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Hello Welcome back after the Thanksgiving break, this week Last Week in Digital Media includes two weeks of news, here’s what you may have missed: EXECUTIVE MOVEMENTS Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, announced in a tweet that he plans to spend 3-6 months of 2020 in Africa. The news received mixed reaction mainly given concerns about what this means for twitter actively policing the 2020 US Election. Separately, over at Alphabet (aka Google) founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced they were stepping back from the company (still majority shareholders) and that Sundar Pichai will take over Alphabet. There’s a lot ...Read More
Hey! Here’s your last week in digital media and all the news you may have missed: GENERAL Google is making its Google Maps product more social by introducing something called Local Guides. In select cities (Bangkok, Delhi, London, Mexico City, New York, Osaka, San Francisco, São Paulo, and Tokyo) you will be able to virtually follow Local Guides with their recommendations surfaced to you in Google Maps. a good piece of investigative journalism by the FT claims that Facebook’s user growth is only 7% p.a. after adjusting for fake accounts. It’s a good reminder to always check that audience estimates ...Read More
Hello Here’s your last week in digital media and all the news you may have missed: GENERAL Apple’s VR hardware and AR glasses may arrive in 2022/23 according to numerous reports. Putting Apple, Facebook, and Snap in a race to be the first to bring true AR glasses to the public. how fast is your client’s website? Google is exploring “speed badging” websites i.e. labeling sites that load slowly. Initially, the labeling will only occur in the Chrome browser. Back in 2014, Google moved to prioritize mobile-friendly sites in search results, so this may be a sign that Google soon ...Read More
Hello Welcome to Last Week in Digital Media, here’s the news you may have missed: GENERAL Instagram will start testing hiding likes for some users in the US as soon as next week. As a reminder, Instagram already hides likes in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. There is research to suggest changes like this are better for the health of users as well as the conversations on the platforms (including less radicalization). Making this a change brands and marketers should support even if it impacts organic and paid media performance. measurement company Nielsen is splitting into ...Read More
Hello Here’s your latest Last Week in Digital Media. POLITICAL ADVERTISING The debate about political advertising hit fever-pitch during the week. The opening gambit came from a Facebook OpEd on USA Today, defending their position and that “it shouldn’t be the gatekeeper”. Only to be overtaken by an announcement by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that they would end political advertising globally come November 22nd (joining Pinterest, LinkedIn, TikTok who have reached similar conclusions). This resulted in open challenges to Facebook to follow Twitter’s lead (#YourMoveZuck) but instead, Facebook publicly doubled down its decision to retain political advertising. All of this ...Read More
Hello! Here’s your Last week in Digital Media. Enjoy! ZUCKERBERG CONGRESSIONAL HEARING Mark Zuckerberg appeared at a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee. The 6-hour hearing (you can re-watch here) didn’t start well for Facebook, with the Chair of the Committee openly stating “you have opened up a serious discussion about whether Facebook should be broken up”. Zuckerberg’s opening statement (PDF link) tried to keep the focus on Libra but did touch on discrimination in advertising and diversity. The overall debate though went wide and beyond Libra covering topics such as China, censorship, election protection, misinformation, encryption, to Cambridge-Analytica ...Read More
Hello Here’s your unexpected Last Week in Digital Media. FACEBOOK / MARK ZUCKERBERG / FREE SPEECH Something that will be dissected for months to come, Mark Zuckerberg gave a speech at Georgetown University on the subject of free speech. The full transcript of the Zuckerberg’s speech can be found here. Zuckerberg positions Facebook as the “5th Estate” and in the speech is consistently pro-freedom of expression on Facebook. Zuckerberg notes that Facebook comes from a Western tradition, where freedom of expression is valued and compares it to the rise of China-based tech companies which come from a different world view ...Read More
Hello! Welcome to another Last Week in Digital Media, your feedback and thoughts are always welcome. Here’s the news you may have missed: GENERAL big news out of IPG during the week with the launch of Kinesso. For more details, you can read the write up on Forrester. some Instagram updates during the week. First, the removal of the “Following tab” which, if anything, is a step in the right direction when it comes to privacy on the app. Instagram also launched Create Mode, available in the Stories camera, that makes it easier to add GIFs, stickers, etc. to a ...Read More