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Silicon Valley is Lobbying the Government to Keep Net Neutrality

Silicon Valley is Lobbying the Government to Keep Net Neutrality

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There is movement afoot by the current Administration to weaken rules around net neutrality.  And the large web companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter are lobbying the government to not let that happen.  What’s the big deal, you ask?  Well… if you read between the “government speak” lines, it translates into the possibility of you paying more to access the internet.  Let me take a step back and explain what net neutrality is.  In general, the regulations stipulate that all data should be treated equal.  Meaning, if you are streaming a movie on Netflix, that data is the “same” as the data used to download a song from iTunes.

That definition in itself might be a little vague, so let me put it in these terms.  If there are no rules around net neutrality, Internet Service Providers (like Verizon and Comcast) could charge you more to stream that movie, than it does to download a song.  Net neutrality puts regulations in place so companies can’t do that.  As an example – right now you might pay $50 a month and you get unlimited bandwidth at a specific speed.  Without net neutrality, you might pay $50 a month to watch Netflix, and $10 a month to download music.  Now, this is extremely simplistic and I’m not sure what the rules would look like, but you can see why this might be an issue.  Right?

Further, you could see stipulations being placed in other areas.  … Read the rest

The U.S. Government is Demanding the Records of “Anti-Trump” Twitter Accounts

The U.S. Government is Demanding the Records of “Anti-Trump” Twitter Accounts

The United States government has demanded that Twitter turn over the records of the accounts that they deem to be “anti trump”.  Twitter is pushing back and using the First Amendment as its reason.  Not only is Twitter pushing back, but they are also suing the U.S. Government.  In the lawsuit, Twitter is quoted as saying:

“The rights of free speech afforded Twitter’s users and Twitter itself under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution include a right to disseminate such anonymous or pseudonymous political speech.”  Twitter is also saying that there is no legal reason for them to hand over the information to the government.

Which begs the question – are you in favour of anonymous speech?  More specifically when it’s political?  I’d like to start off by saying that I dislike the idea of “internet trolls”.  I don’t condone hate speech.  I think it’s deplorable.  If you need to stand behind anonymity to get your message across, there is a bigger issue.  Perhaps, though, if we turn this around and look at it from a political perspective only.  Does that make anonymous speech ok?

I’m not sure that I agree with the idea of being able to hide behind anonymity.  I guess my reason is because I think we should live in a world where we aren’t afraid to say how we feel.  And subsequently we shouldn’t be punished because of how we feel.  Yes, I’m currently wearing my rose coloured glasses.  … Read the rest

Netflix’s Social Media campaign for The OA is Genius

Netflix’s Social Media campaign for The OA is Genius

Netflix was not the first to start streaming movies but it was the most creative. Similarly it was not the first to take on social media to market its shows but it sure does it the best. For its new original series The OA, they got very creative. Netflix tweeted out some very cryptic messages this morning such as “Have you seen death?” as well as “Have you seen darkness?” right before sharing a video of a woman jumping off a bridge. Some people loved the campaign but others were not pleased at all. One person wrote “Some of us have actually dealt with suicide in real life and don’t need to be reminded of this.”  The mysterious eight-part show that comes out on December 16th. Its tagline is “trust the unknown” something that Netflix is running with on all social media.

Netflix didn’t just run its epic one of a kind campaign on Twitter. It also set up an Instagram campaign for The OA as well with multi-image posters and videos. The site only forces you to that ask more questions until the first trailer was released. In the trailer we learned that The OA is about a young woman who was missing for seven years. The thing is she was blind when she disappeared, but when she’s found, she’s able to see.

You definitely get the supernatural vibe. What we know is that the OA is a “powerful, mind-bending tale about identity, human connection and the borders between life and death.” That is according to the trailer’s YouTube description.

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Twitter is Shutting down Vine

Twitter is Shutting down Vine

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Looks like all those people who made a name for themselves are going to have to look somewhere else for fame. Fans will also have to look somewhere else for their fix of short-term laughter. After no one asked Twitter to the homecoming dance (purchased it) it has to do some trimming to stay alive. The first casualty is Vine.  Twitter announced on Medium today that the Vine mobile applications for Android and iOS are being shut down soon. We knew it was coming but didn’t know it would hit such a popular part of the company. Nothing is disappearing just yet. It will take a few months and the site would still be up. Content creators will be able to download their Vines. Look for them to jump ship to YouTube, Facebook or even Google +

Twitter says; Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold. Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we’ll be discontinuing the mobile app.  We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. 

There were rumors of everyone from Google, to Disney to even Apple possibly buying the media, ah news, I mean ah social network? There lies one of the major issues with the company. No one really knows what it is or how to classify it. Not even Twitter itself. That might explain why no one picked it up.… Read the rest

Twitter Xbox One Thursday Night Football Fail

Twitter Xbox One Thursday Night Football Fail

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Everywhere you looked people in the tech world were excited to to stream the NFL’s ‘Thursday Night Football’ game for free on Twitter. What really got be excited was the fact that you could also watch the game on the newly released Xbox One and Apple Twitter apps. Folks from Cnet to Fast Money on CNBC who I respect were saying this could be a turning point for Twitter. Well turns out sadly the Twitter apps are not what you thought. I totally understand that it is looking to expand its followers but it fails on two fronts. First you don’t need to login or create an account to stream the game on twitter. The 2nd and probably the one that will rub people the wrong way is that you can only stream the Thursday Night Football via Microsoft Edge browser if you own an Xbox One.

Twitter streaming Thursday’s NFL game is a big deal to Twitter and Xbox One, but it’s not the only place you can watch. You can find the stream inside its Twitter’s Moments tab in its own mobile app, as well as the Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV Twitter apps. They both are working as one would expect.

 

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How to Turn Off Twitter’s New Algorithmic Feed

How to Turn Off Twitter’s New Algorithmic Feed

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Twitter is one of the most used social media formats out there but it is not like the Facebooks of the world. It had to do something to remain more relevant. To do that it has activated a new algorithmic feed. It is similar to Facebook and what is worse is that it is turned on by default.  Clearly users were not pleased with this change to their feeds. What Twitter might consider “the best tweets,” may not be inline with your thoughts.

Twitter.com:

  1. Log in to your account on twitter.com and go to your Account settings page.
  2. Under Content, look for Timeline and toggle the box next to Show me the best Tweets first to change the setting.

Twitter for iOS:

  1. On your profile, tap the gear icon cogand select Settings.
  2. Tap the account whose settings you’d like to adjust.
  3. Under Timeline, tap Timeline personalization.
  4. Next to Show me the best Tweets first, tap to turn it off.

Twitter for Android:

  1. Tap the overflow icon twitterinfo
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Timeline.
  4. Next to Show me the best Tweets first, uncheck the box to turn it off.
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Twitter and Vine get hearts!

Twitter and Vine get hearts!

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Twitter and Vine started using hearts instead of Stars & favorites.


In case you somehow missed it. Twitter has changed their star icon from favorites to a heart and calling them likes. Twitter said that this will be more rewarding to use. Not sure who thought the star was confusing. That said I am a fan of the heart. Sometimes I found myself holding off on making something my favorite.  A like is much more relaxed somehow.

Periscope is already using hearts so it was only a matter of time before they found their Twitter and its other social network Vine. Starting today you should have seen hearts on Twitter for iOS, Android, twitter.com, TweetDeck, Twitter for Windows 10, and on all Tweets that are floating across the Internet.… Read the rest