Weekend Digital Media Round-Up: Twitter rival Threads goes live; passes 2 million Sign Ups, Microsoft Launches Free AI Training with Professional Certificate, WhatsApp Introduces a New QR Code-Based Local Data Transfer Method & More…..

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  • July 8, 2023,

1.Twitter rival Threads goes live; passes 2 million Sign Ups

Users can log on to Threads through their Instagram accounts and connect with friends and creators who share their interests. It will be available in more than 100 countries for iOS and Android. [Source: Social Samosa]

2. Microsoft Launches Free AI Training with Professional Certificate

Available through LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft is launching the AI Skills Initiative to provide people with the knowledge and tools needed to harness AI technology. [Source: Search Engine Land]

3. WhatsApp Introduces a New QR Code-Based Local Data Transfer Method

WhatsApp announced a new and quicker way to transfer chat from your old phone to a new phone through a QR code-based method. [Source: TechCrunch]

4. New Twitter CEO Outlines Her Key Points of Focus in Re-Building Opportunities

According to a new report from The Financial Times, Yaccarino has outlined her initial action plan for re-building Twitter’s business, with video, AI, and in-stream commerce all on the cards. [Source: Social Media Today]

5. Youtube Stops Playing Videos for People With Ad Blockers In New Trial

Marketers may see an increase in reach for their YouTube campaigns as more people are pushed into turning off their ad blocker settings. [Source: Search Engine Land]

6. OpenAI is so worried about AI causing human extinction, it’s putting together a team to control ‘superintelligence’

ChatGPT creator OpenAI is so worried about the potential dangers of smarter-than-humans AI that it’s putting together a new team to ensure these advanced systems work for the good of people, not against them. [Source: Business Insider]

7. The rise of Generative AI: A game-changer for digital professionals

67% of respondents are now using generative AI technologies in their daily work, according to a new LinkedIn study conducted by Social Media Today. This information, which was obtained from roughly 1,300 people, shows how quickly these cutting-edge technologies have been adopted by the corporate world. [Source: Digital Information World]

8. Twitter didn’t just block unregistered users, it blocked Google Search

While Google still has access to the Twitter firehose, Google has still dropped over half of the Twitter URL it indexed. [Source: Search Engine Land]

9. LinkedIn Provides Key Details for Its Updated Algorithm

LinkedIn has emerged as one of the frontrunners for social media domination, and that is thanks in no small part to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s guiding hand as well as the streamlining that occurred after the tech juggernaut acquired it. [Source: Digital Information World]

10. ChatGPT Disables ‘Browse With Bing’ Amid Legal Challenges

OpenAI, the AI company known for its chatbot ChatGPT, announced it’s temporarily turning off the ‘Browse with Bing’ feature due to content-related concerns.  [Source: Search Engine Land]


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