Social Web Recap 15.10.18

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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What the hell is that image you ask. It represents the total number of faces on average that people can remember. A team including Dr. Rob Jenkins at Toronto’s York University studied how many faces people could recall from their personal lives and the media, as well as the number of famous faces they recognized. Well, guess how many — 5,000 faces! In a summary of the study, Science Daily claims that “Humans have typically lived in small groups of around one hundred individuals, but the study suggests our facial recognition abilities equip us to deal with the thousands of faces we encounter in the modern world — on our screens as well as in social interactions.” Are all Continue reading "Social Web Recap 15.10.18"

Social Web Recap 08.10.18

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. CANADIAN THANKSGIVING EDITION!
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Nike’s ‘Just Do it’ advertising campaign featuring footballer Colin Kaepernick (he of the ‘taking a knee’ to protest racism in the U.S.) has brought into sharp relief the question of what role brands should take in tackling social issues. A new study from Edelman — a leading global communications marketing company — released this month leaves little doubt, as CEO Richard Edelman writes, “Brands are now being pushed beyond their classic business interests to become advocates for a better society. This is a new relationship between company and consumer — purchase is premised on a brand’s willingness to live by its values, operate with purpose, and if necessary make the leap into activism.”

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Social Web Recap 01.10.18

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.
          <img class="thumb-image" alt="Screen Shot 2018-09-27 at 8.15.39 AM.png" data-image="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5821cd7e5016e1bf5d3ebcea/t/5bacca96419202d3918ad295/1538050715594/Screen+Shot+2018-09-27+at+8.15.39+AM.png" data-image-dimensions="905x684" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="5bacca96419202d3918ad295" data-type="image" src="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5821cd7e5016e1bf5d3ebcea/t/5bacca96419202d3918ad295/1538050715594/Screen+Shot+2018-09-27+at+8.15.39+AM.png?format=1000w" />

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According to a study of 2,000 Britons by think tank Demos released in September, “While social media, celebrities and influencers were deemed important by significantly more young people than older people in helping them decide which causes they ought to support . . . non-digital sources are still held to be highly influential across survey respondents.”

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Snapchat

Not so much an update, but it’s worth noting that Snapchat has joined other social platforms in encouraging young people in the U.S. to vote by letting users register to vote from the app: “The functionality will be available to everyone over the age of 18 in the US, who’ll receive a voter registration link from the app. Clicking it will launch a Continue reading "Social Web Recap 01.10.18"

Social Web Recap 24.09.18

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.

YouTube

Last week belonged to YouTube, at least with regard to prominent announcements. Disappearing by March 2019 is the stand alone YouTube Gaming app, replaced by a gaming destination on the main YouTube site: Mashable’s description — “The Gaming page for YouTube, which is now live, features top livestreams, top videos, as well as the top games currently being livestreamed on the platform.” The video platform has also dropped the viewer membership requirements for access to its channel membership benefits. Creators with 50,000 (rather than the previous 100,000) will now be able to offer their viewers a $4.99 membership fee. According to The Verge, “The membership feature, which was expanded from gaming channels in June, is similar to Continue reading "Social Web Recap 24.09.18"

Social Web Recap 17.10.18

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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Comparing 2012 to 2018, Pew Research found a dramatic increase in the percentage of teens who have their own smartphones and concomitantly, and not surprisingly, a more than doubling in the percentage of teens who use social media multiple times day. However, the six years have also seen a huge decline in the percentage of teens who say Facebook is their main social media site. In this context its worth remembering the two most popular team platforms today — Snapchat and Instagram — had only just launched in 2011 and 2010 respectively. ***********************************

Tinder

After some testing over the summer, hook-up app Tinder announced the worldwide launch of ‘Top Picks’, a curated set of potential matches ((No, not based on
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Social Web Recap 10.09.18

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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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.

