Meerkat and the Lessons of Imploding Apps

Posted In Mobile
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For a couple days in March, the video-streaming app Meerkat seemed poised to take the tech world by storm. First it earned significant buzz at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas, which helped it rocket up the iOS charts; then its creators announced nearly $14 million in venture capital. And then the bubble popped. The pin that deflated Meerkat’s hopes and dreams was Periscope, Twitter’s own video-streaming app, which made its debut a few weeks after… continue…

Are Periscope and Meerkat the Next Big Thing?

Posted In Fun, Living in Tech
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The ability to live-stream something isn’t new; many a person has used Google Hangouts or YouTube to share in real-time with his or her followers. Last year, Amazon spent nearly a billion dollars on, a forum where people can watch gamers play live. Innumerable tech conferences allow remote viewing. Although live-streaming wasn’t exactly difficult before, there were also opportunities to make it far easier for anyone to do, which is why Twitter and Meerkat (the latter a startup) have… continue…

Twitter CEO Suggests IT Managers Take Tips From Improv

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When Twitter CEO Dick Costolo advises managers on how to help run his company, he falls back on advice he learned in a somewhat unconventional place: an improvisational comedy stage. Check out the latest social media jobs. “One of the things that you’re always trying to make sure you really pay attention to in improv is being in the moment and listening,” he recently told an interviewer with The New York Times, adding: When I was first learning the trade,… continue…

Twitter CEO Pledges to Curb Trolling

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In an internal memo leaked to The Verge, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo took responsibility for the social platform’s rampant problem with trolls and cyberbullying. Check out the latest social network-related jobs. “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years,” he wrote in the memo, dated Feb. 2. “It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not… continue…

Daily Tip: Freshen Up Your Social Networks

Posted In Looking in Tech
It’s a New Year, which means, if you’re on the hunt for a new job, you’ve probably polished up your default resume and cover letter. But your social networks could probably stand for a fresh coat of digital paint, as well. First, take a look at your profile photo for your various networks. If it’s an old portrait, consider swapping in a new one. The most important part, though, is making sure any descriptions of your occupation are up to… continue…

Here’s What Some Silicon Valley Interns Make

Curious about how much an intern at a prestigious Silicon Valley tech company gets paid? Well, wonder no longer: A list of (supposedly genuine) internship offers has leaked online, and the average seems to be roughly $7,500 a month—before you throw in the generous housing stipend. Tiffany Zhong, who posted the list on Twitter and reportedly works for Glimpse Labs, claimed that the data came from a friend assembling “top internship offers.” Jane Street, the global trading firm, came in… continue…

Seattle Offers Options to Microsoft’s Laid-Off Legions

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When Microsoft announced layoffs of up to 18,000 worldwide employees on July 17—with 1,300 cuts coming to its Seattle headquarters—you could almost see the shock waves, given most analysts had predicted a number closer to 6,000. The cuts will be completed by next July. With new-ish CEO Satya Nadella preaching a philosophy of “agility,” the company is pinning its hopes not only on the next version of Windows (which may erase the generally negative view of Windows 8) but also… continue…

Twitter Shows How to Not Write a Mission Statement

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Every company needs a mission statement of some sort. Some companies have managed to build mission statements of superior corporate poetry, concise and inspirational in equal measure. For more Twitter-related jobs, click here. Based on online sentiment—and a tacit admission by the company’s own CFO—Twitter’s mission statement failed to achieve any of that. Here it is, in all its convoluted glory: “Reach the largest daily audience in the world by connecting everyone to their world via our information sharing and… continue…

Using Social Media to Get the Job You Want

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More employers than ever rely on social media to find potential candidates for open positions. Why not use some of their tips and tricks to improve your profiles and get their attention? According to Miriam Salpeter, a social media mentor, consultant and principal at Keppie Careers, the first thing to understand is how social media can benefit your job search. While building and maintaining an online presence may appear daunting, it can pay off in ways a traditional job hunt… continue…

Facebook, Box, Pinterest Launch Women Mentorships

Over the summer, a handful of tech giants released diversity reports that showed their respective companies weren’t diverse at all, with white males occupying the majority of positions from the engineering ranks to the C-suite. At Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo, males constituted 80 percent or more of employees. After that data became public, many of these companies vowed to do better. “I’m not satisfied with the numbers… They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard… continue…