed intelligence officials have corroborated the story.

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Episode 31

You can subscribe to the podcast here, don’t forget you can JUMP AHEAD to the news – it’s at 3m:00s.

Social Scheduler

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

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/25/facebook-camera-live-video-app-report/

 

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.

http://venturebeat.com/2016/05/01/disappearing-messages-could-be-coming-to-messenger-for-ios/

Instagram

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

http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/26/11512718/instagram-redesign-black-white

 

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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http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/26/twitters-5-million-new-users-arent-enough/

http://www.cnet.com/news/twitter-q1-adds-users-but-revenue-falls

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.

https://blog.twitter.com/2016/report-multiple-tweets-in-a-single-report

 

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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https://medium.com/the-biz-stone-collection/introducing-jelly-a-new-search-engine-47e2594ad3ff#.767a4pa3p

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.

Why Talkshow?

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 hello@talkshow.im 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.”

http://www.cnet.com/news/periscope-hires-first-editor-in-chief

LINKED IN

Of course – nothing here

PINTEREST

Nada

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.

http://youtubecreator.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/improving-content-id-for-creators.html

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!

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/26/youtube-mobile-homepage/

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.

https://www.reddit.com/r/youtube/comments/4h0vlv/youtube_material_design_anyone_know_anything/d2mgbjn

 

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

http://adwords.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/bumper-ads-drive-incremental-reach-and-frequency.html

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.

http://www.cnet.com/news/youtube-tv-service-to-debut-as-early-as-next-year

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.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/26/google-updates-hangouts-on-ios-to-ease-file-sharing/

https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/6334301

SNAPCHAT

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PERISCOPE

Periscope sketching

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.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/periscope/id972909677?mt=8

VINE

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MEERKAT

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FLICKR

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YAHOO / TUMBLR

None – hmmm, Yahoo – Tumbleweed.

PEACH

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FOURSQUARE

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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

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:C9qBBlJTOO4J:https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/welcome-to-microsoft-flow/

 

GENERAL

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

http://www.cnet.com/news/uk-government-spends-70000-on-snapchat-filters

 

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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Episode 30 It’s A Slow News Week!

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SOCIAL SCHEDULER

New iOS and Android builds to fix some reliability problems.

If we ever do an Apple Watch App, then it’ll have to work standalone without an iPhone nearby, according to Apple starting June 1, 2016, all new watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later.

SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS

STARTS AT 1m:45s

FACEBOOK (MESSENGER / INSTAGRAM / WHATSAPP)

Messenger group calling

Messenger enables people around the world to communicate with their loved ones, and millions of people use group chats in Messenger to stay in touch. But there are situations where typing isn’t enough and when people prefer talking to one another. For catching up with colleagues or family, making collaborative plans, and hearing your loved ones’ voices, Messenger already offers voice calling from one person to another.

Today we’re introducing group calling for Messenger. With group calling, you can now talk to more than one person at a time, in a group call. To get started, open one of your Messenger group conversations and tap the audio call button. Tapping the button lets you choose the list of people from the group to call. All the group members you choose are called simultaneously.

When you receive a group call, the experience is similar to receiving a call from one person, except that the screen will show the group name (if there is one) and the list of members. You can accept the incoming group call, ignore it or decline it.

If you are a member of a group with a call in progress, you can join the group call by opening the group conversation and tapping on the audio call button. While in a group call, you can see whether group members are in the call or not, and you can call anyone who’s not there yet.

Tapping the red ‘end call’ button on the screen enables you to leave the group call. The other participants will hear an exit tone. And when the second to last person leaves a group call, the call ends.

Give group calls on Messenger a try, and let us know what you think!

More Info

Facebook was hacked, via a back door

Because it’s a slow-news week…

Devcore’s Orange Tsai recently discovered that someone had installed a backdoor on one of Facebook’s corporate servers, used for internal emails and such-like. It was a file transfer app that had several vulnerabilities that gave any potential intruder free rein.

Tsai reported the bugs to Facebook as part of their bounty program and waited for Facebook to fix it prior to disclosing the flaw.

