Sticker GIFs, YouTube’s Ethics Problem and an Indestructible GoPro: The Week in Review

Mindset Digital
Mindset Digital // February 23, 2018

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

Last week in social…

Snapchat adds GIF stickers to posts. In a rare example of Snapchat “borrowing” a feature from Instagram (instead of the other way around), the app now supports GIF stickers in posts. The feature has been quite popular in Instagram Stories for over a month now, with both apps using Giphy to find background-free GIFs to overlay onto a post. 

And there’s some good news for the many, many, many users unhappy with the new Snapchat redesign: they’ll also be adding tabs to the Friends and Discover screens. Among other pluses, this makes it easier to follow friends with active stories and Group Chats. So, you know, just like the old design that they bulldozed. (via TechCrunch)

Kylie Jenner wipes out $1 billion of Snapchat’s market value. Speaking of that unpopular Snapchat redesign… It’s not just costing them users. It also cost them $1 billion this week when Kylie Jenner tweeted what many less famous users have been complaining about. After Jenner tweeted on Thursday afternoon, Snap’s share price fell 7.2 percent, or $1.3 billion. We know “Ocean’s 8” hasn’t even come out yet, but we look forward to the sequel where a ring of celebrity influencers pull off a complex insider trading scam. Somebody get my agent on the phone. (via the Verge)

Viral doesn’t always mean good, YouTube. The platform is the latest to publicly grapple with the ethics of its algorithms, especially the videos that appear in its trending page. That’s where Logan Paul’s video of a dead body first appeared, and this past week a video of David Hogg, a teen survivor of the Parkland Shooting who has become a leader in the teens’ call for action on gun violence, was being shown in a (frankly, revolting) attempt to discredit him as a “paid actor” and not a teen activist. The problem? It’s not Hogg in the video. His friend is the person confronting an overzealous lifeguard in California. Although YouTube took the video down, the company still struggles when its platform rewards outlandish conspiracy theories and propaganda. To be fair, this problem goes well beyond YouTube (ahem, hi Facebook). (via NYMag)

Last week in technology…

Tesla wants to install chargers at your office. Now that Teslas are shipping in greater and greater numbers, the company is looking to expand its charging stations. Their latest idea? Installing chargers at your workplace, free of charge if your company qualifies for the program. The chargers would be open to company employees only, unlike Tesla’s Destination program, which places chargers that are free and open to the public on hotel, restaurant and resort properties. (Via Engadget)

GoPro keeps shooting after being engulfed in molten lava. GoPro couldn’t ask for a better story than this: A tour guide in Hawaii wedged his GoPro in a crack to capture the flow of molten lava. It was covered by the flow before he was able to remove it with a geology hammer. And guess what? It kept filming the entire time. #tough (via NYPost)

Is Spotify getting into the hardware business? The always eagle-eyed Guardian spotted a help wanted ad for a “hardware manager” at the streaming service, leading many to speculate that Spotify may be getting into the smart speaker game. (via The Guardian)

Last week at Mindset Digital…

There was much rejoicing in the office this week as Girl Scout cookie orders were delivered across our cubicle tundra. It brought to mind this entrepreneurial seller and the song she and her pop made to move merch. (via Facebook video)

Thank you, Internet!

Sometimes bringing two things you like together doesn’t work out. (Like the first morning I lived off campus, when I poured a bowl of Corn Flakes and lit a cigarette at the same time. Not good times.) Luckily, this time the result was faaaaaantastic: The Harlem Globetrotters and a Rube Goldberg Machine.


Pete Brown and Matt Weiner contributed to the roundup this week.