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.
Last week in social…
Hit them in the wallet. After a year of criticism for inadvertently helping spread fake news, Facebook has announced it will cut off offending pages from its advertising dollars. Facebook pages found to repeatedly circulate stories judged to be false by third-party fact-checkers will be prevented from running any ads through the social media platform. Pages can only become eligible for revenue-generation again if they stop spreading bogus stories. (via The Verge)
Brand new you…tube. YouTube’s major makeover rolled out this week across desktop and mobile platforms, with many changes yet to come in the short term. A simpler UI, bigger video previews, a streamlined logo, and an oft-requested dark mode were designed in response to long-standing user requests. And, in a concession to Snapchat, YouTube will now support full-screen vertical video: no more black bars! (via Engadget)
Making disaster relief a Snap. Snapchat’s Snap Maps feature proved invaluable over the weekend as Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston, allowing users worldwide to see the extent of the storm’s destruction. Texans caught in the hurricane used the geolocation feature to alert others’ of their safety and check in on friends and family elsewhere along the coast. Snapchat even integrated a donation feature to the resulting Story so that users could send funds to the relief effort. (via Mashable)
Last week in technology…
Avocado toast now only costs half a house. Amazon arrived at Whole Foods this week with displays of Echo products, deep discounts, and, in a few locations, entirely unbidden ground beef sculptures. Though the online titan’s price-cutting ethos is already helping a grocery many bitterly call “Whole Paycheck,” Amazon will have to push prices a little lower yet if it hopes to take on Walmart, the nation’s largest food retailer. But at least at Whole Foods, you know you’re buying organic produce. (via TechCrunch)
Still fewer form letters than I get from AT&T. A massive study funded by ISPs found that the vast majority – upwards of 90% – of the 21 million comments submitted to the FCC offering an opinion on net neutrality were, essentially, spam. Of the unique comments submitted by definitely human users, an unsurprising 98.5% oppose FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to repeal the current Title II rules. Only time will tell if any of those unique comments will alter Pai’s resolve. (via Recode)
This is what happens when you ditch your “Don’t be evil” motto. In case it still wasn’t clear to everyone, the giants of Silicon Valley have officially graduated from “scrappy underdog” status. A senior fellow at the New America Foundation, an influential Washington think tank, was fired last week—apparently to placate Google, a major donor. Barry Lynn, the ousted director of the foundation’s Open Markets program, wrote positively about the European Union’s $2.7 billion fine against Google’s anti-competitive practices. In retrospect, Lynn’s concerns may have some merit: Lynn appears to have been let go at the risk of his work “imperiling the institution.” (That’s think tank speak for “biting the hand that feeds us.”) Wish we could offer a tidy resolution, but this likely won’t be the last clash between the mission-driven evangelism and for-profit demands of our tech overlords, so stay tuned. (via the New York Times)
Last week at Mindset Digital…
Okay, the podcast is free. But our learning & development expert (and all-around social media learning whiz) Mike Taylor thinks the learning & development departments of corporate America could learn a lot from marketing tactics. It’s a great listen, plus he shares some of his specific favorites to get you going immediately.
Twitter Polls are easy to put together and fun to take. They’re also a free under-the-radar asset for businesses small and large alike to engage customers and fans online, according to our intern Kelly Rudolph. If you’re new to the feature, Kelly walks through how, why and what’s worked for brands previously. Check out her blog and give it a try!
Thank you, Internet!
If you spend too much time on social media, it was impossible to avoid the “disloyal man” meme last week. (Here’s a quick rundown, for those who get outside more than we do.)
— (@bilrac) August 22, 2017
THE CONCLUSION WEVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR pic.twitter.com/48f6s5y9KG
— *gun* (@oranforest) August 25, 2017
Because this is apparently how the meme cycle works now, Select All has managed to track down the photographer responsible for the stock image series, AND—most importantly—the young couple with serious trust issues. Don’t laugh too hard: in the future, everyone will go viral for 15 minutes. (via Select All)
Great weekend and good times, everyone.
Matt Weiner and Michael Harwick compiled this week’s roundup.