If anything it’s a wakeup call to Facebook that they are just as vulnerable as everyone else. It should be a wake up call to you too – if a company worth 317.54 Billion is vulnerable, what’s your chances!

More Info

As for Robs shares, oops, a big drop on Friday means I’m currently down £180. I’m hanging in tight, all this regular progress and innovation can only translate to positive gains.

Facebook ranks articles whilst you read them

With Instant Articles Facebook already analyzes how long you spend reading stories while you’re still in the app. Now, it will also measure how long you spend on an article after you click away from the News Feed, without counting the load times.

Facebook say that this to “better understand which articles might be interesting to you based on how long you and others read them, so you’ll be more likely to see stories you’re interested in.”

More on Facebook and Engadget.

Make money on Facebook

Facebook performed a survey askingpeople if they would be interested in various options for making money or promoting a cause using their “personal presence” on the site.

Options include a digital tip jar, branded content, a sponsor marketplace, revenue sharing, a call-to-action button or a donate option for charities.

More Info on CNET

TWITTER / PERISCOPE

Twitter and Yelp

Twitter has teamed up with business listing and review site Yelp to supply location services for UK and Japanese users inside its app. The iOS and Android apps will now suggest a list of places you could be at and attach the name, Yelp rating and other bits of relevant information to your tweets for your friends to digest. Twitter.com will be getting the feature soon.

More info on Engadget.

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PINTEREST

Promoted Pins in he UK

The number of people using Pinterest in the UK grew 50% over the past year, so now’s a great time to grow your business with Promoted Pins.

Promoted Pins are just like regular Pins, except they’re shown to more people, letting you increase sales, traffic and more.

Ready to be one of the first UK businesses to go live with ads on Pinterest?

Pinterest have cleaned up their App

We’re lucky enough to have over 100 million Pinners around the world coming to Pinterest to find ideas to try. With so many people using our app, it’s more important than ever to make sure it works great for everyone—no matter where you

live, what language you speak or how old your phone is.

So we decided to give things a complete overhaul, from what our app looks like to how fast it works. Here’s what’s new:

  • A new modern look that lets you focus more on Pins.
  • Universally readable, in 31 languages. Kanji, Roman, Cyrillic—now our app is legible no matter what language you read or what screen size you have.
  • Crazy fast loading, for everyone in the world. When you open the app, your home feed now loads up to 3 times faster.

These changes have laid the groundwork for future improvements, too. Now that we’ve rebuilt things in a smarter way, engineers and designers here at Pinterest will be able to develop features faster than ever before.

Because this was such a huge effort, we’re starting to roll out these updates on iPhone and iPad first. Make sure to update your app so you have the latest, greatest. Android and web are next on our list to tackle, so keep your eye out for updates in the coming months.

More info on Pinterest

GOOGLE / YOUTUBE

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PERISCOPE

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VINE

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YAHOO / TUMBLR

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PEACH

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MICROSOFT / SKYPE

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GENERAL

Because it’s a slow-news week…

Buckingham Palace have a Social Media job going for £50,000

Buckingham Palace is in the market for a Head of Digital Engagement, who will be responsible for handling the online presence of the Royal Household.

The salary is £45,000-£50,000 (roughly $70,000) and 33 days of annual leave.

“Whether you’re covering a state visit, award ceremony or royal engagement, you’ll make sure our digital channels consistently spark interest and reach a range of audiences,”

More on CNET

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Episode 20 – Social Media & Marketing Podcast – Happy Valentines (to me!)

Episode 20 Happy valentines to me – We scour the web for Social Media news, so you don’t have to.

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Welcome to Episode 20 of “The Startup & Marketing Podcast – from Devology” where we discuss our startup, our marketing experiences and social media news!

JUMP AHEAD ? – Social Media News: 15m 14s
Within this episode we discuss the following:

Catch-up

Happy Valentines, to me – Apple TV

Product Updates

Social Scheduler

Reliability update – it broke again, but we applied some more changes and it’s stable as a rock again

JAXRS (restful web-services) logging

Googles WebUtilities removed

Removal of older Mongo driver

Newer mongo uber driver

New Relic instrumentation

Twitter have reported a few more replies of ‘our servers are too busy at the moment, please try later’, most likely this is related to the Super Bowl.

