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…
The social network has sent emails to over half a million users as an FYI that they might have interacted with Russian propaganda accounts—interactions including follows, likes or retweets. Twitter took pains to point out that “automated election-related content” was still just a drop in the bucket in relation to overall Twitter activity leading up to the election, and that most user engagement was with a small number of the shady accounts. While it’s an interesting look behind the data curtain, all eyes are now on how their new Information Quality initiative will perform in 2018. (via Splinter)
Snapchat now lets you share stories outside of the app. In another effort to revive its flagging user numbers, Snapchat will allow people to share stories externally on other platforms for the first time. Video stories from the Discover section can be shared on other social media sites via a link that takes viewers to Snapchat’s website. And on Twitter, the videos will play natively from inside the Twitter feed, just like any other video shared within Twitter. Just like seeing embedded tweets in news articles might entice users onto Twitter, Snapchat’s hoping the same effect can work some magic for them. Personal stories will remain viewable within Snapchat’s own app… for now. (via Fast Company)
Instagram adds GIF support to Stories. Instagram’s wildly popular Stories are about to get even more engaging: starting this week all users can now choose from thousands of GIF options to add on top of their stories. The GIFs are powered by GIPHY and can be added by going to the usual add sticker button and then selecting the newly available GIF option. Stories will get another boost in a few weeks when Instagram will add the ability to resize images and videos. Landscape lovers, rejoice! (via the Verge)
Don’t call it a comeback. Don’t call it Vine 2, either. Okay, you can call it a comeback. But Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann is adamant that his new app v2, while a spiritual successor to the wildly popular and influential video app Vine, is not simply “Vine 2.” The app will still feature 2 to 6-second videos, but this time around Hofmann says he wants to focus on building a positive community for v2 creators to encourage collaboration. There’s no firm release date yet, but you can follow their Twitter account @v2app for the occasional cryptic update. (via TechCrunch)
Last week in Technology…
I’m in Seattle and there is currently a line to shop at the grocery store whose entire premise is that you won’t have to wait in line. pic.twitter.com/fWr80A0ZPV
— Ryan Petersen (@typesfast) January 22, 2018
Amazon’s automated convenience store opens to the public. After a longer-than-expected test run with employees, Amazon Go is now open to all customers in Seattle. The shop has no cashiers or checkouts, instead using AI and cameras so shoppers can just pick up an item and leave. You gain entry by scanning a code through Amazon’s app. Once inside, the store tracks items you’ve picked up and charges your account upon exiting. After all that initial hype, we have to admit it’s cool to see the concept truly open to the general public. (via Fast Company)
I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that. What’s your worst IT horror story? Unless it involves almost causing a nuclear panic, you’re in better shape than the governor of Hawaii. Turns out that false nuclear missile alert could’ve been cleared up a bit sooner if Governor David Ige hadn’t forgotten his Twitter password. According to local news reports, he has since backed up his passwords more carefully. Better late than never? (via Select All)
Netflix and chill out, Google. I have a rule that drives my reluctant (okay, world-weary) acceptance of all this new technology that walks a fine line—or, more often, ignores the debate entirely—between privacy and security on one side and utility on the other. Basically: If it’s gonna be creepy, it better be useful. Enter Google Assistant, which can now match your voice to your own Netflix profile. It’s not exactly life-changing, but it’s a brilliant helpful feature for big households. And it perfectly captures the ambiguous promise of these always-on voice devices: at what point do you give into the convenience—or finally get turned off by the intrusion? Full disclosure: I test out both Alexa and Google at home, which is definitely more listening assistants than any one-bedroom apartment needs. (via Mashable)
Last week at Mindset Digital…
If you missed this past Monday’s Three Things to Start Your Week video, not to worry! The latest intel from the video-viewing set is that it’s just as satisfying when plated as Three Things to End Your Week.
Thank you, Internet!
With one of our roundup regulars hailing from Philadelphia, it’s a Go Green edition of the city’s top social media reactions after the Eagles landed a Super Bowl spot for the first time since the 2004 season. Amazingly, none of this involves something being set on fire.
Kickoff: Area man vs. SEPTA pole
Halftime show: Who gave Rocky a dune buggy?
Someone is now riding a dune buggy up the Rocky steps because why not at this point pic.twitter.com/A6Ws0F2C8p
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) January 22, 2018
Two-minute warning: The #CriscoCops go viral
Good morning from Philly where crews from the city are greasing the light poles with Crisco to prevent #Eagles fans from climbing after the #NFCChampionshipGame tonight. #Vikings pregame coverage starts at 3 on FOX9. They call themselves the #CriscoCops pic.twitter.com/w1ZkYWZhYG
— FOX 9 Sports (@Fox9Sports) January 21, 2018
OT: It was a close game, but a bucket of lard is no match for Philadelphia sports fans. (Obviously. We eat cheesesteaks by the baker’s dozen.)
The grease didn’t work. pic.twitter.com/it0XDv4Nvs
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) January 22, 2018
And city officials should’ve known better. Philly doesn’t mess around when it comes to sports, and we’ve spent decades training for this one moment.
Matt “Go Green!” Weiner and Pete Brown contributed to this week’s roundup.