Bloglikes - Pics https://www.bloglikes.com/c/pics en-US Fri, 04 Dec 2020 04:30:24 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter YC-backed LemonBox raises $2.5M bringing vitamins to Chinese millennials http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/tMRtyLvW5iE/ Like many overseas Chinese, Derek Weng gets shopping requests from his family and friends whenever he returns to China. Some of the most wanted imported products are maternity items, cosmetics, and vitamin supplements. Many in China still uphold the belief that “imported products are better.”

The demand gave Weng a business idea. In 2018, he founded LemonBox to sell American health supplements to Chinese millennials like himself via online channels. The company soon attracted seed funding from Y Combinator and just this week, it announced the completion of a pre-A round of $2.5 million led by Panda Capital and followed by Y Combinator .

LemonBox tries to differentiate itself from other import businesses on two levels — affordability and personalization. Weng, who previously worked at Walmart where he was involved in the retail giant’s China import business, told TechCrunch that he’s acquainted with a lot of American supplement manufacturers and is thus able to cut middleman costs.

“In China, most supplements are sold at a big markup through pharmacies or multi-level marketing companies like Amway,” Weng said. “But vitamins aren’t that expensive to produce. Amway and the likes spend a lot on marketing and sales.”

Inside LemonBox’s fulfillment center

LemonBox designed a WeChat-based lite app, where users receive product recommendations after taking a questionnaire about their health conditions. Instead of selling by the bottle, the company customizes user needs by offering daily packs of various supplements.

“If you are a vegetarian and travel a lot, and the other person smokes a lot, [your demands] are going to be very different. I wanted to customize user prescriptions using big data,” explained Weng, who studied artificial intelligence in business school.

A monthly basket of 30 B-complex tablets, for instance, costs 35 yuan ($5) on LemonBox. Amway’s counterpart product, a bottle of 120 tablets, asks for 229 yuan on JD.com. That’s about 57 yuan ($9) for 30 tablets.

Selling cheaper vitamins is just a means for LemonBox to attract consumers and gather health insights into Chinese millennials, with which the company hopes to widen its product range. Weng declined to disclose the company’s customer size, but claimed that its user conversion rate is “higher than most e-commerce sites.”

With the new proceeds, LemonBox is opening a second fulfillment center in the Shenzhen free trade zone after its Silicon Valley-based one. That’s to provide more stability to its supply chain as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts international flights and cross-border trade. Moreover, the startup will spend the money on securing health-related certificates and adding Japan to its sourcing regions.

Returnees adapt

Screenshot of Lemonbox’s WeChat-based store

In the decade or so when Weng was living in the U.S., the Chinese internet saw drastic changes and gave rise to an industry largely in the grip of Alibaba and Tencent. Weng realized he couldn’t simply replicate America’s direct-to-customer playbook in China.

“In the U.S., you might build a website and maybe an app. You will embed your service into Google, Facebook, or Instagram to market your products. Every continent is connected with one other,” said Weng.

“In China, it’s pretty significantly different. First off, not a lot of people use web browsers, but everyone is on mobile phones. Baidu is not as popular as Google, but everybody is using WeChat, and WeChat is isolated from other major traffic platforms.”

As such, LemonBox is looking to diversify beyond its WeChat store by launching a web version as well as a store through Alibaba’s Tmall marketplace.

“There’s a lot of learning to be done. It’s a very humbling experience,” said Weng.

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The best free at-home workouts, like Nike Training Club and CorePower Yoga http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/zuNolsdcUBA/best-free-virtual-workouts
  • Staying or getting fit at-home doesn't mean you have to shell out for expensive subscription fees (or equipment) to stream on-demand workouts and fitness classes. 
  • There are plenty of free, at-home, virtual workouts for every fitness ability, mobility level, and time constraints.  
  • Our top pick, the Nike Training App, offers the highest quality routines with the most variety of intensity levels, time requirements, and workout types, as well as the most motivational trainers.
  • With COVID-19 cases on the rise and temperatures outside dropping quickly, most of us are ditching public gyms and outdoor workouts and turning to at-home fitness options. This can seem like a bummer -  it can be hard to stay motivated and truly get a good burn with nothing but a yoga mat and TV unless you're willing to pay for those programs everyone you follow on social media swears by, like BBG and Tone It Up.

    But in actuality, the digital library of high-quality, motivating fitness routines on Instagram and free apps had exploded over the last five years, creating a deep well of routines to help you work up a serious sweat at home.

    What's more, many long-established programs, like Nike Training Club, lifted their membership fee at the start of the pandemic to make it easier for people to de-stress and stay fit, and a few (NTC included) haven't reinstated it.

    These free at-home virtual workouts not only reprieve you from having to figure out how to see results with just your bodyweight or a single set of dumbbells, but they also offer engaging coaches to keep you going until the clock runs out when it'd be just as easy to press pause and sit on the couch.

    Here, we've not only rounded up great at-home workouts that will cost you nothing, but we also put in the time to test the best currently available. From fully featured workout apps via recognizable names like Nike to more beginner-friendly programs from the YMCA, we tried it all. Below, you'll find our favorite free at-home virtual workouts that let you break a sweat at no charge. 

    Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Here are the best free at-home virtual workouts:

    Updated on 12/3/2020 by Rachael Schultz: Updated intro, changed photos, checked and updated the links where necessary, and updated the formatting throughout.

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    Nike

    Previously $15 per month, the Nike Training Club app is now free, offering high-quality streaming strength, cardio, core, upper body, lower body, and full-body workouts.

    Pros: Offers tons of workout variety, all taught by expert Nike trainers

    Cons: Some workouts are full videos versus others which are just videos of specific individual exercises with a set and rep scheme 

    Nike Training Club has over 185 workouts, including strength training, core workouts, machine-free cardio sessions, upper and lower body-focused routines, and yoga routines. Each workout ranges from 15 to 60 minutes, so the commitment adapts to your day. Plus, the brief tells you what equipment you'll need — many programs are bodyweight, and many with weights offer modifications if you don't have any — so you know exactly what you're getting.

    I'm used to varying my workouts daily — I usually do cardio each morning, either running, a group fitness class, or yoga, followed by a strength training class or body part-specific workout in the afternoon. I'm used to being able to do different workouts each day, and with this app, I was able to keep up the variety in my routine without it ever feeling repetitive. 

    Nike Training Club allows you to take individual classes or pick from a multi-week program, all of which are taught and programmed by elite Nike trainers. These trainers are really what make the difference — they have a unique ability to keep you engaged and motivated even through a screen, which is a hard feat for virtual workouts. The app also offers nutrition, sleep, mindset, and recovery tips from trainers and other experts, as well.

    The best free yoga workout yoga teacher computer

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    If you're looking to keep your yoga practice and find some zen while working out at home, the free programs from CorePower Yoga are for you. 

    Pros: Yoga workouts are changed on a daily basis, meditation offerings

    Cons: Limited number of workouts

    CorePower offers a range of free signature classes, including: 

    • C1: a foundation-building, beginner-friendly course
    • C2: a more challenging workout of postures and flow where experience is a plus
    • YS: a yoga and strength training routine
    • HBF: a blend of balance, core strengthening, and flexibility that's beginner-friendly

    While the number of workouts in their library is limited, CorePower does change them up on a weekly basis, adding some variety and a fresh feel to the classes. 

    Though I'm more of a beginner or intermediate yogi, I've recently begun making yoga a part of my regular workout regimen. I'm not advanced enough to be able to flow on my own just yet, but I also don't want to lose my practice altogether. Using CorePower's workouts allowed me to continue keeping yoga in my weekly routine while continuing to learn at my pace. 

    The free workouts also offer a variety of meditations ranging from gratitude-focused courses to sessions based on love or trust. 

    The best free workout for older adults y360_cardio

    ymca 360

    Stay moving and get familiar with a new routine using the YMCA 360 health and fitness on-demand videos.

    Pros: Short and long workout options across several exercise types, keeps time and rep counts for you

    Cons: Limited number of total workouts, doesn't offer much variety in fitness level 

    If you're older and looking to stay healthy, YMCA 360 offers a section of videos specifically for the active, older user. This includes classes like Bootcamp, barre, yoga, weightlifting, Tai Chi, and Y Box.

    For the younger crowd, there's even a youth soccer section with drills and a youth sports performance section with exercises to help develop skills — and to keep kids entertained while spending more time inside. 

    I liked that there was a wide variety of workouts to choose from, especially exercise skills for youth sports, though I mostly stuck with the Bootcamp-specific workouts. These workouts moved at a steady pace and offered exercise modifications to make moves easier to manage. I personally like a bit more speed and energy in my workouts, but these get the job done.

    For anyone who likes familiarity with their workouts, and wants to know exactly what they're getting into, YMCA's videos are perfect. Because there's a limited number, you'll be able to try them all and easily identify your favorites to repeat. 

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    Life Time Athletic

    Members and non-members alike have access to a limited number of cardio, strength, and yoga classes from Life Time Athletic.

    Pros: Strength, cardio, and yoga offerings, great for users at a beginner or intermediate level 

    Cons: Limited variety in fitness level, limited number of workouts, no new workouts added

    From the fitness center giant comes Life Time Athletic, an app that allows users to choose workouts based on a few different categories: the muscle groups they want to work, the equipment they have at home, or the type of workout they want to do (cardio, strength, yoga, etc). Each video states the length and optional equipment needed upfront, so you're never caught off-guard. 

