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The changing nature of social media is laid bare in three articles I read this week
Meta is falling apart. Revenue is dropping, and its valuation is plummeting. Time to get fit.
Twitter post Elon's purchase will be a level of turmoil. Welcome to Hell Elon
While BeReal is where the cool kids are at. A detailed history of BeReal's rise from 0 customers till yesterday.
This shift to smaller communication bubbles has been a long time coming. Psychologically it's incredibly difficult (and quite frankly, quite weird) to have to deal with a following or network of quasi-contacts. But that's not the only story. This is about investor confidence. There's a lack of confidence in Meta's new plan. Elon has confidence in ripping up the rulebook with Twitter. And investors are betting on a Gen-Z phenomenon. I call it being micro-social.
I don't often recommend pieces I haven't at least skimmed in full. But I'm halfway through The Only Crypto Story You Need from Bloomberg which you will see below. It is long (I'd suspect that it will take 4 or 5 hours to read in total) but worth it. (so far)
Onward! - Rahim
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But at least you have something to talk about. During the worst days of the pandemic, we all used Zoom, for better and worse. It had its quirks—You’re muted, Cathy, and so forth—but it offered a necessary human connection. The rise of videochat also amplified the decline in telephony.
I was born smaller than a slice of bread. For more than three months, an army of doctors and nurses at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston monitored my incubator to keep my paper-thin skin from peeling away.
The tech world never lacks trending topics, but one of the most interesting this year is the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to create art. The resulting images can be everything from grotesque to stunning.
This is what success looks like in the creator economy: Sometimes you have to beg millions of fans for mercy. The thing about the video is that people like me weren’t really supposed to be watching it. You could tell from the first line: “Ned Fulmer is no longer working with the Try Guys.
A little over 15 years ago, scientists at Kyoto University in Japan made a remarkable discovery. When they added just four proteins to a skin cell and waited about two weeks, some of the cells underwent an unexpected and astounding transformation: they became young again.
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