Snapchat and Twitter are on the opposite sides of the social media spectrum. As many of us know, Snapchat is more photo and video oriented, with dog filters and dancing hot dogs galore. Twitter leans more towards text heavy posts (granted your message is under 280 characters) with the occasional GIF here and there. Now, Twitter is rumored to be planning on bridging the gap by creating a Snapchat-style feature.
Twitter Inc. is supposedly working on a Snapchat-style tool that will make it easier for users to post videos on its app, according to a report by Bloomberg on Thursday. The feature is supposed to encourage users to share more videos by reducing the amount of steps it takes to post video content.
At this time, the design has not been finalized, and there is no timeline set for its debut. Twitter has yet to make a comment on this new feature.
Snapchat Stories trailer published on Snapchat’s YouTube channel on Oct 3, 2013.
Twitter is not the first company to become inspired by Snapchat’s story feature, which allows users to post videos before it disappears forever after 24 hours. The social media powerhouse Facebook Inc. released an identical feature on both its Messenger and Instagram apps a couple years ago.
For Facebook, the copycat feature was a success, at least on Instagram. Instagram stories has over 150 million daily users worldwide. Facebook on the other hand… some consider Facebook stories to be a “total failure.”
As far as Twitter goes, the company has been struggling with a stagnant user base for months, and its stock has been collapsing. At this point, it is hard to tell whether or not this move can revive Twitter’s user base. However, shares of Snapchat parent Snap fell more than 5% on Thursday, and Twitter shares gained about 1.4%. Is this just a coincidence, or could there be some truth behind the rumor?
Trump Has a Really Big Budget Proposal
And it might hit higher education right where it hurts.
The White House’s 2019 budget proposal was released yesterday, with the bold headline being that the administration wants $4.4 trillion for the year. The proposal bears President Trump’s vision of an America armed for war, paid for in part by an America that doesn’t prioritize education.
The $4.4 trillion is a dramatic increase from the amount of money the Trump administration spent during 2017. Much of the added funds would go toward military spending and toward funding a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico.
“We’re going to have the strongest military we’ve ever had, by far,” the president said. To “balance” the federal budget see-saw, Trump removes weight through cuts, scientific research, public broadcasting, and domestic programs benefitting the poor and middle class, such as student loans.
The proposal would also reduce funding for social programs like Medicaid and Medicare. Even with these cuts, government spending is projected to increase the federal debt by at least $7 trillion by 2027.
According to CNBC, “The proposal would sharply curtail income-based repayment plans, scratch the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and embolden the government to go after students who don’t pay their loans and cut funding for federal work study in half.”
Implementation of such changes to loans would be seen by borrowers only after July 1, 2019.
As lawmakers from both parties digest the details, they will be arming for a potentially long struggle toward approval in the weeks ahead.
Dunkin’ to Stop Using Foam Cups by 2020
And it’s about time, too.
There has always been something different about getting coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s a no-frill — but super tasty — alternative to Starbucks or your local brewer, with down home, no-frills feel.
And they serve their brew in those foam cups. Comforting and easy to grab, sure, but not very good for the environment.
Dunkin’ announced today that those polystyrene foam cups will be completely phased out from its stores globally by 2020, reducing the waste stream by millions.
Foam packaging of any kind decomposes very slowly, washes into waterways and can harm sea life and other creatures who depend on the water supply to live.
McDonald’s also said it will get rid of any remaining foam cups in the next few years as well, though they have already drastically reduced dependance on them.
So raise one to Dunkin’ for taking a step in an environmentally friendly direction.
Buzzfeed and NBC Launched a ‘Millennial Parenting’ Channel Today
Playfull is aimed at parents aged 20-34, which is you, college students with kids.
NBCUniversal and BuzzFeed launched something that is being called a “millennial parenting channel” today on Facebook.
Peggy Wang, BuzzFeed’s editorial director for lifestyle brands told Digiday that the focus will be giving parents valuable and relatable information with a BuzzFeed bent. Those parents are in the age range of 20 to 34, meaning it would include some college students.
Expect to see a 15-second commercial that will air during the Winter Olympics pushing the Playfull brand.
Here’s the video that appeared on Playfull’s page this morning:
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States Fight Back Against FCC’s Orders to End Net Neutrality in April
Nearly half the states in the U.S. are fighting for net neutrality.
University of Vermont Students and Faculty Rally Against Racial Injustices
The rallies come as a response to growing racial tensions on the University of Vermont campus.