Google’s old AF and Instagram’s (probably) doomed: Do Not Read Until Monday
I already used my Fall pun so I’m kind of at a loss – Do Not Read Until Monday.
Google: Old AF
20 years ago, when we were all searching for things on Altavista like dumb-dumbs in a clunky Netscape Navigator browser at a blazing-fast 14.4kps, some brainiacs devised a whole new search engine that, amongst other things, changed the nomenclature of “search for things on a search engine” to “Google”.
And they’ve done shit-all since.
Ha ha, just kidding, they’ve pretty much taken over the world, and without all that Zuckerberg smugness.
Sure, they’ve had their Waves, Buzzes and Plusses, and I still hold a grudge for them killing Reader, but many of the company’s products have generally had a positive impact on society, and it continues to push forward.
It’s hoping to engineer Maps to help people plan outings. It’s Pixel phone is the nearest thing to an Android analog to the iPhone, and receives similar anticipation. The core search product received a lot of updates for its birthday, mainly ones exhibiting its desire to predict what a user may want to see and show that information.
But it’s not without its controversy. The week saw CEO Sundar Pichai head to Washington DC, likely to defend the company about biases within its workplace but also in how it provides information. And, while it may not be firmly in the crosshairs of those criticizing how much data tech companies hold on users, it’s not making friends with features like automatic browser login for Chrome.
But hey take your mind off all that with some fun throwback Easter Eggs!
Until today’s announcement that 50 million accounts have been impacted by a security issue, the biggest trouble in Facebook-land was the departure of Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger.
The pair gave some typically vague reasons for departure, as dictated in a statement by Systrom, but some other accounts attribute the bail-out to meddling from Papa Zuck. And I don’t want to jump to conclusions here, but Instagram could be doomed.
Instagram’s the one platform everyone can seem to agree on is pretty cool. We don’t even care it totally ripped off Snapchat and probably nuked that company’s chances of being a major tech player. (And possibly get it acquired by Amazon?) A major news source just last week even pointed out how it’s the platform that can do no wrong, even as its parent does no right.
Well, our collective favorite social network will no longer have My Two Dads around to make sure the platform’s not totally Zucked.
It was fun while it lasted at least.
Odds + The End
- WHO WHERE WHY HOW (Facebook Stories has 300 million daily active users.)
- It’s also expanding mid-roll ads to new markets.
- Speaking of jilted co-founders, WhatsApp’s Brian Acton reflected less-than-fondly on his company’s acquisition.
- And rounding out sketchy Facebook activity for the week, it has apparently been targeting users’ “shadow profiles” (In this case, by information provided for security purposes.)
- Think that Snapchat acquisition was a joke? Now you can use its camera to shop on Amazon.
- The SEC’s suing Elon Musk over his tweets about taking Tesla private. We can only anticipate a measured response.
- Fellow kids: Fortnight Season Six is coming.
- Also, what the hell? Games have seasons now?
- Twitter’s asking for feedback on policy changes. God help whoever monitors that inbox.
- It also added “dehumanizing language” to its definition of hateful conduct.
- Kids are already outsmarting adults on those iOS screen time restrictions.
- Shazam’s acquisition by Apple has been completed, and it’s going ad-free. Shazam!
- Make a difference this election and, uh …Swipe the vote? Did no one realize swipe has other meanings?
- Tinder’s testing female-led conversations as its lawsuit against Bumble proceeds (and garners a counter-suit). Can’t make this up.
- Back in 2011, Sweden started an open-door policy for citizens to control its Twitter account, which was kind of cool. That’s going away now ‘cuz we can’t have nice things on the internet anymore.
- Spotify was spotted (yes, I did) allegedly cracking down on sketchy Family Plan users, but then quickly stopped.
- It’s also running music industry education sessions for musicians.
- Slack is headed for an IPO in 2019. [rainbow parrot emoji]
- September 28, 2018