Snap keeps innovating, and the AI takeover continues – Do Not Read Until Monday
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Snap keeps sneaking ahead with new, interesting features
Ever a tenacious David to Facebook’s social Goliath, Snap just keeps doing interesting things and innovating to bring users – and advertisers – to its platform. This week, it jumped ahead with an all-new type of Lens: one that reacts to sound rather than images or video.
The company also will reportedly soon launch Snapkit, a platform allowing Snapchat users to login to 3rd-party apps with their Snapchat credentials. It would also allegedly allow developers to utilize the Snapchat camera directly in their apps, as well as Bitmoji, Snap’s popular avatar offering.
Along with a tweak to its location sharing and an announcement it would be heavily investing in content start-ups via its new Yellow program, Snap seems to be making all the right friends as Facebook falters.
The AI takeover continues
The past week or so, I noticed a trend of variations on the theme of “AI > humans” articles. So, here’s a short list of things AI is outperforming humans in, or should be soon enough:
- Predicting violent protests (through Twitter analysis).
- Hiring diversely.
- Writing funny captions for photos.
- Tweeting jokes.
- Identifying skin cancer.
OK, that’s it for now.
Odds + The End
- Watch Mary Meeker’s full internet trends report here!
- Ok, Ok, maybe check out the summary at least?
- One particular slide outlined major cities where it’s cheaper to take Uber vs. own a car. You don’t even need to follow the link, you know New York is on there.
- Reddit beat out Facebook to become the No. 3 destination on the web. Google and YouTube remain at the 1 and 2 positions, respectively, and Reddit’s followed by Facebook and Amazon.
- Facebook is also getting overlooked by teens, who value YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat more than the social heavyweight. This is despite nearly half of them being ‘almost constantly’ online.
- There was also a small revolt against Mark Zuckerberg in its annual shareholder meeting.
- Apple’s WWDC is just around the corner, but we already know HomePods are getting more useful.
- To comply with GDPR, Twitter locked out a bunch of users. These users generally signed up before they were 13, meaning Twitter was then hosting content by under-13 year olds.
- Presumably to safeguard against misinformation, 2018 electoral candidates will get a special designation on Twitter.
- Twitter will also stream Governor’s Ball this weekend, which honestly sounds better than experiencing it live. Because weather. And people.
- Following pressure from prominent musicians such as Kendrick Lamar, Spotify walked back its policy on restricting artists with bad behavior. CEO Daniel Ek attributed the backlash to a bad and unclear rollout. Damn.
- HQ Trivia’s awarding cash prizes of $100,000-$700,000 corresponding with the games of the NBA Finals.
- Google’s working on an experimental app for better navigating the NYC Subway that lets users report delays and view real-time train movements. You can check it out here.
- June 1, 2018