The Year in Year in Reviews Review 2. Also, Porn.

Did you know reading this* qualifies as “Learning & Development”? Great for a post-holiday-party Friday. Or – Do Not Read Until Monday.

 

This week in Year in Review Reviews

Tragedy struck early Thursday morning as Spotify released its annual Wrapped feature, highlighting users’ top tracks, which continually interrupted this nice throwback Wu-Tang thing I had going on. As far as overall trends, Drake and Ariana Grande captured top male and female artist, while Imagine Dragons had the most streams for a group.

On the visual end of things, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott’s video dedicated to their newborn child took in the most views of the year on YouTube, with nearly 77 million views at the time of writing. The top ten was balanced out with a little heartbreak in the form of a breakup video for two prominent YouTubers, Liza Koshy and Davi Dobrik.

Twitter also weighed in with the top content on its platform. J-Hope from K-pop group BTS participating in the #InMyFeelingsChallenge grabbed 1.78 million likes, the most of the year. No, I didn’t make that up, and do understand most of those words. Barack Obama took second in the standings, praising students in the March for Our Lives movement. Additionally, a six-year-old nonsensical Lady Gaga took third, such is the world in 2018.

A tweet stating “LIMONADA 2.0” must have shaken the Beyhive, as it brought 424,000 retweets into formation. And the most quote-tweeted message asked users to “Quote this with your unpopular opinion”. Not checking the long tail on that one.

Facebook’s year was SCANDALS SCANDALS SCANDALS. But it did also see a lot of activity around International Women’s Day, March for Our Lives, and elections in the U.S. and Brazil. Plus, you know, like sports and crap. Keep a look out for every friend on your list to share a video recap of their personal highlights circa December 10.

Apple also released a list of the top apps for the year, which saw Bitmoji and Snapchat (both Snap properties) sink in the rankings. Taking the #1 spot was YouTube, and TikTok jumped on the list at #16. Fortnite came in as the top free game for the year.

Also, who’s eating all these bean burritos?

 

Porn Again: Tumblr looks to cleanse itself of adult content

At the beginning of this week, Tumblr announced plans to strip all adult content from its platform, effective December 17. While it earned the title “Porn Ban” to encourage clicks to news articles (and *cough* newsletters), it appears to cover a much-wider swath than pornographic content.

Many more-risqué artists have inhabited the platform, having run into issues publishing their work on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. In addition, the platform was seen as a haven for accessing ‘safer’ forms of adult content – or ones more relevant to a user’s gender or orientation.

Reactions from the Tumblr community – especially those artists who skirt the line of adult material – was largely negative. Additionally, the algorithm doing the mopping up doesn’t appear to work that well.

Tumblr is in an unenviable position though – it recently saw its app taken down by Apple due to explicit content, albeit illegal content. While efforts to stamp out child exploitation must be lauded, critics say the move is a less-than-deft overreach.

 

An interesting footnote here: Wired mentioned in its coverage that Tumblr’s NSFW content was called out for its potential to drive away advertisers upon its acquisition by Yahoo! In taking away this content, it will be interesting to see if it repositions itself to capture more ad revenue.

 

Odds + The End

 

*I’ve not checked this with anyone, but probably?

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