Tag Archives: Apps

What If Facebook Actually Paid People For Content?

Like A Vision I know this sounds crazy, but what if authors and artists didn’t just pump their work into Facebook for free? Yeah, it built the pipes, but that doesn’t mean the water’s not worth money. The content keeps people coming back to Facebook’s News Feed, which is filled with expertly targeted ads. Right now, all creators get in return is referral traffic. For some content… Read More

An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”

Old Instagram Four and a half years is a lot of pretty pictures. Instagram isn’t as young as it used to be, and it doesn’t want long-time users to slip away from its app. Luckily, it can still email them. Email isn’t dead, no matter how much we wish it was. High open-rates mean it still matters. Twitter bought a whole startup to power re-engagement emails touting the best tweets you… Read More

Meat This New Tinder User

Screenshot 2015-05-23 12.05.32 Before we get too far into this, I want to be fully transparent and disclose up-front that this is weird and mostly irrelevant. Inexplicably, Vimeo user Marcello Gómez Maureira has created a video that shows a piece of meat power-right-swiping through Tinder. The title of the film? “Tender: It’s how people meat.” So, naturally, I love Marcello and this video. A few fun… Read More

Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID

messenger-developer Is that a message from some rando, a spammer, or the nice guy you met yesterday? Facebook Messenger wants to give you some clues before you consider responding. The app will now surface publicly shared biographical info like current city and job title at the top of message threads from people you haven’t chatted with before. The update starts rolling out today on iOS Android in U.S.,… Read More

QuizUp Just Turned Into A Social Network

QuizUp is now a social network, by every stretch of the imagination. Following a massive update today, the trivia game that trail-blazed through the App Store in 2013, is now introducing true social functionality on a core level. QuizUp originally hit the scene after forging a deal with Lionsgate to offer Twilight-based trivia to users. It blew up, and the team slowly started adding out more… Read More

Tilt’s Global Ambitions Grow As It Reaches A $400M Valuation

Tilt Canada kitchen This year — like many rapidly growing startups — is a year of major international expansion for Tilt, a startup centered around funding projects that is well on its way to being worth $400 million. Tilt serves as a way for people to raise money ahead of an event happening — such as funding T-shirts for a sorority or raising money for a school charity event. Users commit… Read More

Pinterest Unveils Its First Video-Like Ad And New Ad Pricing Models

pinterest cinematic pin Advertisers are going to have a lot more to work with on Pinterest starting today. Pinterest is rolling out several new tools and pricing options for advertisers today. Perhaps the biggest of them is Pinterest’s take on a new video-like Promoted Pin — but, not in the way you might expect. it’s an animated Promoted Pin that the company is calling a Cinematic Pin, and it… Read More

Pinterest Co-Founder Evan Sharp On International Ambitions, The Apple Watch, The SF Housing Crisis And More

evan sharp interest As part of a larger story about Pinterest’s Jumpstart program — a new experiment in its international expansion — I sat down with Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp to talk about the company and its current goals. We spoke at length about how Pinterest is structured internally, what they’re looking for and how they are thinking about the Apple Watch Read More

Pinterest’s Plans To Build Its International Playbook

Pinterest Tokyo Office On April 1st, Pinterest’s country manager in Japan Naoki Sadakuni got some of the engineering support he’d been wanted for a while. Five team members from Pinterest’s headquarters arrived to the company’s Tokyo office in an experiment the company is running called “Jumpstart.” It’s Pinterest’s first run at shipping a small team from the… Read More

Clinkle Implodes As Employees Quit In Protest Of CEO

Clinkle Employees Quit Seven employees quit the frequently mocked payment rewards startup Clinkle simultaneously today due to frustration with its 24-year-old CEO Lucas Duplan, according to multiple sources close to the company. Duplan, pictured above, is said to have withheld information from employees about acquisition talks with Apple that the team hoped would result in a sale. He’s believed to have… Read More