Meerkat and Periscope duke out the first round in the live streaming video matchup, why you should learn about Banjo and social media mining, and how social media is opening up ways to help impact depression and suicide. Plus, Pandas! Have a great weekend!
- The battle over live streaming. The webernet was all a-flutter the last 10 days over the debut of two live-streaming apps called Meerkat and Periscope. Meerkat was first to the party (barely) followed by recent Twitter acquisition, Periscope. Both apps are easy to use but, at least right now, there are a few differences. It’s hard to say which one will emerge the winner because they will both continue to iterate rapidly. The sure winner will be the average Josephine, who will now be able to broadcast whatever and easily share her broadcast with the world.
Meerkat vs. Periscope: Live-streaming app battle & buzz (Ledger-Enquirer)
- Millennial nose for news. Many people have millennials chalked up to a non-informed group who spend all their time texting, tweeting, Facebooking and Snapchatting instead of pursuing the “real” world around them. What we’re beginning to discover is that millennials are engaging the real world through these media channels, not in spite of them. Though they are not as a group deliberately searching for news the way previous generations do (through time-bound media like newspapers, news websites, magazines and TV broadcasts) they are ‘bumping into” the news through the very social networks we judge them for using so heavily.
Millennials Rely On Social Media For News (CBS Miami)
- Cutting through the noise. This is a fascinating feature from Inc.com about Damien Patton, creator of Banjo. Banjo is a platform that combines all the activity we’re doing online and aggregates the data to create real-world pictures of what might be happening in the world at any given time. Part of the challenge with social media and online metrics is that you have to be a bit of a wizard to understand exactly how they all fit together and what they really mean. Banjo takes to a level that is hard for the average person to understand, but has practical implications in innumerable areas of life and industry.
The Most Important Social Media Company You’ve Never Heard Of (Inc.com)
- Never say die. Email is the bane of our existence, yet it’s really the only universal method of communication accessible to most all online audiences. Since social media burst on the scene in earnest a decade ago, we’ve been hearing that this app or that app will finally be the death of email. So far, that’s not the case. This Newsweek article argues that we just haven’t found the next great universal tool that will fit our now largely mobile lifestyle.
Beyond Email: SnapChat, Slack, Yik Yak and Cyber Dust Are the New Frontier of Communication (Newsweek)
Living with Social Media
- The green monster is a ghost. Facebook is notorious for creating relationship drama when it comes to jealousy. But Snapchat is quickly overtaking Facebook for the social media jealousy crown. Turns out its secrecy and self-destructive nature makes it even more prone to flirtatious behavior than Facebook’s more public nature.
- Depression on display. Younger generations are now conditioned to share their feelings online, in very public forums. In the past, people who were depressed or suicidal often suffered alone. But the Internet, especially social media, has allowed us a window inside the mind of mental illness. And sometimes those thoughts are scary because they might be thoughts of harm to themselves or others. So do we as Internet citizens have a responsibility to intervene when it seems a social media connection is having more than a bad day? This article shares the prevalence of depressive thoughts on social media and how some are providing a solution.
- Establishing social media boundaries. It’s kind of expected these days to have some kind of social media and online presence if you are engaged in a career. Sometimes known as personal branding, this image marketing is just part of the game now. But how do you engage on these platforms without giving up too much privacy or showing too much of your personal side? Taking control of your social media boundaries lets you decide how you want to engage and which audiences see the information appropriate for them.
How to Separate the Personal and Professional on Social Media (Harvard Business Review)
- Hashtags support health. Everyone knows support is critical in any weight loss endeavor, whether it’s Weight Watchers meetings or working out with a buddy. There’s power in knowing someone else is sharing your efforts and looking out for you. Now research is showing that those who engage heavily in social media as part of their weight loss quest are seeing real benefits. The accountability and motivation are key in helping them stay on track.
Hashtag your way to healthy (Time)