social networks

  • ‘Come for the tool, stay for the network’ is wrong Crunch Network

    ‘Come for the tool, stay for the network’ is wrong

    For the past few years, “Come for the tool, stay for the network” has been in vogue as a theory of consumer startup product development. Chris Dixon’s January 2015 post popularized the idea*, and it’s frequently cited in industry discussions and by investors. Why does this idea have so much appeal? There are several reasons: It’s much easier to build a good… Read More

  • Facebook is about to learn that the enterprise is a different animal

    Facebook is about to learn that the enterprise is a different animal

    Facebook officially entered the enterprise market this week with the release of Workplace by Facebook (previously known as Facebook at Work). It goes without saying that Facebook has had tremendous success as a consumer tool, but the enterprise is a different place, with distinct requirements. While it picked up 1,000 beta customers when it was free, it could find that enterprises… Read More

  • Prisma uses AI to turn your photos into graphic novel fodder double quick

    Prisma uses AI to turn your photos into graphic novel fodder double quick

    Artists beware! AI is coming for your paintbrush too… A new iOS app, called Prisma, is using deep learning algorithms to turn smartphone photos into stylized artworks based on different artwork/graphical styles. Snap or choose your photo, select an ‘art filter’ to be applied and then wait as the app works its algorithmic magic — returning your… Read More

  • Instagram’s code hints at option to pay to boost posts

    Instagram’s code hints at option to pay to boost posts

    We’ve known for some time that Instagram will soon be introducing business profiles, analytics and features intended to improve the ad-buying experience on the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network. Now, a number of other undocumented, non-public features have been uncovered, following a decompiling of the latest Instagram application, including one that hints that Instagram plans to offer… Read More

  • Lady Gaga’s startup Backplane burns out and sells assets

    Lady Gaga’s startup Backplane burns out and sells assets

    “Why do you need money from me when you have every great investor on earth?” That’s the question that caused Backplane to buckle under the weight of its own early buzz. Lady Gaga’s social network builder startup has run out of money, gone out of business and sold its assets to a group of previous and new investors who will try to restart it. That’s according… Read More

  • Palaround lets anyone build their own Tinder-like app

    Palaround lets anyone build their own Tinder-like app

    Palaround began its life as one of what’s now many companies attempting to be the “Tinder for finding friends” — a list that now includes Tinder’s dating app rival, Bumble, in fact. But recently, the startup began rolling out a new product focused instead on bringing the Tinder swipe model to private organizations. A pivot from the earlier general purpose… Read More

  • Peach Creator Just Released A Web Version, But Is That Enough To Juice Activity?

    Peach Creator Just Released A Web Version, But Is That Enough To Juice Activity?

    You can now message your friends on the web version of Peach, a new chat app created by the founder of Vine, Dom Hofmann. The iOS app became a viral hit in Silicon Valley after it first launched at the beginning of this year. Someone else even made an unofficial web and Android version of the app called Nectarine. Read More

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