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Snapchat

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 that Continue reading "Social Web Recap 10.09.18"

Social Web Recap 03.09.18

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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Here's what Pew Research Center has to say about its study released at the end of August on the paradoxical nature of teens' attachment to their smartphones: "Amid roiling debates about the impact of screen time on teenagers, roughly half of those ages 13 to 17 are themselves worried they spend too much time on their cellphones. Some 52% of U.S. teens report taking steps to cut back on their mobile phone use, and similar shares have tried to limit their use of social media (57%) or video games (58%), a new Pew Research Center survey finds."

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YouTube

Last May YouTube unveiled tools intended to help users manage their platform routines. Last week, the features were Continue reading "Social Web Recap 03.09.18"

Social Web Recap 27.08.18

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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Not only have 14% of Americans changed their minds about an issue after they saw something on social media, but they are also much more likely to become politically involved as a result, or at least have discovered others with whom to share views about issues. The Pew Research Center recently reported that "Although most people have not changed their views on a political or social issue in the past year because of social media, those who have also tend to place a high level of personal importance on social media as a tool for personal political engagement and activism." 

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Tinder

The hook-up app is going back to school — with a new version called Tinder U only Continue reading "Social Web Recap 27.08.18"

Social Web Recap 20.08.18

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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The banner 'Love the Numbers' is of course consummately inappropriate for the subject of the Committee to Protect Journalists chart above. Especially in the context of the constant attacks on news outlets and journalism by the U.S. moron-in-chief, ("Almost 350 news outlets to publish editorials denouncing Trump's 'dirty war' on press"), it is important never to lose sight of the fact that journalists should have the right to report the news without fear of violent reprisal.

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YouTube

This isn't a platform 'update' per se. And you are unlikely to notice the consequences immediately. But YouTube is ratcheting up its courtship of popular 'creators' who are being seduced away by Facebook, Instagram, Patreon and Twitch which are Continue reading "Social Web Recap 20.08.18"

Social Web Recap 06.08.18

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. 

Fabric

With the closure of Facebook’s Move location tracker, the door opened for a new tool “to record your activities, photos, memories and other moments shared with friends and family.” Hence the transformation of personal journaling app ‘Fabric’’, which already has the advantage of being private by default. As Sarah Perez summarizes in TechCrunch: “But while other journaling apps may offer a blank space for recording thoughts, Fabric automates the process by pulling in photos, posts from elsewhere on social media, places you visited, and more, and put those on its map interface.”

WhatsApp 

The messaging app announced last week that users can now make a group voice or video call with up to four people “anytime and anywhere” Continue reading "Social Web Recap 06.08.18"

Social Web Update 30.07.18

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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What platforms do Canadians use for reading or information seeking? Daily viewership winners in rank order are: Facebook (of course), Instagram  (of course) and Snapchat (something of a surprise) . . . taken from Pollara's 'Socialscape' poll, June 2018 edition, "Canada's definitive measurement of social media and messaging usage patterns." By the way,  don't you think Pollara needs some design help with its reports and graphs . . . helpful but oh so grisly!

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Snapchat

You're forgiven if you don't remember Snapcash, the peer-to-peer money transfer service launched four years ago in partnership with Square. But it doesn't matter now since Snap is shutting it down in the face of competition from similar services on Google, Facebook, Apple, and Zelle. Digiday reports that Snapchat Continue reading "Social Web Update 30.07.18"

Social Web Update 23.07.18

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.

Love the Numbers

Gender breakdowns of social media usage are instructive, and the subject sometimes of heated dinner conversations. Debate this, for example: Why do more women than men use Pinterest? Here's Statista's May 2018 report on  social media usage in Canada . . . by gender. Screen Shot 2018-07-22 at 7.43.13 AM.png

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Instagram

The photo and video-sharing platform appears to be testing more broadly allowing public account holders "to manually kick people out of their pool of followers",  functionality that has always been available for private accounts. The ubiquitous green activity ‘dot’ is coming to Instagram! Instagram announced last week that you’ll see a green dot next to your friends’ profile pictures when they are active. The dots will appear “in various spaces within the app, including the Direct inbox Continue reading "Social Web Update 23.07.18"

Social Web Recap 16.07.18

VACATION EDITION!

