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Coming at you hot off the press is today’s episode of Weekly Headlines! Messaging all over the place this week with Google copying Instagram, Instagram copying Snapchat, Pinterest deciding to actually be social, and Facebook making a lot of people angry.

So let’s get right into it.

Social Media Headlines of the Week

Google Is Readying Instagram Competitor [REPORT]

After numerous rumors spreading that Google+ Photos will be branched off to become it’s own separate entity now the latest rumor is that Google is attempting to create an Instagram competitor. Now that makes a little more sense than photos being disconnected from Google+.

Which reminds me (side note) anyone who continues to use these sorts of rumors as “signs” that Google+ is going away has officially lumped themselves into the Harold Camping, Heaven’s Gate intelligence pool.

The app is rumored to be a stand-alone photo sharing app similar to Instagram that will not require a Google+ account.

Instagram’s New Bolt Messaging App Available For Aussies To Download

Yes that’s right, Instagram has created an app called Bolt in an effort to compete with Snapchat. Strangely, the app doesn’t ask you for your Instagram or even Facebook login. Instead you sign up using your phone number. The app then uses your phone’s contacts and has the ability to send photo messages quickly, add text and send to your contacts one at a time. Once the message is viewed, it disappears.

The app is currently only available in Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Pinterest’s take on direct messages blows Twitter’s out of the water

Also getting into the messaging game, Pinterest finally decided it’s social network needed a messaging system. It looks pretty cool and seems to be a lot of buzz about it on Pinterest. I haven’t seen anyone using it yet but I’ve seen at least a dozen comment-less images about it.

The Police Do Not Care That Facebook Is Down: Stop Calling

Facebook was down this past week and for some reason the logical thing to do for a lot of people apparently was to call 9-1-1! Because who else are you going to talk to about this sort of crisis?

Just to clarify the law enforcement relevance of this, one officer tweeted:

With Facebook down, social media-starved users turned to Twitter

Being that Twitter seems to be the go-to place for real-time complaining when things go down, many users started posting using the hashtag #facebookdown on Twitter. Here’s some of my favorites:

Kim Kardashian complains about excess baby weight in Twitter rant: ‘My hips and butt are huge now’

Oh, yea… Now they are.

Couples signing social media pre-nups

If your significant other is pushing a social media pre-nup let me save you a lot of time, headache and money– find someone else because they’re probably el nuts-o!

Good Idea, Bad Idea

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Facebook Crosses The Line With New Facebook Messenger App

Users are beginning to complain about the aggressive push Facebook is making to get them to download it’s messaging app. Soon you will no longer be able to read, send, or reply to Facebook messages from the native app, you will be forced to download a separate, stand-alone messaging app called Messenger.

The app also raises a number of privacy concerns as stated by the writer of the above linked article. He states that if you take a look at the permissions the app requires you will be disturbed.

  • Change the state of network connectivity
  • Call phone numbers and send SMS messages
  • Record audio, and take pictures and videos, at any time
  • Read your phone’s call log, including info about incoming and outgoing calls
  • Read your contact data, including who you call and email and how often
  • Read personal profile information stored on your device
  • Get a list of accounts known by the phone, or other apps you use

So basically the new Facebook Messenger app is attempting to be Siri!

So what do you think about Facebook forcing users over to a separate messaging app? Is it a good idea or a bad idea? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Comments

  1. says

    Now that I hear of the permissions, which I had not looked in to, I’m thinking of removing the Facebook Messenger app. Not like I ever get anything important on Facebook anyway.

    • says

      It’s interesting though because looking at it again I can see why the app would need access to those things in order to function properly. Maybe not as much to freak out about as I initially read.

  2. says

    Hey Dustin!
    I am a little excited that Google may create an Instagram competitor! I love a good competition.
    Everyone copies everyone else. Let’s hope they improve on an already good app!
    Thanks for the roundup.

    Cheers
    Lisa

    • says

      Agreed Lisa! Competition is great! Although, competition that is just copycatting isn’t good for anyone because it further fragments the social space making it harder to connect with the people that matter since half of them are on one app and the other people you want to connect with are spread out over 3 other apps.

      Let’s hope innovation is the driving force!

  3. says

    I don’t think people are really thinking right about Facebook Messenger. Think about what other messaging apps use, and you’ll find the permissions are almost identical:

    Change the state of network connectivity—so it can go online and get your latest messages.
    Call phone numbers and send SMS messages—not unlike any other app that lets you tap a phone number to dial or send a message to it.
    Record audio, and take pictures and videos, at any time—at any time you want to record audio, take a picture, or shoot a video to send to someone.
    Read your phone’s call log, including info about incoming and outgoing calls—like any app that tries to consolidate information about a contact into one app
    Read your contact data, including who you call and email and how often—so it can tell me the last time I spoke/msgd/contacted them?
    Read personal profile information stored on your device—so it knows when you’re online or off
    Get a list of accounts known by the phone, or other apps you use—so it can incorporate information from other apps, much like many other apps do.

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