The company behind Rounds – a video hangout app for mobile and Web – has decided to keep the socializing just among friends. Referring to its "young user base" (it says 70% of its users are under 25, though it has yet to catch on at my son's high school), this week announced that the less than 3-month-old app was "retiring" its "Meet New People" feature "to focus on longer, more meaningful video … [Read more...] about Details, context on Rounds, Vine & other video-sharing apps
There is no data cited, but the San Francisco Chronicle's Mommy Files blog reports that "a growing number of tweens and teens, mainly girls, are posting videos on YouTube asking commenters if they’re ugly." Writer Amy Graff says, "Type ‘Am I ugly?’ or ‘Am I pretty’ into the YouTube search box and dozens of videos pop up." Sexuality researcher, author and educator Kris Gowen pointed one such … [Read more...] about ‘Am I pretty?’ videos by teens
We may soon look back on this turn-of-the-decade time as the golden days of endless apps and unrestricted smartphone use – at least when we're not wearing our parent hats (when those are on, even now we're not so care-free about all the app-downloading and photo- and video-sharing via cellphone). But cellphone spectrum traffic jams are on the increase to the point where you may've heard some of … [Read more...] about Cellphone traffic turning into gridlock?
Video-making, -sharing, and -viewing are huge and growing online and on-phone activities, so much so that they're now just part of our media landscape. ComScore just released its mind-boggling July figures, with the Top 5 video-viewing and -sharing destinations being Google sites (YouTube, basically) at 143.2 million viewers last month); Yahoo! sites at 55.4 million; Facebook at 46.6 million; … [Read more...] about All things video: Key feature of online life