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 - 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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Beyond Social Media - Starbucks Backlash - Episode 225

Episode 225: BL and David discuss the fallout Starbucks is enduring in the wake of the viral video of to black patrons being arrested for no good reason; the David Bowie subway takeover; the AlterEgo thought-activated device; Walmart Yodel Boy going viral; Phillips and the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Children’s Hospital innovating lighting to foster healing and recovery; bedtime stories read from space; the details on the surveillance society; a forensic tool for identifying fake photos and videos; an IKEA-friendly robot; Artificially Intelligent Flintstones episodes; the one-page Internet; and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - United Airlines Kills Puppies - Episode 221

Episode 221: BL and David discuss United Airlines’ recent customer service fail that resulted in the death of a customer’s puppy; the students’ national walkout over gun control; Facebook testing voice status updates; #AskEddie has a new gig; the best cover letter in the history of cover letters; a Time’s Up agency; Twitter verification for everyone; Quartz’ obsessive emails; Google’s encryption drop-dead date; Rihanna snaps at Snap; Melania Trump wags her finger at social executives; news coming to Facebook Watch; YouTube’s Wikipediafication; a massive fake news study; and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Death Of Flash - Episode 196

Episode 196: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed Old Navy’s rockin’ back to school campaign; Jimmy John’s real-life demonstration of its freaky fast tagline; going beyond the corporate message to find real stories; the business imperative for reading science fiction; Russian comedians punking Rick Perry; citizen cyber warriors and compulsory service; the launch of Facebook TV; integrating Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups; husband storage in China; Mariah Carey’s goes viral for slacking; implantable microchips; 35W bridge collapse revisited and citizen journalism; the problem with Hipsters; the imminent death of Flash…perhaps?; Air France for Millennials; GoFund Snopes; saying goodbye to the YouTube Editor; plus great new apps and stats you should know…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - King Kong Footprint - Episode 179

Episode 179: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed McDonald’s Trump tweet; BBC interview crashers; Pinterest’s Lens; Amazon’s Resistance Radio; Boaty McBoatface’s return; Fender’s rockin’ in the digital world; Twitter Moment analytics; King Kong’s Los Angeles rampage; self-defense how to videos; hijacking Peruvian highways; Progressive Insurance takes an Adult Swim; 3D-printed houses; more fake news; Alexa’s Siri nightmare;…and much, much more.

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Episode 170: BL and David discuss Red Dawn online as C-SPAN is apparently hacked by Kremlin-controlled Russia Today; Martin Shkreli goes psycho-creepy and is bounced from Twitter; Facebook adds ads to Facebook Live; Dan Rather’s News & Guts launch; Facebook’s Journalism Project; the Hwages video of Saudi women dangerously defying convention goes viral; the Tiny Food fad grows; a wearable robot is born; the hilarious Ambassador of Weird, plus great new apps and stats you should know.

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Beyond Social Media - Rogue One and OK Go - Episode 166

Episode 166: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman & David Erickson discuss the Internet Archive moving to Canada; obnoxious podcasters; spying headphones; the new Telegra.ph blogging platform; the Diageo VR drunk driving experience; first-person video of the Tennessee wildfires; OK Go’s amazing new music video; Amazon’s conciliation ad; Planned Parenthood donations in Mike Pence’s name; detecting fake news; Instagram’s shopping tags; Twitter’s Star Wars Rogue One Live stream, and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Chewbacca Mom and Google Home - Episode 144

Co-hosts B.L. Ochman & David Erickson discussed the Chewbacca Mom viral video; the competitor to Amazon Echo, Google Home; Sky TV’s #CommandTheUnsullied Twitter spam; Google Instant Apps; the pros and cons of LinkedIn ProFinder; Twitter’s kinda-expanding character count; Blab’s strange pivot to Tinder-live video conferencing; the Google-N fail; VR for Good; 360 music videos; Google’s Parsey McParseface tool; plus great new apps and important stats and a lot of stuff in between.

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