Five things worth sharing from the last week or so, brought to you by a different member of the Browser Media team every Friday.
This week’s My Five is by Ashleigh.
1. People are up in arms due to Google’s latest testing
Google has been testing black search results and many users (really) don’t like it and are venting their frustrations on Twitter to try and #BringBackTheBlue:
What are you playing at, @google? You crazy#BringBackTheBlue
— ?lec (@WhatsAnAlec) May 10, 2016
@Google – I believe April fools was LAST month. When you're done with your identity crisis, please #BringBackTheBlue
— Shanto Goswami (@shantogos) May 9, 2016
2. Facebook launches face recognition app
Only available in the EU and Canada at the moment, Facebook’s new app, named Moments, automatically groups together photos that feature the same face(s), and then makes it really simple to share those photos with the people that appear in them (if they too have the app).
It has sparked controversy though as the original design automatically tagged people based on the Facebook database and people had no way to opt out of the process.
3. Amazon goes against Google and launches an online video service to rival YouTube
Named Amazon Video Direct, the new service allows users to post videos and earn royalties from them, much like Google’s giant in this sector, YouTube: https://videodirect.amazon.com/home/landing
Will it take off? According to Jim Freeman, Vice President of Amazon Video, “There are more options for distribution than ever before and with Amazon Video Direct, for the first time, there’s a self-service option for video providers to get their content into a premium streaming subscription service.”
“We’re excited to make it even easier for content creators to find an audience, and for that audience to find great content”, Freeman said.
4. So no-one’s using Facebook’s reactions?
It was found in a study conducted on 130,000 Facebook posts by Quintly between 10th and 25th April 2016, that only 2.4% of all Facebook interactions include the new reactions. A huge 76% were likes, 14% shares, and 7% comments.
Do you use them?
5. Are you as smart as a 10 year old?
Why not try this 13 question, multiple choice quiz to see if you could pass an English SAT test designed for 10 year olds: https://www.buzzfeed.com/tomchivers/connective-tissue