Beyond Social Media - Walmart Drive-Ins - Episode 318

BL and David discuss the Walmart’s new parking lot drive-in movie theaters; giving credit to creators; why Microsoft wants TikTok; the pros and cons of WordPress’ auto-updates; Roger Federer’s rooftop tennis appearance; Google’s messy take on the customer journey; advertising agencies disclosing diversity data; Google News providing ‘for context’ links; Zoombombers hack the Twitter hacking trial; brands mistranslation misadventure; Trump’s ‘clean’ Internet; B2B salesperson traits;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - COVID-19 Commerce - Episode 302

Episode 302: BL and David discuss COVID-19 commerce changes; Facebook’s COVID-19 Community launch with a film; Google’s free ads for SMBs; Freelancers Union’s Freelance Relief Fund; Medtronic’s DIY ventilator specs; Mark Cuban’s 3M snark; USAA’s compassionate ad; coronavirus dating by drone; Twitter’s calendar of Tweets for businesses; planting Victory Gardens; companies that laid off employees via Zoom; Adobe’s online summit points the way to post pandemic future; CuriosityStream lowers price to $1 a month; MailChimp presents films from cancelled SXSW; “Selling a President 2020” posts episode 2; Joe Biden’s “Here’s the Deal” podcast debuts; WFH is bad news for some podcasts; and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Coronavirus Crisis - Episode 300

Episode 300: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed the coronavirus crisis, including: The contrast in leadership between governors Andrew Cuomo and Tim Walz and Trump; Siri’s response to Do I Have The Coronavirus?; Smart thermometers that may be able to identify local outbreaks; Covid 19 pandemic maps; Twitter helping brands communicate during the crisis; a New York-based Chinese immigrant stepping up to manufacture personal protective equipment for health care workers; the responsibility of the media in broadcasting the White House coronavirus “briefings” live; Moe Williams’ daily doodles; Willie’s American Guitars offer two-minute guitar lessons on Facebook; Amazon limits non-essential shipments; the ENKI Brewing Company taproom goes curbside; coronavirus resources and free entertainment; pandemic gallows humor; Google’s California-only Covid 19 triage website; the two faces of Fox News; the Army’s social media manager gets canned; idiots that will cost lives; TV commercials that have not aged well in the coronavirus era; live webcams broadcasting deserted public spaces; the Department Of Justice wanting to suspend costitutional rights; …and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Vindictive Valentines - Episode 295

Episode 295: BL and David discuss “Cry Me A Cockroach” vindictive Valentines via San Antonio Zoo; social media savvy Astronaut Christina returns to earth; Seventh Generation’s brilliant State of the Union ad; Spotify’s podcast expansion; flirting with Tinder bots; how Netflix gets to the Oscars; Twitter squashes student’s parody, then apologizes; Planters Baby Nut banned; best and worst Super Bowl LIV ads; the Iowa Caucus debacle; hacking Google Maps; world’s worst job ad and world’s funniest resume; Clearview AI slapped with cease-and-decists; Celebrity Cruises’ clueless commercial; 2020 election disinformation wars; Edelman Trust Barometer…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - James Dean Revived - Episode 288

Episode 288: BL and David discuss James Dean stars in a new movie, 64 years after his death; Monica Lewinsky’s brilliant anti-bullying PSA and Twitter bot; how Black Twitter made Popeye’s chicken sandwich go viral; Arm & Hammer helps cats; VR teaching empathy in the office; Twitter adding Topics option; top 10 brands fooled by Instagram bots; new approach suggested for digital political ads; robots who are anything but cute; @ElBloombito returns to Twitter; …and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - New Prince Music - Episode 285

Episode 285: BL and David discuss a surprise new release from the Prince estate’s vault; dead musicians on tour; Annie Leibovitz Pixel 4 project; the evolution of job descriptions; Facebook’s new oversight committee; LinkedIn launches Events; AMC streaming (sort of); free education; Amazon Top Toy List fails to mention the $2 million charge to rank; the Alpha generation; Nancy Pelosi vs Trump photo called a masterpiece; Elizabeth Warren trolls Facebook to make a point…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Deep Fakes Edition - Episode 273

Episode 273: BL and David discuss the Pakistani press conference that was filtered with cat ears; 3D objects and augmented reality in Google search; YouTube’s augmented advertising; Cracker Barrel’s moral stand; a robobullying parody video of Boston Scientific robots; museums installing ‘braille art’ touchable recreations of exhibits; Spotify’s Daily Drive podcast playlist and the company’s new podcast-targeted advertising; the announcement of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency; an AI-generated Russian spy infiltrates LinkedIn; a deep fake Rasputin sings Beyonce; deep fake videos that are as easy to create as editing text; an algorithm that can generate an accurate portrait of a speaker based only on a sample of that speaker’s voice; Google Photos goes Driveless;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Boston Dynamics Spot - Episode 271

Episode 271; BL and David discuss the NYC subway landshark that went viral; drone deliveries via Amazon Prime Air; Vox Media Union reaches an agreement; Boston Dynamics’ commercial Spotbot; the Obama’s partner with Spotify; Apple Podcasts transcripts; Amazon Echo’s erase feature; Instagram’s influencer ads; Google’s new search results diversity update; Counterfeits on Amazon; fear-based social media sites like Nextdoor, Citizen, and Amazon Ring’s Neighbors; YouTube’s New Hate Speech Policy;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Spotify & LinkedIn Podcasts - Episode 262

Episode 262: BL and David discuss discuss Spotify’s major embrace of podcasts with The Story of The Clash; LinkedIn’s new Hello Monday podcast; April the Giraffe’s pregnant again..and David could not give a rip; Tesla’s Easter Egg troll; BBC’s article chatbots; Buffer’s vertical video report; a Texas school teacher’s Facebook Live bedtime stories; Apple’s AR Glasses; Microsoft’s HoloLens 2; pharmafluencers; Sealioning; The Great Toilet Paper Controversy of 2019 featuring Walmart and Cottonelle; racist self-driving cars; deceptive from fields;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - AI Anchors - Episode 248

Episode 248: BL and David discuss China news agency’s artificial intelligence news anchors; Saturday Night Live’s #NeverForget apology; in-theater augmented reality game for Ralph Breaks The Internet; Tim Berners-Lee’s Contract for the Web; Bill Gates’ toilet reinvention project; Facebook Messenger’s Unsend button; video game horse poop physics; Chrome cracking skulls over abusive ads; the secret lives of Red Dead Redemption II non-player characters; Google My Business new features; MoviePass’ continuing messes; the story behind the Persistent Baby Bear viral video;…and much, much more.

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