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. The post this week, like the last, is a shorter than usual since I’m writing first from a Norwegian fiord town called Flam looking at the most extraordinary rock formations and later at the Oslo airport waiting for a flight to Iceland.

Snapchat  

Snapchat has introduced ‘Lens Explorer’, available in its pop-up carousel of lenses, that will help users “browse some of the more than 100,000 lenses created to date, as well as being able to view public stories that have been created using them”. They can them be unlocked (‘swipe up’) for personal use. This one is straight from Josh Constine at TechCrunch and it might be a bit troublesome for Snapchat users who like the platform’s more Continue reading "Social Web Recap 16.07.18"

Social Web Recap 02.07.18

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.

Love the Numbers

Two charts today, from Statista's latest research on the top Twitter and Instagram accounts worldwide as of June 2018. Given Donald Trump's extreme narcissism, he'll be disappointed to find that @realDonaldTrump doesn't even make the top ten list of Twitter accounts. Even more galling for the pathological liar-in-chief must be the fact that @barackobama comes in third, just behind Katy Perry and Justin Bieber. Topping the Instagram chart is Selena Gomez, with Christiano Ronaldo a distant second. Screen Shot 2018-06-29 at 8.10.51 AM.png Screen Shot 2018-06-29 at 8.12.04 AM.png

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Facebook

Facebook keeps working away at trying to make the News Feed a user's happy place. The latest tweak being rolled out to a few users is called 'Keyword Snooze' and it "gives people the option to temporarily hide posts by keywords, Continue reading "Social Web Recap 02.07.18"

Social Web Recap 25.06.18

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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The explanation may be bigger than the chart. But here goes: The Pew research Center released a study about the ability of Americans to distinguish between factual and opinion statements. "The main portion of the study . . . found that a majority of Americans correctly identified at least three of the five statements in each set. But this result is only a little better than random guesses." What makes for more discriminating judgement? "Those with high political awareness, those who are very digitally savvy and those who place high levels of trust in the news media are better able than others to accurately identify news-related statements as factual or opinion."

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Facebook

'Watch' is coming alive as Watch's Discover Continue reading "Social Web Recap 25.06.18"

Social Web Recap 18.06.18

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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Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School last week released the results of its two-year study into the relationship between technology platforms and journalism. A survey of more than a thousand American and Canadian newsrooms were surveyed, most of which were local.  The chart captures their reaction to whether social media platforms are doing enough to combat fake news. Guess what . . . not nearly enough it seems ,with the most disappointing being Facebook.

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Snapchat

You can now delete messages you’ve sent directly to friends or in a group chat on Snapchat by holding the message and selecting ‘delete’ when the option menu appears. Snapchat is testing a feature similar to Instagram's 'Boomerang' effect, which creates a Continue reading "Social Web Recap 18.06.18"

Social Web Recap 11.06.18

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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American consumers *(53%), and one suspects consumers everywhere, do not like ads being targeted at them on apps and websites, primarily because they don't like companies watching what they do online (49%). This is one of the results from a recent study of 1,000 Americans on consumer attitudes towards data privacy conducted by Janrain.

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Instagram

Instagram continues to go after YouTube and Snapchat Discover with the introduction of “a dedicated space featuring scripted shows, music videos and more in vertically oriented, full-screen, high-def 4K resolution.” The goal is to encourage creators to upload longer, more ‘professional’ videos, with the added financial benefit that the videos will “feature a swipe-up option to open a link, which creators can Continue reading "Social Web Recap 11.06.18"

Social Web Recap 04.06.18

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

Love the Numbers

There wasn't much by way of new social platform refresh announcements last week, but there were two notable research studies released , each with a rather telling chart about where social and the internet may be heading . . . below. Mary Meeker's Internet Trends Report Watch out U.S. internet technology companies — China is again at your doorstep. From Rani Molla's analysis in Recode of Mary Meeker's always anticipated Internet Trends Report (2018): "China is catching up as a hub to the world’s biggest internet companies. Currently, China is home to nine of the world’s 20 biggest internet companies by market cap while the U.S. has 11. Five years ago, China had two and the U.S. had nine.
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