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The great Apple Watch letdown of 2015


I’ve been using Apple products since 1984, when I was in 7th grade. The guy who ran the computer lab let me come in every morning to help load the Apple Macintoshes with the Bank Street Writer and Oregon Trail. Those are fond memories, although 7th grade ended up really …

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Twitter direct messages: Change is good


Twitter direct messages just got more useful and powerful. The platform made a big change today to the core features better known as DMs. Now you can opt in to receive direct — or private — messages from anyone, even if you don’t follow that person or if they don’t …

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Periscope. Meerkat. Livestreaming is back


Livestreaming has been a huge topic of conversation in our newsroom this week. First, Meerkat. Now, Periscope. And as quickly as we started a plan for Meerkat, now we’ve replaced it with Periscope because it’s better and seems to have so much more potential being owned by Twitter. And that’s …

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The problem with that beautiful gold MacBook


Leave it to Apple to overshadow itself at an event. For weeks leading up to the Apple Watch unveiling, I pointed out the pitfalls of Apple announcing anything else that day other than the watch. When you want all eyes to be on your biggest innovation in 5 years, you …

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Why the Facebook Year in Review app sucks


Based on my newsfeed, I would think the worst thing Facebook has ever done was to release this “Year in Review” app. Not the worst thing, but it is pretty shitty. Let me get one thing out of the way first, because it’s important: You do not have to post …

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Rooms: Talk about social media in #SoSocial


Let’s try something new and hopefully fun. I started #SoSocial in the new Facebook Rooms app. And I’m inviting you. Here’s how it works: 1. Download the Rooms app (currently iOS only). It’s not connected to Facebook at all. You don’t even have to share your real name, although you are …

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The Google Plus Social Media Community is closed

It was a tough decision, but the Social Media Community on Google Plus, one that I founded when Communities were in their infancy on that platform, has been closed. It was a heart-wrenching decision that I did not come to lightly. With the help and support of moderators Christian Bell-Young …

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World Cup champs: Social media on KGO


Tuesday. That’s the day we talk social media on KGO’s After the Bell with Jason Middleton and Kim Foster. Today, we talked about Facebook and Twitter’s performance during the World Cup, as well as LeBron James’ performance during the World Cup and Spotify’s wedding data gathering. Here’s the short version: …

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Slingshot: Facebook’s Pong? Social media on KGO


Tuesday. My favorite day. Well, I do like Friday a lot. And Saturday. But anyhow, Tuesday is when I get social with Jason Middleton and Kim Foster on KGO’s After The Bell. Today, we talked about Facebook’s new Snapchat competitor Slingshot and World Cup fever on Twitter and Facebook. Facebook …

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Facebook, you’re a big flirt: Social media on KGO


It’s Tuesday, and that’s when I get social with Jason Middleton and Kim Foster on KGO’s After The Bell. Today, we talked about Facebook’s new way to flirt and Twitter flirting with purchasing audio platform SoundCloud. Facebook’s new ask feature is a button that pops up on profiles where relationship …

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