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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Disney’s Robotic Groot

Beyond Social Media - Disneys Robotic Groot - Episode 350

BL and David discuss Disney’s development of atonomous bi-pedal robots to play characters such as Groot at the theme parks; YouTube’s new audio ad format; Google’s LaMDA AI model; Hulu’s self-serve advertising; About This Site coming to a search near you; the brand texting trend; Mattel wants to recycle your old Barbies; Snap’s Spectacles are back in AR form; India wants to erase “Indian Variant” from social media; Google Analytics 4 readiness;…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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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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Super Bowl LV Strangeness

Beyond Social Media - Super Bowl LV Strangeness - Episode 336

Episode 336: BL and David discuss the first Super Bowl poet laureate and Budweiser’s advertising pause; Twitter’s Birdwatch pilot; harnassing TV moments to drive viral awareness; free LinkedIn advertising classes; new LinkedIn controls; an unboxing gun-safety PSA; a New Orleans COVID vaccine PSA; Google My Business updates; TikTok’s Creator Portal; YouTube hashtag pages; TikTokQ; Black History Month wokeness;…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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Lightspeed Internet

Beyond Social Media - Lightspeed Internet - Episode 331

Episode 331: BL and David discuss Google’s infrared Internet project; sequential video storytelling; the Biden Harris transition website; Spotify buys Megaphone audio hosting provider; Four Seasons Total Landscaping’s VR furries; YouTube Rewind cancelled this year; MmHmm video conferencing addon comes out of beta; customizable Oreo cookies; Ticketmaster’s fan safety app; our post-literate society; law firms undermining democracy; support for pot legalization;…and much, much more.

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Estee Lauder’s Cosmic Product Shoot

Beyond Social Media - Estee Lauder Product Shoot - Episode 325

BL and David discuss NASA’s space toilet and Estée Lauder’s cosmic product shoot; Google’s plan to pay publishers; Cloudflare’s service to speed up WordPress sites; Google Assistant will sit on hold for you; the paparazzi turn to social media stars (who knew?); Ring’s home surveillance drone; Russian hackers breach federal agencies; the Los Angeles Police Department’s citizen surveillance system; Twitter’s racist crop;…and much, much more.

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