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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Episode 21 Podcast – The shakespeare episode


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JUMP AHEAD ? – Social Media News: 25m 12s

Within this episode we discuss the following:


Headaches & colds – 10 days Rob, similar for Michael, everything behind schedule 😦

2p incident

Marketing – Meeting with Victoria this morning in Brighton, with a 2nd tentative meeting with Jodie in Lewes, but I received a message saying that Victoria couldn’t make it, because she had been hospitalised, so I messaged Jodie and headed straight to Lewes in the hope that she could make an earlier appointment, my Sat Nav however took me to the wrong ‘High Street’ (about 30 minutes in the wrong direction), so I corrected the journey, finally parked the car, payed my car-park fee, rushing to get to Jodie, then noticed an email from Victoria saying she was looking forward to seeing me shortly, in Brighton!  I jumped back in the car (£2 down) and headed to Brighton to honour my original meeting!  About an hour later I had a text from Jodie saying that she had only just received my message and would I still be up for it?  What? Who had been hospitalised?  It turns out a third marketing person, Daniel had emailed me and somewhere along the lines I had assumed the wrong person.  What a day.  Due to the delays reaching Brighton I couldn’t see Jodie, so I’m hoping to see her in a couple of weeks time.

Remember Ghostbusters?  The new trailer is out and it gives nothing away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zen753JD5kI&feature=youtu.be

Product Updates

Social Scheduler

New Relic – Startup pricing AWS micro $17

Instagram mobile app – started Monday (originally said Tuesday), 1 1/2 days before falling ill!

Email users when errors sending messages, or when oAuth token problems, or an account is coming up for expiry.

Google+ integration also starting in parallel – awaiting approval (bad, bad, bad form!)

Marketing Efforts

Discussions with multiple Marketing consultants, to see whether there’s any way we can partner up with marketing specialists.

Progress on this?…

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



Facebook has a hidden chess game, you can invoke it by typing @fbchess play when you’re in a conversation, but you have to type text commands for everything.


Facebook Messenger optionally gift-wrapped your Valentine messages.


Facebook are creating image recognition technology to create high resolution population density maps (to within 10m), using neural networks trained to quickly determine whether or not buildings were present or not in satellite images.  The purpose is to enable Facebook to determine which areas need better internet access, what technologies would work best and could help with disaster handling too.


Mark Zuckerberg made a surprise appearance at the Samsung Galaxy S7 keynote to explain how putting a VR headset on can be social, he said “Pretty soon, we’re going to live in a world where everyone has the power to share and experience whole scenes, as if we’re there in person”, he also announced the creation of a dedicated VR team – although Devology mentioned this a few weeks ago in our news!


Facebook make Gear VR videos clearer and faster to load, by using ‘dynamic streaming’ resulting in VR videos that are higher quality and more data efficient on the lightweight device.  “Dynamic streaming” requires Facebook to process and store all of its videos in multiple resolutions. It only shows the best version for the spot you’re actually looking at — the rest is a lower resolution file that’s automatically swapped out as you look left and right. “By doing this, we’ve quadrupled the resolution quality of 360 streaming video in VR, while reducing the amount of required bandwidth by four times,”


Facebook Messenger

Messenger users on Android can now switch from one account to another using a single device. You can add accounts to Messenger via a new Accounts section in Settings, and you don’t need to be on Facebook in order sign in.


Facebook makes it easier for Brits to report suicidal posts as part of the built in ‘Report post’ feature


A leaked document indicates that we should get ready for ads in Facebook messenger, users who’ve voluntarily messaged a company could open themselves up to the spam as early as this April


Facebook Live Video is rolling out internationally

To check whether you have the livestreaming tool, select Update Status at the top of your News Feed and hit the new Live Video icon (it should display a banner notifying you of its existence). You’ll then be able to choose who you want to share your stream with and add a description before broadcasting it to the world.


Taking of video, Instagram is now going to show you how many people have viewed your video, within the next several weeks.  It will only count if the video has been played more than 3 seconds, in other words, if you scroll past a video it will not count.


Facebook Instant Articles are extending the number of publishers who can use the tool, as of April Facebook is opening it up to any publisher interested in leveraging it.  This will mean more news articles directly within Facebook so you’ll probably spend more time within it and this will lead to more money through ads to Facebook.  On that note – Robs shares are back up 5 1/4% for Facebook and 12% for Amazon.


