Do Not Vote Until Tuesday
…Or, whatever, I’m not really clear on how early voting works tbh.
Wednesday Morning, We Should Have Determined the Most Important Race of ALL
…That’s right, we’ll know which social network/app/other digital entity wins the crown of being the most election-y this election cycle. Will it be…
Snapchat already has some bragging rights (alongside Tay-Tay), in that it registered an incredible number of voters: 418,000. Not as large as the number of daily actives it lost last quarter, but hey.
Seriously though, that figure shows Snapchat as a cultural force to be reckoned with. It will keep its voting push going by including polling locations in Snap Maps, and featuring a number of special lenses and filters for the day.
Twitter has put some effort into effectively labelling the official accounts of candidates to help quell false information this cycle, and even took a hit last quarter for the sake of bettering its platform.
It’s latest effort will be its #BeAVoter campaign, driving users to the polls. It also has a midterm elections hub, but its garnering some mixed reviews, so maybe just stick to refreshing feeds come Tuesday night.
Apple News, aka that thing that pops up if you swipe right too many times on your phone, will reportedly include live results on Election Day.
The Facebook-owned app/influencer hive previously published Stories promoting voter registration, but also benefited from the aforementioned Taylor Swift push. Swift’s post wasn’t a set-it-and-forget-it either – she’s kept it going by sharing Stories featuring fans who tag her and use #justvoted.
Haha jk. Just this week, it was revealed its fake news-fighting ad attribution tool can be easily manipulated. You’ve got to be frickin kidding me.
There’s still plenty of straight-up garbage being shared (and, more scarily, believed) on the platform. Want to have a good look at it without the guilt? Try Oxford University’s Junk News Aggregator.
It did ban the Proud Boys and founder/human impersonator/professional weenus Gavin McInnes this week though, so at least it did one thing right.
And if you want to know more about how your voting data gets used, buckle up.
Odds + The End
- A crapload of Apple gadgetry debuted this week, and I probably don’t need to tell you/go through them all but, MacBook Air, iPad Pro, Did Apple just rip off the Surface?, and How do I keep forgetting this exists?
- They also still make desktops, if you’re like some kind of dinosaur or something.
- Speaking of Apple, ATTN: Aaron.
- Spotify: YOU GET A GOOGLE HOME MINI, AND YOU GET A GOOGLE HOME MINI,
- Google Home itself teamed with Disney to enhance children’s read-along books, a feature similar in spirit to one touted on that Facebook device we already collectively forgot about.
- Amazon’s opening another store featuring 4+-star products, this time in Denver.
- UK and Canada together, now you know you in trouble, Mark Zuckerberg.
- Samsung might come through with its curiosity-piquing foldable smart phone next week.
- Hopefully it’s a few steps further along than this monstrosity.
- And speaking of technological oddities that might not quite catch on, check out this actually-kinda-cool dual-screen smart phone. The most interesting point to be made was the suggestion it was developed to avoid the screen notch on iPhone X/Pixel. Seems like a bit of an extreme workaround but whatever.
- Instagram’s reportedly looking into easy ways for businesses to instantly ‘boost’ organic Stories.
- Its cousin WhatsApp is also reportedly dabbling with Story-related ads.
- That feature to toggle back to a chronological Twitter feed should be back soon.
- TenCent, a firm that has probably lost a considerable amount of money due to Snap Spectacles’ failure given its status as a big investor, has decided to create its own.
- Already popular, TV streaming has become even popularer.
- No snark here: Internet freedom is in decline globally.
GO VOTE! TALK TO YOUR SUPERVISOR IF YOU NEED TIME OFF / TO COME IN LATE / TO LEAVE EARLY, THEY WILL DEFINITELY BE COOL WITH IT.
- November 2, 2018