TikTok is powered by a recommendation engine — now, you can rent it

TikTok’s parent -- ByteDance -- is offering other businesses its recommendation algorithms and video tools.

Trung T. Phan • July 8, 2021

By some miracle, TikTok is getting kids to read books

Teens on “BookTok” are landing young adult novels on New York Times bestseller lists, years after their initial release.

Jacob Cohen • July 7, 2021

How demonetized YouTuber pranksters still rake in dough

The Nelk Boys are YouTube pranksters. Despite making $0 from YouTube ads, the group pulled in $50m last year on merch!

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 1, 2021

Starbucks baristas vs. TikTok

TikTok influencers are spreading Starbucks drink recipes that are a pain to make.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 1, 2021

Snap’s big push into ecommerce

Snap users will be able to try on clothes and buy products straight from the app.

Trung T. Phan • May 24, 2021

Digits: Pets, Disney+ subscribers, housing permits, and more

Clubhouse saw an 89% download slump in April and Bird is looking to go public at a $2.3B valuation.

Jacob Cohen • May 17, 2021

The billion-dollar ‘creator fund’ wars, explained

The social giants are playing a game of ‘who can invest the most in creators.’

Jacob Cohen • May 13, 2021

Facebook wants you to read before you share

Facebook rolls out a new feature that encourages users to read an article before sharing it.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 12, 2021

Meet the Buy Nothing groups of Facebook

These Facebook Groups allow users to exchange goods without paying. Now, it wants to offer the service...but off of Mark Zuckerberg’s platforms.

Kolby Hatch • May 7, 2021

How one of Clubhouse’s most popular shows is building a business

NYU Girls Roasting Tech Guys is a popular Clubhouse show that is part dating game and part improv comedy. Here’s how the founders plan to turn it into a business.

Trung T. Phan • April 20, 2021

A video-first dating app made for Gen Z

Snack, a video-first dating app, is changing how younger generations date. Less pressure, more casual flirtation.

Shelley Tang • April 19, 2021

The state of social media, by the numbers

A new Pew survey sheds light on the US obsession with YouTube and elderly Americans’ thing for Mark Zuckerberg.

Jacob Cohen • April 9, 2021

Popular ‘link-in-bio’ company now has $45m ash-in-bank

Have you ever seen someone post “link in bio” on Instagram. Turns it’s a huge business opportunity.

Kolby Hatch • April 1, 2021

Snap’s latest story: An acquisition to power up its ecommerce apparatus

Snapchat sees commerce as the future of its business. It’s taking a major step toward that future by buying Fit Analytics.

Jacob Cohen • March 22, 2021

What happened to the New York Times’ cooking community Facebook group?

The New York Times’ popular Facebook group is in disarray after the media company stopped moderating it.

Ethan Brooks • March 19, 2021

Sorry, parents, ‘influencer’ is a real job

New platforms and regulations are pushing the influencer economy to new heights.

Jacob Cohen • March 3, 2021

David Dobrik’s $200m photo app Dispo, explained

David Dobrik’s new photo app is shaking things up in Silicon Valley.

Jacob Cohen • February 26, 2021

Snap and Twitter are both on a roll

Snap and Twitter are seeing their fortunes rise with new features and product decisions.

Trung T. Phan • February 26, 2021

LinkedIn is building a gig marketplace. What you need to know.

LinkedIn is rolling out a gig marketplace to take on Fiverr and Upwork. Whether it can move the needle for Microsoft is up for debate.

Trung T. Phan • February 22, 2021

Nextdoor is the pandemic’s latest information battleground

Vaccine discussions are taking over the hyperlocal social platform.

Jacob Cohen • February 17, 2021

Meet Agora, the company powering Clubhouse

Agora is a $10B+ firm that offers “real-time audio and video” APIs. Its stock price has been riding the Clubhouse hype in recent weeks.

Trung T. Phan • February 15, 2021

A hot Chinese social app is a new entry point for foreign brands

RED is China’s go-to app for reviews. Now, foreign brands are flocking to it.

Shelley Tang • February 11, 2021

Meet Litquidity, Instagram’s most popular finance meme account

One of finance’s funniest meme brands is run by an anonymous Wall Street banker.

Trung T. Phan • February 8, 2021

How does Taboola make money?

Taboola -- the ad company known for its chumbox -- will go public via a SPAC at a $2.6B valuation.

Trung T. Phan • January 27, 2021

TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is valued at $180B. It’s worth way more.

ByteDance’s revenue in 2020 doubled to $37B. Is an IPO next?

Trung T. Phan • January 27, 2021

Did social app Clubhouse just become a unicorn?

The social audio app could be worth $1B just 8 months after cracking a $100m valuation.

Trung T. Phan • January 25, 2021

Twitter’s plan to decentralize social media

Twitter’s Bluesky initiative would create a decentralized protocol that allows others to build their own custom social networks.

Trung T. Phan • January 22, 2021

Snap’s plan to beat TikTok: Pay people millions

Snap’s Spotlight program is paying out $1m a day to creators. Here are some people minting dough.

Trung T. Phan • January 21, 2021

Airrack’s race to 1m subscribers used all the tools of the new creator economy

YouTuber Airrack -- with the help of creator economy startup Stir -- used a viral stunt to get to 1m subs.

Trung T. Phan • January 19, 2021

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