Social

How technology is shaping the way we live with each other

  • What If Facebook Actually Paid People For Content?

    What If Facebook Actually Paid People For Content?

    I know this sounds crazy, but what if authors and artists didn’t just pump their work into Facebook for free? Yeah, it built the pipes, but that doesn’t mean the water’s not worth money. The content keeps people coming back to Facebook’s News Feed, which is filled with expertly targeted ads. Right now, all creators get in return is referral traffic. For some content… Read More

  • An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”

    An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”

    Four and a half years is a lot of pretty pictures. Instagram isn’t as young as it used to be, and it doesn’t want long-time users to slip away from its app. Luckily, it can still email them. Email isn’t dead, no matter how much we wish it was. High open-rates mean it still matters. Twitter bought a whole startup to power re-engagement emails touting the best tweets you… Read More

  • Meat This New Tinder User

    Meat This New Tinder User

    Before we get too far into this, I want to be fully transparent and disclose up-front that this is weird and mostly irrelevant. Inexplicably, Vimeo user Marcello Gómez Maureira has created a video that shows a piece of meat power-right-swiping through Tinder. The title of the film? “Tender: It’s how people meat.” So, naturally, I love Marcello and this video. A few fun… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID

    Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID

    Is that a message from some rando, a spammer, or the nice guy you met yesterday? Facebook Messenger wants to give you some clues before you consider responding. The app will now surface publicly shared biographical info like current city and job title at the top of message threads from people you haven’t chatted with before. The update starts rolling out today on iOS Android in U.S., U.K. Read More

  • Microsoft, Facebook, Google And The Future Of Voice Communications

    Microsoft, Facebook, Google And The Future Of Voice Communications

    All of a sudden, it seems like Facebook, Google and Apple are climbing all over each other to own the voice interaction, and specifically, the phone conversation. They’re in a race to compete in the most valuable part of “social” — as if they’ve forgotten, until now, just how much humans ultimately value one-on-one conversation. Read More

  • QuizUp Hopes Social Add-Ons Will Set It Apart

    QuizUp Just Turned Into A Social Network

    QuizUp is now a social network, by every stretch of the imagination. Following a massive update today, the trivia game that trail-blazed through the App Store in 2013, is now introducing true social functionality on a core level. QuizUp originally hit the scene after forging a deal with Lionsgate to offer Twilight-based trivia to users. It blew up, and the team slowly started adding out more… Read More

  • Domino’s Tweet-To-Order System Isn’t As Great As It Sounds

    Domino’s Tweet-To-Order System Isn’t As Great As It Sounds

    Ordering pizza by tweeting an emoji of slice to Domino’s is not as fun as it sounds. In case you missed it, in a marketing stunt expansion of its “Anyware” program, Domino’s announced earlier this month that it would soon roll out a “tweet-to-order” system that would allow anyone on Twitter to simply tweet the pizza emoji to the @dominos Twitter account to… Read More

  • Tilt’s Global Ambitions Grow As It Reaches A $400M Valuation

    Tilt’s Global Ambitions Grow As It Reaches A $400M Valuation

    This year — like many rapidly growing startups — is a year of major international expansion for Tilt, a startup centered around funding projects that is well on its way to being worth $400 million. Tilt serves as a way for people to raise money ahead of an event happening — such as funding T-shirts for a sorority or raising money for a school charity event. Users commit… Read More

  • Betaworks-Backed Scale Model Launches To Help Advertisers Target Twitter Communities

    Betaworks-Backed Scale Model Launches To Help Advertisers Target Twitter Communities

    Scale Model, the first company to launch out of betawork’s newest batch of hacker-in-residence projects, is trying to offer advertisers on Twitter a much more targeted experience than they’ve ever had. The service identifies communities on Twitter (based on interests) and listens to those communities to understand what kind of content they’re sharing and ultimately target… Read More

  • Google Adds Tweets To Its Mobile Search Results

    Google Adds Tweets To Its Mobile Search Results

    Google has added Tweets to its search results on mobile, via the official Android and iOS Google apps, as well as on mobile browsers. The search results can be triggered by “Twitter” keyword searches for specific accounts and hashtags, but also surface Tweets for any standard search, too. In its official blog post detailing the news, Google says this is an attempt to put… Read More

