social media

  • #Gamergate Shows Tech Needs Far Better Algorithms

    #Gamergate Shows Tech Needs Far Better Algorithms

    If Gamergate teaches us anything — beyond, of course, vastly obvious observations about the toxicity of certain Internet demographics (which is hardly new news) — it’s that algorithms and formulaic behaviour can and are being gamed. Read More

  • Xpire’s App Makes All Your Social Media “Ephemeral”

    Xpire’s App Makes All Your Social Media “Ephemeral”

    Dallas-based computer science college student Jesse Stauffer wants to make social media more private. With help from his brother and financial backing from Mark Cuban, he recently released an iOS application called Xpire that lets users share “self-destructing” posts on Facebook, Twitter and, now Tumblr, as well as use a variety of tools to better manage and shrink their… Read More

  • There’s Something Rotten In The State Of Social Media

    There’s Something Rotten In The State Of Social Media

    Something smells increasingly rotten in the state of social media. Facebook forcing users to download a separate messaging app if they want to carry on IMing their friends. Twitter polluting its users’ carefully curated timelines with content they did not choose to read… The drive to maximize profits in this segment is homogenizing the content we get to see. Read More

  • Social Media Is Silencing Personal Opinion – Even In The Offline World

    Social Media Is Silencing Personal Opinion – Even In The Offline World

    Social media is not living up to its promise of being an online outlet for discussion that mirrors our communications and conversations that take place in the offline world. In fact, people are less willing to discuss important issues on social media, than they are in real life, a new report from Pew Research Center has found. It may seem like an obvious conclusion: of course, people are… Read More

  • Berlin-Based Social Media Marketing Startup Brandnew Gets $1.9M In Seed Funding

    Berlin-Based Social Media Marketing Startup Brandnew Gets $1.9M In Seed Funding

    Brandnew, a Berlin-based startup that helps brands create native ad campaigns for Instagram and Pinterest, announced that it has raised a total of $1.9 million in seed funding. This includes a $1.1 million grant from the city of Berlin, as well as $845,000 from investors including PubliGroupe, Berlin Ventures, and Lukas Kirche. Brandnew plans to use the funding for technology development… Read More

  • Kuddle, An Instagram With Training Wheels, Introduces Social Media To Kids

    Kuddle, An Instagram With Training Wheels, Introduces Social Media To Kids

    A new mobile application called Kuddle is introducing a safer way for kids to get introduced to social media, while still under a parent’s watchful eye. The photo-sharing app, which is like a more restricted version of Instagram, allows children to post and share photos with friends in a protected environment, safe from cyberbullying or unwanted connections from strangers. Founded in… Read More

  • Getting My Brain Back

    Getting My Brain Back

    I can’t do it anymore. This has been a summer of social media. I’ve used it endlessly, made plans on it, chatted, read it religiously, and watched countless friends and friends of friends go on vacation. I’ve played a game of whack-a-mole with LinkedIn invitations and I’ve streamlined my automatic Tweeting systems. I’ve watched the world buzz by 140 characters at… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: What's That Sound

    Gillmor Gang: What’s That Sound

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, Dan Farber, and Steve Gillmor — struggle with the news and raw emotions of the death of Robin Williams and the Ferguson upheaval. The intersection of social and mainstream media is no longer the big story it once seemed to be. Instead, the speed with which technology, particularly mobile, has transformed not only the… Read More

  • Phantom Brings Self-Destructing Photos To Facebook, Twitter And More

    Phantom Brings Self-Destructing Photos To Facebook, Twitter And More

    A new mobile application called Phantom is offering a way to post personal photos and videos to blogs and social media sites, like Facebook or Twitter, which “self-destruct” like they do in Snapchat, while also offering controls that limit the number of people who can view the content, and more. The idea to allow for ephemeral sharing on Facebook and other sites is interesting… Read More

  • Mamabear Raises $1.4 Million For A Parenting App That Monitors Children’s Social Media Use And More

    Mamabear Raises $1.4 Million For A Parenting App That Monitors Children’s Social Media Use And More

    While there are a number of family locator services to choose from today, ranging from those offered by the mobile operators to venture-backed startups, a nearly two-year old mobile application called Mamabear was created with a goal of doing more than simple location tracking – it’s a full-featured “parenting app” which allows parents – yes, mainly moms, by… Read More

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