Hey, in case you don’t have enough time to go through all your Facebook and Twitter links, newsletters and favourite websites, here’s what you need to know about media and tech this week.
(1) “Even Messenger Wants To Get Away From Facebook” (ReadWrite): Facebook is looking for new ways of monetization (should it be paid app downloads or in-app purchases?) and is ready to expand its audience by all means. So now you don’t need to have a Facebook account to use its Messenger app.
(2) “Snapchat turns geofilter digital stickers into revenue source” (LA Times): Another messenging app (although Snapchat is now much more than just messenging) is looking for sources of revenue too. Snapchat is hoping to turn its location-centric digital stickers into its second source of revenue by enticing businesses to make their own geofilters — for a fee. For now, half of Snapchat’s several thousand geofilters are user-generated.
(3) “Quartz maps a future for its interactive charts with Atlas” (NiemanLab): Quartz is pushing further into graphic territory with Atlas, a new platform for sharing and creating charts. Why is it important? Data journalism is gaining popularity, and small charts are replacing GIFs and cat pictures. Well, maybe not completely.
(4) “LinkedIn Has Fundamentally Changed How You Interact With People” (ReadWrite): LinkedIn now encourages you to follow people, like you do on Twitter, rather than connecting with them. Three reasons: The success of social apps like Twitter and Instagram, LinkedIn’s push into letting users publish original content, which requires building an audience beyond personal contacts and the increasing presence of companies as content publishers whom users can follow on LinkedIn.
(5) “The changing face of animation & interaction design” (The Next Web): Nine modern uses for animation in Web design: from slideshows to page motion and animated backgrounds. This is a comprehensive guide to the best practices with great examples!
(6) “What is code?” (Bloomberg Business) – This is an epic article which explains the development of programming languages and code as such. Please take your time and read it – an absolute highlight!