📰 In the news
🐦 If you can’t beat ‘em, join’ em? Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey plans to develop a decentralized social media standard. It’s a bold move paving the way for the potential demise of your own business, but here we are. He does add that Twitter will be an adopter of this standard, so we’ll keep a close eye on this one.
💉 No, it’s not a new name that celebs are naming their kids. The vaccine selfie, or vaxxie, is the latest trend that shows how people really can’t just put their phones down anymore. I’m kidding! I quite like this display of optimism togetherness. Not everyone does, but the people getting the needle right now are those most at risk or those working their hardest to minimize that risk. So, I say let ‘em enjoy it and stop being a needle in my side.
🏴☠️ If like me, you’ve had a weird obsession with sea shanties from an early age (thanks Tropico 2 and AC: IV), I can now confirm that for the first time in your life, you’re on-trend. Just when you thought you had TikTok all figured out, in comes the sea shanty phenomenon to rock the boat. If you’re looking to jump ship from sea shanties, might I suggest some pirate metal?
📶 We knew this would happen the moment the Zuck machine swallowed WhatsApp back in 2014… The changes to the Ts and Cs bring it more in line with Facebook. This has led to users leaving the platform in droves, jumping to Signal messenger.
A couple of things to note here. One – if you’re planning to leave social media as a result of this, it’s basically like dialing 911 after your house has already burned down. Two – you’d be shocked at what goes on behind the scenes under the guide of “quality assurance.” To see exactly what (disclosed) information platforms have on you, check here.
🤔 Thought of the week
Off to a solid start, I see.