Instagram mobile app – definitely starting Tuesday

Google + integration also starting in parallel.

Marketing Efforts

Next week I plan to look at email marketing tools, in particular drip-marketing campaigns

Onboarding – how to complete registration, how to add your social media accounts, how to schedule your first message, bulk-uploading, etc

Upgrade free to basic / pro

Emails to ask for feedback when someone cancels / deletes a social scheduler account

Other Work

SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS

FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / WHATSAPP

Instagram launches ‘Shield 5’ – it’s first original video series directed by Hello Carter’s Anthony Wilcox.  But wait… Instagram has a 15 second video limit doesn’t it?  Yes, but with 28 episodes spread out over the month, you’ll have a show thats a combined length of…. 7 minutes!

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/02/instagram-launches-scripted-video-series/

Happy Friends Day!

Thursday February 4, marks Facebook’s 12th birthday.  “Each year we recognize this day as Friends Day and invite the world to celebrate and reflect on the importance of connecting.

When people connect, powerful things happen and lives are changed. We see this on Facebook every day, whether it’s an exchange with an old friend that brings a smile to your face or a new connection that changes your life path, or even the world.

To celebrate, we are releasing an updated degrees of separation statistic, highlighting inspiring stories about the power of friendship, and launching new products to further encourage our community to rally around their friends today.

Facebook Community Continues to Grow Closer 

We know that people are more connected today than ever before. Over the past five years, the global Facebook community has more than doubled in size. Today we’re announcing that during that same time period, the degrees of separation between a typical pair of Facebook users has continued to decrease to 3.57 degrees, down from 3.74 degrees in 2011. This is a significant reflection of how closely connected the world has become.

Introducing Friends Day Videos 

To help our community celebrate the importance of friendship, we’re delivering a personalized Friends Day video to millions of people around the world. These videos stitch together special moments with your friends in a short film that can be edited and shared. People can view their video at the top of News Feed, or by clicking “Watch Yours” below a friend’s Friends Day video.

Telling Stories of Friendship

Friends Day is also an occasion to celebrate extraordinary stories about the power of friendship. GirlCrew, a Facebook group originally created in Dublin, empowers women to find friends and organize events in their area. There are now 22,000 people in GirlCrew Facebook groups in more than 40 cities worldwide. Earlier this week, we hosted an intimate Friends Day event where 18 members of the Facebook community with incredible stories, including GirlCrew, were invited to come to our Menlo Park headquarters.

Best Friends and Friendship Sticker Packs

To give people a fun way to show friends they care, we’re releasing two sticker packs called “Best Friends” and “Friendship.” These packs are now available to download for free in the Sticker Store, which can be accessed in Messenger or at facebook.com/stickers.

This Friends Day, take a moment to connect with your friends, share your Friends Day videos, and post using the hashtag #friendsday.”

http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/02/friends-day/

Facebook are deleting business pages of medical marijuana dispensaries, for violating Facebooks terms of service.  When asked for comment, a Facebook spokesperson told Engadget, “These pages have been removed for violating our Community Standards, which outline what is and is not allowed on Facebook. Here is a link to our standards.”

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/04/report-facebook-is-deleting-medical-marijuana-pages/

Research at Facebook has shown that the 6 degrees of separation have shrunk in the past five years, in 2011 it was calculated by Facebook at 3.74 and now 3.57; we’ve grown more interconnected, thus shortening the distance between any two people in the world.

Rob has 3.44 degrees of separation

Michael has ??

Find out yours by following this link, in addition it breaks down the algorithm that they have used to calculate the degrees of separation…

https://research.facebook.com/blog/three-and-a-half-degrees-of-separation/

Instagram multiple-account support is now available on iOS… at least to some iOS users!  It was seen back in November for Android by downloading a special APK to take advantage.

