Friday Wrap #244: Spammy posts, podcast metrics, fake news/hate speech solutions, Snapchat and teens

Friday Wrap #244The Wrap will take a holiday break, returning on January 5. I will continue to maintain my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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Facebook inks deal with Universal Music Group—Facebook users will be able to upload videos that include music from Universal Music Group’s vast library across Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus as a result of a deal the companies have signed. That’ll put Facebook on somewhat equal footing with YouTube, which with has signed similar deals with Universal and Sony. Takeaway: Quite a difference from the days of Napster when the… Read More »

Friday Wrap #243: RIP Storify, easier tweetstorms, we like long tweets, distrust’s cost, and more

Friday Wrap #243I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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Storify is shutting down—Storify, the curation tool that made it drop-dead easy to curate content around breaking news or issues, will shut down permanently on May 16. Users can still access Storify 2 if they pay for a Livefyre license. Takeaway: While I haven’t used it in a while, Storify was my main curation tool for a couple years. It never took off the way it should have (though it was front-and-center in a couple breaking news situations), but its purchase by Livefyre… Read More »

Friday Wrap #239: Big Brother Really Is Watching

Friday Wrap #239I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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Twitter doubles character count—Twitter has officially expanded the character count for a tweet to 280 characters. Most of those testing the new limit in late September didn’t generally take advantage of the longer count, leading some to believe that most tweets will remain short; only 1% of tweets created by the test group reached the 280-character limit, while 9% of the control group—still using the 140-character limit—reached the cap. Still, as you’ll see below, some… Read More »

Friday Wrap #235: Adieu, AIM; Dove and Zuck are both sorry; swipe to vote your proxy, and more

Friday Wrap #235I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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AOL is shutting down Instant Messenger—Two decades ago, it revolutionized online communication: You could actually chat with someone else without using email. Twenty years later, AOL is permanently closing AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). The takeaway: The mourning of AIM’s passing is mostly nostalgic, but you have to wonder why AOL didn’t evolve the tool as it became clear that messaging would come to dominate mobile communication. It could have been Messenger or Snapchat if… Read More »

Friday Wrap #234: Inflating numbers, facelifts on Instagram, resistance to new tech, AI for kids

Friday Wrap #234

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LVPD applauded for online response to massacre—While a torrent of fake news accompanied the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Police Department was able to ensure accurate information was available by posting timely announcements and press conferences across its various social media profiles. Takeaway: Institutions can’t think about this after a disaster strikes. Part of a social media presence means being prepared to swing into action during difficult times.… Read More »

Friday Wrap #233: Twitter doubles characters, Alexa gains ground, video pivot fails, AMC bets on VR

Friday Wrap #233I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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Twitter expands to 280 characters—Twitter’s 140-character limit will soon be a thing of the past. The company is expanding the limit on posts to 280 characters. Only some users have access (though several people have published tricks to get access to the expanded limit, including using Tweetdeck). The company said it’s confident that change will be positive but wants to test it with a small group before expanding it to everyone. Takeaway: See the next item. Read more

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