What Happened to ‘Blab’?
Block Party: How Facebook is Combatting Ad Blocking Services for Your Convenience
A few days ago, popular live streaming app ‘Blab’ was shut down by creators just over a year after development. With over 3.9 million users on the app for an average of 64 minutes a day, many were shocked at this announcement.
Instagram vs Snapchat: Which Story Is Better For Business?
Many Facebook users have utilized ad blocking services on their desktops. The reason many of them do is because they find the ads in their News Feeds irrelevant. This month, Facebook introduced a way to combat these ad blockers, and cater more to every user’s interests.
The next step in AI: Chatbots?
On August 2nd, Instagram embarked on their new, anti-Snapchat journey with the introduction of ‘Instagram Stories’. Instagram Stories allows users to post photos and videos on a Snapchat-like story, but in a more simplified fashion.
Pokemon Go & Dating Apps
Earlier this month, the White House introduced a chatbot that allows users to contact the President via Facebook’s Messenger app. Though more of a novelty (the bot carries out the same function as the “contact” page on whitehouse.gov), the move is a hint at the emergence of chatbots and similar artificial intelligence (AI) in social media and public relations.
Snapchat TV Shows
It’s been a month since you’ve been playing Pokémon Go, and your big group of friends has slowly been dispersing. Or maybe you’re tired of seeing the same faces almost everyday (it can happen). Or maybe you’ve just always been solo, and you’re finally tired of your mom nagging you to bring that special someone home. If only you could meet a person with a guaranteed common interest.
NBCUniversal has announced a plan to launch versions of its most popular television shows, such as The Voice, Saturday Night Live, and The Tonight Show, on Snapchat.
New Ad-Blocking Browser, ‘Brave.’
Even though big broadcasters are financed well, Twitch wants to help the smaller broadcasters take their gaming skills to the bank. Twitch has formalized the tipping economy by naming its new program, “Cheering.”
YouTube Red and Why It’s Secretly Amazing
There’s a new sheriff in town - well, almost. Former Mozilla CEO, and Brave co-founder, Brendan Eich has successfully raised 4.5 million dollars toward the continued development of Brave Software.
YouTube Red is a variant of the popular platform, YouTube. You obviously knew that, but the two aren’t even remotely the same in terms of popularity, purpose, and potential.