The question for Social Scheduler is “Will this be supported through the intent API’

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/04/instagram-multiple-accounts-ios/

Instagram are introducing 60-second video ads (up to 30 seconds was already available), with this comes more revenue for Facebook (yes Rob will be keeping his shares in).  According to Engadget ‘The way the company handles ads isn’t as intrusive as something like YouTube — as a user, you do’t have to wait to scroll past and see what your followers have been posting — but the nature of the feed means it’s still hard to ignore them completely’

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/04/instagram-60-second-video-ads/

TWITTER / PERISCOPE

Twitter conversations are going to be easier in their own window, rather than a modal popup; you’ll be able to have multiple conversations going at the same time with different people.

https://twitter.com/Support/status/694580760246947840

There have been lots of reports recently that Twitter are planning changes to your timeline (http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/05/twitters-facebook-style-timeline-could-arrive-next-week/), so it’s no longer in order of newest to oldest, but sorted by what might interest you instead.  Well, Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter says that it’s just a rumour.

 

Originally Engadget ran a poll to see what the reaction was to the original reports.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/06/twitter-says-timeline-isnt-changing/

Twitter have been experimenting with animated GIF support in Twitter, for select use, not just for injecting existing animated cat GIFs from the internet, but it sounds like Twitter could partner up with consumer and entertainment brands, such as the Super Bowl to inject trending and GEO located GIFs.  Brands could prepared some GIF’s in advance, or curate special replay GIFs ready for people to inject into their timeline effortlessly.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/06/twitter-needs-searchable-gifs-for-fun-and-profit/

Twitter have written a blog titled ‘Combating violent extremism’, in it they highlight that they condemn the user of Twitter to promote terrorism and they since mid 2015 they have suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS.

Twitter have employed more staff, use a proprietary spam-fighting tool-set and co-operating with the FBI.  Twitter have partnered with counter extremist organisations and attended government-convened summits on extremism.

The two last paragraphs contain the most value…

As an open platform for expression, we have always sought to strike a balance between the enforcement of our own Twitter Rules covering prohibited behaviors, the legitimate needs of law enforcement, and the ability of users to share their views freely – including views that some people may disagree with or find offensive.

As many experts and other companies have noted, there is no “magic algorithm” for identifying terrorist content on the internet, so global online platforms are forced to make challenging judgement calls based on very limited information and guidance. In spite of these challenges, we will continue to aggressively enforce our Rules in this area, and engage with authorities and other relevant organizations to find solutions to this critical issue and promote powerful counter-speech narratives.

https://blog.twitter.com/2016/combating-violent-extremism

LINKED IN

LinkedIn stock have dropped more than 40% based on results for it’s fourth quarter.

Unfortunately Robs Amazon and Facebook shares are down too – I should have sold them when I was up last week! I would be tempted to purchase some Linked In shares now that they more attractive, however, given that they only charge for premium features like advanced search and messaging strangers – hardly enough to make me want to sign up, so until I feel the desire, I’m not going to invest.

PINTEREST

GOOGLE / YOUTUBE

More content is being added to YouTube ‘Red’ (subscribers pay), three films and one series will make their debut, all from YouTube creators, such as PewDiePie and his ‘reality adventure’ series Scare PewDiePie.

Scare PewDiePie: In this reality-adventure series from the creator and executive producers of The Walking Dead at Skybound Entertainment and Maker Studios, experience thrills, chills and laughter as PewDiePie encounters terrifying situations inspired by his favorite video games.

Sing It!: From Fine Brothers Entertainment and Mandeville Films comes SING IT!, a scripted comedy that lovingly satirizes the reality singing competitions that have become a centerpiece of pop culture.

Lazer Team: In this feature-length action-comedy from Rooster Teeth and Fullscreen Films, four small-town losers stumble upon an alien ship carrying a mysterious cargo, leading to a battle to save Earth from an all-powerful enemy.

A Trip to Unicorn Island: From the team at Astronauts Wanted, this feature-length movie gives fans an extraordinary look inside the life and journey of Lilly Singh as she embarks on a challenging 26-city global tour where she has to remember to practice what she preaches: happiness is the only thing worth fighting for.

Untitled Joey Graceffa project: In this all-new reality adventure series, Joey Graceffa brings together an ensemble of top YouTubers for a murder mystery they’ll never forget. They’ll form alliances to survive, but little do they know that most won’t make it out alive.

