Below is another roundup of social media in the news.
- Grenada's town Jun runs its government entirely on Twitter. Citizens can send in tweets and expect a response immediately. “Twitter has created the society of the minute – very quick questions and very quick answers. We now do our paperwork on Twitter." Citizens can also use Twitter to book doctor's appointments and report crimes. In certain parts of the world, people use Twitter more as a communications utility than a marketing vehicle.
- It's radio. It's all access streaming. It's your old MP3s. The new iTunes music store dropped this week to little relief. The store isn't social by nature, a la Spotify, but does support basic social sharing, commenting, and liking on artist pages. Apple's got a lot of marketing to go to explain why its service is better than the rest, Google Play and SoundCloud included.
- In other social music news, Facebook wants to build its own version of Vevo to compete with YouTube. Facebook's algorithm is already optimizing reach for publishers that upload native video. Facebook also updated its iOS app with the ability to draw on your images, stealing right out of Snapchat's playbook. If you can't beat'em, copy'em. Laslty, now we know what Zuckerberg plans to do with Oculus Rift: read our minds share as we think. Does this kind of think-sharing iclude emojis?
- The White House now allows camera phones but banned the selfie stick, following in the footsteps of Disney last week. You simply can't prevent people from taking pictures and sharing them. Case and point: Tony Hawk at the White House.
- The outgoing CEO Dick Costolo admits that market forces pushed unnecessary innovations at Twitter. His other main challenge was grappling with an inherent democtratic platform built on America's structure of openness. As Ai WeiWei can attest, most countries like China create their own definitions of what Internet freedom looks like. To quote Franz Kafka on independence day: > "You are free and that is why you are lost."
Social Media in a nutshell