Disabled Americans aren’t reaching the online world
Disabled Americans aren’t reaching the online world

Disabled Americans aren’t reaching the online world nearly as much as Americans who live without a disability. It’s another chasm in the digital divide, according to survey results published by the Pew Research Center. “Disabled Americans are about three times as likely as those without a disability to say they never go online (23% vs. […]

Live stream video on Twitter now; save pix on Instagram
Live stream video on Twitter now; save pix on Instagram

Live stream video on Twitter now; save pix on Instagram while Insta’s own live stream is finally rolling out to users. Is this a great world or what? Okay, calm down. Yea, yea…we know: the live stream craze has now engulfed nearly all the major social media platforms. Let’s see: Facebook, check; YouTube, check; Snapchat, […]

Instagram Live & disappearing – Turkeys for all
Instagram Live & disappearing – Turkeys for all

Instagram Live & disappearing – Turkeys for all just in time for Thanksgiving! So, Instagram has decided it needs to be even more ephemeral, as if it hadn’t copied Snapchat enough already. And it really needs to offer live video, just like Momma Facebook (and Twitter’s Persicope) but, gee, it can’t compete with Facebook Live […]

Is Instagram finally getting a little deeper?
Is Instagram finally getting a little deeper?

Is Instagram finally getting a little deeper? We can hope. There are encouraging signs. Actual live links in Instagram Stories? Well, some. The wildly popular and generally very useful Facebook-owned image sharing platform announced Nov. 10 it will begin experimenting “in some” Instagram Stories with live links. Instagram Stories are the quick and ephemeral new […]

Police spy on U.S. protesters’ social media
Police spy on U.S. protesters’ social media

The fact that police spy on U.S. protesters’ social media accounts is probably not news and, yet, it’s still shocking in its Orwellian revelations. The news once again comes up as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all moved Oct. 11 to cut off access to a particular private company, Geofeedia, which, it was alleged, selling to […]

Twitter expands past 140 characters
Twitter expands past 140 characters

Going beyond where no tweet has ever gone before – the final frontier – Twitter expands past 140 characters. It’s a relatively small revolution in the social media but a significant one. Okay, it’s a big effen deal! As promised back in May, Twitter began rolling out its update which allows all 140 characters PLUS […]

Instagram filters while YouTube collects
Instagram filters while YouTube collects

Instagram filters while YouTube collects – comments, that is. The social media are by definition social and that means conversation, not always apposite, not always helpful, sometimes downright mean and abusive. Instagram is taking steps to allow users to filter comments they find offensive or mean, abusive. YouTube, once a bastion of the worst trolling […]

Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat – do we care?
Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat – do we care?

Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat – do we care? Oh sure, the cute little ephemeral videos, which disappear in 24 hours, are fun and yet another bright shiny object with which to distract our attention. And, without question, Facebook popped up with the Instagram Stories as a bitch-slap to Snapchat. (That’ll teach you to turn down our […]

Our little Instagram is growing up!
Our little Instagram is growing up!

Once upon a time the darling of the teeny-bopper crowd, everyone’s favorite photo-sharing social network is rapidly maturing; our little Instagram is growing up! And, no, we’re not talking necessarily about Instagram Stories, the most recent addition to the Insta-tools. Anyone can copy Snapchat, we suppose. Nor are we discussing the hotly debated shift to […]

How do you measure engagement on Instagram?
How do you measure engagement on Instagram?

Question of the day: how do you measure engagement on Instagram? It’s an important question, actually, because engagement is what the social media are all about. They are called the “social” media for a reason. But what is engagement, exactly? Does a simple “like” or acknowledgement count as engagement? Is that enough to validate your […]