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Here’s to life, liberty, and the pursuit of social media likes.
And it’s open source only! Here’s the story behind Bountysource.
The basic idea behind Bountysource seems easy enough to explain—it’s a crowdfunding site for open source software. But when the site first launched about a decade ago, those were still fairly esoteric concepts for potential users and investors. Even the founders, then fresh out of college, had never heard the term “crowdfounding,” says cofounder and COO David Rappo. The project died fast.
"Nowadays, we can say it’s a crowdfunding platform for open source software, and people are like, we get it," Rappo says. "The time is right: people not only understand crowdfunding, but they love it."
It’s not enough that Twitter modeled its new layout after Facebook. The company has also taken a major advertising cue from the world’s most popular social network, announcing Monday it will roll out app-install ads, an ad unit that lets users download third-party apps directly from Twitter’s mobile app.
Stop hitting snooze and start your day with these apps for improving your morning routine.
After an embarrassing dustup on Friday, the stupid-simple messaging service is beefing up security by hiring one of its hackers.
Put another way: Is the new app everyone’s talking about awful or awesome?
As you may have heard, there was a big rhumpus this week over the release of a new app. No, we aren’t talking about Facebook’s Snapchat-like Slingshot. We are talking instead about the amazingly simple—if perhaps not amazing— messaging app, Yo.
That app, created by Or Abel and already funded to the tune of some $1 million, essentially does one thing only: It allows users to send the word “Yo” to their friends. The service proved popular in its first week—even topping Slingshot in the App Store yesterday, while racking up 100,000 downloads. Abel sees his creation signaling the demise of lengthy push notifications and told us that it “really helps cut through the noise.” That may be true but we couldn’t help but wonder: Is he a mad genius of marketing who has built something that might change the way we communicate, or simply, well, mad? We turned to three experts in the field to help us figure it all out.
Meanwhile, some top VCs were convinced that Elon Musk yo’ed them.
“We’re marrying technology with editorial judgment.”
The Breaking News (breakingnews) app is the first app to really go out and find its news audience, but there will be more.
A new messaging app that does one thing and one thing only “really helps cut through the noise,” says its creator.
Yo is a new messaging app that launched out of beta today. Unlike other messaging apps, you can’t send messages. All you can do is send a push notification bearing a two-letter greeting: “Yo.”
Yes, it is stupid in the same way Flappy Bird was stupid. Yo looks like a prank. Using it feels like a prank. But, as more than one reputable publication has mentioned, Yo is not an elaborate hoax—though it was submitted to the App Store on April 1st. It is merely a goofy idea taken to its illogical extreme.
“Remember something about attention. Yes, it’s possible to buy, grab, or even steal it. But it’s far better to earn it.”
It’s a perfect blend of love of emoji and love of weird old Internet stuff.
Admittedly, I was skeptical.
There was this new iPhone app—a news app—called Watchup, and everybody seemed to like it before it really even existed. Backed by Microsoft Ventures, Stanford University, and the Knight Foundation, it had formed partnerships with media powerhouses such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Turner Broadcasting. It was a wunderkind app that had assumed some throne in the mobile media world before it even launched. The more organizations who jumped on the bandwagon, the less I wanted to as well.
But I tried Watchup after it launched for the iPhone yesterday. And I sort of get what all the fuss is about.
Bring your job search with you, with these outside-the-mainstream apps for searching job openings and brushing up on interview skills.
Whether you’re actively looking or just curious about what’s out there, this job hunter’s edition of Free App Friday is for you.