Accidental Cat Filter Turns Pakistan Minister’s Live Stream Presser Into Viral Sensation


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Pakistani children look at a computer screen showing a screen grab of a press conference attended by provincial minister Shaukat Yousafzai and streamed live on social media, in Islamabad on June 15, 2019. Shaukat Yousafzai is a regional minister in Pakistan, but that’s not what he’s known for. Not anymore. He’s now the guy who had his press event streamed live on official channels with kitty cat ears and whiskers over his face, thanks to a filter that was accidentally left running. His party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which is also the Prime Minister’s party and the ruling one in the nation, ran the cat filter video live on their social media, including Facebook, and deleted it about three minutes after it ended and they realized what happened. In a statement, they blamed “human error” for the hilarious incident. The Kitty Conference was captured mostly in the form of still images and screenshots that were shared on social media after the fact, along with some raw screen recordings.

Snapchat is doing badly, and publishers are getting out


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The novelty of Snapchat appears to be wearing thin for publishers. Nestled in this Bloomberg piece about Snapchat’s bad (its number of daily users fell for the second straight quarter) earnings report:
Condé Nast is discontinuing its Snapchat channels for Vogue, Wired and GQ brands, and letting go of employees who were brought in to produce them, according to people familiar with the matter. The publishing company, which is also a Snapchat advertiser, is keeping its Teen Vogue and Self channels. Condé Nast declined to comment.

Americans expect to get their news from social media, but they don’t expect it to be accurate


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Lots of news on social media? Yep. Lots of accurate news on social media? Nope: That’s the mindset of the typical U.S. news consumer in 2018, according to a new Pew Research Center report on news use on social media platforms. Around two-thirds of U.S. adults say they get news from social media. (That figure is just about flat compared with 2017.) But 57 percent say they expect the news on social media to be “largely inaccurate.” (Pew interviewed 4,581 U.S. adults.) Convenience (cited by 21 percent of respondents), interacting with other people, speed, and timeliness are the top reasons that news consumers like getting the news from social media. The top-cited reason to dislike news from social: Inaccuracy. Silver lining? More respondents said accessing news on social media has helped them (36 percent) than that it has confused them (15 percent). But there
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Popular Mapping Service Vandalized to Rename New York City ‘Jewtropolis’


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The popular mapping service Mapbox, which is used by Snapchat, StreetEasy, Citi Bike, and the New York Times, was hacked today to rename New York City “Jewtropolis” — an obvious antisemitic slur. Screenshots of the slur quickly spread across social media and ultimately resulted in at least one company who uses the app admitting to “vandalism.” When the social media app Snapchat was asked by one Twitter user about the disturbing hack, they responding by saying, “Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Snap Map relies on third party mapping data which has unfortunately been subject to vandalism. We are working with our partner Mapbox to get this fixed immediately.”

Snapchat ends publisher subsidies, but NowThis will launch the app’s first realtime breaking news channel


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It’s redesign time: After redesigning its app (and now announcing plans to tweak the redesign), Snap has been redesigning its news offerings and publisher deals. NowThis will start a breaking news channel on Snapchat Discover in June, updated in realtime, Axios reported earlier this week. The social video brand’s existing channel will continue showcasing general news and features (highlights of its channel this week include a man living in a sandcastle, immigrants smuggling a “LIVE TIGER” in a duffel bag, and those jeans that only have seams and no fabric between them). “The way we’re thinking about it now is we will publish as news as it breaks. We’ll go up with breaking news stories five, 10, 15 minutes from the when the story breaks. We will add to those stories as they develop throughout the day. It could be updated five times per day, or it could be
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Rihanna Bites Back After Snapchat Runs Super Insensitive ‘Would You Rather’ Game About Her and Chris Brown


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Snapchat, what in the world were you thinking? On Thursday, pop superstar Rihanna responded to a horribly offensive Snapchat ad asking whether you would rather “slap Rihanna” or “punch Chris Brown.” “I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess!” Rihanna said on Snapchat. “I’d love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain’t that dumb!” In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade and don’t understand why this is particularly heinous, it’s because of the people involved: Chris Brown became public enemy number one in 2009 when it was revealed that he brutally beat Rihanna, who was his girlfriend at the time. “You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV Continue reading "Rihanna Bites Back After Snapchat Runs Super Insensitive ‘Would You Rather’ Game About Her and Chris Brown"

Can social Stories work for news organizations — without putting them on a platform?


