Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 244
BL and David discuss Google’s decision to shutter Google+; Mike Rowe’s hilarious prostate cancer PSA; YouTube banning duplicate videos; bullying actions and issues on Instagram; Nina Hale’s hilarious Google office view, with animals; an anthem for women goes viral; the red and blue state spikes in political book sales; Uber’s free rides to the polls #RegisterAndVote; information terrorism and the spread of online disinformation; is Ted Cruz #ToughAsTexas?; Brett Kavanaugh punked; Google v Facebook referral traffic…and much, much more.
Best Digital Cases
A Funny Prostate Exam (Really)
Actual TV Host Mike Rowe undergoes an actual prostate exam from his actual doctor, as the cameras roll in a – believe it or not – lighthearted PSA for prostate cancer awareness.
- Mike Rowe Gets a Real Prostate Exam, on Camera, From His Real Doctor in This Amusing PSA
- Zero.org – the End of Cancer
- Mike Rowe
YouTube quietly announced in its help forums that it has begun cracking down on YouTube channels that take already-produced videos and reuploading them to their channels.
- YouTube Cracks Down On Duplicate Content Videos
- Recent YouTube Partner Program Reviews and Removals (including Duplication)
Instagram Fights Bullying (but it’s not working)
Instagram announced that it will use AI to “proactively detect bullying” before sending content to human moderators for review. But The Atlantic says it’s not working.
- Instagram is Using AI to Detect Bullying in Photos and Captions
- Teens Are Being Bullied ‘Constantly’ on Instagram
Google Business View…With Animals
Minneapolis search engine marketing firm Nina Hale got creative with Google Business View.
A Song About Scary Times Goes Viral
Lynzy Lab says that since “it’s such a scary time for dudes right now,” she wrote a song about it. It’s been viewed 11 million times since Tuesday and she’ll play it live on Jimmy Kimmel tonight.
— Lynzy Lab (@mercedeslynz) October 8, 2018
Red vs Blue Americans’ Political Books
Data published Tuesday by book store chain Barnes & Noble show a 57 percent boost in political book sales over a year ago.
- Barnes & Noble says political book sales have skyrocketed and it released a map that shows how polarized the sales are
Free UBER Rides to the Polls
If you have an Uber account, you have a free ride to the polls on Nov 6, election day. And their app will help you register too.
Worst Digital Cases
Google+ Shutting Down After Massive Data Breach
One or two sentence description
- Google is shutting down Google+ for consumers following security lapse
- Project Strobe: Protecting your data, improving our third-party APIs, and sunsetting consumer Google+
The fight over the Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh saw a real-time spreading of disinformation started by Americans, for Americans.
Shiny New Stuff
Wibbitz online video editor lets you incorporate stock video and still footage into your video, that you can then edit in a simple interface. Subscriptions start at $400 a month.
A free color pallette generator.
Brett Kavanaugh Punked
Here’s what happens when you don’t own the URL for your name. BrettKavanaugh.com and .org and .net have been taken over and filled with resources for sexual assault survivors.
A political action committee has released a hilarious ad attacking Senator Ted Cruz, directed by Richard Linklater.
TL;MR – Information Terrorists
The network architecture built in Gamergate helped propel Trump to the presidency and fuel conspiracies like Pizzagate and QAnon. Now it’s backing Brett Kavanaugh.