Headlines & Stuff June 20, 2014

Written by: Christy Wise
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Here are some cool things we read about this past week:

LinkedIn Unveils a New App Dedicated to Job Searches
This week, LinkedIn added another app to its collection. The Job Search app (it’s sixth standalone app) is intended to do one thing very well: help users find and apply for new jobs. The app includes job search filters like seniority level, industry and location and both searches and individual jobs can be saved for a second look down the road. The app will also recommend positions to you based on openings you’ve viewed and saved job searches.

Facebook Officially Unveils Slingshot This Week
Facebook announced Slingshot this week, a messaging app to compete with Snapchat. Users can send photos and videos up to 15 seconds long using the app and once those messages are viewed and cleared by the recipient, they disappear from their phone for good. The only catch: Users are required to respond with an image or video in order to “unlock” those they receive.  This is a way for users to force users to share more frequently.  You do not need a Facebook account to use the app. Though the app was one of the top 50 most downloaded this week, it was topped by a new app that just arrived on the scene – called ‘Yo.’ The app simply lets users send the word “Yo” or “YoYo” to their contacts. Nothing else.  Stephen Colbert can explain further here.

Twitter Buys SnappyTV
As a broader effort to help users, brands and publishers connect more closely, Twitter has agreed to buy SnappyTV, which powers a popular platform for the live-clipping, editing and distribution of video across the web. The service is already a go-to for many of Twitter’s brand and media partners via its Amplify ad program. Twitter will invest in SnappyTV as a standalone product, as well as further integrate it into the platform.

Snapchat Launches ‘Our Story,’ Builds Community Perspective
As part of a broader shift away from ephemeral exchanges, Snapchat debuted “Stories” late last year – a feature that lets users share photos for up to 24 hours. Adding a collaborative component to the service, the start-up just unveiled “Our Story” so people at the same events can combined their own “snaps” into a single story.

FDA Finally Suggests Social Guidelines
The FDA has finally suggested some guidelines for how pharma and medical device manufacturers can use social media to market products and correct misinformation. The marketing guidelines acknowledge that third-party social media venues like Facebook and Twitter often have limited space to explain products and make disclaimers. However, the FDA emphasized that drug and device manufacturers must still comply with the original rules governing promotional messages, including the requirement to give information about specific indications, and balanced disclosures about the product’s risks as well as its benefits in each individual communication – meaning a statement about risks has to be in every Tweet, Facebook Post and so on. If it’s not possible to include every risk, the most serious should be prioritized. In all cases the company should also provide a link to more complete discussions of risks associated with the product. If there isn’t enough room to make a reasonable disclosure on the social media venue, the FDA suggests reconsidering using that venue.

Obama Hosted His First Tumblr Q&A
World Leaders are going social.  This week, President Obama participated in a Tumblr question-and-answer session. Obama held a press conference to discuss an expansion relating to the government’s “Pay As You Earn” student loan repayment program. The program limits the monthly payment amount of recent grads to 10% of their discretionary income. It raised many questions for students, so instead of hosting another press conference, the President decided to host a session on Tumblr, entitled #ObamaIRL.

Global Social Media

On Facebook, the World Cup is Bigger Than Olympics and Super Bowl Combined
Through one week of the World Cup, Facebook has already seen more people having more interactions about the tournament on the site than it has for Sochi, Super Bowl and the Academy Awards combined. A total of 141 million people have commented about, “liked,” or shared posts on Facebook about the World Cup. There have been 459 million different interactions. Much of the action is international: 85% of the people talking about the World Cup on Facebook are from outside of the U.S. There are 1.28 billion people on Facebook worldwide, 80% of which are outside of the U.S.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Jamba Juice Launches YouTube Dance-Off To Promote Healthy Smoothies
Jamba Juice, one of the biggest smoothie chains in the country, will soon be offering their own green juices to keep up with the growing green trend. To promote the new products, the company has launched a contest called “Blend In the Good,” which asks people to upload videos of them dancing, to signify the good both inside and outside of the drink. Jamba Juice teamed up with popular YouTube channel DanceOn, and is uploading the choreographed entries both to their YouTube channel and their website. Prizes for the top three entires include a trip to NYC, LA or SF in August along with a Jamba Juice gift card.