Friday 5 — 1.29.2016

Friday 5 — 1.29.2016

Snapchat is targeting users over 35, but it’s not the most intuitive interface for people familiar with platforms like Facebook on a desktop. Now the service is making it easier for users to find one another with the ability to share your user name. Need more of a primer? The Wall Street Journal explains everything you ever wanted to know about Snapchat and were afraid to ask. [paywall] […]

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Friday 5 — 1.22.2016

Friday 5 — 1.22.2016

Messaging is the next big platform, and Facebook gets it. With 800 million Messenger users, Facebook is looking at the rise of messaging globally, and doubling down with new features. Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is Google’s solution to slow-loading web pages on mobile devices. AMP goes live in a few weeks, and this post explains how publishers are coming on board with complex ad and paywall support. Google has consistently rewarded […]

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Friday 5 — 1.15.2016

Friday 5 — 1.15.2016

Mobile apps versus native web is a false dichotomy, per Luke Wroblewski. Brands need both: the former offers rich experiences, while the latter provides greater reach (including in-app browser views). We have a longstanding, love-hate relationship with email, where gratifying immediacy for the sender often means notification hell for the recipient. The Atlantic explains how we got here, why email is a cornerstone of the open web, and what may […]

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Friday 5 — 1.8.2016

Friday 5 — 1.8.2016

A lot of 2016 predictions, including Fred Wilson’s excellent list, mention consumer adoption of virtual reality (VR) games and apps. This week, Oculus announced a March release date and a price point just shy of $600. The New York Public Library, often a leader in digital, has released more that 187,000 digitized images in the public domain. You can filter images on range of criteria, and use them […]

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