Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 156
Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discuss Facebook & Beauty.ai Algorithms gone wild; why you might like The Google+ Makeover; a grossvertising, scatalogical Dirty Underwear campaign; GoPro’s New Point Of View with original content; Instagram’s Lost Photos; Twitter introduces a new way to monetize Periscope videos; Twitter may be for sale; Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s shocking ignorance about Aleppo; plus great new apps and stats you should know and much, much more.
Worst Digital Cases
Facebook fires human editors: news feed goes nuts
Facebook fired the human editors of its Trending news and the algorithm began pushing out a false story about Fox’s Megan Kelly being fired; an offensive Ann Coulter headline and a story about a man masturbating with a McDonald’s sandwich!
- Facebook fires trending team and algorithm without humans goes crazy
- An x-Facebook news curator speaks out
- I worked on Facebook’s Trending team: the most toxic work experience of my life
Algorithms Gone Wild: Beauty.ai Picks Mostly White People As Most Beautiful
Beauty.ai, a joint Microsoft/Nvidia/Youth Laboratories project, applied machine learning techniques to rank 600,000 user-submitted selfies for their beauty, and picked 44 finalists: six Asians, one dark-skinned person, and thirty-seven white people, Cory Doctorow reports.
Dirty Underwear Grossvertising
A scatalogical video leads to an unexpected pitch.
Instagram’s Lost Photos
Photo Map, Instagram’s feature that allows you to check out all the pictures shared by a user in various locations around the globe, is being killed off by the app, Abhimanyu Ghoshal reports.
What is Aleppo? This is Aleppo
Astoundingly, Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate in the U.S. presidential race, asked, “What is Aleppo?” in response to a journalist’s question. Reuters pictures editor Corinne Perkins shares heart-wrenching scenes from the major flashpoint of the Syrian civil war.
What is Aleppo? This is Aleppo pic.twitter.com/cZgPEcQAaf
— corinne_perkins (@corinne_perkins) September 8, 2016
Best Digital Cases
Twitter For Sale?
Twitter’s board of directors was reportedly set to meet today in San Francisco to discuss a number of hot topics, including whether the social media site can continue to operate as a standalone company, Yahoo! Digest reports.
Google+ Switching to New Format, New Features on Sept 12
Google+ will roll out changes that you actually may like on or about September 12.
We Interrupt This Periscope…
Twitter has introduced a new way to monetize live video content on the platform by opening Periscope to the Amplify program, Business Insider reports.
Coders used 13.000 photos of San Francisco in the 1880s to make interactive Street View map
One or two sentence description about the story.
- Old San Francisco map
- These coders used 13,000 old photos to make a Google Street View map of San Francisco in the 1800s
NYC Subway gets free e-books, timed to your commute
Subway Reads lets riders choose what to read based on how long they will be on the subway — a 10-page selection for a 10-minute ride, a 20-page selection for a 20-minute excursion, a 30-page selection for a 30-minute trip. Delays not included.
GoPro’s Media Empire Ambitions
GoPro CEO Nick Woodman sees the company’s future encompassing more than cameras. He’s building a suite of software and services around GoPro’s core hardware, including what may be the chief exec’s most audacious move yet: an ambitious foray into the world of entertainment that he feels will help fulfill the brand’s potential, Janko Roettgers reports.
Shiny New Stuff
Nimbus Screenshot App
The Nimbus Screenshot App is much more than your standard-issue screenshot tool; it records screencasts as well.
An app that lets you buy and sell unwanted gift cards
20 great apps you won’t be able to resist if you have a dog. Here are three of BL’s favorites:
- iClicker App
- Pet First Aid American Red Cross
BarkCam plays a sound to get your dog’s attention long enough to snap the Insta-worthiest shot, and even has filters to help you edit it after.
The Daily Numbers
BEYOND SOCIAL MEDIA HOSTS
- Google Plus
- Maximum-Plus.com -Online Event Production & Coaching for Google+ Success
- What’s Next Blog