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Twitter Co-Founder Launches New ‘Jelly’ Image Q&A Platform (AllTwitter)
Jelly launched Tuesday, and, yup, it’s a Q&A app. But it’s not like anything we’ve seen before. Built around the concept that “everyone’s mobile, everyone’s connected,” Twitter co-founder Biz Stone explains Jelly as a new way to search via photos. USA Today It’s a search engine where users follow friends, then leverage that social circle to discover information. Users can send text queries or snap a photo and ask their network for more details. If friends don’t have the answer, users can forward their query outside the app to find one. The Huffington Post The Huffington Post spoke to Stone by phone on Tuesday and asked him about the hype around his app, which has intensified in the months since he wrote a mysterious, vague blog post announcing his new venture. Stone was modest about the all the publicity: “Because of Twitter I’ve gained notoriety, so that’s given it a boost,” Stone told HuffPost in an interview. “It’s a blessing and a curse, because when we’ve been working on it we couldn’t do it without anyone watching.” The New York Times/Bits Blog Jelly’s logo is a jellyfish, which the company said it chose “because it has a loose network of nerves that act as a ‘brain’ similar to the way we envision loosely distributed networks of people coordinating via Jelly to help each other.” Stone said that each query goes to only some of your Twitter followers or Facebook friends as well as to some of their connections. The Wall Street Journal/Digits Over time, Stone says the goal is to improve the algorithm so that Jelly sends each question to specific users who are most likely to help. As it collects more data, Jelly could take on different uses.
Newspaper to Put All Reporters Through Social Media Boot Camp (Mashable)
Audrey Cooper, the first female managing editor in the San Francisco Chronicle‘s 148-year history, will require all staff to enter what is being described as a startup-style incubator. In a plush off-site office procured from the paper’s Food and Wine section, journalists will undergo two months of rigorous training — in effect, a digital and social media boot camp.
Are Kickstarter Videos Infomercials for the Digital Age? (SocialTimes)
An argument can be made that Kickstarter is so popular because it’s one big infomercial channel. Kickstarter’s premise is pretty easy to understand: someone has a great idea but no funding to make it a reality.
Twitter Will Issue First Quarterly Report as Public Company on Feb. 5, Take Questions Via Twitter (TechCrunch)
Tuesday, Twitter announced that it will report its fourth quarter fiscal year 2013 results on Feb. 5. This is the first report to be issued since the company went public last year.
Facebook Adds ‘Create Post’ Button to Pages (AllFacebook)
Facebook added a new “Create Post” button at the top of pages, which functions as a shortcut that directs page administrators to the traditional status update box. If pages’ admin panels are already open, the Create Post button appears next to the “Edit Page” button and the other admin functions.
Indiegogo Will Now Let Companies Set Up Mirrored Crowdfunding Campaigns on Their Own Sites (VentureBeat)
Indiegogo launched a new feature Tuesday that enables companies to embed crowdfunding campaigns to their own websites that mirrors campaigns on Indiegogo. “As Indiegogo and the crowdfunding industry have evolved, our campaign owners have become increasingly savvy and through their feedback, we’ve discovered that some have wanted the ability to run campaigns on their own websites, with their own customized branding and established audience,” Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin told VentureBeat.
And the Social TV Shorty Awards Categories are … (LostRemote)
The award categories for the 6th annual Shorty Awards just launched, and social TV is being recognized in a big way. Social TV makes up three categories, including best social integration for a TV commercial, best social integration for a live TV show and social TV’s best show (nominees so far are the WWE and Syfy’s Haven).
E-Commerce Giant Alibaba Integrates its Payment Service with ‘China’s Twitter’ Sina Weibo (The Next Web)
Tuesday Alibaba revealed details of how it is integrating its payment service, Alipay, into Weibo. With the “Weibo Payment” feature, users can connect their Alipay accounts with their Weibo accounts and buy items without having to log in.
‘The Bachelor’ Tops Nielsen’s Twitter TV Rankings This Week (AppNewser)
“The Bachelor” has topped Nielsen’s SocialGuide this week. The guide is a weekly list that highlights the top television shows that are being tweeted about week-to-week.
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