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Facebook and Pinterest remain the most trusted social networks for product recommendations and shopping, according to the Social Recommendation Index released today by Social Media Link. But reviews are just as useful to consumers, as long as they are personal and include pros and cons instead of just a number or star rating.
AT&T announced today that it’s going to launch a superhero series on Snapchat. It’ll be called “Snapperhero,” and consist of twelve episodes that will disappear in 24 hours. AT&T will be grabbing YouTube stars to be in the show and the cast will ask viewers what they want to see on the show.
No, it’s not an Onion headline. Pinterest really wants more men. According to reports, they’re changing their search to feature more “gender neutral” results. From the Wall Street Journal: Some of the most popular topics on Pinterest, such as cooking, gardening and travel, interest both men and women.
Vine’s Jason Toff, head of product, celebrated the video app’s second anniversary on Saturday with a congratulatory tweet: Having just celebrated our 2nd birthday, I’m thrilled to share that we’re now seeing more than 1.5 billion loops per day on @Vine. — Jason Toff (@jasontoff) January 26, 2015 That’s a lot of loops. Vines are set to autoplay, though, so that 1.
Winter storm Juno is already making its social media debut. East coasters are doing all they can to prepare: stock up on groceries in case it’s as bad as they say it will be, crossing their fingers for some bonus snow days, and of course, brace themselves for Uber surge pricing. According to TechCrunch and Bloomberg, Uber’s maligned surge pricing (put in place when demand fo ...
I thought that the Super Bowl was my favorite manufactured holiday (wings, beer, and TV on a Sunday?!), but there might be a runner up today. It’s National Handwriting Day, created by Moleskine two years ago. It’s every year now on January 23, which is John Hancock’s birthday. Doesn’t it feel like something that Leslie Knope would come up with? It’s easy.
Snickers is double-dog-daring people to tweet about and share its Super Bowl ad teaser. Post with #EatASNICKERS & we just may release the whole #SNICKERS#SuperBowl commercial before game day. http://t.co/8TY72sDGsa#SB49 — SNICKERS® (@SNICKERS) January 21, 2015 Is it just me or are things getting super-hyped super early this year? There’s various Super Bowl “Ad Zones” on Hulu and iSpotTV.
Tumblr is joining the ranks with YouTube in using its social network to leverage creators and make them money, and maybe even Michelle Phan famous. Today it launched the Creatrs Network, an agency that will select Tumblr users that are onto something and help them connect with brands. Wired reported: For Tumblr, this will also become a revenue stream.
It’s that time of year again: the Shorty Awards are now taking nominations. So if you have any personal favorites, you should get to it now, because the deadline is Feb. 19, or Feb. 26 as an absolute last call. The Shorty Awards committee recommends including data about your return on investment and “bragging about your metrics” when you enter. You can also nominate individuals now, too.
By Karen Fratti on Jan. 21, 2015 - 3:30 PM Microsoft made some big announcements Wednesday, saying it will give its Windows 10 operating system away for free to customers, introducing a revamped Office for mobile and revealing that its Xbox One will stream to any PC or tablet. If you haven’t been using Windows, you won’t get a free upgrade, according to The New York Times ...
After the Oscar nominees were announced last week, social media was buzzing with the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag and people talking about the Selma snub, among others. Amobee Brand Intelligence crunched the numbers and found that: The 20 acting nominees were all white men and white woman, and as (David) Oyelowo was the person of color whose non-nomination was the most surprising, ...
I have a very unpopular opinion to share, especially on a technically-minded blog: I am so relieved that Google Glass is being shelved for the time being. I tried to understand Google Glass and the part of my brain that thinks logically knows that I should welcome wearables with open arms. I even talked to Robert Hernandez for a blog post on how he was innovating news apps a ...
Are you failing miserably at your New Year’s resolutions? If you want to feel better about your self-control and endurance, you can join in on the “Bored and Brilliant” challenge for a whole week in February. Short, sweet, and maybe productive. A New York City based podcast, WNYC’s “New Tech City,” is challenging listeners (you can subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTune ...
By Karen Fratti on Jan. 15, 2015 - 6:20 PM Now you can be over-prepared to live-tweet the Super Bowl ads this year. iSpotTV has compiled all of the advertisers for the Super Bowl in one place. Along with the teasers and pre-release spots, they’ve also included all of the ads from the past two games. For comparison’s sake, we suppose.
Little hashtag campaigns like #FiveWordsToRuinADate are pretty silly. But sometimes, they’re just what you need to waste twenty minutes of your time. Yesterday, brands started to get in on the action and most of them were pretty good. Not a big music person. #FiveWordsToRuinADate — Spotify USA (@SpotifyUSA) January 14, 2015 “I love your print magazine.” #FiveWordsToRuinADate — U.S.
By Karen Fratti on January 14, 2015 Google announced some pretty fancy updates to its Translate app today. While you could use real-time conversation mode with Android phones since last year, now it’s even better and will be rolling out for iOS in the next few days, too. The update means that you can just tap the mic and the app will sense what language you’re having a conversation in.
Uh, oh. Not only are we all addicts, we’re also displaying psychopathic traits all over Instagram. A study released by Ohio State this week found that men who post selfies — not the ladies, mind you — tend to show more psychopathic traits than those who don’t. MediaPost reported that based on a survey of 800 men, men who are “prolific selfie posters” scored lower in empathy ...
Synthesio, a social intelligence company, has compiled all of your tweets and mentions and interactions to determine the most discussed gadgets at this year’s CES. Does anybody else have this thing where every day you wake up and it’s still CES — Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) January 8, 2015 Yes, we’re still talking about CES. We promise it will be the last time this year. Maybe..