Facebook changes algorithm again to stop link-baiting, spammy posts. Drivers in LA take selfies during traffic jam. These stories, and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.
Los Angeles-based deviantART is the largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts. Images in social media may have exploded over the last several years, but deviantART, founded in 2000, was way ahead of the curve.
Los Angeles is known for much more than the entertainment industry. A hub for startups, there’s no shortage of up-and-coming social and tech businesses.
Great businesses frequently come from the sheer virtue of working on something else. And no one knows that better than Angelenos. Two years ago, Kyla Brennan was working at a company in Santa Monica-based incubator Science, when she developed the idea for HelloSociety – a Pinterest marketing and technology firm that represents the most-followed users on Pinterest. Read more
The city of Los Angeles is about to get a boost in free internet if city officials get their way – free internet with the construction of the largest broadband project to date. If completed the new fiber will be delivering internet to the municipality’s 3.5 residents and businesses in addition to supplying free data to areas with public Wi-Fi.
While the new internet will be delivering free data, it’s not as lofty as it sounds. For now, the city is hoping that a private company will step in to do the city-wide build-out since no city money is allocated for the project. In exchange, free data will be subsidized by advertising and the city’s wave of easy permitting and approvals. Read more
LA’s Tech scene is growing and, along with it, the number of LA-based social media sites. One of the most recent additions is cyPOP – a new type of social media platform which connects people through common interests.
Co-founder and president Josie Baik started the company when she was a student at the University of Washington. Now, an MBA student at the University of Southern California, Baik continues to learn, as her company – which relocated to Los Angeles earlier this year – grows. Like many passion projects, cyPOP, still in beta, grew out of the founder’s need: she took her childhood loneliness and attraction to social media communities and build a business. Read more
Many startups are on the move, but they’re not coming to San Francisco anymore, they’re choosing Los Angeles. Here’s why cyPop co-founder, Josie Baik, chose Los Angeles as cyPop’s new home after leaving Seattle.
Groupon today launched “Reserve,” a platform that allows users to get discount pricing at upscale restaurants by booking at off-peak times. The feature, which is live in 10 major U.S. metropolitan markets, will also soon include discounts at other upscale venues, including spas, salons, hotels and entertainment brands, Groupon said.
With elements of social media in most of the panels, Silicon Beach Fest exemplified the convergence of online and real-life social at its best! Here are 5 cool takeaways – social media and tech – from the 2013 Silicon Beach Fest.
The City of Los Angeles is the latest to tell ride-sharing apps SideCar, Lyft and Uber that they are operating car services without a license and must cease and desist immediately.
Today is an exciting day for YouTube creators, specifically those in the Los Angeles area. YouTube has officially opened YouTube Space Los Angeles – a free production facility built exclusively for YouTube partners.