    For light cardio classes, the Life Time Athletic courses are perfect. While I would classify some of the exercises as beginner level, they still kept me moving and elevated my heart rate, which is what I was looking to do.

    If you're a Life Time member, you'll be familiar with some of the specific classes like Strike, Warrior Sculpt, and Shred. The workouts are good for any beginner or intermediate users who want to keep moving at home and prefer limited video options to choose from.

    The best free workout for boxing fight camp

    Fight Camp

    Keep your punches in check while getting in a full-body cardiovascular workout when you download .

    Pros: Boxing workouts for people of all fitness levels, delivers a full-body workout, more than 350 workout routines

    Cons: Programming is mostly boxing-specific, the full FightCamp setup is required for the interactive experience which requires money and space

    While FightCamp does offer the option to purchase a bag, gloves, and sensors to track your punches and progress, the brand also offers its actual workout videos via its app for free. This means that anyone who has a bag and gloves of their own, or who wants to shadowbox, can follow the free workouts. You can also let the app know your boxing experience and fitness level and have workouts suggested accordingly.

    My New York City apartment is too small for a boxing bag, so I chose to shadowbox during the workouts. Surprisingly to me, I found them to be great cardio. Non-boxers may find it odd to wail away at the air, but the intensity of the workout keeps you moving from start to finish and breaks a good sweat in just 20 minutes. 

    If you love boxing or boxing-inspired workouts, consider downloading this app. There are more than 350 boxing and bodyweight workouts, so you'll never be lacking in variety.

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    While testing free workout apps, we came across several other services offering workouts at no cost through Instagram or Facebook Live streams or extended free trials. Here are a few of our favorites that stood out, but ultimately didn't make the cut:

    Box + Flow: Led by fitness expert, Olivia Young, Box + Flow takes the popular boxing class formula and adds the mindfulness of yoga for a well-rounded, yet intense, workout. The NYC-based brand hosts daily streams of its workouts via Instagram Live, with Young herself leading a few of the workouts. Classes are free for the first seven days for new subscribers and then require a monthly fee.

    Camp Gladiator: Participate in live streaming workouts through Camp Gladiators Facebook Live channel, or try its at-home printable routines. These are free always but the site doesn't offer a library of on-demand workouts.

    Peloton: Peloton now offers a free trial of its Peloton Digital Membership for 30 days. The app features thousands of on-demand workouts including running, strength, yoga, and cycling — and you don't even need a bike to access them. 

    Tone It Up: Strengthen, tone, or get in some cardio with founders Karena and Katrina, as well as the app's community of trainers. Choose individual workouts or do a program to follow. It was free in the spring of 2020, but has since reverted back to a free seven-day trial for new subscribers and then a monthly fee.

    The Class by Taryn Toomey: Exercise your body and engage your mind with this untraditional form of training. The workouts on The Class help you to release stress and anything weighing you down through repetitive movements accompanied by loud exhales. It's a transformative experience that everyone should try. The app currently offers a free two-week trial.

    FitBody: We love the shred, tone, and sculpting programs created by trainer and social media personality Anna Victoria, but it only offers a seven-day free trial for new subscribers, and then a monthly fee.

    Snap Fitness: Snap Fitness currently offers free 90-day access to FitnessOnDemand.com, where you can stream workouts from Sweat Factor by Mike Donvanik, Nora Tobin, SH1FT, and DailyBurn.

    obé Fitness: Join a live workout from a daily schedule of 14 classes, or choose from its library of over 4,000 on-demand workouts including strength, Pilates, dance, HIIT, cardio boxing, and more. It only offers a seven-day free trial for new subscribers, and then a monthly fee.

    Jazzercise on Demand: Jazz up your usual routine with a little dance party. These workouts combine jazz dance, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and HIIT. New users can sign up for a free two-week trial. 

    Hydrow: Join this brand's free at-home 14-day challenge, which has a mix of 20- to 30-minute rowing (if you have a machine) and mat routines that include yoga, Pilates, and more. 

    How we tested the apps

    Each of these apps was tested not just for their respective use case but also across a variety of categories, including ease of use, variety, effectiveness, and entertainment value. Since each app is entirely free, it was important to create a benchmark for how well they perform and to associate a different kind of value to them without factoring in price. Here's what we looked for in each category:

    • Ease of use: An intuitive app experience is vital to not only enjoy using it but also to get the most out of it. If an app is cumbersome in its navigation, or makes finding and choosing workouts difficult, then it won't promote much in the way of motivation or desire to work out. 
    • Variety: Though we broke down the guide into specific sections on activities like yoga or boxing, we wanted to see that the apps that fell into the other categories were diverse enough in what they offered to keep the experience fresh and engaging. This means offering more than just one or two workout styles, as well as making available a library of classes.
    • Effectiveness: This category doesn't necessarily mean results from a fitness standpoint. Though that is important, there's not a way to judge that reliably or to stand behind one person's interpretation of it, so this instead means how well it's able to motivate you to workout, if it's able to push you through to the end of a session, and if it offers enough variety to allow you the chance to learn new exercises.  
    • Entertainment value: If you enjoy working out, you'll do it more often — plain and simple. Even free apps can offer some form of entertainment which can serve as a huge reason to revisit it (and workout) often.  
    Read the original article on Business Insider

    [Author: insider@insider.com (Amy Schlinger)]

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    Facebook plans to remove false posts about COVID-19 vaccines http://rssfeeds.usatoday.com/~/639545050/0/usatoday-newstopstories~Facebook-plans-to-remove-false-posts-about-COVID-vaccines/ As vaccines to fight the novel coronavirus near, Facebook and Instagram will begin removing claims about COVID-19 vaccines debunked by experts.

           

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    YouTube introduces new features to address toxic comments http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/fTqcc4jabDY/ YouTube today announced it’s launching a new feature that will push commenters to reconsider their hateful and offensive remarks before posting. It will also begin testing a filter that allows creators to avoid having to read some of the hurtful comments on their channel that had been automatically held for review. The new features are meant to address long standing issues with the quality of comments on YouTube’s platform — a problem creators have complained about for years.

    The company said it will also soon run a survey aimed at giving equal opportunity to creators, and whose data can help the company to better understand how some creators are more disproportionately impacted by online hate and harassment.

    The new commenting feature, rolling out today, is a significant change for YouTube.

    The feature appears when users are about to post something offensive in a video’s comments section and warns to “Keep comments respectful.” The message also tells users to check the site’s Community Guidelines if they’re not sure if a comment is appropriate.

    The pop-up then nudges users to click the “Edit” button and revise their comment by making “Edit” the more prominent choice on the screen that appears.

    The feature will not actually prevent a user from posting their comment, however. If they want to proceed, they can click the “Post Anyway” option instead.

    Image Credits: YouTube

    The idea to put up roadblocks to give users time to pause and reconsider their words and actions is something several social media platforms are now doing.

    For instance, Instagram last year launched a feature that would flag offensive comments before they were posted. It later expanded that to include offensive captions. Without providing data, the company claimed that these “nudges” were helping to reduce online bullying. Meanwhile, Twitter this year began to push users to read the article linked in tweets they were about to share before tweeting their reaction, and it stopped users from being able to retweet with just one click.

    These intentional pauses built into the social platforms are designed to stop people from reacting to content with heightened emotion and anger, and instead push users to be more thoughtful in what they say and do. User interface changes like this leverage basic human psychology to work, and may even prove effective in some percentage of cases. But platforms have been hesitant to roll out such tweaks as they can stifle user engagement.

    In YouTube’s case, the company tells TechCrunch its systems will learn what’s considered offensive based on what content gets repeatedly flagged by users. Over time, this A.I.-powered system should be able to improve as the technology gets better at detection and the system itself is further developed.

    Users on Android in the English language will see the new prompts first, starting today, Google says. The rollout will complete over the next couple of days. The company did not offer a timeframe for the feature’s support for other platforms and languages or even a firm commitment that such support would arrive in the future.

    In addition, YouTube said it will also now begin testing a feature for creators who use YouTube Studio to manage their channel.

    Creators will be able to try out a new filter that will hide the offensive and hurtful comments that have automatically been held for review.

    Today, YouTube Studio users can choose to auto-moderate potentially inappropriate comments, which they can then manually review and choose to approve, hide or report. While it’s helpful to have these held, it’s still often difficult for creators to have to deal with these comments at all, as online trolls can be unbelievably cruel. With the filter, creators can avoid these potentially offensive comments entirely.

    YouTube says it will also streamline its moderation tools to make the review process easier going forward.

    The changes follow a year during which YouTube has been heavily criticized for not doing enough to combat hate speech and misinformation on its platform. The video platform’s “strikes” system for rule violations means that videos may be individually removed but a channel itself can stay online unless it collects enough strikes to be taken down. In practice, that means a YouTube creator could be as violent as calling for government officials to be beheaded and and still continue to use YouTube. (By comparison, that same threat led to an account ban on Twitter.)

    YouTube claims it has increased the number of daily hate speech comment removals by 46x since early 2019. And in the last quarter, of the more than 1.8 million channels it terminated for violating our policies, more than 54,000 terminations were for hate speech. That indicates a growing problem with online discourse that likely influenced these new measures. Some would argue the platforms have a responsibility to do even more, but it’s a difficult balance.

