YouTube hates the hate
YouTube hates the hate

Responding to advertiser pressure which began in March, Google is taking steps to shield users from enmity and prove YouTube hates the hate. Everyone’s favorite video platform and social medium announced June 1 it will toughen up its guidelines about hate speech, hoping the move will stop ads from appearing with videos promoting hate and […]

The social media are not television
The social media are not television

The social media are not television. At least they didn’t used to be. But that’s changing – and quickly – as some of the major social networks forget what brought them here and morph head-long into life as broadcast media. After flirting with it for nearly a year, Twitter announced last week it will soon […]

The news is mobile for most of us
The news is mobile for most of us

The news is mobile for most of us. To be precise, nearly 60 percent of us now get our news from our smartphones. The figures come from GlobalWebIndex and also suggest it’s internet users in the first half-century of their lives who tend to get the most news from their smartphones and more males than […]

The paradox of a monolithic internet
The paradox of a monolithic internet

It was supposed to be the great leveler, a vast network of free-ranging bits and bytes but we could be facing the paradox of a monolithic internet. As more and more power and influence on the information superhighway – not to mention money – seemingly tends to coagulate in the hands of the relative few […]

Messaging now on YouTube?
Messaging now on YouTube?

Google wants to try messaging now on YouTube? Oh hell, why not? Nearly all the major social platforms have messaging features. So many points of entry. So little time. But that hasn’t stopped Google from amplifying the already crowded text back-and-forth ecosystem by its test of a new messaging feature last week for Canadian YouTube […]

YouTube becomes more engaging
YouTube becomes more engaging

Through some significant changes in its comments component, YouTube becomes more engaging; maybe even kinder, more manageable – we hope. Let’s face it, the comments section of the world’s second largest search engine is a cesspool way more often than it should be. Perhaps only Twitter has more trolls and miscreants lurking about. But the […]

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 […]

Messaging apps as marketing tools
Messaging apps as marketing tools

With Facebook’s Messenger app hitting the 1-billion-user-per-month mark in late July marketeers will increasingly turn to messaging apps as marketing tools. And if you haven’t already you may be a bit behind the curve. With Facebook’s announcement that 1 billion people now use Messenger every month it joins a pretty exclusive club of billion-users-per-month apps […]

Political circuses live on your social media
Political circuses live on your social media

We know you’ve been waiting for this all your digital lives, to see the Republicans and Democrats and their political circuses live on your social media. Forget the live (or canned, pre-packaged) television coverage on that big ol’ high-def screen with surround-sound speakers, you will have plenty of choices to watch livestream video, live feeds […]

Copyright can be a thorny online issue
Copyright can be a thorny online issue

Copyright can be a thorny online issue. Literally millions (probably, really, billions) of videos, photos, memes – all kinds of images and, yes, words – exist online and they are just there, ripe for the picking and resharing and using in countless ways. But every image, every video, every word, every meme was created by […]