by Mary C. Long
It seems as if there is no end in sight to the competition between two popular video-sharing social media platforms — and their parents. Instagram (Facebook’s adorable toddler) and Vine (Twitter’s unruly teenager) have been neck and neck with updating their platforms and adding new features constantly.
You can read about Instagram’s latest and greatest, futuristically named Hyperlapse, here, but let’s see how Vine measures up.
by Geoff Gillette
Early in the morning on August 24 thousands of people in northern California were wakened by a 6.0 earthquake which struck American Canyon, very near Napa, CA. The quake, the largest NorCal quake in 25 years, sent people scrambling to their computers, tablets and phones to get up-to-the-minute updates via social media.
For the most part it was a textbook example of how well social media can function in an emergency situation.
California's Office of Emergency Services (CAL OES), Napa officials and others quickly began pumping out information on power outages, water main breaks and early damage estimates. All under easy-to-search hashtags #napaquake and #napaearthquake.
Unfortunately, it also fell prey to a growing phenomenon: hashtag hijacking.
by Lily Bradic
Instagram’s new video app Hyperlapse allows you to create smooth, professional time-lapse videos using nothing but your iPhone. While you can create time-lapse videos like this one using Vine, Hyperlapse is the first of its kind to feature in-built stabilization for seamless transition between frames — and it’s already being used by big brands. Here’s how you could be using it, too:
by Mary C. Long
In the latest sign that the movie “Idiocracy” was a work of prophetic genius, the big-brains behind Facebook are testing out new [Satire] tags, so that unsuspecting ideologues the world over will stop sharing fake news articles as the real thing. Because we’re all too stupid to know the difference and because we obviously care less that Facebook is sucking out our brains.