What Snapchat learned from Google

Whenever I see Snap Spectacles mentioned somewhere, I smile. Though it’s not because I think it’s an amazing product and going to be hugely successful. I don’t know much about these things, but I do like how they sometimes work out. I especially enjoy comparing the introduction of Google Glass to that of Spectacles. When…

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Twitter launching Live video API tomorrow

Twitter is about to make it much easier for media publishers to post live video broadcasts with the launch of a live video API tomorrow morning. The API will let companies hook up professional broadcasting and video editing equipment to Twitter with more powerful integrations than Twitter’s existing Periscope Producer feature. The forthcoming API was…

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Third-party Twitter app hijack caused high-profile accounts to spread swastikas

Several hundred Twitter users were hacked early Wednesday morning amid heightened diplomatic tensions between Turkey, Germany, and the Netherlands. According to Gizmodo, hijacked accounts – from Forbes to UNICEF to Duke University – published tweets that included swastikas, the hashtags (translated from Turkish) “NaziGermany” and “NaziHolland”, and a link to a pro-Erdogan video on YouTube.…

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The New York Micro-Meetup is Monday

In preparation for Disrupt New York in May I’m going to hold a few pitching workshops in New York for you all. We’ll listen to and critique 8 pitches on March 13th at 7pm at the Knotel space at 22 West 38th Street, 4th Floor. This is an informal pitch-off, but the two best teams…

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The 5 hard truths about user generated content

Running a #hashtag campaign for earned UGC is is a bit like running a marathon but stopping 100 feet before the finish line. When you spend every waking moment for the past two years thinking about user-generated content as it relates to customer engagement, you start to look at the world a little differently. For…

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That time Facebook went too far

Facebook’s attempts to clone Snapchat know no limit. The social networking giant is in the enviable position of owning a number of the world’s most used internet services and applications. Facebook the social network is closing in on two billion registered users — a level of global reach that is unprecedented in history — while…

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SXSW and the oddly unchanging art of waiting in line

If there’s one defining characteristic of SXSW, apart from the talks, drunken tech geeks, grackles and sore feet, it might be lines. SXSW is rife with lines: there are lines for talks, lines for experiences, lines for food, lines for coffee, even fucking lines for escalators. It’s enough to drive a sane person mad –…

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