C ommunities, Lens and Disaster

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Nick Cotton Feb 10, 2017

Here’s the news we’re talking about at the Zbra Studios water cooler. For all you TL;DR folks, we’ve provided key bullet points. Anyone looking for the full story can click on the link.

Twitch ‘Communities’ help you find specific streams
By NICK SUMMERS From Engadget
  • “The platform’s popularity has given rise to a new problem though: discoverability.”
  • “Enter “Communities,” a new type of hub page that users can build around specific games or topics.”
  • “…now, a streamer can reach a specific, relevant audience on a broadcast-by-broadcast basis.”
Pinterest introduces Lens, a Shazam for objects in the real world
By CASEY NEWTON From The Verge
  • “Pinterest today introduced Lens, a new visual search tool that uses machine vision to detect objects in the real world and suggest related items on the service.”
  • “ If you use it to capture a clock, for example, search results would show you pictures of rooms where the clock was part of the decor.”
  • “Related pins can now be found by tapping on a circle in the bottom-right corner of each pin.”
Facebook’s Community Help tool launches to let people help one another after a disaster
By KEN YEUNG From Venture Beat
  • “In November, Facebook unveiled a tool called Community Help. The intention was to offer communities a place to not only ask for help but to also render aid to those affected by disaster. Today, the social networking company is launching this as an extension of Safety Check.”
  • “Those impacted by the disaster can inform friends and loved ones that they’re safe while others mobilize to assist those dealing with loss.”
    “It’s currently limited to natural and accidental incidents, and Facebook doesn’t have any current plans to expand into other crisis types, although the company is taking a “wait and see” approach to determine how useful this tool will be to people.”

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