    In a separate move, YouTube said it’s soon introducing a new survey that will ask creators to voluntarily share with YouTube information about their gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity. Using the data collected, YouTube claims it will be able to better examine how content from different communities is treated in search, discovery and monetization systems.

    It will also look for possible patterns of hate, harassment, and discrimination that could affect some communities more than others, the company explains. And the survey will give creators to optionally participate in other initiatives that YouTube hosts, like #YouTubeBlack creator gatherings or FanFest, for instance.

    This survey will begin in 2021 and was designed in consultation with input from creators and civil and human rights experts. YouTube says the collected data will not be used for advertising purposes, and creators will have the ability to opt-out and delete their information entirely at any time.

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    Thu, 03 Dec 2020 13:00:17 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Google TC Instagram Youtube Tech Twitter YouTube YouTube Studio
    YouTube introduces new feature to address toxic comments http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/fTqcc4jabDY/ YouTube today announced it’s launching a new feature that will push commenters to reconsider their hateful and offensive remarks before posting. It will also begin testing a filter that allows creators to avoid having to read some of the hurtful comments on their channel that had been automatically held for review. The new features are meant to address longstanding issues with the quality of comments on YouTube’s platform — a problem creators have complained about for years.

    The company said it will also soon run a survey aimed at giving equal opportunity to creators, and whose data can help the company to better understand how some creators are more disproportionately impacted by online hate and harassment.

    The new commenting feature, rolling out today, is a significant change for YouTube.

    The feature appears when users are about to post something offensive in a video’s comments section and warns to “Keep comments respectful.” The message also tells users to check the site’s Community Guidelines if they’re not sure if a comment is appropriate.

    The pop-up then nudges users to click the “Edit” button and revise their comment by making “Edit” the more prominent choice on the screen that appears.

    The feature will not actually prevent a user from posting their comment, however. If they want to proceed, they can click the “Post Anyway” option instead.

    Image Credits: YouTube

    The idea to put up roadblocks to give users time to pause and reconsider their words and actions is something several social media platforms are now doing.

    For instance, Instagram last year launched a feature that would flag offensive comments before they were posted. It later expanded that to include offensive captions. Without providing data, the company claimed that these “nudges” were helping to reduce online bullying. Meanwhile, Twitter this year began to push users to read the article linked in tweets they were about to share before tweeting their reaction, and it stopped users from being able to retweet with just one click.

    Changing how retweets work, Twitter seeks to slow down election misinformation

    These intentional pauses built into the social platforms are designed to stop people from reacting to content with heightened emotion and anger, and instead push users to be more thoughtful in what they say and do. User interface changes like this leverage basic human psychology to work, and may even prove effective in some percentage of cases. But platforms have been hesitant to roll out such tweaks as they can stifle user engagement.

    In YouTube’s case, the company tells TechCrunch its systems will learn what’s considered offensive based on what content gets repeatedly flagged by users. Over time, this AI-powered system should be able to improve as the technology gets better at detection and the system itself is further developed.

    Users on Android in the English language will see the new prompts first, starting today, Google says. The rollout will complete over the next couple of days. The company did not offer a time frame for the feature’s support for other platforms and languages or even a firm commitment that such support would arrive in the future.

    In addition, YouTube said it will also now begin testing a feature for creators who use YouTube Studio to manage their channel.

    Creators will be able to try out a new filter that will hide the offensive and hurtful comments that have automatically been held for review.

    Today, YouTube Studio users can choose to auto-moderate potentially inappropriate comments, which they can then manually review and choose to approve, hide or report. While it’s helpful to have these held, it’s still often difficult for creators to have to deal with these comments at all, as online trolls can be unbelievably cruel. With the filter, creators can avoid these potentially offensive comments entirely.

    YouTube says it will also streamline its moderation tools to make the review process easier going forward.

    The changes follow a year during which YouTube has been heavily criticized for not doing enough to combat hate speech and misinformation on its platform. The video platform’s “strikes” system for rule violations means that videos may be individually removed but a channel itself can stay online unless it collects enough strikes to be taken down. In practice, that means a YouTube creator could be as violent as calling for government officials to be beheaded and still continue to use YouTube. (By comparison, that same threat led to an account ban on Twitter.)

    Steve Bannon’s show pulled off Twitter and YouTube over calls for violence

    YouTube claims it has increased the number of daily hate speech comment removals by 46x since early 2019. And in the last quarter, of the more than 1.8 million channels it terminated for violating policies, more than 54,000 terminations were for hate speech. That indicates a growing problem with online discourse that likely influenced these new measures. Some would argue the platforms have a responsibility to do even more, but it’s a difficult balance.

    In a separate move, YouTube said it’s soon introducing a new survey that will ask creators to voluntarily share with YouTube information about their gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity. Using the data collected, YouTube claims it will be able to better examine how content from different communities is treated in search, discovery and monetization systems.

    It will also look for possible patterns of hate, harassment and discrimination that could affect some communities more than others, the company explains. And the survey will give creators the option to participate in other initiatives that YouTube hosts, like #YouTubeBlack creator gatherings or FanFest, for instance.

    This survey will begin in 2021 and was designed in consultation with input from creators and civil and human rights experts. YouTube says the collected data will not be used for advertising purposes, and creators will have the ability to opt-out and delete their information entirely at any time.

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    Can AI make me trendier? http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/XAFJwwB6f78/ As a software engineer and generally analytic type, I like to craft theories for everything. Theories on how to build software, how to stay productive, how to be creative...and even how to dress well. For help with that last one, I decided to hire a personal stylist. As it turned out, I was not my stylist’s first software engineer client. “The problem with you people in tech is that you’re always looking for some sort of theory of fashion,” she told me. “But there is no formula–it’s about taste.”

    Unfortunately my stylist’s taste was a bit outside of my price range (I drew the line at a $300 hoodie). But I knew she was right. It’s true that computers (and maybe the people who program them) are better at solving problems with clear-cut answers than they are at navigating touchy-feely matters, like taste. Fashion trends are not set by data-crunching CPUs, they’re made by human tastemakers and fashionistas and their modern-day equivalents, social media influencers. 

    I found myself wondering if I could build an app that combined trendsetters’ sense of style with AI’s efficiency to help me out a little. I started getting fashion inspiration from Instagram influencers who matched my style. When I saw an outfit I liked, I’d try to recreate it using items I already owned. It was an effective strategy, so I set out to automate it with AI.

    First, I partnered up with one of my favorite programmers, who just so happened to also be an Instagram influencer, Laura Medalia (or codergirl_ on Instagram). With her permission, I uploaded all of Laura’s pictures to Google Cloud to serve as my outfit inspiration. Image showing a screenshot of the Instagram profile of "codergirl."

    Next, I painstakingly photographed every single item of clothing I owned, creating a digital archive of my closet.

    Animated GIF showing a woman in a white room placing different clothing items on a mannequin and taking photos of them.

    To compare my closet with Laura’s, I used Google Cloud Vision Product Search API, which uses computer vision to identify similar products. If you’ve ever seen a “See Similar Items” tab when you’re online shopping, it’s probably powered by a similar technology. I used this API to look through all of Laura’s outfits and all of my clothes to figure out which looks I could recreate. I bundled up all of the recommendations into a web app so that I could browse them on my phone, and voila: I had my own AI-powered stylist. It looks like this:

    Animated GIF showing different screens that display items of clothing that can be paired together to create an outfit.

    Thanks to Laura’s sense of taste, I have lots of new ideas for styling my own wardrobe. Here’s one look I was able to recreate:

    Image showing two screens; on the left, a woman is standing in a room wearing a fashionable outfit with the items that make up that outfit in two panels below her. In the other is another woman, wearing a similar outfit.

    If you want to see the rest of my newfound outfits, check out the YouTube video at the top of this post, where I go into all of the details of how I built the app, or read my blog post.

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    • Drake is selling a six-candle line, complete with an $80 dollar candle that smells like him. 
    • The rapper began teasing the brand earlier this year, including sending the brand to the Toronto Raptors.
    • For now, the limited run is sold out.
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    Drake is expanding his empire. 

    This time it's in the form of a new candle brand, called Better World Fragrance House (BWFH), complete with a candle that smells like Drake himself, according to Architectural Digest.

    In order to make "Carby Musk," Drake teamed up with perfumer Michael Carby, who makes the signature scent Drake wears. The candle features notes of  "musk, ambers, cashmere, suede and velvet."

    He began teasing the candles earlier this summer, complete with an ambiguous Instagram story and sending the product to his hometown basketball team, the Toronto Raptors, as reported by The Cut.

    —Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) July 20, 2020

     

    The candles were available on the website for e-commerce brand Revolve, as part of a limited release that was accompanied by a panel discussion from Carby.

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    Other scents include Sweeter Tings, Williamsburg, Sleepover, Good Thoughts, and Muskoka, which all retail for $48.

    Each candle is a soy-wax blend, and the jars can be personalized with a marker that comes with each candle, according to CNN.

    For those who were lucky enough to score some of the candles, Drake suggests listening to reggae album "Midnite - Live In Eugene" in order to see the inspiration behind the brand. 

    No word as to when the candles will be available again.

    This is all a part of Drake's sprawling empire, which includes his October's Very Own brand and real estate ventures.

