TECH CRUNCH - TikTok has quietly expanded its DM settings to give users a choice of who they want to receive messages from. The options are now: everyone, suggested friends, mutual followers, people you've sent messages to, or no one.
SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY - Snapchat has launched a new promotional campaign that leans into the uniqueness of its viral AR trends, with a showcase of bizarre effects, as a means to present people with a different perspective on the real world. The campaign is expected to grab attention, and with 72% of active Snapchat users already engaging with AR elements in the app every day, there's a lot of interest in these types of weirdo activations that provide a new way of seeing the familiar.
BANKLESS TIMES - A study conducted in late 2022 analyzed the opinions of 20 developed countries (including the US) on social media and its influence. It is shown that the US is a strong outlier, with 64% of US citizens believing social media hurts democracy, while a median of 35% of the citizens of other countries feels the same way. However, the other 19 countries within the study do not have an overwhelmingly positive view of social media. A median of 84% of their citizens believes that, through rumors and false information, social media platforms have made people easier to manipulate.
MEEDIA - Job network Xing appointed Thomas Kindler as Managing Director. Kindler succeeds Sabrina Zeplin, who left the company late last year. Thomas Kindler worked for the Xing parent company New Work SE as Senior VP for Portfolio Strategy & Business Operations of the e-recruiting business. Kindler also held management positions at the job portal Stepstone and the career and recruiting platform Experteer.
SNOW BRAINS - Strava, the subscription platform at the center of connected fitness, announced the acquisition of FATMAP, a mobile app for discovering, planning, navigating, and memorializing outdoor adventures. The acquisition will give Strava subscribers access to the full FATMAP offering. FATMAP ensures its customers that subscription prices won’t change due to the partnership. Users will continue to have the same access to the features they enjoy, but as the integration develops, users should expect an increase in benefits and features.
BBC - Twitter is being sued in Germany by two groups claiming the social network failed to remove six posts attacking Jewish people and denying the Holocaust after they were reported. The posts were published after billionaire Elon Musk bought the platform in Oct 2022. The case will try to determine whether Twitter is contractually obliged to remove such material.
VSN - Edition 19 of the LTR (Love, Tech, Relationships) online experience will be on Wed 1st February at 12 noon EST (New York time). In this edition, we will hear from Geoff Cook, CEO/Co-Founder of The Meet Group & co-CEO of ParshipMeet Group, on the topic of "Stepping Stones to Innovation", followed by Carmelia Ray, a celebrity matchmaker, on "The future of content marketing, social selling, and brand recognition through TV and media."
We have a half-hour of networking on virtual tables, followed by 50 mins of presentations, and then another short networking session. 1.5 hours all-in.
If you hold a full-time leadership role at an social media company then you are welcome to join OSCA for free and welcome to join LTR events for free.
TECH CRUNCH - YouTube announced that it's partnering with Arizona State University and educational video company Crash Course to launch a new program that enables students to earn college credit. The company says the new program, which is called College Foundations, is designed to create an affordable and accessible way to earn college credit. The credit can then be used at institutions that accept credits from Arizona State University.
TECH STORY - Donald Trump is preparing to dissolve his entirely separate correlation with his private social media website Truth Society to go back to conventional sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Trump, who is preparing to compete for the Republican nomination for president in 2024, has told trusted friends that he's going to look ahead to the expiry date of a "social networking confidentiality term" with Truth Social.
SILICON INDIA - In mid-July 2022, Microsoft Teams became known about the implementation of a new feature in Microsoft Teams called Video Clip is similar to Snapchat. Video Clip is videos that users can send to each other through Microsoft Teams where the recipients can watch them at their convenience. According to the developers, the new feature will help users work "synchronously and asynchronously."