I’ve written before about filter bubbles and elections — and the 2017 British General Election is a weird mixture of people both aware of filter bubbles yet still choosing to embrace them — but while many ardent Labour and Conservative supporters are Tweeting to the converted, the real difference lies in data and how this is applied to social media advertising.Read More
RIP Vine. Loved, but ultimately not loved enough, the six second video sharing app goes the way of Betamax, Phreadz and Meerkat in the video format graveyard. There’s been a nostalgic outpouring of love (if that’s possible for an app that’s only been in the public consciousness for four years) for Vine, but services can’t grow on love alone.
It’s doubtful too many brands will be ripping up their social media strategy off the back of Vine’s sunsetting last week. But Vine's demise points to a different future for shortform - and for the influencers who built their careers on the platform.
Those Facebook friends who voted Remain are busy sharing articles showing why we shouldn’t leave the EU. Those who voted Leave are sharing similar articles but calling the Remain vote sore losers. The same is starting to occur with pro and anti Corbyn material and pro and anti Boris content. That petition or meme you shared may get a lot of validation from your immediate community, but it’s unlikely to make any impact in swaying somebody with an opposing viewpoint.Read More
If Culture Secretary John Whittingale wants to understand why people use ad blockers he could do worse than heading to the Express and Echo's website. Twice in the last week I visited the site. Mobile produced two pop ups, one almost impossible to get rid of. Accessing via desktop resulted in an extra pop up and an autoplay video with sound. Neither article was read.Read More
The first major foray from a tech company into sports streaming rights hasn't come from the round ball or the likes of Facebook, Google, Apple or Amazon. Instead it's Twitter who've made the first move, snapping up the global streaming rights to NFL's Thursday night games. Here's what the implications could be for global sports rights.Read More