TikTok Algorithm

Beyond Social Media - TikTok Algorithm Remake - Episode 358

BL and David discuss the Wall Street Journal’s superb investigative journalism revealing how TikTok’s recommendation algorithm works; TikTok’s push to get users to recreate classic commercials; non fungible tokens for Coca-Cola and Twitter; the rise of low-fidelity video ads; Google’s adoption of email authentication protocols; more Google My Business call data; Amazon measures in-store customer experience; social media’s anti-semitism problem; Kraft ice cream; middle-aged dancing guys; influencer spending…and much, much more.

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Block19 Backlash

Beyond Social Media - Block19 Backlash - Episode 356

BL and David discuss the backlash over Culper Precision’s Lego kit for a Glock handgun; Improv Everywhere’s New York city dance party; Google’s test of seller ratings in search; Twitter’s Non-Fungible Tokens; Amazon’s Kindle Vella serialized fiction platform; Twitter’s testing of new conversational features; Instagram’s Reel advertising; BusinessInsider’s clever welcome email; Facebook launching it’s Substack clone, Bulletin; the advent of the college athlete influencer; This Week in Cuba Twitter Space; DiGiorno’s crowdsourced slogan; an Amazon contractor gets fired by bot; emails on packaging; Clubhouse demographics;…and much, much more.

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Live Audio With Spotify & Facebook

Beyond Social Media - Spotify & Facebook Clone Clubhouse - Episode 354

BL and David discuss Spotify and Facebook’s Clubhouse clones; a Twitter thread that made it to the silver screen; Google’s breaking news warning; a clever list building tactic; digitally resurrecting murdered journalists; how to scare phone spammers; Twitter’s ticketed Spaces; a LEGO typewriter set; Hyundai acquires Boston Dynamics and cuts a strange video to celebrate; Apple is out to destroy your open rates; family and friends word of mouth;…and much, much more.

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Blois Olson Interview

Beyond Social Media - Blois Olson Interview - Episode 349

David Erickson interviews Blois Olson, founder of Fluence Media, publisher of seven popular newsletters and a Minnesota politics-focused podcast, and political commentator at WCCO radio.

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Disaster Girl Cashes In

Beyond Social Media - Disaster Girl - Episode 348

BL and David discuss Disaster Girl’s big payday; Nerf’s new chief TikTok officer; Clubhouse’s NFL draft partnership; Clubmarket’s Clubhouse influencer exchange; digital product placement; Spotify’s paid podcast subscriptions; Flipboard flips to sponsored newsletters; vaccination public service tweets; Punch Pizza’s recruiting marketing email; a clever social media and visual communication tactic; Facebook’s failure; slander for profit; Basecamp’s ban; Apple’s privacy sanctimony exposed;…and much, much more.

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Clubhouse Competition

Beyond Social Media - Clubhouse Competition - Episode 344

BL and David discuss LinkedIn and Spotify going after Clubhouse and a Clubhouse tutorial; a mafioso whose YouTube channel gave him away; new stoner emoji coming for Apple’s iOS; an AI-powered service that animates still headshots; the forthcoming Brave privacy-focused search engine; NFT brand stunts generating publicity; Facebook is removing analytics; Lil Nas X’s satanic shoes; Volkswagen’s April Fools prank backlash; a massive Facebook user data leak; Krispy Kreme’s anti-vaxxer Mondays; Mars candy’s pesterbot;…and much, much more.

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Twitter Spaces & IKEA Audio Catalog

Beyond Social Media - Twitter Spaces - Episode 342

BL and David discuss the launch of Twitter Spaces; IKEA’s audiobook catalog; a sweet wine-tasting gig; a tour of American dialects; instant holograms; Taco Bell’s 404 error page; an Ad Council COVID vaccine campaign; Facebook’s newsletter publishing platform; Mark Cuban’s Clubhouse competitor, Firesidechat app; Google’s Key Moments in YouTube videos; LinkedIn throwing shade TikTok’s way; an inclusion video oversight…and much, much more.

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New Social Media Features

Beyond Social Media - New Social Media Features - Episode 340

BL and David discuss how Amazon Prime and Netflix are grokking TikTok; the TikTok trend of creating fake album covers out of random camera roll photos; potential new Twitter features could include super followers, an undo button, and shoppable tweets; LinkedIn’s new freelancer marketplace, Stories for Pages, and Swipe-ups; LinkedIn recommending newsletter subscriptions; YouTube Shorts; Taco Bell To Go concept restaurants; Microsoft’s hacked email servers; …and much, much more.

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White House Valentines Display

Beyond Social Media - Presidential Valentines Display - Episode 338

BL and David discuss Dr. Jill Biden’s White House Valentines display; stellar Thank You page examples; the American Shame Card collection of gun-control advocacy postcards; fact checker bylines; the explosive growth of social audio; Microsoft’s AI voices; Lincoln TV; Duolingo’s singable commercial; Super Bowl Social Media; conference sounds for livestreaming waiting room; Twitter gets into the newsletter game; Google News analytics courtesy of Google Search Console; Norton’s prying eyes and listening ears commercial…and much, much more.

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Snapchat Millionaires

Beyond Social Media - Snapchat Millionaires - Episode 334

BL and David discuss how Snapchat is shelling out one million dollars a day to get users to adopt its TikTok clone, Spotlight; Match.com’s match made in hell; Barbie’s new role as a digital influencer; Taco Bell’s potato CEO; Ben & Jerry’s new doggie desserts; NFL quarterbacks Aaron Rogers, Patrick Mahomes, and Baker Mayfield as spokesmen; Phishing’s Explosive Growth; the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer; Apple Siri; Voice Recognition; Calendly; and much, much more.

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