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Facebook Autoplay Videos, Google SEO Changes and More: Quick Takes for 8/24/16

Facebook is testing video with autoplay sound (TechCrunch, 8/23/16) Oh come on, like you weren’t assuming this was going to happen at some point in the very near future. This is absolutely being pushed by advertisers, who are likely willing to pay just a little bit more for the sound to be on as soon … Continue reading

NPR Removes Comments, Twitter Fights Harassment and More: Quick Takes for 8/19/16

NPR Website To Get Rid Of Comments (NPR, 8/17/16) This has spurred much debate in media circles over the value of comments, particularly if they’re only appealing to and being used by a small percentage of an overall audience. Personally I understand where NPR is coming from on this topic, but anytime publishers of any … Continue reading

Blab’s End, Twitter’s Promoted Stickers and More: Quick Takes for 8/15/16

Publishers Flock to New Instagram Stories (Wall Street Journal, 8/12/16) Most companies – be they media or other brands – will usually flock to what’s known in times of upheaval. While Instagram’s Stories may not differ substantially from Snapchat’s, the fact that it’s not just a low barrier to entry but can take advantage of … Continue reading

Influencers, Podcasting, SimpleNote and More: Quick Takes for 8/12/16

One in Four Influencers Asked Not to Disclose Paid Promotion (AdAge, 8/10/16) Well that’s just a bad idea. This isn’t just best practice – and it has been since the days of “blog outreach” back in 2005 – it’s a federal regulation. Agencies who are asking the people they work with to not disclose a … Continue reading

Twitter Moments: Facebook Ad Blocking and More: Quick Takes for 8/10/16

Opening up Moments to more creators (Twitter Blog, 8/9/16) This is a great idea, one that I suggested several months ago. It may not be the silver bullet that saves Twitter, but opening up more creation tools to more people does give them additional ways to express themselves, which is a good thing and could … Continue reading

Facebook’s Olympics Feed, Instagram Stories and More: Quick Takes for 8/5/16

Facebook rolls out a personalized Olympics section in the News Feed, plus Olympic filters and frames (TechCrunch, 8/3/16) OK, this is interesting and if you’re into the Olympics this will be cool. But it also shows the power Facebook has in shaping the news and how it can pull out any given topic at any … Continue reading

Instagram Addresses Harassment, Twitter and Crisis Comms and More: Quick Takes for 8/1/16

Instagram to roll out anti-harassment tools (Techcrunch, 7/29/16) More like this, please. Instagram is obviously looking to make sure it remains a safe place for people, particularly women, to come and express themselves without dealing with the harassment that’s all too common. It’s good for Instagram and good for the internet as a whole, particularly … Continue reading

Sponsored Content, Twitter’s Brand and More: Quick Takes for 7/27/16

How Sponsored Content Is Becoming King in a Facebook-Dominated World (New York Times, 7/24/16) I have no commentary here. It’s a must-read, partly because this reads like the last gasp of an industry about to willfully and with absolute intent put itself out of business. Everything here is disheartening. See What’s Happening (Twitter Blog, 7/25/16) … Continue reading

Twitter Live Sports, Pandora Podcasts and More: Quick Takes 7/25/16

Study: More people access news via web browsers, but native-app users spend much more time reading (Nieman Lab, 7/20/16) The story here comes to exactly the right conclusion, which is that app readers are your most brand-loyal readers, the ones who have decided a specific outlet’s content has value, so they spend more time with … Continue reading

Quick Takes 7/20/16: Twitter’s Verified Application, Snapchat Recommendations and More

Recommend accounts worth following with Snapchat’s new ‘Suggest’ feature (The Next Web, 7/18/16) This is a solid addition to the feature set since finding people is a constant pain and a big barrier to new user onboarding. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Snapchat in the very near future rolls out “Promoted Suggestions” in … Continue reading

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