All Clubhouse Competitors (so far)

Twitter Spaces Users could share tweets in a Space and turn on live voice transcription. Discord Stage Channels Discord already offers voice channels, which allow everyone to talk freely. A Stage Channel, a Clubhouse clone, is designed for more structured events like community town halls or AMAs. As of now, only Community servers, which have… Continue reading All Clubhouse Competitors (so far)

Audio Wars: Spotify, Apple and now Facebook

Podcasts were pretty dead until Spotify went on its acquisition spree (Soundtrap, Parcast, Gimlet, The Ringer, Anchor and others). Now that the audio space is heating up, we're seeing some new products popping up. Spotify is launching paid subscriptions, with a 0% fee. Apple is launching paid subscriptions with its standard model - 30% commission… Continue reading Audio Wars: Spotify, Apple and now Facebook

“Damned if you do, damned if you don’t”

Remember a year ago, when AOC grilled Mark Zuckerberg in Congress regarding content policing. Facebook said - "they believed strongly that tech companies shouldn’t be arbiters of truth of what people say online". But things changed last week. After the recent events at the Capitol, people asked social media platforms to ban the individual responsible… Continue reading “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t”

The Next Mark Zuckerberg Will Not Build Facebook

I've a perspective to share based on the recent anti-trust hearings. I believe the concept of social media has already been solved/perfected and just like any established infrastructure the next challenge for social media is ethics and issues that come with being a massive global platform (security, scams, bad actors/users, anti-competitive behaviour, among others). Let's… Continue reading The Next Mark Zuckerberg Will Not Build Facebook

Google-Jio Deal: Blessing In Disguise for Facebook

"The investment today from Google is one of the rare instances when the Android-maker has joined its global rival Facebook in backing a firm." Last week, Google announced a $10B fund to accelerate the digital economy in India. The company has now decided to pour 45% of that fund into Jio - which is owned by Reliance Industries, a massive Indian… Continue reading Google-Jio Deal: Blessing In Disguise for Facebook

Facebook and Jio are Frenemies

FB-owned WhatsApp Inc. is no new app for India. Today, while my little sister was watching TV - I saw an ad from WA. I was surprised. I thought why in the world would WA invest in a TV ad campaign. Isn't it something 400M people use every day in India? Last time they launched a TV… Continue reading Facebook and Jio are Frenemies

TikTok Knocked Out, Facebook Swoops In

When Facebook had to take down Snapchat - it took three standalone apps (Lifestage, Poke and Slingshot) before coming up with the perfect recipe (Instagram Stories). Today, FB is once again in the race to take down the unstoppable TikTok and finally, they're seeing light at the end of the tunnel. FB launched its TikTok clone, Lasso, in 2018. Like… Continue reading TikTok Knocked Out, Facebook Swoops In