Each week, the Qnary team hosts a Friday morning meeting where we discuss the most interesting issues in social media today. Here, we recap those for you.
You Can Now Add Items to Your Amazon Wish List With a Tweet
Twitter just became an excellent way to manage your holiday wish list. Amazon revealed a new shopping hashtag Wednesday that allows shoppers to automatically add items to their wish list with a tweet.
After sending a tweet containing the #AmazonWishList hashtag and a link to the item (or replying to a tweet containing an Amazon link), the MyAmazon Twitter account should reply with the status of the item, including when it gets added to your list, if it's out of stock and how you can buy it.
This is the second time Twitter has partnered with Amazon on a hashtag. Previously, the companies introduced #AmazonCart, which allows users to add items to their Amazon shopping cart. As with that hashtag, users who want to take advantage of #AmazonWishList will need to link their Amazon and Twitter accounts through their Amazon account settings. (via Mashable)
Telenav Copies Foursqaure’s Swarm With New Social App, HopOver
Telenav’s name tends to be associated with mapping and personal navigation, but today the company is trying its hand at something a little more social with the launch of an iPhone app that lets you see what your friends are up to, and if they’re nearby. The app is called HopOver, as it allows you to invite friends to join you and hang out by creating a “Hop” aka an event or invitation.
The app sounds a lot like Foursquare’s newer app Swarm, which is designed to help you serendipitously connect with friends when you’re in close proximity to each other, view nearby plans and message with friends to coordinate your meetup.
Telenav says the app is aimed at the college-aged crowd in particular, which differentiates it a bit from Foursquare’s broader effort to spin out its flagship app’s social features into Swarm, then leverage the data Swarm generates, like photos
The app borrows ideas about “ephemerality” from photo-sharing app Snapchat, as well, in that HopOver users’ locations will disappear after a short period of time. The Hops (events) you create in HopOver will only show up on the map for an hour, and then they’re gone for good.
The idea, the company explains to TechCrunch, is to help create meetups with friends right now instead of in the future, as well as see what friends are doing right now. “It’s a little like Snapchat for places,” we’re told. (via TechCrunch)
Time-Lapse Selfies Are Now a Thing, Courtesy of Instagram’s Hyperlapse
If there's one app that can be credited with the rise of the selfie, it's Instagram. But now the Facebook-owned photo app is introducing a new kind of selfie — the "selfielapse."
Hyperlapse, Instagram's newest standalone app for time-lapse videos, got its first major update Thursday that allows users to shoot videos from their iPhones' front-facing cameras.
The updated app now has a small button next to the shutter that toggles between the front- and rear-facing cameras. Switching to the front camera will alert you that you are switching to "selfielapse" mode. (via Mashable)
Social Platform Hootsuite Adds $60M to it's Coffers, Buys Zeetl To Integrate Voice
Hootsuite, a platform that lets businesses and individuals monitor and manage social media interactions across some 35 different social networks, is stepping up its game with yet more funding and another acquisition. It has raised a further
$60 million, and it is acquiring Zeetl, which creates shortlinks to convert text-based interactions between The acquisition of Zeetl fits in with that strategy, too. “You’ll be seeing this appearing in products soon,” Holmes says of the shortlinks that can appear in social messages. Once clicked, a customer can link up with the customer service person either through a VoIP call or a call to a regular phone if a number is provided.
Holmes believes that while social media has definitely transformed how businesses communicate with their customers, at some point you will want that conversation to become more involved than you can handle in public messages, or even 140-character DMs on Twitter. This is where direct calling will come in handy. (via TechCrunch)
Can iPhone 6 Plus Users Bend It Like Beckham?
The biggest question around Apple ’s new jumbo-sized iPhone 6 Plus has changed from “Will it fit in my pants pocket?” to “Will it bend in my pants pocket?”
Initially, it seemed like a joke. Shortly after the phone hit stores Friday, users reported that the iPhone 6 Plus bent after they sat with the phone in their pocket. That’s since been followed by videos of people bending the large-screened iPhone with their hands.
Many objects, particularly those encased in malleable aluminum, will bend with enough pressure. The question is whether the iPhone 6 Plus can withstand a reasonable amount of pressure exerted from everyday activities, like sitting. (via WSJ)