Tag Archives: Social

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

How Microsoft Took The Lead In Social 3.0 And What Facebook And Google Are Doing About It

social All of a sudden, it seems like Facebook, Google and Apple are climbing all over each other to own the voice interaction, and specifically, the phone conversation. They’re in a race to compete in the most valuable part of “social” — as if they’ve forgotten, until now, just how much humans ultimately value one-on-one conversation. 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

Domino’s Tweet-To-Order System Isn’t As Great As It Sounds

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 12.41.18 PM Ordering pizza by tweeting an emoji of slice to Domino’s is not as fun as it sounds. In case you missed it, in a marketing stunt expansion of its “Anyware” program, Domino’s announced earlier this month that it would soon roll out a “tweet-to-order” system that would allow anyone on Twitter to simply tweet the pizza emoji to the @dominos Twitter account to… 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

Betaworks-Backed Scale Model Launches To Help Advertisers Target Twitter Communities

scalemodel Scale Model, the first company to launch out of betawork’s newest batch of hacker-in-residence projects, is trying to offer advertisers on Twitter a much more targeted experience than they’ve ever had. The service identifies communities on Twitter (based on interests) and listens to those communities to understand what kind of content they’re sharing and ultimately target… Read More

Google Adds Tweets To Its Mobile Search Results

TWITTER-GOOGLE Google has added Tweets to its search results on mobile, via the official Android and iOS Google apps, as well as on desktop and mobile browsers. The search results are triggered by “Twitter” keyboard searches for specific accounts and hashtags, and also provide popular results from the social network for other keywords. In its official blog post detailing the news, Google says this… Read More