A little over a year and a half ago, Google decided that their Glass, the darling of the wearable tech world for a few glorious moments, was going away. It’s easy to dismiss this news as underwhelming, but once upon a time, Google Glass was worth an entire episode of The Simpsons, a 12-page spread in the September issue of Vogue, and was deemed to be one of Time’s Inventions of the Year. What went from being a matter of “if” wearable tech would catch on to “when” fell the way of the Bluetooth headset: useful, but worth neither the price point (in Google’s case) nor the faux paux.
So what makes newly branded Snap Inc.’s Spectacles any different?
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If you’re not Visa, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, or any company that paid over $100 million for an official Olympic sponsorship, then you’re going to have a tough time talking about this year’s Olympics on social media.
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In the past, businesses on Instagram may have a experienced a little FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out, for you non-millenials) as other social media platforms opened themselves up for promoted posts and advertising services. But no longer! Instagram announced Tuesday that they would be opening up business profiles and advertising tools to companies that relied on the photo-sharing app to get their brand message out to customers.
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Your Instagram scrolling just got 10x more personal. While in the past Instagram has stuck to a strictly chronological-based scroll, from most recent to least recent, posts will now appear in order based on the photos you most want to see from the accounts you follow.
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With over 400 million active users, Instagram stepped up its advertising game by rolling out an update for 60-second video ads. The Facebook-owned platform made the announcement on Wednesday… and just in time for Super Bowl. Coincidence? Ha.
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Today Facebook started a limited test run of a new live video stream function that they are just calling “Live” for now. For select iPhone users, an extra icon is available in their Update Status box that will allow them to submit a brief description and select an audience before broadcasting live.
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