Social Web Recap 12.02.18
A weekly annotated short summary of significant social web platform developments from the previous week, with links and carping marginalia as needed . . . Posted every Monday morning or thereabouts.
Referencing Edelman's global survey (Trust Barometer?), Statista reports apparent increasing trust in journalism at the expense of social media platforms . . . cause for hope for those who see news reporting as somewhat more reliable than speculation, anecdotes and allegations from your friends.
Josh Constine at TechCrunch reports Snapchat now has 'Do Not Disturb' feature—"By tapping and holding on a person or group, it lets you mute notifications from them so you don’t get constantly alerted but also don’t have to block them or leave the group." In the same article Constine notes that Snapchat is also "starting to roll out new text styles just a week after Instagram added its new 'Type Mode' with modern, signature, typewriter and billboard fonts" for its redesigned interface . . . which has met with some critcism.
Also from TechCrunch, reports are that Snapchat “will pipe snippets of NBC’s Live Olympics coverage directly into its app.” However, despite users “clamouring” for for their own Live broadcasting capability, it’s not going to happen since Snapchat doesn’t see the value. “Instead, Snap Inc. says that transmitting live television to help Snapchatters experience culturally relevant moments is what makes sense.”
And for those diehard face lens Snapchatters . . . "Snapchat is rolling out new features today including a new tool to create custom face lenses and new text caption styles for your snaps. Lenses are AR masks that overlay your face with details like puppy ears, flower crowns, and the all important vomiting rainbow. The lenses start from $9.99 and go up depending on the size of the location you’ve chosen (covering anywhere from 20,000 to 5 million square feet), duration of the lens, and other factors.
Tumblr has always felt like the less popular brother or sister to the larger platforms, that nevertheless keeps working steadily at what it does best (snappy visuals, reblogging, satire), no matter the disdain of the cool kids. (My Tumblr, focused on the delights of language and perfect phrases, is about is about six years old, but I haven't posted in more than a year. ) I feel a certain affection for it, even more so after reading this article by Rebecca Ruiz on where Tumblr is headed in 2018: "The blogging platform is also frequently derided by those who mock its progressive activists as 'social justice warriors.' Yet no measure of contempt seems to deter Tumblr from fully embracing advocacy and activism. The site has an aggressive plan to promote online and IRL activism in the coming year, and it's particularly interested in registering new voters ahead of the midterm elections in November." Keep at it my 'friend'.
It's not clear how far Facebook intends to take this, but The Verge is reporting that the platform is testing a 'down vote' or what has been floated in the past as a 'dislike' button. A Facebook spokesperson quoted in the piece demurs: "We are not testing a dislike button . . . We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts. This is running for a small set of people in the US only.” Shouldn't they put the idea out for an up or down vote?
TechCrunch is reporting Instagram is testing a feature that will tell users if someone take a screenshot of their story/image. Currently "the only screenshot notifications on Instagram were when someone took a screenshot of a private direct message. Anyone could take a screenshot of someone’s photo or story without notifying the creator." The question for Instagram influencers will be whether this will discourage engagement with their content.