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
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.
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.
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.
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:
#Facebook is not a Law Enforcement issue, please don't call us about it being down, we don't know when FB will be back up!
— Sgt. Brink (@LASDBrink) August 1, 2014
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:
— You had one job (@_youhadonejob) August 1, 2014
Facebook and Instagram are both down, apparently they were built by the same engineers as the Death Star.
— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) August 1, 2014
Oh, yea… Now they are.
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
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!