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Blaise Grimes-Viort

Pay-to-play

Pay-to-play: would a subscription model work for social media?

February 5, 2019 2:36 pm Published by Comments Off on Pay-to-play: would a subscription model work for social media?

If we don’t want to give our data to social networks, is it time they considered a different revenue model? The popular saying is that if you’re not the customer, you’re the product. We know the drill: in exchange for our free use of its platform, a social network sells our data to its advertisers. […]


LOL

How can social networks and apps appeal to Generation Z?

January 29, 2019 12:31 pm Published by Comments Off on How can social networks and apps appeal to Generation Z?

Facebook is testing a new gif and meme sharing app – appropriately named LOL – in a bid to attract younger generations (and to keep them coming back for more). It’s long been reported that younger users are abandoning the platform. It’s the platform of their parents (which means that while they may have to […]


Steemit

Steemit – the social network that pays users for their content

January 22, 2019 4:29 pm Published by Comments Off on Steemit – the social network that pays users for their content

While some people believe that paying to access social networks is the future of social media, others take the opposite view. Imagine if the networks paid their users. Would it be viable in the long-term? Steemit is a social media site (launched in March 2016 ) that uses blockchain to reward users for creating content […]


Vero

Vero: can the authenticity app compete with mainstream social media?

January 18, 2019 2:04 pm Published by Comments Off on Vero: can the authenticity app compete with mainstream social media?

Would you pay for a social media account? Vero thinks so. Founded in 2015 by Ayman Hariri (the billionaire son of the former Prime Minister of Lebanon), Vero had a quiet few years, followed by a turbulent 2018. Vero is an app that takes inspiration from various social networks, but has a distinct ethos that […]


Another day, another Facebook crisis

Does Facebook’s latest privacy scandal matter to users?

January 14, 2019 2:10 pm Published by Comments Off on Does Facebook’s latest privacy scandal matter to users?

Facebook continues to be besieged by privacy issues. In December, it came to light that more than 150 companies (including Amazon, Netflix and Spotify) could access private message data from Facebook Messenger. While Facebook claims that all data is shared with users’ permissions, a report from the New York Times says that the level of […]