Facebook's plan: One messaging service to rule them all

I commented on Facebook's plans to unify messaging across their platform earlier today. Axios nail it (emphasis mine):

It will bring together users of all three apps in a single network, database and community — enabling new features and opening the door to even more anticompetitive challenges, privacy troubles and social conflicts.

It's clear there is a bigger plan in play here and perhaps it's as obvious as bringing things closer together in order to prevent them being broken up, but it feels like more of a lack of understanding.

When Facebook acquired Instagram (2012) and WhatsApp (2014), it said it would keep both services running separately under their original leadership. But the founders of both companies departed last year.

With no leaders from their pre-acquisition eras, the question is when rather than if or even how.

Facebook is committed to users' having a single "real-world" identity.

It's very easy to forget this aspect of Facebook but one of the reasons I do not allow any social media buttons on my websites. A link is all you need.

Posted 28th Jan 2019 @ 14:42

Literal logos by Liam + Jord

A collection of logo designs by Liam + Jord, collated by logovoice. It was hard to caption this, but I think literal logos described their work quite well.

Some great work by Liam + Jord, highly recommend following them.

Posted 28th Jan 2019 @ 12:16

Interview with Will Poulter

If you haven't already, you can catch (and influence) Will Poulter's character in Bandersnatch.

Posted 28th Jan 2019 @ 11:08

Everything new in iOS 12.2

The new layout for the remote app for the Apple TV was enough to draw me in. Accessed through Control Centre with a swipe up, it now takes up the whole screen. Although, I'm not sure how you exit. I guess with the home button or gesture.

The update to the Apple Pay interface is nice as it will show past transactions but the one I wasn't expecting is the ability to start a search then click an arrow to add the term but to allow you to keep typing. This makes searching in Safari much better. I think Chrome did this already and eBay too.

Posted 25th Jan 2019 @ 12:06

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