Instagram’s DMs, Nintendo discontinuations and a doggy escape artist: the week in review

Danika Stahl
Danika Stahl // April 14, 2017

Our weekly roundup brings you a list of curated content in social, technology and Mindset Digital happenings from need-to-know news to silly social trends.

This week in social…

Instagram slides into Snapchat’s DMs. Okay not quite, but Instagram has gotten cozy enough with Snapchat’s features to transplant them into their own app’s direct messages. Now disappearing photos, videos and messages you send directly to other users all appear in the same stream. It’s just like Snapchat—only it’s growing faster. So to recap the last year of social network strife: Instagram copies Snapchat feature. Instagram gets more users on their version of the feature. Rinse. Repeat. I’d really hate to be on the Snap team right now. (via Instagram)

Twitter makes another small change that nobody asked for. Brands can now customize the heart shape that shows up when you like a broadcast on Periscope. Yay? They’ll only replace some of the hearts and will appear in playbacks of the stream as well as live. I personally would like Twitter to focus on its daily users and get us, like, a 30-second edit post option. Also, just a thought: maybe fewer Nazis? Ah, to dream. (via the Verge)

…and Insta also introduced some new tools. Again, like Snapchat, they’ve added more sticker options. This time you can take a selfie and pin it to whatever you want. Here’s Kevin Systrom, cofounder of Instagram, demonstrating. Probably unrelated: the same day, Snapchat put its “put-your-face-in-coffee” filter back up. I’m pretending it was a super-passive-aggressive move on their part because that makes me laugh. (via Instagram)

This week in technology…

Nintendo is already discontinuing the NES Classic. Released in November, the throwback console contained 30 classic games and was a hit… exceeept they didn’t make enough and there was a mad scramble to get hands on it. Guess it’ll stay a legend for those of us unlucky enough to never find one, despite regularly checking four different Best Buys and GameStops over the past 6 months (*cough* me *cough*) … What have we learned? If you’re Nintendo and the subject is “supply problems,” the answer always seems to be nothing. You have learned nothing. (via Wired)

GIFs: the emotional currency of the future. Right? That’s what Tenor, the company behind the GIF keyboard you find on Facebook, Twitter, Slack and others, is betting on. They offer a catalog of GIFs that reach millions, and now they want to monetize it. Tenor will be offering Tenor Insights, a tool for measuring GIF usage in real time. Eventually, they hope to offer tools for pairing GIFs with company campaigns. (via VentureBeat)

In other awkward Uber news, they had a Hell program. Wait, what? Hell (named to match their stalker-tastic “God View” mode) tracked competitor drivers’ movements. And by that, we all know I mean Lyft. They used the information to figure out who was double-dipping and driving for both companies. The program may have been discontinued, but Uber’s PR nightmare continues. (via Engadget)

This week at Mindset Digital…

What is Mastodon and why should you care? Briavel explores the possible Twitter rival and explains why it has seen some success. Without giving too much away I will say this: the blog post contains an A+ cat toot.

Finding an internship can be hard. Why not make it easy on yourself by using social?  Current Mindset Digital intern Ashley Nelson shares her tips for discovering internship opportunities online.

For your weekend…

Check out the cutest escape of all time. This friendly fluffer’s name is General and he was on a mission to achieve freedom status. The Great Pyrenees was able to escape the animal hospital and explore the wide world because he is a smartie AND KNOWS HOW TO OPEN DOORS. Don’t worry–he was safely recovered. 10/10 very admirable escape and rescue effort. (via Gizmodo)

And a quick update on one man’s quest to win a year’s worth of chicken nuggets from Wendy’s by earning 18 million retweets, which we covered last week: He’s up to 2.9 million retweets.

While he’s a long way from 18 million, he is creeping up on the record for all-time retweets: Ellen DeGeneres’s Oscars selfie, which sits in first place at 3.3 million.

That’s all folks! Have a great weekend.


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