Facebook Starts Letting You Add A 7-Second Looping Video As A Profile Pic

Facebook is introducing five big changes to user profiles, but all of them feel like gimmicks to keep the decade old platform relevant. I’m fine with being proven wrong in the coming days if people start using looping video profile pics and the temporary profile pic feature in a creative manner. Regardless, I do look forward to the new mobile design.

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Life in New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina

New Orleans (Sept. 2, 2005) - Four days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, many parts of New Orleans remained flooded. U.S. Navy photo by Gary Nichols
New Orleans (Sept. 2, 2005) – Four days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, many parts of New Orleans remained flooded. U.S. Navy photo by Gary Nichols.

New Yorker writer Thomas Beller interacts with several notable figures who engage in work related to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to explain the contentious and emotional toll of one of the deadliest events in New Orleans.  Continue reading “Life in New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina”

Don’t Just Build An App. Build A Mobile Business.

The mobile app industry is serious business, but it can be fun as well. Lessons required to advance an app range from start a business, not just an app, to building a brand and measuring performance. TechCrunch goes into great detail about mobile business success.

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This guest post is written by Charles Yim, Manager of Google Mobile Partnerships. Yim worked on the business development team of mobile ad network AdMob, which was acquired by Google in 2009 for $750 million. He now manages strategic partnerships within the games industry as part of Google’s mobile display advertising business.

Would you open a store without preparing for anything beyond its grand opening? Of course not. You need to plan for success; this is true of all businesses, including mobile. People often tell me about their “great app ideas” but when I ask them what their plans are post-launch, they usually don’t have a good answer. It’s like having a ribbon-cutting ceremony for your new store and expecting everything to just take care of itself from there.

App developers need to understand that there’s more to a successful app than just a good product and a…

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