     

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    Although states have continued phased reopenings and outdoor dining or limited capacity indoor dining is an option in many places, most people still aren't gathering in groups. And with an uptick in COVID-19 cases happening in several states, many people still aren't comfortable or allowed to travel to vineyards or sit inside tasting rooms. But that doesn't mean you can't virtually gather with family, friends, or coworkers and enjoy uncorking a favorite bottle of wine.

    While in-person tasting rooms may not be an option for everyone right now, many places are bringing tastings, classes, and events directly to living rooms instead. 

    Virtual wine tastings are a fun way to connect, learn something new, and discover new wines. It's also an ideal way to take your tastebuds on a mini-vacation without putting on real pants. Sip a fruity Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or relish a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley - you might even get some inspiration for your next post-COVID trip.

    Many of the tastings are free to join, and some will send wine directly to your door as part of the package. For those that require buying your own bottles, it's easier than ever to order wines directly from vineyards or from a local alcohol delivery service. Some are even getting celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker to join in on the fun and host the virtual events.    

    I recently tried a virtual wine tasting myself on Coursehorse. I'm no stranger to in-person tastings thanks to my background as a travel editor, and I remember the days of drinking Chianti in Tuscany, throwing back cava in Catalonia, and sipping Chardonnay in Sonoma. I was hesitant at first about doing a virtual class since wine tastings are such sensorial experiences. A huge part of the fun for me has always been looking out at a stunning vineyard view, chatting with whoever is pouring the wine, and sometimes even getting a chance to tour the cellars and learn about the winemaking process.

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    However, when a couple of friends from college I haven't been able to see in person for months suggested taking a Wine Tasting 101 class, it sounded like a fun way to reconnect with them. Plus, I was also eager to take a break from my usual quarantine activities of bread baking and puzzles to try something new.

    We ordered our wines on Drizly and joined the class via Zoom. While the particular class we did was geared towards beginners, I still picked up quite a bit of new wine knowledge. My fiancé, who's typically more of a craft brew guy than a gentleman of fine wines, also enjoyed the introductory level and the interactive aspect to the class since he was able to ask questions as we went. 

    We opted for a group class so we didn't know who was joining in. If you really want the experience of having it just be your group, I suggest booking a private tasting, which many of the below options offer. We chose to connect more privately after instead, hopping on our own Zoom call over the last glass of our favorite wine from the class to discuss the tidbits we'd picked up.

    Despite my initial misgivings, it ended up making for a fun evening and I discovered a new favorite Sauvignon Blanc I'll definitely be drinking again in the future.      

    Here are 21 virtual wine tastings to try at home: Wine Tasting: Sensory Techniques for Wine Analysis on Coursera Wine Tasting Class

    Coursera

    For those who want to seriously up their wine tasting skills while quarantining, Coursera offers a free class from UC Davis to turn beginner sippers into pro sommeliers. The class takes roughly 14 hours to complete. Throughout the class, students build sensory vocabulary to describe wine, learn to identify various faults in different varietals, discover classic wine types of the world, delve into food pairings, and more. The course culminates in a peer review project using all the knowledge developed throughout the course to assess a specific wine.

    Starting price: Free

    Wine included? No. Students will need to purchase the necessary wines on their own. Coursera anticipates that the total cost of the wines through the class is $150 to $250. 

    How to join: Sign up on Coursera here.

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    Enriquez Estate Wine

    Owned by award-winning Latina winemaker Cecilia Enriquez, Enriquez Estate Wines is a family-operated winery in Sonoma, California. With the holidays quickly approaching, the winery realizes that spending time with family may be virtual for many this year and they're aiming to help make that time special still.

    Enriquez Estate Wines' Virtual Holiday Party Pack is an excellent way to virtually celebrate and safely reconnect with family, friends, or colleagues this season. Cecilia will lead a private guided virtual tasting experience as tasters enjoy a two-pack of premium Brisa and Tempranillo wines and a Cheese & Charcuterie Nosh Box. 

    Starting price: $125 plus shipping

    Wine included? Yes. 

    How to join: To book the virtual tasting, contact meredith@enriquezwines.com.

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    The popular wine website is tapping winemakers, wine critics, and other pros for a series of free virtual wine and spirit tastings. Join Invivo X creators Sarah Jessica Parker, Rob Cameron, and Tim Lightbourne for a tasting of their inaugural New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Provencal Rosé, or get to know the trailblazers of the Oregon wine scene as they share stories about winemaking, artistry, and entrepreneurship.  

    Starting price: Free

    Wine included? No. Each event includes specific wines or spirits that go along with the tastings that can be purchased directly from Wine.com when signing up.

    How to join: Register for virtual tastings here. A Zoom link is sent out ahead of time.

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    Virtual Wine Tasting 101 is ideal for beginner tasters interested in learning basic wine terms, how to properly taste wine, and trying different varieties to decide what wines most appeal to your palette. The two-hour, interactive class begins with a brief introduction to how wine is made and teaches wine newbies to speak confidently about acidity, legs, body, and more fundamentals through five different wines. It can be booked as part of a regular group lesson or as a private event.

    Starting price: $25 per person

    Wine included? No. Participants will need to buy the specific wines themselves ahead of time, but all of the wines are easily accessible at most wine shops and through alcohol delivery services.

    How to join: Sign up on Coursehorse here. A Zoom link and PowerPoint will be emailed out just before the tasting begins.

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    Virtual with Us

    Alex Schrecengost recently launched Virtual with Us when she saw a need during the pandemic for colleagues to connect safely and remotely in a way that still cultivated a fun, business-casual social environment. While it was originally created with businesses in mind, groups of eight or more friends and family can sign up for virtual tastings, too. 

    The company works with sommeliers and wine professionals to curate top wines and has helped put together special events for groups ranging from a murder mystery party to a gala fundraiser.  

    Starting price: $200 per person

    Wine included? Yes. While this tasting is pricier than some other options on our list, it includes premium wines, sommelier fees, event planning fees, and all shipping/taxes.     

    How to join: Sign up here.

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    Started by sommelier Michael Bottigliero, Bottles Nation has transitioned their usual in-person tasting events to online offerings due to COVID-19. Bottles Nation is not associated with any specific wineries so the sommeliers don't push specific brands and instead focus on sharing their true favorite bottles.

    The company runs tastings for individuals, as well as accommodating events and parties and multiple people can join in from up to six different locations for the same starting flat fee. 

    For those in the mood for something other than wine, Bottles Nation also has beer and mixology tasting options. 

    Starting price: $150 for one hour 

    Wine included? No. You can purchase wines yourself or order directly from Bottles Nation when you sign up.

    How to join: Sign up on Bottles Nation here. After signing up, they will contact you directly to set up a time for a Zoom call.

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    For wine drinkers interested in joining a wine club and participating in ongoing tastings of bubbly, Club Chandon was the first Napa Valley wine club and has been sharing bottles for decades.

    Chandon's wine club allows members to explore Chandon's wine collection, get discounted, prices, and gain access to virtual tastings led by head winemaker Pauline Lhote. While the winery is known for its sparkling wines, there are options to join the Sparkling Wine Club or the Sparkling & Still Wine Club. Both options are shipped six times a year and are fully customizable. 

    For those who just want to explore, previous tastings are available online here and the Virtual Tasting I wines that go with it can be purchased here

    Starting price: ~$130 per shipment

    Wine included? Yes. 

    How to join: Virtual tastings have been confirmed for August, October, and December. Sign up for the Chandon newsletters to be notified for the next virtual tasting here.

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    Corkbuzz

    Corkbuzz is offering a series of virtual one-hour wine classes taught by varying experts and broken down by region. Taste your way through Napa Valley or learn the basics of Burgundy. Classes discuss everything from the geography and soil to the winemaking techniques and popular varietals of each specific region. The classes are fairly informal and participants are encouraged to sip along with any theme-relevant bottle.

    Starting price: $10 per person 

    Wine included? No. You can buy any wine from that region to enjoy while following along.

    How to join: Sign up on Corkbuzz here. Zoom links are sent the morning of the class and follow-up notes are sent the next day.

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    Bouchaine

    A personal favorite winery in Napa, Bouchaine is offering customized 50-minute virtual tastings to bring California wine country right to your couch. Select from three different options depending on your knowledge and experience: Winemaker 101, 201, or 301.

    Predictably, 101 is best for casual wine sippers who want to learn basics like how wine gets its color and how the same grapes can be made into completely different wines. Meanwhile, Winemaker 301 focuses on clones (different grape vines that are grafted together) and delves into topics like differences in aroma and flavor in Pinot Noir clones. Every class is with a live host overlooking the stunning estate vineyards. Once you purchase your wines, you'll be able to set up a private time that works with your schedule for the wine tasting.   

    Starting price: $59

    Wine included? Yes. Classes include two, three, or four wines from the vineyard depending on the level and are shipped directly to your door. 

    How to join: Select your experience here. Once you've purchased, you can schedule a private tasting session via phone or email.

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    Matthiasson Wines

    You definitely want a taste of Matthiason, a six-time James Beard Award nominee and Winemaker of the Year according to "Food & Wine Magazine." Luckily for wine enthusiasts everywhere, the winemaker is offering complimentary private tastings online to everyone who purchases a Tasting Pack or a Wine Club Membership.