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On platforms like Snapchat and Instagram, Stories are cute — they’re perfectly designed for your phone’s screen, they can feel more narrative than disconnected posts, you can be pithy while still including more information than a regular post, and you can communicate more directly with your audience. But they also have drawbacks: the public can’t really see them after 24 hours, and they’re accessible only by users of those apps. Google, a platform without its own version of Stories, worked with these different publishers to create AMP Stories over the past year, basing some of the code and ideas on its AMP Project for quick-loading mobile content (which has recently expanded to content sent in emails as well). They open-sourced the material so anyone can build a Story and host it on any website, and Google said it will “expand the ways they appear in Google Search.”
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Media Metrics Roundup for February 21, 2018


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In An Era Of Loyalty, Newspaper Publishers Focus On Time Spent And Frequency
Max Willens / Digiday
The Seattle Times has a dashboard showing which articles lead to the most digital subscriptions. Tricky Podcast: Attentional Serfdom
Emily Bell and Heather Chaplin / Tricky
The first episode of this highly listenable new podcast looks at “the fight to capture your attention.” (Or just read the transcript.) 7 Tips to Get Better Newsletter Metrics
Jason Alcorn / MetricShift
The best things we learned from our expert panel. Snapchat Finally Gives Creators Analytics
Josh Constine / TechCrunch
Independent creators can now see time spent, total story views and more. The Upside Down: Negative Goals In Google Analytics
Samantha Barnes / Luna Metrics
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Snap brings its heat map feature out of the app. Will any news publishers want to use it?


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Snap — née Snapchat — first rolled out its heat map feature last June. The map algorithmically surfaced Snap stories around events like sports and concerts; Snap editorial staff also curated stories around other events, from New York Fashion Week to real-time coverage of unfolding tragedies like last fall’s Las Vegas mass shooting and the Manhattan terrorist attack. Now the map is available to anyone on the wider web. Publishers can embed the Snap stories into articles, as they might a tweet or Facebook post. Here’s a curated collection around Sunday’s explosion and fire at an electric station, and subsequent blackouts, in Puerto Continue reading "Snap brings its heat map feature out of the app. Will any news publishers want to use it?"

Here are the digital media features to watch during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics


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Each edition of the Olympics offers a shining host city, compelling tales of athletic triumph, and an opportunity for news organizations to test out new storytelling technology with a meticulously scheduled global event. The 2018 Winter Olympics are no different, with Pyeongchang, South Korea partnering with its feisty neighbors to the north, the image of an Olympian redefined in the U.S. after gymnasts testified against their doctor convicted of sexual assault, and news organizations exploring all realms of media to cover the Games. Frankly, there’s a lot going on. Here are some of the Olympic digital news coverage experiments to keep an eye on during the Winter Games, running until February 25. See others? Speak up! For the latter, NBC is broadcasting much of the Games live in what it’s calling the “most live Winter Olympics ever,” including a portion on Snapchat. It will introduce the Snapchat Live
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MediaShift Podcast #255: Upheaval at LA Times, Tronc; Facebook to Rank News Sources According to Surveys; Al Jazeera’s Julie Caine


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In the news this week, the Los Angeles Times is coping with major turmoil, as employees vote to form a union, a new strategy is unveiled including a contributor network, and new publisher and CEO Ross Levinsohn is under attack for past sexual harassment charges, taking a leave of absence. Facebook announced that it would rank news sources according to reader feedback, but critics don’t think it will help weed out fake news. Snapchat finally lets people post snaps outside of the app, but will it help the struggling social video service get more users? Our Metric of the Week is Mobile Page Speed, and Al Jazeera’s Julie Caine, who’s helping to launch a new podcast network there called Jetty joins us. Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check out our Digital Media Brief below!

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8 Things We Learned About Social Media in 2017


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Here are eight things the world learned about social media in 2017:

1) 2017 was the year people understood the consequences of algorithms.

Before the 2016 election, the only people who obsessed over how social media feeds surfaced content were marketers and journalists. But with the election of Donald Trump, a result that many Americans felt was “out of nowhere,” the country very quickly zeroed in on how their social media feeds lulled them into a false sense of security about their own beliefs and convictions. In 2017, the debate over “fake news” raged, and with it, a new public understanding of “filter bubbles” – the concept that your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feeds reinforced the ideas of only those you actively choose to follow and engage with. Many leading voices on the power (and danger) of algorithms have emerged
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Snap Maps offered real-time coverage of Tuesday’s terror attacks in Manhattan (plus a lot of emoji)


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During Tuesday’s terror attacks in Lower Manhattan, in which a driver in a pickup truck killed eight people and injured 11, Snap Maps, the location-sharing feature that Snapchat introduced this summer, proved to be an effective way to get real-time information on what was happening.

