What's been on my mind
Smaller closets and friendlier clothes. Transparency in the supply chain process and creating product intelligently. Less about mass production, more about meeting demands when they exist and scaling back and eliminating waste when there isn't. One company that does it well: Reformation, dubbed a b-corps, is leveraging their Direct to Consumer model to move quickly and react quicker to customer demands. P.S. It also helps that their factory is in the same city.
The smart speaker wars are about to begin
Homepod promises to change the home listening experience for the better, and will have a Siri integration. Should Sonos, Amazon, or Google be drawing their bow & arrows to prepare for the 2018 Hunger Games?
Iunno, don't look at me. 👀
What's been in the news
How Instagram took the travel industry to the next level
It only took 3 elements to entice users to new locations: 1) clutter-free layout 2) algorithms (the more you live travel photos, the more you will receive 3) Outbound linking made possible by stories
WTF are Instagram pods?
A.K.A the day IG bloggers reclaimed their freedom (and following). Pods are groups of 10-15 handpicked users that actively engage and elevate each other's posts to increase the chances of making it to the Discover page and beat the algorithm. Some even use it for the benefits of finding a like-minded community. Others may wield it like Gretchen Weiners in that scene where she explicitly tells Rachel McAdams she can't sit with them--but that hasn't been proven anywhere else but my own head.
Skype releases a Snapchat inspired makeover
Didn't see this one coming, did ya? LOLJK
Skype's recent app updates include stories (hahahaha), slack-like add-in features, and functionality to chat with bots, in case you don't have any real friends to talk to. 👏
Brands on Instagram can now run Click-to-Messenger Ads
With 1.2 billion monthly users exchanged between businesses and users, chat bots are heralding a new dawn of online interactions, so it's only natural that Facebook released an IG ad unit to compliment Facebook. Let's just hope that we keep these to serve the consumer with functional benefits, and not more highlight reels.
The window of bacon fat
Remember that time you bought bacon that looked like luscious red meat in the package, only to find white fat in the pan? Yep, there's a law because of that.