    Get an inside look at the stories behind the wines and all your wine questions answered. If you do decide to join the wine club, you'll also enjoy priority access to member-only and limited production wines, as well as 15% savings on all wine purchases.  

    Starting price: Free with purchase of a Tasting Pack or Wine Club Membership. Tasting Packs start at $249 for 6 bottles. Wine Club Membership starts at $315 for 6 bottles. 

    Wine included? Wine must be purchased to participate in a tasting.

    How to join: After purchasing, reserve your spot in a private tasting via Zoom here.

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    Stony Hill Vineyard

    Stony Hill Vineyard features three different virtual experiences. Sign up for a virtual Zoom tasting, join a Stony Hill Social Hour on Instagram Live, or take it to the next level and enjoy  Club Member-Exclusive virtual meetups after becoming a member.

    To enjoy a 45-minute Zoom tasting, purchase a Virtual Tasting Pack to be delivered to your door, then sign up for a time slot that works for you online. An employee will guide you through each of the wines and give an update of what's happening at the ranch. If you want the tasting to be a private event for just you and friends, call ahead of time to arrange it.    

    Starting price: Virtual Tasting Packs start at $124. Tune in to Social Hour on Instagram for free.

    Wine included? Yes. You must buy the wines first to sign up for a virtual tasting.

    How to join: Purchase a tasting pack and sign up for a time slot online here. Follow Stony Hill on Instagram to watch the Lives.

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    Lyon Wine

    These fun and free tastings are hosted by Caroline, a British-American sommelier living in France. She typically hosts small group wine workshops in her gorgeous loft apartment in Lyon's Croix-Rousse, but has moved her tasting experiences online. Join others from around the world for a free virtual happy hour via Zoom. If you'd like something a little more structured, you can also sign up for a private wine tasting either for yourself or a group. 

    Starting price: Free to join the virtual happy hour. Private tastings start at €150, or around $164.

    Wine included? No. Buy whatever wine suits you ahead of time and email the host what you'll be drinking so she can answer any questions you might have about it.

    How to join: Sign up for a free virtual happy hour or private tasting experience here.

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    The United Sommeliers Foundation

    The United Sommeliers Foundation has teamed up with Benchmark Wine Group for weekly virtual wine tastings. Every Thursday, wine lovers are invited to take part in exclusive virtual tastings guided by celebrity sommeliers. Participants can buy bottles from Benchmark for the event, or just crack open a bottle of whatever is handy. If you want to support the foundation, you can donate to participate on-screen and ask questions throughout. Alternatively, you can register and watch without participating for free.   

    Starting price: Free to register and watch. A $50 minimum donation to The United Sommeliers Foundation is required to participate on-screen.

    Wine included? No. It's BYOB.

    How to join: Register for free or donate to participate here.

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    Acker Workshop

    Join America's oldest wine shop for your next virtual cheers. Every Wednesday Acker Wines offers virtual vintage tastings and every Friday is lunch in the vineyards, both via Zoom. Both events have a different expert host each week, from distributors to acclaimed columnists. Participants can see which wines will be featured before signing up and order them online.  

    Starting price: Free to register.

    Wine included? No. Attendees can see which wines will be featured to order them ahead of time.

    How to join: Register for virtual tastings and lunch in the vineyards online here.

    The Supper Share Virtual Wine Tasting

    The Supper Share

    was created in March 2020 specifically to help sommeliers, chefs, and restaurant professionals find new opportunities to share their expertise and talent while many people continue to shelter in place due to the novel coronavirus. Fill out a simple form, choose a wine theme, and they take care of the rest. Within 48 hours, they'll connect you with a sommelier, provide a retail link to order your wines, send a custom invite for everyone in the group to use to connect virtually. You can also set up customized virtual dinner parties, cocktail classes, and more.

    Starting price: Packages start at $75 per person. 

    Wine included? Yes. Participants will receive a link to order wines after signing up. The package price includes the cost of two to three wines.

    How to join: Fill out a simple form with your date, party size, price range, and other details .

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    Willamette Valley Winery

    Willamette Valley Wine regularly adds and curates new virtual wine tastings, happy hours, and events with vineyards and winemakers across the region. Every tasting is a little different, but past events have ranged from blind tastings of Pinot noirs to a chardonnay tasting that included a mini cooking lesson.     

    Starting price: Free

    Wine included? No. Buy wines from the specific winery or sip along with whatever you have on your bar cart. 

    How to join: Depends on the event. Many are held on the vineyards' individual Facebook pages or via Instagram live. You can see all the upcoming events and how to join here.

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    Book a Guided Virtual Group Tasting at Ponzi Vineyards and virtually connect with friends, family, or work colleagues over a bottle. After placing an order, a Ponzi team member will gather each participant's delivery address and send a package to each person. Packages can be entirely and you can even get custom Ponzi wine glasses included.

    Each experience is led by an experienced Ponzi Wine Ambassador who will walk your group through the wines.

    Starting price: $200 for four people

    Wine included? Yes. Bottles are sent directly to every participant. 

    How to join: Sign up here.

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    Every week, catch winemaker Matt Crafton host Instagram Live sessions, where he'll lead viewers through virtual tastings, cellar tours, vineyard visits, and more. For those wanting a one-on-one tasting, the winery has introduced virtual, Chateau Montelena tastings for guests to get the Napa experience from the comforts of home. Guests can connect with one of Montelena's live, virtual hosts for an appointment tailored to personal wine preferences.

    Starting price: Free to watch on Instagram.

    Wine included? No. You can order wines directly from the winery

    How to join: Follow Montelena on Instagram. For a virtual appointment, email wineclubs@montelena. com.

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    KosherWine.com

    Kosherwine.com has teamed up with the Israeli Wine Producers Association for a weekly virtual wine series. Novices and oenophiles alike can enjoy the free live-streamed events now through July 5. Each event focuses on a different Israeli wine producer whose notable products are widely distributed across the US and beyond.

    Participants are encouraged to submit questions for the expert prior to these sessions, and one lucky winner will receive a free bottle of wine and a VIP winery tour for each live event.

    Starting price: Free to live stream

    Wine included? No. Viewers can purchase Sampler Sets from each winery at a discounted price to taste along with the experts or enjoy afterward. 

    How to join: Visit Kosherwine.com/experiences for a full schedule, to register, and to catch up on past episodes.

     

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    Kendall-Jackson recently launched a new series called At Home with Kendall-Jackson, a virtual cooking series featuring weekly hands-on demonstrations hosted by the winery's culinary team on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET. Viewers can learn firsthand how to cook wine country fare and how to wine pair from the comfort of their homes.

    Starting price: Free to join on Zoom

    Wine included? No. BYOB your favorite Kendall-Jackson wine or whatever you have handy.

    How to join: Wine lovers can join this link for the Zoom Webinar with password KJCULINARY.

     

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    A la Francaise

    Champagne lovers can enjoy learning about the iconic bubbles from the source. Discover the Champagne region in France via a virtual experience with A la Francaise Champagne.

    Guests can join a one-hour virtual Zoom tour with a local expert and pop their open bottle of Champagne to enjoy during the experience. The tour is available to join every day of the week at four different times to best accommodate a range of time zones. 

    For a more intimate and immersive experience, you can also arrange for a private tour with Champagne sent to your doorstep ahead of time. 

    Starting price: ~$17.50 (€15) for the standard tour; ~$116 (€100) for a private tour 

    Wine included? No, but it can be arranged for private tours. 

    How to join: Sign up for a virtual Zoom tour here.

     

     

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    • Apple released its list of the most downloaded apps and games in 2020, and it reflects what a weird year it has been.
    • Zoom's popularity has soared during the pandemic as people looked for ways to stay connected while stuck at home. 
    • With major film and TV releases delayed, people have increasingly turned to streaming services, but Disney+ ranked much higher than Netflix.
    • DoorDash came in at 14th, while Uber didn't make the top 20 at all.
    • "Among Us," meanwhile, ranked number one on the App Store's free game downloads.
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    Without question, 2020 has been a weird year - and that has been reflected that in people's choice of apps.

    On Wednesday, Apple released its list of the most downloaded apps and games over the course of the year, and it's no surprise that Zoom and "Among Us" come out top.

    But some of the trends may be a bit more of a shock. Disney+, for example, came in at third place while Netflix was all the way down at 12th, and TikTok beat YouTube depsite President Donald Trump's calls to ban the app in the US.

    Here are this year's most downloaded free apps.

    1 Zoom

    It's of no surprise that Zoom tops the list of most downloaded free apps in 2020. The video conferencing app has boomed during the pandemic as people looked for ways to communicate with colleagues and loved ones during lockdown. In April, the company reported 300 million daily meeting participants. It has also been rolled out by many schools and colleges, too.

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    Users can either use the free service or pay to get access to more functions and avoid the 40-minute call limit.

    Its rival Google Meet came in at 20th on Apple's list.

    Read more: Microsoft Teams is adding new integrations to its video calls as it competes with Slack and Zoom and positions itself as a 'hub for collaborative work'

    2 TikTok

    TikTok is another app that has seen its popularity rocket during the pandemic. Seen by many as a replacement for Vine, the app lets users share short-form videos, ranging from music and dance to comedy and short speeches.

    Though the app was first launched back in 2016, and rolled out in the US in 2018, it's only in 2020 that it's really boomed. Following its success, the app has created a new wave of internet celebrities and "influencers," who .