Facebook Instagram has added two factor authentication but is rolling it out ‘slowly’.  Two factor authentication usually means that if you attempt to login (especially from a new device) you’ll receive an SMS text with a code that you must also enter.  However, TechCrunch have reported that it behaves somewhat differently to that, instead Instagram gave people reset codes that they had to screenshot or write down when they activated the feature.  This just seems too bizarre and I wouldn’t be surprised if this changes.


Instagram – if you want to know how to swap accounts, see the URL in our show notes (Android)


If you had been caught selling drugs (cannabis) and get a two year suspended sentence, you might be a little appreciative that your not in jail, perhaps humble.   But no, a UK man decides to ‘diss the judge’ on social media, he said

“Cannot believe my luck 2 year suspended sentence beats the 3 year jail yes pal! Beverly Lunt go suck my ****,” he posted. The status update has since been removed.

and then followed that up on Facebook with

 “I want to say how sorry I am for what I wrote about Judge Lunt and my sentence. I was very lucky not to be sent to prison and I was very stupid to have written what I did. I want to say sorry to Judge Lunt and to anyone else who was upset or offended by my thoughtless post which I did not mean.”

Facebook is testing on Android SMS and multi-account support

“At Messenger we are always trying to create new ways for people to communicate seamlessly with everyone,” said a Facebook spokesperson. “Right now, we’re testing the ability for people to easily bring all their conversations — from SMS and Messenger — to one place. It’s a really simple way to get, see and respond to all your SMS messages in just one app. By choosing to access your SMS messages in Messenger, they’re right alongside all the other enhanced features that Messenger offers.”

The likely reason why it’s Android only at this time is that I’m unaware of any API’s within Apple that will enable you to consume and certainly not post text messages without intervention from the user.

As for multiple accounts they said “Millions of people share phones with their family and friends. Until now, there hasn’t been an easy way for people to access their individual Messenger accounts from shared devices. To address this, we’ve launched a feature on Android to enable multiple people to log in and use Messenger from a single phone.”


Do you find yourself joining many others to type ‘Happy Birthday’ on someone else’s timeline?   Facebook are now offering a birthday video cam that lets you quickly record a 15-second clip to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The feature is only available on iOS for now.


Facebook had issues with their Free Basics controversy, so they have announced a new infrastructure project to help the developing world get online.

“Today we’re taking the next step by partnering with telecom companies to develop new technologies that will reduce the cost of building mobile networks all over the world,” Facebook is researching wireless networks that use extremely high-frequency millimeter-wave bands



Marc Andreessen a Silicon Valley investor and Facebook board member on Wednesday took to Twitter to apologize for a series of offensive tweets he posted the night before apparently referencing India’s colonial history. The world’s second-most populous country, with more than a billion people, was a British colony until 1947. Andreessen said he withdrew his comments “in full and without reservation.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to distance himself from his board member. “I want to respond to Marc Andreessen’s comments about India yesterday,” wrote Zuckerberg on his Facebook page. “I found the comments deeply upsetting, and they do not represent the way Facebook or I think at all.”


Facebook’s the ‘Sports Stadium’ was launched only in January and it looks like it struggled to keep up with the supper bowl, with 200 million posts people were getting post updates late, they vented on Twitter with posts such as

“7 minutes of game time into the second half and @facebook sports stadium is still all posts about halftime,”

Facebook said

“Due to overwhelming traffic and activity, people visiting Facebook Sports Stadium during the Super Bowl may have experienced a delay with the scores and play-by-play information available in the Matchup and Stats tabs, or a problem with posting in the Friends tab”


Facebook make it harder to scroll past videos, they are rolling out a tool that automatically captions video ads, the hope is that you’ll stop, even if briefly, to read what a promo is saying instead of skipping to the next post.

Hmm, don’t they get paid if someone ‘watches’ a video for more than 3 seconds, isn’t this just enough to boost their income!?


France is warning Facebook to stop moving its users data overseas, which is in violation of the countrys data protection act.


Facebook emojis instead of likes




Last episode we heard Twitters Jack Dorsey say that he was absolutely 100% keeping Twitter ‘LIVE’, however, since then, we can now see that you’ll instead have a ‘what you missed’ summary that can be reverted back to the list timeline in an instant.

In his blog post Twitter’s Jahr said “We love it and think you will too,” he wrote. “If you don’t…you can easily turn it off.”


Within hours of the US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, Twitter users had sent more than 650,000 tweets about him, with high praise from conservatives and the oppose from Liberals.  Apparently everyone is wondering how the Supreme Court vacancy will affect the coming political year, especially the presidential election.


