Every week I keep tabs on what’s trending, new technology, and consumer habits that impact the social web and our culture. Sign up to get this in your inbox every Friday here.
The President is De-Platformed: Trump banned from Facebook indefinitely. Trump suspended indefinitely from Snapchat. Twitter Faces a Trumpless Future. YouTube Restricts Trump. TikTok removes Trump videos.
Teams Forever: If 2020 was the year of the video meeting, 2021 could be the year when the apps that went mainstream during the crisis cement their position at the center of working life, writes Financial Times. Slack, Zoom, Teams and others are all iterating as they plan for post-pandemic demand and continued use of this software in our workplaces. According to Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s chief executive, Teams is on its way to becoming a digital platform as significant as the internet browser, or a computer operating system. And Dell has announced their new monitors will feature a dedicated “Teams button.”
Facebook Pages are Changing: Facebook is introducing a cleaner Pages design for public figures, with a focus on bios, posts, and important info. Comments from Pages will be bumped to the top of the comments section, and users will be able to follow Pages directly from comments and recommendations posts. Facebook is also removing Likes and focusing on Followers to simplify the way people connect with their favorite public figure Pages. Unlike Likes, Followers of a Page represent the people who can receive updates from Pages, which helps give public figures a stronger indication of their fan base. If successful, these changes could come to brand pages, so it’s worth monitoring. Read more here.
Enterprise Software Going Viral? In 2019, The Atlantic wrote about how parents were beginning to use enterprise software and apps like Asana and Trello to assign their children chores. But the latest consumer trend of using enterprise software features teens signing up for Notion project manager accounts! They’re creating Notion boards that mimic Tumblr feeds and making TikToks showing off how they organize school, friends, movies, and more. What’s next, Microsoft Teams?
Recommended Reads of the Week: The Generation that Doesn’t Believe Helen Keller Existed; 13 Times Jon Ossoff Was Such A Millennial On Twitter; Leading Through Anxiety
- Bean Dad became Twitter’s first ‘main character’ of 2021
- Instagram Stories is updating how you view Stories on desktop.
- Signal is seeing a huge surge in downloads due to the Whatsapp news (and Elon Musk).
- Facebook detailed its roadmap for AR, VR, and smart glasses in 2021. Apple’s glasses may be coming, too. We’ll see.
- Twitter has a new page with tips for developing your brand voice, including downloadable worksheets.
- Google is adding short-form videos from Instagram and TikTok videos in their own dedicated carousel in the Google app for mobile devices.
- Apple filed a patent for a MacBook charging an iPad, which is charging an iPhone, which is charging an Apple Watch.
Wanna feel old? Check out these tech birthdays in 2021:
- TikTok: 3 years
- Lyft: 9 years
- Snapchat: 10 years
- Instagram: 11 years
- Uber: 12 years
- Twitter: 15 years
- YouTube: 16 years
- Facebook: 17 years
- Tesla: 18 years
- Google: 23 years
- Netflix: 25 years
- Amazon: 27 years
- Apple: 45 years
- Microsoft: 46 years
- Intel: 53 years
- HP: 82 years
- IBM: 110 years
See you on the internet!