Social Media Notes (#93) – Links for the Week of November 30 – December 6

Social Media Notes

Here’s this week’s round-up of social media (& tech) news. Come by each week for what I hope to be a fun & informative blog post on social stories that caught my eye throughout the week! 

  • I didn’t realize the founder of anonymous social networking app Kik was Canadian! Here’s a Globe and Mail piece on his plans to ‘dethrone’ Facebook (I don’t think that’ll be happening anytime soon but, good for him for trying lol, plus I didn’t realize until this article how big Kik actually is – at least in terms of investors and type of investors, lots of heavy-hitters).
  • What do you think happens when you have a robot say anything that’s tweeted (with a specific hashtag?) Lol. As much inappropriate stuff as you might guess. Local design agency Paper Leaf built a robot that would say anything marked with #hugorobot hashtag. There was a cool livestream but eventually, lots of profane, offensive, and racist posts. Still, pretty cool that it was an Edmonton agency – that got lots of attention world wide – with at its peak – 400 tweets coming in per hour.
  • Lol interesting: Twitter is trying to trademark ‘subtweet’ – which is when you tweet about someone without actually including their username. Begs the question: Why? Twitter tried to trademark ‘tweet’ in the past but lost that battle because the term had been in use for far too long. I’d argue subtweeting has also been used by too many for too long too, but we’ll see.

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