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Ello Again…

Remember Ello? It would like you to know it is not dead. It is now a place for creative types. Let me explain. The social networking platform splashed onto the tech scene promoting itself as an ad-free rival to Facebook. Soon millions of people (including yours truly) signed on just to see what all the […]

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Tap tap tap

We are now walking through a media desert. While access to content is astronomically high, the content that we read is dead, lifeless, and derivative. Yes, I see the irony in posting my criticism of the state of online media on, well, online media, but I want to explore how we got here and what […]

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Facebook launches Creator app for influencers to build video communities

Facebook wants to turn mindless, passive video consumption into “time well spent”, and now it’s giving social media stars a powerful tool to foster communities around their content. Today Facebook launches Facebook Creator, offering influencers Live Creative Kit for adding intros and outros to broadcasts, a unified inbox of Facebook and Instagram comments plus Messenger […]

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In major policy change YouTube is now taking down more videos of known extremists

Google has confirmed a major policy shift in how it approaches extremist content on YouTube. A spokeswoman told us it has broadened its policy for taking down extremist content: Not just removing videos that directly preach hate or seek to incite violence but also removing other videos of named terrorists, unless the content is journalistic […]

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I watched 1,000 hours of YouTube Kids’ content and this is what happened…

The multicolored slurry of user generated content that for years has been successfully netting millions of kids’ eyeballs on YouTube by remixing popular cartoon characters to crudely act out keyword search scenarios leered into wider public view this week, after writer James Bridle penned a scathing Medium post arguing the content represents “a kind of violence […]

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Imagining Instagram: Stories-first

[embedded content] D.J. Sherrets Contributor D.J. Sherrets is a product designer in New York City and previously worked at Google. More posts by this contributor: Time spent by people watching Instagram Stories — which is temporary sharing with private replies that launched in August 2016 — could someday significantly surpass time spent in the Instagram […]