Social Media

Google begins shutting down its failed Google+ social network

Google has officially started the process of shutting down and deleting all consumer accounts on its Google+ social network platform, bringing an end to the company’s attempt to directly compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter. “The shutdown is underway as of this morning,” a Google spokesperson confirmed to The Verge by email on Tuesday. Google+ is being phased out due ... Read More »

Vergecast: Recapping Code Conference and Youtube CEO Susan Wojcicki’s difficult week

Fresh off of Code Conference, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul discuss YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki’s apology and difficult week, and consider whether there’s any viable alternative to Youtube amid all the backlash the company’s received in recent weeks. They also discuss the leaked photo of the upcoming Pixel 4 and ponder the strategy behind the leaked photo. And later, a recap ... Read More »

YouTube, Google Play Music pass 15 million subscribers, next target Apple Music

Google’s paid music services have eclipsed 15 million subscribers, according to two people familiar with the numbers, a milestone for a company that has struggled to build subscription media businesses. The figure includes subscribers to two services — YouTube Music and Google Play Music, an older service that is being folded into YouTube Music — said the people, who asked not to be identified ... Read More »

Google begins shutting down its failed Google+ social network

Google has officially started the process of shutting down and deleting all consumer accounts on its Google+ social network platform, bringing an end to the company’s attempt to directly compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter. “The shutdown is underway as of this morning,” a Google spokesperson confirmed to The Verge by email on Tuesday. Google+ is being phased out due ... Read More »

Twitter Reduces Maximum Number of Accounts Users Can Follow Per Day to 400

You know what used to be a key Twitter “growth hack”? Following a heap of people, giving it a few days to see who follows you back, then unfollowing them all en masse. Rinse and repeat a couple of times per week, and you’ll be on the fast track to thousands of followers. Those followers, of course, likely aren’t engaged ... Read More »

THE GOLDEN AGE OF YOUTUBE IS OVER

Danny Philippou is mad. He’s practically standing on top of his chair as his twin brother and fellow YouTube creator Michael stares on in amusement. Logan Paul, perhaps YouTube’s most notorious character, laughs on the other side of the desk that they’re all sitting around for an episode of his popular podcast Impaulsive. Anyone who’s watched the Philippous’ channel, RackaRacka, won’t be surprised by Danny’s ... Read More »

How YouTube India spurred a thriving content economy cutting across genres, languages, demographics

India’s YouTube stars are rushing against time just days ahead of the YouTube FanFest. The event, which takes the platform’s biggest stars to live stages worldwide, is in India now. YouTubers say FanFest is “a lot of craziness”. So, chasing them down for conversations in the midst of their frenetic schedules was not easy. “Mera abhi tak FanFest ka script likhna ... Read More »

Twitter will let users be much more specific when reporting tweets with personal information

Twitter is adding new options to its reporting process for tweets that share personal information, adding much more specific fields that users can highlight when submitting reports. Now, when reporting a tweet that contains private information, users will be taken to an additional menu allowing them to specify whether the tweet contains contact information, a home address or physical location, financial information, ... Read More »

This week in IT: Could the Facebook founder’s recent blog post be an answer to India’s data localisation mandate?

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in his blog post on March 7 spoke about company’s way forward, privacy and data storage among others. Zuckerberg said, “People want to know their data is stored securely in places they trust. Looking at the future of the internet and privacy, I believe one of the most important decisions we’ll make is where we’ll build data centers ... Read More »

Jack Black Bucks YouTube Conventions, But Can He Outlast Them?

Actor Jack Black addresses the audience during a ceremony awarding him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION/AP On December 21st 2018, Jack Black decided to give YouTube a holiday gift and announced the start of his gaming channel, Jablinski Games, that would “be bigger than ... Read More »