Twitter announced yesterday that it’s acquiring Gnip, a company that analyzes tweets, Facebook likes and Tumblr reblogs for marketers.
It seems like an obvious move. Why should Twitter sit by and let third-party companies profit from its massive content output without getting in on the fun? Still, marketing groups like Gnip have been profiting from social media companies for some time. Twitter is only the most recent in a line of tech startups trying to get in on the action.
Bitly, too, sat on its own database of social behavior data for years before recently making moves to license it. So Bitly CEO Mark Josephson isn’t surprised by the Twitter acquisition.
Facebook is turning 10 years old today in case you didn’t know. Here’s an interview with Zuck. [Today]
Google has been ordered to move its mysterious barge currently creeping in the San Francisco waters because of lack of permits. [Recode]
When the government asked for user data, Tumblr gave it out 76 percent of the time according to a so-called Transparency Report. [CNet]
Now any website or developer can make their website compatible with Google’s Chromecast. [ReadWrite]
Please stop retweeting this fraudulent Esurance account on Twitter because it’s not going to help you win millions the company is giving out. [BI]
Amazon is denying that it’s developing an “over-the-top” live streaming service for televisions. [The Verge]
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority approved a pilot program last night that requires companies operating employee shuttles (cough Google and Facebook) to obtain permits and pay fees. [Recode]
The Internet is about to have its “big bang.” On Feb. 4, thousands of domain names, like .pizza, will be on sale. [Quartz]
Don’t freak out Marissa with this news, but Tumblr’s traffic is reportedly declining. [Forbes]
Uncarrier T-Mobile is launching Mobile Money, a low-cost bank account for people who are uncomfortable with traditional banks. Interestingly, users can access more than 4,000 ATMs for free. [CNet]
The Year Observed
“Uber for healthcare” is a thing that could eventually happen for the one percent. [Valleywag]
Speculation is ramping up that Facebook might finally release its Flipboard knockoff (internally called “Paper”) later this month. Yayyyyyyy? [Recode]
Using the fancy @ symbol, Tumblr users can finally mention each other in their posts. [Verge]
Long live the llama: Aol has officially unloaded Winamp and Shoutcast to Belgian startup Radionomy for $5 to $10 million. [TechCrunch]
Netflix has ordered nine episodes of Marco Polo, a historical drama about something. [Vulture]
Funding rounds and IPOs come and go, but one thing we can always count on is the quirkiness of the tech sector’s execs. Herewith, a smattering of the weirdest things our favorite CEOs did (at least publicly) this year.
It’s that time of year! Google has released the year-end numbers for searches and top trends in 2013. Betabeat has pored over the lists and separated the wheat from the gluten-free chaff to bring you this year’s most popular in tech.
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In what is a huge get for Snapchat, the app has poached Emily White from Instagram as its COO. She was in charge of luring advertisers to the Facebook-owned company and is expected to assume a similar role. [AllThingsD]
The machines will rise, in the eyes of Google at least. It has installed Android software inventor Andy Rubin to lead the company’s robotics creations. [NYT]
Tumblr is reportedly having trouble attracting advertising money because it’s just too complicated for brands. [Digiday]
Instead of releasing all of its new kids program all at once, Netflix said that it’s going to debut Turbo Fast in “pods” because all of the episodes aren’t yet completed. [Wired]
Jeopardy engaged in the GIF pronunciation debate and we all lost. [Daily Dot]
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For most of Tumblr’s history, attempts to search the site have been frustrating and often just plain fruitless. It really took a lot of dedication to keep up with the erotic Optimus Prime fanfic community, you know?
But it looks like the company finally invested some effort into fixing this particular feature. Tumblr announced today the site’s search functionality “has been rebuilt, front to back, to help explore all of your 65 billion(!) posts.”
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Another early Tumblr employee hit the road today. Christopher Price, better known by his Internet alias topherchris, just announced that he’s leaving the site after “precisely 1,540 days.”
Mr. Price started using the site about a week into its existence, then joined the team in April 2009 as “editorial director.” “The kids in charge over at Tumblr HQ have decided to offer me the esteemed position of Editorial Director,” he wrote at the time. “This is truly an honor and delightful surprise, since I didn’t even know they could afford a paid staff, let alone health insurance.”
This week’s New York is a roundup of “brands” that have boomed since the 2008 crash, which can also be read as a bleak treatise on our dystopian age. (Imagine a world where the best economic prospect for a single mom working at Red Lobster is a deformed cat… who becomes a star!) Among the honorees: Tumblr, of course.
The mag sat down with the site’s freshly flush young founder and discovered that he is not shy about letting you see that he is so, so bored right now: