Social Messaging FTW.
I was at 3XEDigital in Croke Park on Wednesday, and I saw an old colleague of mine, Dave Hayes, speak about the rise of social messaging. Basically social messaging has outgrown social networking. We're communicating using tools like Messenger, Whatsapp and Viber more than we're using social networks. And the stats in Ireland are pretty appealing if you're a marketer too. So the bottom line is, if you've not considered them as a channel - then now is the time to strategise.
The big social media news this week is that Instagram released their updated app. We know about the changes to the internal design, but the new logo is a bit of a departure. It's definitely split the internet. Personally I'm in the "Hate It" gang.
Facebook is extremely influential when it comes to what it is you're reading. So when one former employee claims they regularly suppressed conservative leaning stories on their news service it's a huge deal. More here
Ever wondered how much Google knows about you? It's a lot. But you can find out pretty easily what they know and delete lots of it too. Something worth bearing in mind. This Newstalk piece will see you right.
Smart people have known about Whatsapp Web for a while, but now that's old hat, because they've just launched a desktop client. This means you can chat with groups/friends from your computer. Wonder what employers think?
Some big changes announced by the Twitter owned Periscope this week, who are looking to keep pace with Facebook Live. The quick overview. Drone streaming, everlasting broadcasts and better search. More here
This week's covetable item is the FormBox. It's a desktop vacuum former. I have no idea what I want it for. I just know that I want it. If I owned one I would make cool stuff. I probably wouldn't. But it'd be fun to have this though.
Are YouTube about to enter the TV streaming market? Rumour is they're working on a service called "Unplugged" which will be a subscription service streaming for cable networks starting in 2017. Read more here
The great thing about the internet is you find stuff you'd never normally see. Like this amazing long read from the Guardian about Tim and Alex Foley. Two young Canadians whose parents had an incredible secret. Do yourself a favour and give it the time it deserves.