CNN’s three month-old daily Snapchat show The Update avoids the “bells and whistles and flashes”


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Maintaining a 24-hour news TV channel is one thing. Developing a daily show on Snapchat Discover is another. Three months after making the transition from the Discover platform’s text-based newsmagazine format to a daily video show, CNN’s Snapchat style is clearly different from other publishers on the app known for captivating teenagers’ attention with instantaneous sharing, breakdancing hot dogs, and voice changing filters. You won’t see single-second shots or snappily colored graphics cartwheeling over a single anchor in The Update, CNN’s brand ambassador to the youth, but rather a “cast of characters” steadily sharing the news in a slower-paced manner that doesn’t break too far from CNN’s flagship cable news channel. “Snapchat is a part of, for us, a larger social and digital strategy which is about creating the CNN news habit for every generation on every platform,” said Samantha Barry, CNN’s executive producer for social and emerging Continue reading "CNN’s three month-old daily Snapchat show The Update avoids the “bells and whistles and flashes”"

MediaShift Podcast #246: Harassment Charges Hit Digital Media Men; Facebook Tests Secondary Feed; CNN’s Brian Stelter


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In the news this week, sexual harassment charges against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein have spread into digital media, with tech evangelist Robert Scoble, Vox editorial director Lockhart Steele and others taking heat and losing power. Facebook tests out a secondary News Feed for Pages that has upset publishers in six countries as their referral traffic takes a major hit. Snap’s Spectacles haven’t been the breakout hit the company expected, with tens of thousands of camera-enabled glasses piling up in warehouses. Our Metric of the Week is Pageviews, and we’re joined by Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” to talk about the rise of trolls and bots on social media and the problem with online civility. Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check out our Digital Media Brief below!

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Remix: Engaging in Purposeful Storytelling with Snapchat


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Editor’s Note: “Snapshot; A Day in the Life: Storytelling with Snapchat” was selected as one of the 2017 “Top 25” Great Ideas for Teachers (GIFT) entries through the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. While certain concepts and theories remain the same, there is constant experimentation with assignments in digital media courses. As a professor of Media Studies and Digital Culture, I’ve wanted to create a project involving Snapchat Stories for some time, but it seemed too gimmicky. I was also unsure of the takeaway value for students. Yet, as we’ve seen brands emerge and use Stories for marketing and promotion, I saw a way to implement this in my Digital Communications course, a 200-level, hands-on class that is comprised of majors as well as non-majors who are partaking in our interdisciplinary Digital Humanities minor.

The Assignment: ‘A Day in the Life’ with Stories

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Media Metrics Roundup for October 25, 2017


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How the USA Today Network Is Measuring Impact in Its Newsrooms
Anjanette Delgado / MediaShift
Gannett wants to explore how to use impact in marketing the value of subscriptions. 13 Things I Learned From Six Years At The Guardian
Mary Hamilton / Medium
The viral post on audience from the former executive editor for it at The Guardian. How The Los Angeles Times Used Hit Podcast ‘Dirty John’ To Drive Newsletter Sign-Ups
Max Willens / Digiday
21,000 new email subscribers joined Essential California. Personalization Isn’t Just ‘Hi [Your Name]’ Anymore
Cara Hogan / Campaign Monitor
A look at how consumer brands leverage analytics for customer satisfaction. Snapchat Dangles Referral Traffic With Link Sharing From Other Apps
Josh Constine / TechCrunch
An app update this week adds external link sharing, timely because of the next story… Clarifying Recent News Feed Tests
Adam Mosseri / Facebook
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A Republican Committee Has Created A Campaign Against Gov. Cuomo…On Snapchat


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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has not (officially) declared that he will run for president in 2020, but there is already a campaign against him. America Rising Political Action Committee is a national Republican group that specializes in opposition research targeting prominent Democratic candidates. Their favorite Democrats to scrutinize right now is Senator Elizabeth Warren and Cuomo, despite neither of them officially announcing they are running. The PAC’s current opposition project against Cuomo will take place Wednesday, and will happen in the most millennial way possible: On Snapchat. The group has purchased a Snapchat filter that NYC commuters can use around Penn Station that blames Cuomo for the transit problems, according to Executive Director Alex Smith. The filter supposedly uses Cuomo’s “summer of hell” catchphrase. “While those people are waiting on the platform, waiting for trains, they’ll be able to swipe through and find who’s responsible for the mess,” Smith told Continue reading "A Republican Committee Has Created A Campaign Against Gov. Cuomo…On Snapchat"

A Republican Committee Has Created A Campaign Against Gov. Cuomo…On Snapchat


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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has not (officially) declared that he will run for president in 2020, but there is already a campaign against him. America Rising Political Action Committee is a national Republican group that specializes in opposition research targeting prominent Democratic candidates. Their favorite Democrats to scrutinize right now is Senator Elizabeth Warren and Cuomo, despite neither of them officially announcing they are running. The PAC’s current opposition project against Cuomo will take place Wednesday, and will happen in the most millennial way possible: On Snapchat. The group has purchased a Snapchat filter that NYC commuters can use around Penn Station that blames Cuomo for the transit problems, according to Executive Director Alex Smith. The filter supposedly uses Cuomo’s “summer of hell” catchphrase. “While those people are waiting on the platform, waiting for trains, they’ll be able to swipe through and find who’s responsible for the mess,” Smith told Continue reading "A Republican Committee Has Created A Campaign Against Gov. Cuomo…On Snapchat"

Must Reads in Media & Technology: July 19


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