360 Project from MatPat of Game Theory: YouTube educator and pop culture expert MatPat from The Game Theorists invites the audience to come along for the ride in an innovative new series and 360 VR experience. In each episode Matt explores the real-life science behind popular video games by throwing gamers into the high-stakes scenarios they play through every day, from water jetpacks to haunted pizzerias.

Single by 30: In this romantic drama series from Wong Fu Productions and New Form Digital, two high school best friends make a promise to get married if they’re still single at 30. A decade later, with 30 quickly approaching, their attempt at upholding their vow unfolds in unexpected ways. Starring Harry Shum, Jr. and Kina Grannis.

Untitled CollegeHumor project: Written by and starring the cast of CollegeHumor, along with special guests, this new anthology series will take a dark and comedic look at the absurdity of Internet culture.

*** PROBABLY THE MOST INTERESTING…

Fight of the Living Dead: In an unprecedented social experiment reality show from Alpine Labs, Fight of the Living Dead takes popular YouTube talent and traps them in a frighteningly realistic zombie apocalypse. They must use their instincts and gaming skills to survive as they battle the elements for the ultimate prize of survival.

I Am Tobuscus: From the mind of Toby Turner, this scripted comedy explores the world of a self-involved YouTube creator pursuing bigger stardom. The show features original music, and satirizes the hilarious details of being an eccentric, new-age celebrity.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/03/youtube-red-original-content-february-10-launch/

Google Hangouts are going to improve audio and video quality by using a direct peer-to-peer connection when possible, rather than connecting the call through one of Googles servers.

It should be noted that using direct peer-to-peer between yourself and another person will reveal your IP addresses, which means that it is possible to approximate your location.

Could this be just to improve video and audio quality, or because your skipping their servers, then perhaps it could be cost saving too?!

https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/6334301

SNAPCHAT

Justin Kan played a key role in pioneering livestreaming with his company Twitch, he’s now offering viewers a window into his life once more with his Justin.tv “lifecasting” exploits will make a comeback as a Snapchat channel.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/03/justin-tv-returns-as-snapchat-channel/

PERISCOPE

FLICKR

 

YAHOO / TUMBLR

Yahoo bought the Tumblr blogging platform for $1.1 billion in 2013, but it’s now lowered its valuation to $760 (down $230m from it’s previous $990m).

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/03/tumblr-lower-valuation-yahoo/

https://investor.yahoo.net/ReleaseDetail.cfm?&ReleaseID=952998

http://www.cnet.com/news/yahoo-fourth-quarter-2015-earnings-marissa-mayer

Yahoo is laying off 1,700 staff (That’s 15% of its workforce) and closing five offices (Dubai, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Milan) with a target of reducing operating costs by $400m.

In a statement CEO Marissa Mayer said, “today, we’re announcing a strategic plan that we strongly believe will enable us to accelerate Yahoo’s transformation. This is a strong plan calling for bold shifts in products and in resources.”

Yahoo was full of legacy businesses with a declining revenue stream. The ‘Mavens’ in the chart represents mobile, video, native and social, it shows a revenue source that has an “incredibly fast growth line of business.”.  She said Yahoo will focus on its top businesses, Search, Mail and Tumblr. It will also be even more bullish on mobile with upcoming changes to the sports and finance apps and the recent change to the search app.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/02/yahoo-is-laying-off-1-700-people-and-closing-five-offices/

https://investor.yahoo.net/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=952996

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Podcast Episode 17 – Goal Setting & Time Management, plus Social Media News

Listen to our podcast at http://devology.co.uk/#podcast to discover what Jelly Q&A is all about, plus Peach!

Here’s a copy of our show notes (but the podcast is better!).

Welcome to Episode 17 of “The Startup & Marketing Podcast – from Devology” where we discuss our startup, our marketing experiences and social media news!
Within this episode we discuss the following:

JUMP AHEAD …

Feedback / Catchup : 1m 45a

Product Updates:  3m

Project Updates: N/A

Social Media News: 12m 54s

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