The social media app that wants you to get off your phone

Could BeReal be the antidote to traditional social media?

Rob Litterst • April 5, 2022

What’s Elon Musk’s plan for Twitter?

Things could go in a variety of directions. Though more memes are likely.

Jacob Cohen • April 5, 2022

Meta’s sketchy strategy to battle TikTok

Meta hired a political consulting firm to coordinate a nationwide media campaign against TikTok.

Rob Litterst • March 31, 2022

A California bill would let parents sue predatory social media companies

A California bill would let parents sue social media companies who fail to protect children from addiction.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • March 24, 2022

Social media’s complicated role in the Russia-Ukraine conflict

Open-source intelligence can offer valuable real-time insight into global conflicts. But misinformation remains a challenge.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • February 25, 2022

To discuss Ukraine, many head to TikTok

People are watching the events in Ukraine unfold on TikTok.

Jacob Cohen • February 25, 2022

Is Tumblr on the road back to relevance?

Gen Z makes up 61% of Tumblr’s new users, leading to a resurgence for the microblogging platform.

Rob Litterst • January 20, 2022

TikTok’s next victim could be Spotify. Here’s why

TikTok is looking to make its own Spotify.

Jacob Cohen • December 29, 2021

TikTok just beat Google at the internet

TikTok took the top spot on Cloudflare’s website domain rankings.

Jacob Cohen • December 23, 2021

The metaverse has the same harassment problem as the rest of the internet

What happens when someone harasses you in the metaverse? Companies are trying to figure that out.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • December 20, 2021

TikTokers are sharing eco-hacks

TikTok users are teaching each other eco-friendly sustainability hacks, like making banana peel fertilizer and regrowing lettuce.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • December 15, 2021

How Twitter tries to protect those most likely to be abused

Twitter keeps a list of people likely to garner harassment, then responds to reports surrounding those accounts faster.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • December 10, 2021

Instagram wants users to start fresh. Why?

Instagram is encouraging users to create a 2nd account to “keep up with a smaller group of friends.”

Rob Litterst • December 7, 2021

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has resigned, will be replaced by CTO Parag Agrawal

After 16 years at Twitter, Jack Dorsey -- one of the social platform’s co-founders -- resigns as CEO.

Trung T. Phan • November 30, 2021

Reddit wants to be an advertising platform. What if it has better options?

Reddit wants to be an advertising juggernaut, but it may have better options for monetizing its user base.

Rob Litterst • November 23, 2021

What happens when social media meets the market?

Nextdoor shares have risen since its IPO, but it's not the only social media platform to pop in its first week of trading.

Jennifer Wang • November 18, 2021

Instagram wants you to take a break, kinda

Instagram announced a new feature called “Take a Break” that encourages users to step away from the app after using it for 10, 20, or 30 minutes straight.

Rob Litterst • November 12, 2021

TikTok built a $400B+ tech giant on the smartphone. Can it transition to TV?

TikTok has hit 1B+ monthly active users. Can a move to Amazon’s Fire TV app grow that audience?

Trung T. Phan • November 5, 2021

What you can learn by analyzing ‘The Bachelor’ franchise

An Instagram account dedicated to ‘The Bachelor’ has been breaking down the data behind TVs most addicting reality franchise.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 26, 2021

PayPal is eyeing a $45B acquisition of Pinterest — does it make sense?

PayPal can help Pinterest up its ecommerce game while connecting the social platform with its 30m+ merchants.

Trung T. Phan • October 25, 2021

TikTok is causing problems for teachers, and it’s bigger than just a classroom distraction

Teachers have asked TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter to help curb the spread of viral challenges and misinformation that have put educator safety at risk.

Rob Litterst • October 14, 2021

Who’s actually benefiting from the creator economy boom?

The top 1% of podcasters and video streamers earn the majority of revenue for those media verticals.

Trung T. Phan • October 14, 2021

Notion notches a $10B valuation, with the help of TikTok

Notion’s user base -- powered by remote work (and some TikTok fandom) -- exploded from 4m last April to 20m today.

Trung T. Phan • October 11, 2021

Survey finds TikTok is now creators’ favorite platform

A survey found influencers prefer TikTok and may benefit from starting their own brands.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 28, 2021

Twitter is going all-in on crypto

New Twitter features include bitcoin tipping, NFT authentication, and more.

Trung T. Phan • September 27, 2021

Facebook is having a bad week

The social network is in hot water over its transparency report and -- separately -- its big M&A deal for Giphy.

Trung T. Phan • August 25, 2021

Why is OnlyFans banning sexually explicit content from its platform?

OnlyFans pulled in gross revenue of $2.2B in 2020, most of it sex-related. Now payment processors are pressuring it to clean up the platform.

Trung T. Phan • August 23, 2021

Will the US force a sale of TikTok again?

The Chinese government owns 1% of ByteDance (and holds 1 of 3 board seats). This revelation may put its subsidiary -- TikTok -- under greater scrutiny, again.

Trung T. Phan • August 18, 2021

F*** You Pay Me exposes influencer pay gaps

F*** You Pay Me is a platform where social media creators and influencers can share pay rates and experiences with brands.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 10, 2021

Is ‘TikTok Resumes’ Gen Z’s LinkedIn?

TikTok’s pilot jobs program lets users upload video resumes and connect with hiring companies.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 21, 2021

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