Vine teases its new features… using Vine!

Skyrocketing to popularity, Vine has found its niche in today’s social media platforms. But it hasn’t been without its faults, and users have noted endless ways in which its simplicity could be improved upon. Lo and behold, without disappointing users, Vine has released teasers for its upcoming new features.

And what better way to do so than by via a Vine! Co-founders Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov tweeted out Vine videos on Wednesday with glimpses at what the new Vine\ will look like:

So what do you think these mysterious Vines represent? Tell us in the comments below!

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SocialGO’s website relaunch and renaming!

In an effort to make introducing SocialGO to your friends, families, colleagues, pets, and other living organisms in your life easier, we’ve been preparing a website relaunch and platform renaming! Check out our spankingly brand new site here!

In addition to this pristine and sparkly new website, we’ve also gone ahead and renamed our platforms! We heard you loud and clear when some of you had some confusion with the naming of our platforms, so from now on:

“SocialGO” becomes…. “SocialGO Pro
“Network Maker” becomes…. “SocialGO Classic

It’s that simple! The platforms themselves haven’t changed, but hopefully, this will make distinguishing them simpler. Besides, they sure have a nice ring to it!

Because of these changes, the third price plan has also had a change of title:

The “Starter Plan” remains as the “Starter Plan”
The “Premium Plan” remains as the “Premium Plan”
The “Pro Plan” becomes…
the “Ultimate Plan” for SocialGO Pro and the “Professional Plan” for SocialGO Classic

Again, the details of the plans haven’t changed for existing users, but the renaming will help bring them in line with the new platform names. So why all the sudden changes? Well, we’re all about moving forward here at SocialGO. And with this small relaunch and refreshening, we hope it will give us the little boost we need to break boundaries! We’re always aiming to improve our platforms, our service, and our features, so see this as a push to get us onto more exciting things for our users!

So, as always, Tally-H0, SocialGO!

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The First Snoopy Vine Is Out!

Our previous post on the SocialGO blog announced the Peanuts partnership with Khoa Phan, which was of course met with giddy excitement. You just can’t go wrong with stop-motion paper Snoopy.

Khoa has finished his first creation for Peanuts Worldwide as part of the 12-Vine deal to promote Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip and various projects behind the brand (including the promising 3D animated movie). And it stars none other than everyone’s favourite beagle… SNOOPY!

The remaining 11 Vines will focus on Snoopy’s dog house, Linus’ blanket, Lucy’s psychiatry booth, Schroeder’s music, Woodstock, football, baseball, the Great Pumpkin, the kite-eating tree and the Little-Red-Haired Girl.

Which one are you looking forward to? Tell us in the comments below!

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New Slo-Mo Editing Tool On YouTube

Fact: Shootouts are 300% cooler and more badass when in slo-mo.
Fact: Things explode bigger and brighter when they are done so in slo-mo.
Fact: These facts are completely made up.

But putting things in slow-motion is pretty darn cool. Which might explain why YouTube has implemented a new slow-motion enhancement tool to its built-in editor on Tuesday, so that you don’t have to be John Woo to produce something awesomely slow (CGI doves not included in the editor).

YouTube’s built-in video editor currently features a variety of different effects that users can apply when editing their videos. The newest slo-mo effect was developed in-house at YouTube, using frame analysis to blend intermediate frames together. This gives the illusion that the original video was shot with a high-speed camera.

So will you be using this anytime soon? What would you shoot in slo-mo? Tell us in the comments below!



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Stakhovsky Uses Twitter To Fight Line Call At French Open

We’ve seen Twitter used in a number of funny ways: It’s a great marketing tool, a mini stop-motion theatre, and a fantastic way to make enemies – all in one, micro-blogging platform. But this is the first time it’s been used as a way to dispute a line call in an official sporting match. And boy, do we hope this catches on!

Ukrainian tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky stopped play, mid-game at the French Open on 27th May, to use his iPhone to take a pic of a disputed line call. This was during the first-round loss to France’s Richard Gasquet, and the call in question occurred in the first set when Stakhovsky’s argument with the chair umpire failed.

He put down his racket, went to get his iPhone and leaned down close to the red clay to capture a close-up shot of a mark near the line. Stakhovsky then later went to Twitter to present the image to the masses. It seems like his plan is to show the photo to French Open officials in an attempt to avoid losing prize money, but not before tweeting it out as a way of sticking it to the man.

So what do you think? A prideful, stance to get the public on his side on an unjust call, or a petty ‘neener-neener’ at French Open officials? Tell us in the comments below!


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YouTube Comedy Week!

What sets YouTube head and shoulders above the rest of the many free video hosting sites across the Internet are its consistent content contributors, many of whom have used the platform to launch their comedy series and careers.

This week is YouTube’s first ever Comedy Week, where YouTube has organised and pulled together some of the top comedians from all its channels to go all-out on a week of funny videos and live events. It’s the first of its kind, and will be a good gauge as to whether this sort of community-driven, high-production value, week-long campaign can work for the likes of YouTube.

