My weekly annotated summary of significant social web platform developments from the previous week, with links and carping marginalia as needed . . . Posted every Monday morning or thereabouts.
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Love the Numbers
Online magazine Recode pulled together the chart
above from a recent study out of Pew Research Center
. Of note is the fact that 44% of young people surveyed say they have deleted the Facebook app from their phone, compared with only 12% of those 65 and older. And slightly more than half of the nearly 5,000 participants have adjusted their privacy settings.
I'm ambivalent about the future of cameras embedded in glasses frames, or there value for that matter. But Snapchat is investing heavily in its spectacles introduced in February of 2017. Version two came out in May and according to the company they are moving better than V1. Josh Constine at TechCrunch reports
owners are capturing 40 percent more Snaps
than people with V1s. And today, Snapchat is launching two new black-rimmed hipster styles of Spectacles V2 — a Wayfarer-esque Nico model and a glamorous big-lensed Veronica model."
After a few months of testing, "Instagram has added
personalized emoji shortcuts to its app, placing your most used emoji above your keyboard when you begin to comment on a post."
Parents worried about what their teens are up to on Instagram (often with reason) have a new resource to help them steer through all the choices their kids need to make in using the platform, assuming of course they can take their eyes off their own smartphones long enough to pay enough attention. Instagram's new A Parent’s Guide
focuses " on three things: how to manage privacy, interactions and time on Instagram. We’ve included the basics of our app, and a description of our tools, plus a discussion guide for how parents and guardians can have an open conversation with their teens about Instagram."
Twitter appears to be enabling podcasting through audio-only broadcasting on the Twitter platform and its Periscope app, as confirmed by CEO Jack Dorsey and reported in TechCrunch
: "Now, instead of only having the option to record video after you tap 'Live,' there’s a button you can tap to pick audio-only broadcast."