Snap (the parent company of Snapchat) has been having a hard time getting new people to its service. Which might be why they are teaming up with NBCUniversal in order to produce content for entertainment – specifically on apps. This is kind of interesting, isn’t it? I mean, from an entertainment perspective, social media companies are getting into the business. And not just social media companies, but tech giants as well. Netflix has sort of been the pioneer in this regard, but their foray into the original content business kind of makes sense. But you’ve got Facebook investing money into creating original content, and now Snap. I’m not complaining, but I just wonder at what point we draw the line?
The company, which hasn’t been named yet, will be half owned by NBCUniversal and half by Snap. Their first big score is landing independent filmmakers, Jay and Mark Duplass as their first creative partners. If you’re not familiar with the Duplass brothers, you should check out their body of work – it’s incredible. But I am an indie film fan, so perhaps I’m a bit biased with this one.
And why is this suddenly becoming so popular? Well, mobile is the new medium. I mean, its how I watch a portion of TV and I can’t be the only one taking advantage of the ability to be mobile. Both companies adhere to the idea that entertainment for mobile platforms needs to be produced differently than for traditional venues.… Read the rest
I have always found Twitter lacking for one reason – I have a hard time finding things that are happening in the world. Yes, I can find stuff that’s trending, but sometimes people don’t use the right hashtag. Or they don’t use it at all. I also follow a number of news outlets, but it’s not perfect. Moments does a pretty good job, but only when I remember to use it. That said, Twitter is attempting to address this – although, this wasn’t a suggestion from me. They are trying to help users find more relevant and popular tweets across the platform, but they are targetting ongoing sports games. Now, when you are scrolling through the home tab on your phone, you will see the option of a carousel at the top of the screen – which will give you current games.
Tapping into any one will show you a list of tweets relevant to the game and they are algorithmically organized. The new feature is called “Happening Now”, and is available as of yesterday on iOS and for Android users. This is only available in the United States, with no indication if it will become available internationally. But is this actually a good thing for Twitter? It’s a great effort, but this is just another algorithmic curation tool that is likely to confuse users. Case in point – Moments – which is the news curation tool now buried in the search tab. … Read the rest
The Iconfactory has officially launched Twitterrific 5 for Mac. This comes after a successful Kickstarter campaign for the Project Phoenix earlier this year. Twitterrific for macOS is a totally new version of the client with a modern design that includes a dark theme, visual customization, muffle/mute/timeline syncing to the iOS app and more. Twitterrific for Mac has been pretty well dead for the last few years, as the market shifted to iOS where Twitterrific 5 had experimented with in-app purchases to remove ads and unlock features. With Project Phoenix, however, The Iconfactory used crowdfunding to ensure demand for a modern Mac client before devoting months and months to development work. The Kickstarter campaign received $108,346 from 2,852 backers.
For those of you using Twitterrific for iOS, this means that there’s finally a modern version of your favourite Twitter client for desktop. But even if you’re not a user yet, the interest in the new app is good news for the Mac platform. This new version of Twitterrific lets you choose between two themes – light and dark, a handful of fonts, nine text sizes and three media thumbnail options.
What is Twitterrific, exactly? It’s an elegant Twitter client that’s easy to understand and simple to use. You can browse Twitter free from the clutter of promoted tweets. I personally hate those. Sometimes I wonder if Twitter actually is inside my head because I haven’t looked something up related to the promoted tweet. … Read the rest