Broadband in Ireland. It's crap.
Let's not beat around the bush here. Broadband provision in Ireland is awful. I don't care that some people can get 100mbps speeds. Because it's just some people. And the National Broadband Planis now delayed, meaning those in rural areas who were promised decent speeds by 2020 will have to wait even longer. Me, I live 200 metres from the EMEA HQs of both Facebook and Google. Spread that another 200 metres and there's Twitter. A little further - LinkedIn. And the quickest broadband I can get? 12mbps. In an apartment building that's 10 years old this year. Bottom line, it's not good enough.
Remember those 3 times Facebook tried to get their own camera app onto people's phones? Most people don't - which is evidence of how well it went. But they're trying again. 4th time lucky?
OK it's not coming for another 11 months, but start saving now because Nintendo are launching their new console in 2017. I know nothing about it. Except that I'm probably going to want one. So you probably will too.
You know how sometimes you will hit the skip button on YouTube when a pre roll ad spins up? What if the ad was 6 seconds and non skippable? YouTube thinks it's the way forward, and it may well be.
Once again we find ourselves talking about a big data hack. This time is for beautifulpeople.com with 1.1m people on the list. And the data is for sale. In terms of size, it's not the biggest, but it's still nasty.
Some French publishers have been taking a pretty hardline on people using ad blockers. Basically they're not letting them on their sites. And you know what? It seems to be working. The content still has to be worth seeing though.
In social we talk about engaging influencers alot. The idea being you get the benefit of their followers liking what you're doing. The ones you want on board are the micro influencers apparently.
Facebook rolled out their livestreaming functionality recently but it turns out, a lot of people aren't interested in live streaming their lives. This, hot on the heels of people sharing less personal videos and images too.
Ads are getting shorter, ad blockers can be circumvented if the publisher plays hardball and people aren't sharing as much as they used to on Facebook. But the new Nintendo is out next year. Basically saved my week that news. Now fingers crossed I can have decent broadband on which to play it!