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DIGITAL TRENDS | DIGITAL TRENDS STAFF
#ThrowBackThursday is Only the Start: Instagram Hashtags for Every Day of the Week
In a world where the word “selfie” is part of everyday language, and your filter choice could make or break your Insta engagement, it’s safe to say that staying current on trends is necessary to upping your game on social media. To help, Digital Trends revealed popular hashtags for the benefit of your social posts. Aside from the more notable #ManCrushMonday and #WomanCrushWednesday, it lists #TechTuesday, #ThursdayThoughts, #FridayReads, #SaturdaySwag, and #SundayFunday, among many others.
TECHCRUNCH | JOSH CONSTINE
WhatsApp Launches Status, an Encrypted Snapchat Stories Clone
WhatsApp Status is the newest competitor for Snapchat. TechCrunch reports that Status, located via a tab inside WhatsApp, is for sharing decorated photos, videos, and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours — all while maintaining a popular feature: end-to-end encryption. Snapchat doesn’t yet have strong traction in parts of South America, Eastern Europe, and the developing world, which presents an opportunity for WhatsApp to further dominate on a global scale. If WhatsApp Status takes off as planned, it could hinder Snapchat’s global growth in user-generated content.
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WIRED | CARL BROOKS JR.
Inside Blavity, The Startup on a Quest to be The News Source for Black Millennials
Blavity is a 3-year-old media and tech company that’s been described as “BuzzFeed for black millennials,” reports Wired. When CEO and cofounder Morgan DeBaun was a student at Washington University in St. Louis, she and a handful of friends found that other black students gravitated to their cafeteria table to discuss topics ranging from music and culture to politics and local news. With the creation of Blavity, DeBaun sought to recreate this experience. Sixty percent of the site’s articles are submitted by readers and then edited by Blavity’s staff. The idea is to exhibit journalism created by and for Blavity’s target audience.
BOSTON GLOBE | JACLYN REISS
Trump Campaign Sends Survey on Media Bias that is, well, Pretty Biased
The Trump Administration sent supporters a survey on “Mainstream Media Accountability” following a press conference where Trump, once again, accused the media of putting out fake news. According to the Boston Globe, the survey, sent via email to gather information about the people’s perception of media bias, is itself pretty biased. The questions were phrased in a way to lead participants in a certain direction — a negative campaign technique called a “push poll” by experts — and seemed to promote moves by the Trump Administration thus far.
MEDIUM | ANDREW DUNN
A Digital News Reader’s Bill of Rights
The digital news reader’s bill of rights suggests that news organizations and journalists should consider readers as customers of a product. It’s imperative for digital news publishers to create a quality product, rather than criticize readers’ habits when it comes to consuming digital news, Dunn concludes. The full list of rights emphasizes the need for accurate and complete information in headlines; faster load times and limited pop-ups; less dumbing down and more explaining; and the acknowledgment of comments as a beneficial component that will help to make digital news better.
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Tabresha B. Langham is a Customer Content Specialist with PR Newswire. She also is a social media junkie, foodie, music fiend and Auburn University Alumn (War Eagle!). Tune into her insights as a social curator at @PRNmedia, or follow @TabreshaL.