Some big YouTubers you’ll be seeing include the Sauce Boss himself, Harley from Epic Meal Time; the viral, auto-tuning Gregory Brothers from the schmoyoho channel; the amazing, universe-crossing, Epic Rap Battles of History from Epic Lloyd and Nice Peter; ‘best-friends-in-denial’ duo, Jake and Amir from the massive CollegeHumor team; the biggest of the classic YouTubers, Ryan Higa from nigahiga; and of course (a personal favourite of mine!), the queen of Hazing, Grace Helbig from DailyGrace! It’s quite the line-up of comedic talents, and that’s not even all of them! YouTube has really plucked the cream of the crop for this all-out laugh-fest, and are hedging their bets on some of the best and most unique channels to ever grace its platform (pun intended).

On top of all that native talent, YouTube has gone the extra mile to pull out some famous familiar faces for its stage as well. Sarah Silverman, The Lonely Island, and Dave Mitchell are among a few names more well-known outside of the YouTube community, who have all had success hosting some of their content on the platform, too. It’s an interesting mix, and perhaps the little boost that Comedy Week needed to take the veteran YouTubers to the next level. It’s a neat trick to hopefully expand the audience that YouTube channels currently reach, and to introduce the crossing of platforms between traditional, televised media and free online content.

And YouTube really spared no expenses. Its advertising campaign is not only everywhere on the site, but has extended to more traditional spaces. Newspapers and even buses are decked with large promotional ads, and its a new sight that YouTube is really taking a big step into drawing a more traditional market. Whether this proves to have a significant impact on not only Comedy Week, but also long-term audiences, will be interesting to note.

So will you be tuning into YouTube Comedy Week? And who are you most excited about watching? Tell us in the comments below!

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Yahoo Acquires Tumblr

… Cue Internet outrage.

To the dismay of many Tumblr users, after several reports over the weekend, an official press release Monday morning confirmed that Yahoo has acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion.

What does this mean for Tumblr? Well, no-one knows for sure just yet. But President and CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, promises that Yahoo won’t “screw it up“, knowing full well that there is indeed a lot at stake here.

This feels like one of those moments when hipsters feel their favourite band has been discovered by the mainstream, and thus devalues it in every way, even when in fact, it leads to a lot more possibilites with such a strong backer. But who knows what will happen next? Will Yahoo know well enough to leave Tumblr as it is, and just support it to keep running, or will they implement some of its own prerogatives, such as Yahoo ID sign in? Only time will tell what influence Yahoo will have on Tumblr.

So for now, may your outrage be presented in GIF format, in true Tumblr fashion:

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Google I/O Conference Announces G+ Changes

The Google I/O Conference is basically the big event for Google to announce its latest works. Many are excited to see news on the Spotify-challenger Google Play Music All Access, fantastic Google Maps update and intuitive conversational search engine. On the social media platform, Google+ is also receiving a good chunk of saucy updates.

With this update, photos in Google+ will be edited automatically with the skin being smoothed out and levels evening out. Google will even create HDR photos for users, so expect to see the general quality of photos there go up. Photos can also be up to 15 GB in size, so highest quality photos can be uploaded to the server. But perhaps what sounds most exciting is that sequential photos can be made into GIFs easily as well, which will be an awesome addition of meme-worthy content onto the social network.

So anything in particular that piqued your interest in particular at the Google I/O Conference? Tell us in the comments below!

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Snoopy Takes on Vine

It’s now been a while that brands have really taken in the importance of what good social media activity can do for business and relevance. And now that new mediums are popping up and becoming widely popular, brands have to keep up to speed. Instagram has really hit it big, and it’s no wonder that it is being taken advantage of by all smart brands. But Vine is a rather new one, and perhaps a more challenging one for companies to approach.

But if you can’t do it yourself, get someone to do it for you! With Vine users beginning to explore the potential behind these fantastic six-second clips, there’s bound to be someone out there that has that magic touch. Enter Khoa Phan:

Khoa’s stop-motion flicks utlising construction paper and his now infamous tagline “Have a Good Day!” have risen to a Vine sensation, and even bagged him an award. So much so that Peanuts Worldwide (the company now behind the classic Peanuts comics featuring Snoopy and the gang) have picked him up for a deal. As an effort to boost the Peanuts gang’s social media presence (mind you – their Instagram profile, Snoopygrams, is quite the popular hotspot!), they’ve contracted with Khoa to produce twelve Vines for them, each about a different element or character of the Peanuts comics. This is in line with its multiplatform social media campaign to generate buzz for its upcoming 3D animated movie, set to release in 2015. Cory Cole, the social media director for Peanuts, says this is a step in a bigger picture to keep Snoopy and his friends relevant and hip with the younger crowd that may not have grown up with the classic.

Regardless, we’re definitely looking forward to these twelve Vines. A six-second, stop-motion, looping clip with a paper Charlie Brown continually missing his kick? Yes please.

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