  • Pinterest Unveils Its First Video-Like Ad And New Ad Pricing Models

    Pinterest Unveils Its First Video-Like Ad And New Ad Pricing Models

    Advertisers are going to have a lot more to work with on Pinterest starting today. The company is rolling out several new tools and pricing options for advertisers today. Perhaps the biggest of them is Pinterest’s take on a new video-like Promoted Pin — but, not in the way you might expect. It’s an animated Promoted Pin that the company is calling a Cinematic Pin, and it… Read More

  • Meetup Targets Businesses And Corporations With Launch Of Meetup Pro

    Meetup Targets Businesses And Corporations With Launch Of Meetup Pro

    Meetup, the popular online service for organizing and joining in groups based around shared interests, is today expanding beyond the consumer crowd for the first time with the debut of a new product aimed at businesses. Called Meetup Pro, larger organizations and corporations can take advantage of Meetup’s platform for managing a network of Meetup chapters spanning locations, while… Read More

  • Pinterest Co-Founder Evan Sharp On International Ambitions, The Apple Watch, The SF Housing Crisis And More

    Pinterest Co-Founder Evan Sharp On International Ambitions, The Apple Watch, The SF Housing Crisis And More

    As part of a larger story about Pinterest’s Jumpstart program — a new experiment in its international expansion — I sat down with Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp to talk about the company and its current goals. We spoke at length about how Pinterest is structured internally, what they’re looking for and how they are thinking about the Apple Watch Read More

  • Twitter’s New Search Results Interface Expands To All Web Users

    Twitter’s New Search Results Interface Expands To All Web Users

    Twitter is now rolling out a new search results interface to all logged-in users on the web, introducing a cleaner look-and-feel and more filtering options that let you sort results by top tweets, “live” tweets, accounts, photos, videos, news and more. The rollout follows tests that began in April which then made the new interface available to a “small group” of… Read More

  • @​​POTUS Just Went From Zero To 100K Real Quick

    @​​POTUS Just Went From Zero To 100K Real Quick

    It took President Barack Obama just 24 minutes to break the 100,000 follower mark on Twitter. The new account, @POTUS, unsurprisingly, sports a verified sticker. It was introduced by the White House this morning. The account, presumably, will be handed to the next president when President Obama leaves office after the 2016 election cycle. Read More

  • Pinterest’s Plans To Build Its International Playbook

    Pinterest’s Plans To Build Its International Playbook

    On April 1st, Pinterest’s country manager in Japan Naoki Sadakuni got some of the engineering support he’d wanted for a while. Five team members from Pinterest’s headquarters arrived to the company’s Tokyo office in an experiment the company is running called “Jumpstart.” It’s Pinterest’s first run at shipping a small team from the… Read More

  • Clinkle Implodes As Employees Quit In Protest Of CEO

    Clinkle Implodes As Employees Quit In Protest Of CEO

    Seven employees quit the frequently mocked payment rewards startup Clinkle simultaneously today due to frustration with its 24-year-old CEO Lucas Duplan, according to multiple sources close to the company. Duplan, pictured above, is said to have withheld information from employees about acquisition talks with Apple that the team hoped would result in a sale. He’s believed to have… Read More

  • TheLadders Announces A New Salary Database And A Returning CEO

    TheLadders Announces A New Salary Database And A Returning CEO

    TheLadders is simultaneously announcing a new boss and unveiling a new product, namely a database of company and salary information. Let’s start with the boss. Co-founder Marc Cenedella served as CEO of TheLadders from 2003 to 2012, when he left to focus on his new startup Knozen. He’s remained involved as chairman of the board of directors, and the company says he was reappointed… Read More

  • Brand Networks Acquires Social Ad Platform Shift For $50M

    Brand Networks Acquires Social Ad Platform Shift For $50M

    Social marketing company Brand Networks continues to gobble up the competition — it just announced that it’s acquiring Shift in a $50 million cash-and-stock deal. Back in 2013, it acquired Optimal, another social media advertising company. Brand Networks founder and CEO Jamie Tedford (pictured above) said “the success of our own business on-boarding Optimal” made… Read More

  • Vouch Raises $6 Million Series A For Its Social Network For Credit

    Vouch Raises $6 Million Series A For Its Social Network For Credit

    Vouch, a so-called “social network for credit” founded by ex-PayPal and ex-Prosper alumni, now has an additional $6 million in Series A funding to continue to grow its business. While there are a number of alternative lending startups on the market today, Vouch’s differentiating factor is that it leverages a person’s social connections in order to determine their… Read More

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