The Weekly Download – November 22, 2019

Weekly Download Nov 28Another week has come and gone, and it’s time for a new installment of The Weekly Download!

Here’s what we’ve got lined up today: Wikipedia’s co-founder launches an ad-free social network, Twitter introduces reporting for lists, Google places new limits on political ads, Facebook experiments with a new meme-making app and more.

Oh, and speaking of memes — you won’t want to miss this edition of Friday Fun!

Wikipedia Co-founder Launches WT:Social – An Ad-Free Social Network 

Tired of all the ads you see as you scroll through social media? You’re in luck! Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales believes he can build a better social network that’s completely ad-free.

Called WT:Social, or WikiTribune, the network has no financial association with Wikipedia, but plans to operate on a similar business model based on donations.

WT:Social actually went live last month and has amassed over 200,000 users to date. Access is being slowly rolled out to those who want the “free” experience – you’ll have to register for a lengthy wait list. If you want immediate access to the site, it’ll cost you: just $13 a month or $100 a year. 

Will you be signing up for an ad-free experience at WT:Social?

Twitter is Finally Allowing People to Report Lists Used for Harassment

Here’s some good news that’s been a long time coming: Twitter is finally addressing the dark side of Twitter lists.

The social network will now allow users to flag lists as abusive, making it the first time that the company has had a reporting function specifically for lists.

Users will be able to report a Twitter list the same way they might report an individual tweet. Those who report a list will receive an email confirmation receipt and recommendations for additional actions to improve their Twitter experience.

Once a user has been reported for abuse or harassment, they will be placed in “time-out” until the offending list has been deleted.

The update is now available on iOS and Android, and will be coming to Twitter’s website “soon.”

Google Introduces New Limits on Political Ads

Google announced Wednesday that it will now limit advertisers from targeting people based on their politics. The announcement comes at a time where tech has come under intense scrutiny for how it has handled political advertising. 

Audience targeting will now be limited for election ads to age, gender and general location by postal code. Previously, verified advertisers could also target ads by political affiliation, using terms like left-leaning, right-leaning, or independent.

The new policies will be enforced in the UK starting next week ahead of the company’s general election on December 12. The updated regulations will come into effect worldwide in early January 2020.

Facebook is Experimenting with a Meme-Creation App Called “Whale”

Facebook’s NPE team is working on another app that will allow users to create their own memes called “Whale.”

According to a report from TechCrunch, the app will allow users to decorate photos with text and stickers in order to create memes that can be shared to social media or texted to friends.

Whale is currently a lot like other photo editing apps on the App Store, but it does have the advantage of being free to use without in-app purchases or subscriptions.

Users can take a photo, select a picture from their camera roll, or browse a library of stock images to create their own meme or stickers, complete with emojis, text, effects and filters.

Whale is only available in the Canadian App Store for now. Let us know if you decide to try it out for yourself!

Friday Fun

Hilarious “Gonna Tell my Kids” Meme Takes over Twitter

People are tweeting about the celebrities they’re going to tell their kids about one day, and it’s become a strange but totally funny meme.

The meme is called “gonna tell my kids” or “telling my kids” and it pairs a picture of a celeb with a caption: “I’m telling my kid this is….” or “I’m gonna tell my kids this is…”

This part is where people (hilariously) fill in the blank with an entirely different celebrity. While the image provided is never actually of the celebrity mentioned, it often shares characteristics with that celebrity, historical figure or icon. Some brands have even gotten in on the fun.

Feeling a little confused? Don’t worry: we’ve pulled some of the greatest examples we’ve seen within the Twitterverse this week. Enjoy!

Little Girl’s Hilariously Extravagant Christmas Wish List Goes Viral 

Twitter user @A_johnson412 took to the platform to share a snapshot of his 10-year-old daughter’s Christmas wish list and it wasn’t long before the image went viral:

 Equally amazing were some of the responses the original tweet got:

We say keep dreaming big, girl!

Line drawn peony from Spodek & Co Digital marketing site