Moving World Wednesday 2013/11/13


Hello everyone, here’s this week’s roundup of business, tech and creative news from across the Moving World! Many thanks to all who submitted links!

All roads lead to Google+

Google are rolling out a mass of changes across YouTube, the most major being an enforced integration with Google+ for profiles and commenting. This has seen general dismay from some users who are claiming these changes are ruining what makes YouTube great. Updates should be for the better, such as giving people more power over moderating comments in an attempt to silence trolls, but this video of the new site in action shows that the UX is fundamentally flawed and broken. Even one of the site’s original co-founders is now joining in on the complaints, breaking an eight year silence and using his first post since 2005 to ask “why the f**k do i need a google+ account to comment on a video?”.


Twitter IPO

Twitter launched on the New York Stock Exchange last week, with shares closing at $44.90, 73% higher from the starting price of $26. Though a success within this context, the technology company is still yet to make a profit, despite its 230 million account holders worldwide. The high profile IPO has seen comment and criticism from all corners of the world. Twitter have only sold 10% of the company, which is seen as a strategic attempt to artificially limit supply and raise demand. This decision, combined with an overly low offer price (see explanation here), has left many debating the legality and competitive nature of of sale.

The Guardian have asked if the ‘wrong’ people received the profits from the sale, whilst others argue that “that’s business” – promoting interesting discussion on the value of ‘ideas’ vs ‘management’ within growing businesses, and whether ultimately, the brand trumps all.

Philippines crises

The devastating Typhoon Haiyan, feared to have killed 10,000 people in the Philippines, has torn communication lines, leaving the remaining networks overloaded with as many as 10 million people trying to contact family and loved ones.

Technology companies are offering support services; Viber is letting people call numbers overseas for free and Google has launched crisis tools including a person finder and a relief map. It is the most traditional form which has created the most impact, though, as hand written messages written onto scraps of paper were passed to journalists of GMA news (and then uploaded to their website).

You may have missed

How maps and technology are helping the Red Cross in the Philippines (link thanks to Mathieu)

Teens moving to messenger apps as their parents ‘get’ social media

The quiet New York startup Quirky raises $79m in Series D funding

Netflix and YouTube together make up half of peak Internet traffic in North America

TV market continues worldwide decline

A triptych showing the beauty of mathematics (Link thanks to Lawrence)

Behind the scenes on the John Lewis Christmas ad

Political parties use ‘Thunderclap’ mega tweet approach

MIT invent a shapeshifting display you can reach through and touch  (link thanks to Mathieu)

Makerbot is on a mission to put a 3D printer in every US school (link thanks to Mathieu)

A new program of two-person vehicles which whisk you to your destination

Lady Gaga releases her album as an app

Will this new Toyota Hydrogen car change the world?

Bringing smell, taste and touch to the internet


@johnlewis – the most patient man on the internet

Creative branding down on Sesame Street

How a bet turned into a great 404 page