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End of the line for Vine

October 30, 2016 - Posted by

Say goodbye to Vine. This week, the company announced that it would be looping no more. While the main website Death of Vinewill still be available for users to download their content, the mobile app will soon be discontinued.

It makes sense- when you can include quick video snips and hilarious gifs in every platform, there’s no need for a separate app. And Vine was at it’s best when the clips were a little goofy. (The Ringer has a thorough, although NSFW roundup to fuel your nostalgia.)

The Hits Keep Coming
The bad news about Vine was just one of many negative headlines for Twitter, who owns it. There was the one about the share price lawsuit. And the one about job cuts. Even the news about the positive quarterly earnings seemed to get less coverage than speculation about its 4 am start time of the call.

On the same call, Twitter announced that new safety features will be releasing new safety features some time in November. Considering that abuse was seen as one of the reasons no one wanted to buy Twitter this fall, it’s well past time they get it under control.

 

About the author:
Tara Saylor Litzenberger is a communications manager by day, grad student by night and curious all the time. She is also a web nerd and recovering copywriter. Tara focuses on the channels that enable communication and using metrics to improve communication effectiveness. She tweets about communication and combines as @AnokheeTara.

Using social media to help save lives

October 30, 2016 - Posted by

Cyber bullying. Fear of missing out. Social media addiction. Envy of perfectly curated feeds. There’s plenty of hand-wringing over the potential negative impacts that social media can have on mental health. So it’s great to share a story about using the power of social media for good.instagram mental health

Last week, Instagram announced a new feature that allows you to send an anonymous message if you see someone hinting at self-harm, suicide, or an eating disorder. The user will get a message with links to mental health resources based on their location. The same support message will occur if a user searches for certain hashtags.

And remember:  You don’t have to wait for a new feature to launch to reach out if you’re worried about a friend. And if you need to talk to someone, the National Suicide Prevention Line is there 24/7.

 

About the author:
Tara Saylor Litzenberger is a communications manager by day, grad student by night and curious all the time. She is also a web nerd and recovering copywriter. Tara focuses on the channels that enable communication and using metrics to improve communication effectiveness. She tweets about communication and combines as @AnokheeTara.