    The Chinese app has provoked privacy and national security concerns among US officials this year, causing President Donald Trump to call for its ban, but this has since fallen through.

    3 Disney+

    Disney's streaming app only launched in November 2019, but it couldn't have come at a better time. As cinemas across the world shut during lockdown, millions of people turned to streaming services including Disney+ and Netflix.

    Disney even launched its live-action "Mulan" straight on to the platform, skipping its theatrical release.

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    Disney+ has enjoyed explosive growth this year, but this may soon come to an end as it struggles to release new content. It had to halt television and film production for most of the year. When it started filming again the process was both slower and more expensive due to COVID-19 safety measures, the entertainment company said last month.

    Netflix's profits have soared during the pandemic with record numbers of new subscribers, but it ranked much lower than Disney+ on Apple's list in 12th place. This likely reflects how new Disney+ is, meaning few people had downloaded the app before the start of the year.

    4 YouTube

    Despite the rise of TikTok and Twitch, YouTube has remained strong. Part of this could be because, unlike TikTok, YouTube isn't limited to 60-second videos.

    Across the world, theaters, musicians, and companies have taken to live-streaming events on the platform during the pandemic as large public gatherings were cancelled.

    5 Instagram

    The photo sharing app rounds off Apple's five most downloaded apps.

    But the platform is also faces competition from the ever-growing TikTok. In November, it announced a home screen redesign and dedicated prime real estate to a function called Reels, a short-form video app set to compete with TikTok, with basic audio and video editing capabilities.

    The rest of the bunch

    The other apps that made up Apple's top 10 are Facebook, Snapchat, Messenger, Gmail, and Cash App.

    DoorDash made it to 14th place, as the closure of restaurants during the pandemic has caused massive demand for take-out services.

    Uber, meanwhile, didn't make the top 20 - likely because fewer people have been traveling during the pandemic.

    Apple also hand-picked a selection of apps that it called "the best of 2020." These aren't necessarily the most downloaded apps, but are instead one that Apple counts as "essential for making life easier, healthier, and more connected this year." Exercise app "Wakeout!" topped the list, but it also praised the UN's "Share the Meal" app for encourage people to donate.

    Top free games

    "Among Us," meanwhile, ranked number one on the App Store's top free game downloads.

    among us innersloth "Among Us" is a hidden role game that was released by InnerSloth in 2018.

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    The deduction game involves players, known as crewmates, complete across a spaceship while trying to identify their fellow "impostors," who are assigned at random and have to kill off crewmates to win the game. 

    Because the game can be played remotely on both PC and mobiles, and because it encourages simultaneous voice or text chat to identify the impostors, it's been seen as an ideal game for friends split apart during global lockdowns. Even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has streamed herself on Twitch playing the game, peaking at more than 438,000 viewers.

    Other games that made it to Apple's top five include "Call of Duty," "Roblox," "Subway Surfers," and "Ink Inc. - Tattoo Drawing."

    The phenomenal success of "Among Us" part of a wider gaming trend: video games have been in huge demand during lockdowns around the world as people seek to both stay entertained and connect with friends. The PlayStation 5s sold out at major retailers and caused websites to crash, and people bought more than 12 million Nintendo Switches during the pandemic.

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    Zoom is Apple's most downloaded app of 2020, while multiplayer smash hit 'Among Us' has topped its games list http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/VmUTQraP6VU/zoom-among-us-tops-list-apple-most-downloaded-apps-games-2020-12 Facebook and Instagram also made the list.

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    • Apple released its list of the most downloaded apps and games in 2020, and it reflects what a weird year it has been.
    • Zoom's popularity has soared during the pandemic as people looked for ways to stay connected while stuck at home. 
    • With major film and TV releases delayed, people have increasingly turned to streaming services, but Disney+ ranked much higher than Netflix.
    • DoorDash came in at 14th, while Uber didn't make the top 20 at all.
    • "Among Us," meanwhile, ranked number one on the App Store's free game downloads.
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    Without question, 2020 has been a weird year - and that has been reflected that in people's choice of apps.

    On Wednesday, Apple released its list of the most downloaded apps and games over the course of the year, and it's no surprise that Zoom and "Among Us" come out top.

    But some of the trends may be a bit more of a shock. Disney+, for example, came in at third place while Netflix was all the way down at 12th, and TikTok beat YouTube depsite President Donald Trump's calls to ban the apps in the US.

    Here are this year's most downloaded free apps.

    1 Zoom

    It's of no surprise that Zoom tops the list of most downloaded free apps in 2020. The video conferencing app has boomed during the pandemic as people looked for ways to communicate with colleagues and loved ones during lockdown. In April, the company reported 300 million daily meeting participants. It has also been rolled out by many schools and colleges, too.

    Users can either use the free service or pay to get access to more functions and avoid the 40-minute call limit.

    Its rival Google Meet came in at 20th on Apple's list.

    Read more: Microsoft Teams is adding new integrations to its video calls as it competes with Slack and Zoom and positions itself as a 'hub for collaborative work'

    2 TikTok

    TikTok is another app that has seen its popularity rocket during the pandemic. Seen by many as a replacement for Vine, the app lets users share short-form videos, ranging from music and dance to comedy and short speeches.

    Though the app was first launched back in 2016, and rolled out in the US in 2018, it's only in 2020 that it's really boomed. Following its success, the app has created a new wave of internet celebrities and "influencers," who .

    The Chinese app has provoked privacy and national security concerns among US officials this year, causing President Donald Trump to call for its ban, but this has since fallen through.

    3 Disney+

    Disney's streaming app only launched in November 2019, but it couldn't have come at a better time. As cinemas across the world shut during lockdown, millions of people turned to streaming services including Disney+ and Netflix.

    Disney even launched its live-action "Mulan" straight on to the platform, skipping its theatrical release.

    Disney+ has enjoyed explosive growth this year, but this may soon come to an end as it struggles to release new content. It had to halt television and film production for most of the year. When it started filming again the process was both slower and more expensive due to COVID-19 safety measures, the entertainment company said last month.

    Netflix's profits have soared during the pandemic with record numbers of new subscribers, but it ranked much lower than Disney+ on Apple's list in 12th place. This likely reflects how new Disney+ is, meaning few people had downloaded the app before the start of the year.

    4 YouTube

    Despite the rise of TikTok and Twitch, YouTube has remained strong. Part of this could be because, unlike TikTok, YouTube isn't limited to 60-second videos.

    Across the world, theaters, musicians, and companies have taken to live-streaming events on the platform during the pandemic as large public gatherings were cancelled.

    5 Instagram

    The photo sharing app rounds off Apple's five most downloaded apps.

    But the platform is also faces competition from the ever-growing TikTok. In November, it announced a home screen redesign and dedicated prime real estate to a function called Reels, a short-form video app set to compete with TikTok, with basic audio and video editing capabilities.

    The rest of the bunch

    The other apps that made up Apple's top 10 are Facebook, Snapchat, Messenger, Gmail, and Cash App.

    DoorDash made it to 14th place, as the closure of restaurants during the pandemic has caused massive demand for take-out services.

    Uber, meanwhile, didn't make the top 20 - likely because fewer people have been traveling during the pandemic.

    Top free games

    "Among Us," meanwhile, ranked number one on the App Store's top free game downloads.

    The deduction game involves players, known as crewmates, complete across a spaceship while trying to identify their fellow "impostors," who are assigned at random and have to kill off crewmates to win the game. 

    Because the game can be played remotely on both PC and mobiles, and because it encourages simultaneous voice or text chat to identify the impostors, it's been seen as an ideal game for friends split apart during global lockdowns. Even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has streamed herself on Twitch playing the game, peaking at more than 438,000 viewers.

    Other games that made it to Apple's top five include "Call of Duty," "Roblox," "Subway Surfers," and "Ink Inc. - Tattoo Drawing."

    This is part of a wider gaming trend: video games have been in huge demand during lockdowns around the world. The PlayStation 5s sold out at major retailers and caused websites to crash, and people bought more than 12 million Nintendo Switches during the pandemic.

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    Facebook is to begin removing false claims about Covid vaccines, the company has announced, as the UK prepares to roll out the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

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    • Ivanka Trump was deposed by Washington, DC investigators on Tuesday in connection to a lawsuit on alleged misuse of inaugural funds, according to a court filing
    • The lawsuit in question was filed by the Washington, DC District Attorney's office in January 2020.
    • It alleges that the Presidential Inaugural Committee enriched the Trump Organization by overpaying to use the Trump International Hotel in DC for President Donald Trump's inauguration events in 2017. 
    • The committee paid more than $1 million to use the hotel, despite one of the inauguration's event planners warning Ivanka that it was at least twice the market rate.
    • The court filing said investigators are also set to interview Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former friend of first lady Melania Trump who helped plan the president's inauguration before getting fired by the White House.
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    President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, was deposed by investigators in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, in connection to a lawsuit about spending on the 2017 inauguration, according to a recent court filing.

    In January, the Washington, DC attorney general's office sued the Trump Organization and the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), alleging that the committee had enriched the Trump family's company by overpaying to use the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, for inauguration events. 

    According to the court filing, witness depositions have been taking place for the last several weeks, and on Tuesday, it was the first daughter's turn to answer questions. 

