Happy Friday, everyone! Let’s kick off your weekend with a digital marketing and tech roundup, shall we?
Today we’re talking about some seriously intrusive iOS apps that could be recording your every move, Facebook’s 15th anniversary, a disheartening social media photo project and of course, Friday Fun.
Plus, did you hear? The world’s most famous egg finally cracked! Read on to find out what it has to say.
Apple Issues Warning to Apps That Record User Screens
Earlier this week, news broke that some apps have been recording user screens while in use on the iOS platform. Apps from companies like Air Canada, Expedia, and Hollister are just a few that are capable of recording your every move during use – without asking for your permission.
These apps create “session replays” which allow companies to see exactly how users are interacting with their apps, thanks to technology from a company called Glassbox Digital. While it might be great from a business perspective, it’s definitely bad news for user privacy.
After word broke (and people were understandably upset), Apple issued a warning to app developers to remove the capability to record user screens from their code or risk being banned from the iOS app store.
Tell us – do you have any of the offending apps installed? How do you feel about your information potentially being accessed in this way?
It’s Official: The World’s Most Famous Egg Has Cracked (For a Good Reason)
The little egg (also known as Eugene), found all the social media attention and resultant pressures to be perfect a little much. And he is encouraging others who might be feeling the same way to check out talkingegg.info for a list of mental health resources worldwide.
While we’re surprised we didn’t see a big brand try to harness the power of the infamous egg, we’re happy to see the social notoriety he’s gained being used to support a very important cause.
Eugene, after all, is a good egg.
The New York Times Takes an Honest Look at Facebook’s 15 Years
Facebook turned 15 this week – can you believe it?
In honor of the occasion, and in an example of expert-level trolling, The New York Times created a very Facebook-esque video to look back at the social network’s beginnings…and a lot of the rocky moments it has encountered (especially recently).
Happy Birthday, Facebook! 15 years today — and what a rollercoaster it has been. We created a friendship anniversary video for Mark Zuckerberg to mark the day. pic.twitter.com/iDz84LrTeV
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) February 5, 2019
The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data disgrace and Russian interference via Facebook ads during the last US presidential election were just two of the scandals highlighted in the NYT’s anniversary greeting.
We want to know – what are your thoughts on the video?
Teenagers Edit Images of Themselves to be “Social Media Ready”… The Results Are Sad
A new photo series by renowned British photographer Rankin entitled “Selfie Harm” is showing how social media is warping young minds.
The project asked 15 teens between the ages of 13-19 to spend up to five minutes editing a photo of themselves. The goal? Make it what theysaw as “social-media ready.” The before and after comparisons are shocking, and quite sad. Not only do the results show how easy it is to alter the images we see online, it reveals the pressure teens are under to look a certain way.
Many of the girls narrowed their noses, slimmed their faces, plumped up their lips and edited out freckles…all for social media “likes”.
Rankin hopes the project will help bring attention to real societal issues like FOMO (fear of missing out), increased anxiety and what he calls “Snapchat dysmorphia”, all thanks to the hyper-consumption of digital content.
New Year, New Emoji
Feel like your most-used emoji list could use some revamping? You’re in luck!
A whopping 230 new emoji are on their way, set to launch sometime this year. If you ever wanted to send a digital waffle, sloth, or pair of underwear via emoji, the time has come. Even better — the new edition is chock full of more inclusive icons, including skin tone variety, men and women with wheelchairs and sign-language emoji.
And speaking of emoji, here’s some more Friday Fun in the form of a handy guide to help you make the most of society’s most neglected icons.
A Painting of a Painting of a Painting…
When a boy loves his mom, there’s nothing he won’t do for her. Did you see this awesomeness unfold on Reddit? Check out the Twitter thread below for some feel-good vibes before you head into the weekend.
— Nick Kapur (@nick_kapur) January 30, 2019