Facebook News: The Give, The Take, and The Grand Mystery

The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. – Job 1:21 The biblical verse above may be an accurate metaphorical description of our relationship, as producers and consumers of journalism, with Facebook. The social network giant is benevolent – it gives us ways and means and sustenance. Conversely, it is aggravating and it is jealous – punishing those … Continue reading Facebook News: The Give, The Take, and The Grand Mystery

Live Breaking News! (but first, this word from our sponsor)

Everyone from Mark Zuckerberg to Gary Vaynerchuck is on record saying that video is the future for social networks. We already know that video helps catch the eye of scrolling social users, leading to engagement, and Facebook’s own analytic studies have shown that users are prone to stay with live video three times longer than video that has been recorded. As legions of traditional TV … Continue reading Live Breaking News! (but first, this word from our sponsor)

I Second That Emoticon

Smokey Robinson wanted a lifetime of devotion from his girl. Mark Zuckerberg wants the same from you, his product user. Of course, what’s at the root of that desire isn’t the quest for unconditional love like Smokey’s. No, Zuckerberg’s (and his brethren of techno-genius competitors’) focus is strictly profit driven. And, as is often the case in the world of our social media giants, that … Continue reading I Second That Emoticon