Stephen Fry giving up on Twitter, isn’t this just yet another nail in the coffin when there are plenty of reports that Twitters user-base is stalling



Twitter is making customer service even better on Twitter with two simple tools, moving tweeters from tweets to direct messages and feedback seem key.

1 – A simple way to start  a direct message – available now

Direct Messages are a great way for customers to have a private conversation with a business. Customer service conversations often start in Tweets, but then need to transition to a private channel when personal information is required. We’re making that transition as easy as a single click. A business can now add a deep link to their Tweets that automatically displays a call to action button, which allows the customer to send the business a Direct Message, quickly and easily.

2 – Customer feedback – available over the next few weeks

We’re also announcing a new feature called Customer Feedback that enables people to privately share their opinions with a business after a service interaction.

Care teams have told us they love the open-ended feedback they get from people via Tweets and Direct Messages, but they also need the ability to survey customers in a structured way to better measure and improve their service experience. Customer Feedback makes it easy for customers to share their feedback with a business after a customer service conversation. With this feature, businesses will be able to use two industry standard question formats: Net Promoter ScoreSM (NPS®) and Customer Satisfaction (CSAT).


Twitter helps you find the perfect GIF, it’s being rolled out over a few weeks, you will be able to click the GIF button when you compose a tweet or message and browse popular categories or search with a few keywords to find a GIF. You’ll only be able to post one GIF at a time and you can’t share a regular, not-moving photo and a GIF in the same tweet.  Giphy and Riffsy are providing the GIF search engine.


Twitter plans to set up their ‘Twitter Trust & Safety Council’ to combat online abuse and more than 40 organisations are joining the council.  The groups in the council include:

  • Safety advocates, academics and researchers focused on children, media and efforts to create a kinder Internet.
  • Grassroots groups that use Twitter to build up and rally followers.
  • Community groups seeking to stop harassment and bullying, as well as those focused on mental health and suicide prevention.

A Twitter spokesman said the company hopes the council will enable it to tackle “issues more efficiently and quickly.”





YouTube wants to attract more acts to it’s ad-free Red Subscription plan, to help with this they have acquired BandPage – it’s a independent platform for musicians.  The purchase is probably a way to attract new bands and customers.


YouTube is now using notifications to pass recommendations with the ability to turn them off.


YouTube RED is now showing those original shows we talked about a few weeks ago, in particular A trip to unicorn island, Lazer team, Scare PewDePie, Dance Camp


Google is shutting down Picasso in exchange you’ll use their Photos app instead.



Snapchat is apparently planning to let you subscribe to Discover channels, so for example when CNN or ESPN posts a new video, you’ll get to know about it.  The company isn’t confirming anything, but Snapchat is reportedly aiming to launch subscriptions as early as May.


SnapChat wants users to pay to make their own Geo Filters, from £5.  The minimum geofenced area starts at 20,000 feet; a portion of city block or enough to cover a business location. You can expand that sizing up to 5 million square feet, which Snapchat says will be enough to cover several city blocks. As for timing, you can have the filter live for anywhere from an hour up to 30 days.






Because we have discussed Yahoo a lot in the past, I just wanted to update you with the fact they are killing digital magazines and  laid off its Tech publication’s editor-in-chief.   Yahoo media division’s global editor-in-chief Martha Nelson announced on Tumblr that most of its digital magazines, particularly Yahoo Food, Health, Parenting, Makers, Travel, Autos and Real Estate, are shutting down  — News, Sports, Finance and Lifestyle will carry on.  This has been blamed on a 16.5% active-user drop on the Yahoo homepage.  I took a quick look and it does feel like a somewhat dated style which doesn’t help.


Poor ol’ Yahoo isn’t having much luck ..

Indonesia blocks Tumblr because it hosts pornography





Twitter and Facebook support Apple with its fight against the FBI – it’s all about not introducing backdoors into the operating system software, enabling the FBI to gather the intelligence it needs, that would be fine, but leaves massive security holes for hackers.

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple has also come out with strong support for Apples case.

However, it would seem the FBI don’t give up easily and could use dead suspects fingerprints to unlock iPhones!





This is an interesting development, Skype is adding group video calling supporting up to 25 participants in their Android and iOS apps (interesting – wheres the Microsoft mobile version!?), initially Northern America and western europe, with full worldwide support by the end of February.



This is late news, but Skype helped with valentines day with a special ‘love’ tab, and enabled you to record a video message with floating hearts.



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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:


Feedback / Catchup : 1m 45a

Product Updates:  3m

Project Updates: N/A

Social Media News: 12m 54s

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