Conservative social network Parler has shot to the top of the App Store

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The Twitter alternative is welcoming hordes of conservatives who are frustrated with election content policies on the big social networks. In the days following Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump in the election, the conservative social networking app Parler has vaulted to the top of the download charts in both Apple and Google’s app stores. The app, which was founded in 2018 as a “non-biased free speech” alternative to Twitter, has pitched itself as a haven for conservatives who are frustrated with content policies on Twitter and other social networks. Read Full Story

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What is Rumble? Meet the video platform Trump supporters are flocking to

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Rumble has seen an increasing number of conservative content creators jump ship from YouTube. Earlier this week you may have heard about Parler , the conservative social network Trump users are jumping ship from Facebook and Twitter to. Now there’s another app that’s seeing a traditional platform’s users jump ship as well. That app is called Rumble, and it’s a video-sharing website similar to YouTube that is seeing a surge in user growth after Biden won the 2020 U.S. election last week. Read Full Story

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How to Tell if You’re Shadowbanned on Social Media

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Suddenly you notice that none of your social media activity seems to be showing up at all. It’s like you don’t even exist on the site… Weird! Is it a bug? Every website suffers from them sometimes, and the interactive features can often be the first to go haywire. Server maintenance could also be the culprit. But another possibility is that you might have been “shadowbanned” (previously called ghostbanned). Accounts that are shadowbanned are put into a kind of invisible mode. In other words, they become a “shadow” that no one can see. In this post, we’ll talk more about what exactly shadowbanning is, and how you can tell if it happened to you. What Is Shadowbanning? Shadowbanning is when your posts or activity don’t show up on a site, but you haven’t received an official ban or notification. It’s a way to let spammers continue to spam without anyone …

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5 Ways to Build a Following on Clubhouse

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The Clubhouse app is the newest social media network taking the internet by storm, one exclusive invitation at a time. Ever since its beta release on iOS and endorsement by some of the world’s biggest celebrities, people are scrambling to get into the app. Even Silicon Valley has jumped in on the hype, valuing the social media app at $100 million and receiving a reported $12 million investment from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. In this post, I’m breaking down everything you need to know about the platform, including what it is, how to use it for your business, some things to be aware of, and alternative options. What is the Clubhouse App? Clubhouse is a social media app—with a twist. Think of it like live-streaming meets podcasting meets Snapchat, with chats disappearing forever as soon as they finish. Users can join or create chat rooms focusing on a wide …

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Conservative playgrounds Parler and MeWe are not sustaining their pre-election growth

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Engagement and downloads have fallen off sharply for the conservative social media platforms since the presidential election. As Heidi Klum used to famously say: “In fashion, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out.” So it also goes for social networks. The explosive growth enjoyed by both Parler and MeWe before and around the presidential election has fallen off sharply in its aftermath, according to a recent analysis by Apptopia. Read Full Story

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10 Alternative RSS Readers if You Still Miss Google Reader

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The mid-aughts to early 2010s were the heyday for RSS feeds like Google Reader. It felt like everyone was using them. Then, in 2013, Google Reader was switched off, and their popularity has dwindled. Dwindled, but not vanished entirely. Google Trends data shows a massive dropoff since RSS hit its peak back around 2005. But interest has been pretty stable since about 2015: What does this tell us? While RSS feeds aren’t the must-use resource they once were, there’s still a dedicated base of users who aren’t prepared to say goodbye. If you’re one of them, you might still be searching for the perfect alternative to your beloved Google Reader. Here are a few options, as well as some practical tips on using them to improve your content marketing strategy . What Was Google Reader? Google Reader was an RSS reader. RSS, which stands for “really simple syndication,” is an …

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I joined Parler, the right-wing echo chamber’s new favorite alt-Twitter

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The “free speech” social network is a safe space to share memes and conspiracies, bash the libs and other targets, and complain about Jack Dorsey. Running an alternative social network is no easy feat in a world dominated by Facebook and Twitter. People just don’t see the benefit of going off to some new site where their friends aren’t. But for some folks, a new “non-biased free speech” site called Parler offers a good reason for switching—a place that’s friendlier to your politics if you’re a right-winger. Enough people are intrigued that it’s now the most popular News app on the App Store. Read Full Story

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25 Social Media Tools That Experts Use to Streamline Their Marketing

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With more than 3.6 billion social media users worldwide, social media marketing cannot be ignored. Savvy marketers know social media is a vital part of every marketing campaign. For businesses, every social media platform is an opportunity to engage with their target audience. Even marketing stars know that strategizing and managing even a few social networks can be overwhelming without the right management social media tools in place. Consider this: 60 percent of company mentions on Twitter occur when you aren’t in the office. 64 percent of consumers expect real-time responses from brands they mention on social media. 40 percent of users expect brands to respond within the first hour of reaching out , and 79 percent expect a response within 24 hours. 54 percent of people on social media use it to research products . How can you keep up with your Twitter account when you haven’t even checked …

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EU: Apple’s App Store is in breach of European antitrust rules

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The breaches relate to Apple’s App Store policies requiring music streaming apps to use Apple’s proprietary in-app purchase (IAP) system. The European Commission has announced that has filed antitrust charges against Apple for breaching competition rules. The breaches in question relate to Apple’s App Store policies requiring music streaming apps to use Apple’s proprietary in-app purchase (IAP) system. The system is mandatory for apps that wish to sell IAPs, from which Apple takes a 30% cut. The EC also says Apple is violating “anti-steering provisions” by limiting the ability of apps distributed through the App Store to inform users of alternate ways they could sign up for a subscription. Read Full Story

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