Qnary Roundup: Facebook News Feed Tweaks, Tumblr on Net Neutrality, Ocho's New Vine App, and More


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.

Facebook Tweaks Its News Feed

Facebook’s news feed is the most important part of one of the key sites on the internet. Almost everyone who has ever owned a computer is able to at least recognise it (particularly as so many other websites have emulated it in so many ways), and most of these people regularly access their own walls and news feeds via their personal Facebook accounts. It's the private little plot of land in which only content people actually care about filters through to them. (Via SocialMediaToday)

Tumblr taps artists to design shirts for net neutrality

Tumblr has tapped its community of artists to create products that benefit the fight for net neutrality. On Monday, Tumblr launched its latest foray into charitable merchandise with the launch of the Tumblr Artist Series, featuring limited edition T-shirts designed by artists Cindy Suen, Traceloops, Mikey Burton, Santtu Mustonen and Pasquale D'Silva. (Via Mashable)

Mark Cuban-Backed Ocho Launches Its Social Network For Eight-Second Videos

According to Jourdan Urbach, co-founder of social video startup Ocho, “There really isn’t anything out there that’s just a solid social video platform.” That might come as a surprise to users of Vine, but Urbach argued that with its six-second, looping videos, Vine has really become a unique, specialized format, one that’s dominated by “high-end creators.” More broadly, he said that video is usually “shoehorned into existing platforms,” or the apps are more narrowly focused on things like combining music and videos. (via TechCrunch)

Social media in orbit: An astronaut’s stunning photos shared via Twitter

 

After almost six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Maryland local Reid Wiseman landed safely in Kazakhstan. Wiseman built quite a social media following for his pictures from space.  “It’s been an honor and a privilege to spend 165 days up here. With that said, I’m looking forward to heading home,” Wiseman said on Saturday. Wiseman grew up in Cockeysville, Md., near Baltimore. Throughout his journey, Wiseman gave a glimpse of life in space through his social media accounts. While not the first astronaut to share photos from space or connect with Earthlings with social media, he gained an almost cult-like following. In the month he first arrived on the ISS, Wiseman had 37,000 followers on Twitter. As of Monday, he had more than 360,000. Wiseman spoke about his social media presence with Time in July: (Via Washington Post)

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