    In a January 2020 press release announcing the lawsuit, the Washington AG's office wrote that one of the inauguration's planners, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, "raised concerns" about the hotel's rate with both Ivanka Trump and the deputy chairman of the PIC, Rick Gates, saying it was at least twice the market rate.

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    "Despite this warning, Gates allowed the PIC to enter into a contract with the Trump Hotel for four days of event space at a total cost of $1.03 million, an amount far above even the Hotel's own internal pricing guidelines," the press release reads. 

    According to the Tuesday court filing, which revealed that Ivanka was deposed, Wolkoff herself is set to give a deposition next week on December 9. 

    Wolkoff, a New York socialite and former Vogue event planner, was brought on to help plan the inauguration by her longtime friend, first lady Melania Trump. Following the inauguration, she worked as an unpaid aide to the first lady.

    Read more: Biden wants to move beyond the Trump era. But the Justice Department and New York state might not be so ready to play along.  

    But Wolkoff herself was let go after reports revealed in February 2018 that $26 million was paid to her company, WIS Media Partners, over the course of the inauguration work.

    stephanie winston wolkoff Stephanie Winston Wolkoff speaks at the UN Women For Peace Association 2019 Awards Luncheon at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on March 1, 2019.

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    Wolkoff told The New York Times in May 2019 that she was let go from the White House not because of the inauguration spending, but because the administration was ending all "gratuitous service agreements."

    Wolkoff has since turned against the White House and has been cooperating with federal investigators looking into the inauguration's spending. She also recently published a book about her relationship with the first lady and her work at the White House, titled "Melania and Me."

    The Justice Department filed a complaint against Wolkoff in October, claiming that she breached a nondisclosure agreement. Wolkoff described the move as "bullying tactics" in response.

    Ivanka Trump's deposition on Tuesday is perhaps a preview of her post-White House life.

    The president and his administration await multiple potential lawsuits upon leaving office, and reported Tuesday that the president is exploring the option of giving out preemptive pardons to his eldest children, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany denied the allegation on Wednesday.

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    'Humans of New York' creator Brandon Stanton on the power of good habits, growing his passion project into a business, and how to gain a social media following http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/Ui5q4FpQDQk/interview-with-humans-of-new-york-brandon-stanton-2020-12 Polina Marinova and Brandon Stanton.

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    • Polina Marinova is the founder and author of The Profile, a newsletter that features longform profiles on successful people and companies.
    • She recently interviewed Brandon Stanton, creator of popular blog Humans of New York, on everything from how discipline helped him turn a profit and the "eureka moment" that changed the trajectory of his content. 
    • Stanton dives into his methodology for choosing who to photograph, which quotes and stories to include, and how he differentiates HONY's content on social media. 
    • Whereas so much of social media is personality-driven by account creators, Stanton credits HONY's success to the fact that he doesn't insert himself; instead he allows the subject to showcase their own story.
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    Brandon Stanton is part street photographer, part storyteller. He's spent the last 10 years of his life capturing the fascinating stories of ordinary people. He catches his subjects in various moments of time — from their most vulnerable to their most philosophical.

    His popular blog, Humans of New York (HONY), features portraits of strangers who share intimate stories of strengthaddictionredemptionregret, and love.

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    It all began in 2010. Recently fired from his finance job, Stanton picked up a camera and hit the streets. His initial goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot the pictures on a map of the five boroughs.

    He eventually began to interview his subjects and include a quote alongside their portraits. Stanton's photography project eventually evolved into a loyal following of more than 25 million followers on social media.

    Stanton recently debuted his third book, " ," which features the powerful stories of regular people across 40 different countries.

    He also published a moving 32-post narrative on Stephanie Johnson, a 76-year-old woman who worked as a burlesque dancer named "Tanqueray" in the 1970s. Her health recently took a bad turn, so Stanton created a GoFundMe to cover her medical costs. Moved by her story, more than a hundred thousand people in the HONY community donated a whopping $2.7 million in a matter of weeks.

    As a result of Stanton's dedication to telling the fascinating stories of complete strangers, Humans of New York has touched millions of readers over the years and turned into one of the best places on the internet.

    Stanton sat down for an hour-long interview with The Profile, in which he explains how he develops intimacy with strangers, why his conversations are so transformative, and why it's natural for us to empathize with other people's pain.

    Read more: I left my job at Amazon to turn my side hustle into a full-time agency, and I'm on track to make multiple 6 figures in my first year. Here are 7 key steps I took before clocking out for good.

    This is one of the most comprehensive interviews Stanton has done in recent years. You can watch the full Q&A below:

    If you prefer to read it, below is a lightly-edited transcript from our conversation:

    In 2012, you had 64,000 fans on Facebook. Eight years later, the HONY community has grown to more than 20 million people on social media. How does it feel to reflect on that?

    Whew. Well, I don't allow myself too much time for reflection, which might be a quirk of my character. The publication week for my third book just ended, and I texted my agent saying, "I don't know what to do with myself when I don't have anything to worry about. I need something to worry about at all times." So I'm normally obsessing over the next thing I'm doing as opposed to reflecting on the art of the career so far.

    There's one story that I always tell to put into perspective how much the success of Humans of New York was outsized in relation to my expectation. I had been in New York for a few months, and I had been doing it every single day, trying to get traction, trying to get something going, and it really wasn't working. It's very hard to get that first core group of fans. This was at the very beginning of social media in 2010.

    I remember my Facebook page started getting 10 new followers per day. I went to Central Park with my friend, and I told him, "If this keeps going like this, in three years, I'll have 10,000 Facebook fans." To me, that sounded like the biggest success that anyone could possibly ever imagine. Once those three years passed, it was something closer to 10 million. It was a thousand times larger than my definition of what success would've been.

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    There was one Christmas where all of your insecurities came crashing down, and you weren't sure this photography project would work. How did you keep your doubts at bay?

    Just working. The Christmas you're referencing was the first one I was in New York, and I only knew two people in the city. During the Christmas break, the two people that I knew went home, so I was completely alone for two or three weeks. That was extremely tough. It was more of a loneliness thing than an insecurity thing, but I dealt with both of those in the exact same way, which is I went out and worked. It was the only thing that would keep me from the possibility of failing — and not just failing but failing in a very grand way. I had packed up everything I had, moved to New York to start this Facebook project... to do something that seemed absolutely stupid.

    At the time I was doing it, it seemed like the stupidest idea ever. There's that South Park episode about the underwear gnomes where the gnomes had this big plan to steal a bunch of underwear and somehow, that was going to equal profit. My friend always told me that I reminded him of the underwear gnomes. "So you're just going to take pictures of random people on the street and somehow that's going to equal profit? OK..." And that's how it looked for a long time. It looked very exotic, like I was doing something crazy.

    I just always felt that there was something interesting about the intimate portrait of a stranger on the street. I felt that was compelling, and I felt that was interesting.

    Street photography had been a thing for a while. Part of street photography sometimes included candid photography of people. There were much fewer portraits of people on the street where you stopped and asked them for permission.

    I knew I was doing something new. I knew I was doing something that was compelling. I knew that if I made it my thing — if I owned that idea and I owned that space — that eventually the intrinsic value in how compelling it was would attract an audience large enough to sustain myself and make a living. That was my only goal at first — I just wanted to make enough money to continue doing it.

    Read more: The founder of the Girls' Night In newsletter built her subscriber list to 170,000 people in less than 4 years. Here are her best tips for growing a loyal audience.

    How did you make money in the very early days?

    I was on unemployment. I had just lost my job, so I had a little bit of money coming in from unemployment. I got a few small odd jobs doing photography — weddings and little stuff like that.

    The day my unemployment ran out, I did a print sale on Indiegogo, and it raised $30,000. And I thought, "This is going to last me three years." And then things started happening really quickly.

    The first view I got into how much social media allows you to scale was with Amtrak. At that time, I had only been photographing for a year and a half. I wasn't that great of a photographer. I was still learning. But Amtrak asked me if I would do a shoot for them, and it was the only commercial job I've ever done.

    They asked me how much money I wanted, and I go, "I don't know, you know? I'm just out here trying to make it. Whatever you think you could do would be great." It was an older lady, and I think I tapped into something maternal in her, and they ended up giving me $60,000 for two weeks of work. And to me, that was all the money in the world. All the money in the world. I thought, "I'm never going to have to worry about anything else with this for years." So that was when I finally started to feel secure.

    For 10 years, you've picked up your camera day after day, year after year. You're the ultimate example of persistence and consistency. What has kept you going for so long?

    In the beginning, it was just rock solid discipline, you know? And I can say that as somebody who flunked out of college and who, for the majority of my life, has not been a disciplined person at all. I flunked out of UGA because I wasn't going to class. I never had discipline, ever.

    When I flunked out of school, I read  . I saw how he lived his life and how structured and disciplined he was, and I started incorporating habits into my life. The first habit I formed was that I started reading 100 pages a day every day. I did that for years — even when I went back to school. I went back to the University of Georgia and ended up making straight As. Even during that time, I would read 100 pages every day on top of reading for school.

    I started exercising and playing piano for an hour. And I did those things every single day for years, and then I got proficient at piano, I was in good shape, and I educated myself pretty intensely. But I think the most important thing that was happening during that time was that I was learning discipline. Not only did my habits improve me in many ways, but I also got very good at the skill of creating habits in my life.

    So when Humans of New York came along, I knew taking a day off wasn't about the day of work that you lost, it was about breaking that habit. So no matter how I felt, no matter how insecure I was, no matter how lonely I was, no matter how sick I was, I went out and photographed every single day. For years and years and years, I posted four photos a day, every single day. And this is when Humans of New York was dovetailing with the rise of Facebook.

    That discipline of posting and constantly putting it out allowed me to catch this wave that, in many ways, I'm still riding.

    You've interviewed tens of thousands of people across 40 different countries. What's the biggest thing you've learned about the human experience?

    I think the most interesting way to comment on this is what I've learned about life as it is lived versus life as it is depicted in the media. I think what happens when we're consuming media is that we don't necessarily recognize the incentives that are involved.

    Ultimately, media is a storytelling business. Even very hard news media, you know? You want these stories to be factual but, ultimately, they're stories. What sells subscriptions and what gets people to watch are the stories.

    Knowing that the media industry is driven by stories, then you have to ask yourself — What are the elements of a story that make it most marketable and successful? And what makes a good story is sex, violence, and all these kinds of extreme things. They're the same things that make a Hollywood movie good.

    So what happens is that when you're consuming the world through media, you're seeing the world through a lens that highlights and skews toward those extremes.

    When you have someone going into a country to tell a story, they need to tell a good story to sell newspapers, so they're looking for elements of life being lived that are filled with conflict or violence. What happens is that you get a lot of sensational stories about terrorism or crime.

    You form an image of these places that is much more frightening and extreme than you'll find if you get on the ground. The way I describe it is that 99% of life being lived has nothing to do with politics or crime, yet that's all we read about in the media.

    If you stop people one-on-one and ask them: "What are you thinking about all day long?" There's very similar themes in those answers. We're mostly worried about our families — our son's drug addiction, our father's illness, our wife's struggles with alcohol. On the flip side, there's our daughter's graduation, the person we met and are wildly in love with — these are the stories that represent the life being lived.

    Even in countries like Iraq and Pakistan where all you hear coming out through the media is about the conflicts going on, still 99% of life being lived is inside the home and is much more intimate and relationship-driven.

    Why are you so intrigued by the stories of regular people?

    First of all, that was all that was available to me, you know? At first, it was just necessity. I'm a guy with a camera and no photography experience — you think The New Yorker's going to hire me? I was a guy with a camera wanting to be a photographer with no credentials and no experience so I had to work with what was available to me.

    First, it was just photographing who was on the street, then I started interviewing people on the street, and then I started learning stories from people on the street. I got very good at that out of necessity.

    What it's grown into is realizing that the social media audience of Humans of New York is a lot larger than The New York Times, it's a lot larger than The New Yorker. It's realizing that not only the stories of ordinary people hold attention, they can be even more compelling and relatable than stories of public figures and celebrities.

    It wasn't as a result of me realizing that the stories of ordinary people would be more compelling and then pursuing that path. It was looking for any path — any path — and that was the only path available to me. In the course of getting very skilled at telling these stories, I realized that their inherent value was massive.

    The photo of the Green Lady changed the trajectory of Humans of New York. Can you tell that story?

    This is about six or seven months of just me eating, breathing, and sleeping and doing nothing but photographs. It was all I did, and it was starting to get a little bit of traction.

    At the time, I was just getting photos of people, and occasionally, I'd be writing my own caption.

    One day, I photographed this lady dressed all in green, and the next day I got sick and I couldn't go out and photograph. I was very disciplined at the time, so I had to put something on the blog, and I didn't have anything to post, but I had this picture of the Green Lady. It was a bad picture. I probably wouldn't have posted it otherwise because I really messed it up, but I decided to put it up anyway.

    And then, I had remembered that she said something to me: "I used to be a different color every single day, but one day I was green, and that was a great day so I've been green for 15 years." I was just like, "OK, I'll just put that little quote above the picture." And I did, and it was by far the most liked picture I had ever put up, which was only like 100 likes at the time.

    It was a eureka moment because I realized that people were much more interested in learning about these people than they were in seeing these people.

    It's been 10 years of maintaining a very large audience on the internet, which is very difficult to do. It's difficult to hold attention at all on the internet, especially for a sustained amount of time. Looking back on it, one thing that I've always done is that no matter how much I've committed to a path, when I feel the wind blowing a different direction, I'm willing to drop everything and follow that wind.

    I'll give you an example. I had already signed a contract for my fourth book, which was going to be a book of the remote interviews I've been doing [during the pandemic]. I was going to make a book on that, and I'm working on it, and then Tanqueray happens.

    [The Tanqueray series] is something I wasn't sure would work — telling a 12,000-word story on Instagram and Facebook. I've never seen anybody else do anything like it. Seeing how well it did work made me realize that the audience was engaging with this material in a very deep way. It caught my interest, and I was like, "I think we need to stop this next book, and we've got to figure out how to do a book on Tanqueray." And I don't know what that's going to be, but that's the way the wind is blowing right now.

    No matter how great one path seems, when another path opens up, you need to immediately drop everything and go down that path. I've done it multiple times over the last 10 years. I think that's why the blog has existed as long as it has.

    There's been some valid criticism written about Humans of New York. There's been no criticism that's written about Humans of New York that still applied two years later. The work has always been evolving, morphing, and changing so quickly that you can never pin it down.

    Read more: How to get your book published, according to an agent, a publisher, and a successful author

    You talk a lot about randomness and chance when selecting the people you photograph and the stories that you tell. But how do you go about choosing a certain person over the one sitting next to them?

    Humans of New York two years ago was all random. The one variable that I needed most was always time. I tried to choose as wide of a selection of neighborhoods as possible, but the one thing I needed from everybody was time. These interview take time. A lot of times they take an hour and a half. They're pretty intense.

    So I would normally be looking for somebody in a state of repose, maybe they're sitting on a bench or maybe they're leaning up against a wall smoking a cigarette. Beforehand it was time.

    Now, my selection process involves an inbox full of 20,000 stories. My assistant has cut them down a little bit to give me a fighting chance.

    The work has changed so much recently because it was totally focused on the interview. Now, [with people emailing in their stories], the interview is much less important because so much of the information is laid out there. So I'm looking at the story, and I'm judging it based on the characteristics and variables that I've learned through experience. It can't just be a compelling story, but it has to be a story that's compelling and will work in short-form. It has to fit in 2,200 characters, which is the character limit on an Instagram caption.

    You might have an hour-long conversation with someone. How do you decide which story or quote best represents them in that particular moment in time?

    It's all contextual. Every interview's different. I don't ever have a list of questions.

    The street interviews are a lot different than the remote interviews because the street interviews always start from zero, where I'm trying to identify the events and conflicts in their lives upon which I can build a story around. Normally, I'll let them lead the interview.

    A lot of times I'll ask, "What's your biggest challenge right now?" or "What's the biggest challenge that you've overcome?" Chances are that the biggest challenge they've overcome is the thing that has formed them the most and the thing they've spent the most time thinking about. So not only is it going to be the story that's most impactful and material to their life, but it's also going to be the story that's given them the most perspective and insight into the world.

    Everyone's an expert in their particular problem because that's what we think about the most. And everybody has a very distinct struggle in their life that they've been forced to compensate for and create solutions for. It's given them a very unique perspective on the world formed by that struggle.

    If you can find what that person's struggling with, you can often find the one thing that they can speak to with more wisdom than anybody else.

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    You write: "Truth is often spoken haltingly. With pauses. Like it's being dug up, one spoonful at a time, from somewhere deep." How does it feel to be on the receiving end of someone's heavy truth?

    People often ask me, "How do you listen to these sad stories over and over again without being affected?" I've done series in pediatric cancer wards and I've done series where I spent weeks with refugees, but I think there's something about a really good interview that's about the exchange. It's not just directed one-way, where you're asking questions and you're getting answers.

    I think confronting a person on a very deep level and pushing them on things that other people don't push them on gives them the respect of listening very intently. Challenging somebody is a form of respect because it shows that you're listening so closely that you're noticing inconsistencies in their story.

    So you're pushing them on it and you're pushing them to explain — not just to you but to themselves — why they've been holding this belief and why they've been thinking that. When you come from a place of such deep listening, there's no question that you can ask that's too private, too confrontational, or too personal because they can sense it's coming from this authentic place of pure curiosity and pure interest as opposed to asking these questions as a means to an end.

    That place doesn't get reached in every interview, but it gets reached in every interview that makes it on the blog. There's something about knowing that I am benefiting from hearing this story and this person's also benefiting from telling this story. More often than not, at the end of the interview, both of us are thanking each other. I'm thanking them for telling the story, and they're thanking me for listening.

    No matter how sad the story is, you feel like it was a very healthy thing for both people involved, and that's a good feeling.

    And that's how a lot of the people who read the blog also feel, right?

    And that's the interesting part of it. For me, when the conversation is over, so much of the magic has already happened. It's in the moment. It's on the street. It's these moments where you're going to places in somebody's mind with them for the first time, and it's good for them, and you're there watching it. It's a powerful thing, especially when it's something someone's been avoiding confronting for a long time. It's a magical thing.

    The success of Humans of New York has been about translating the magic of what happens on the street in the one-on-one interview to the blog. But the magic's over before I even start typing, you know what I mean?

    It's about re-constructing [the interview] in a way that maintains the person's voice and intent, while the photograph maintains their emotion. I like to capture people while they're talking because I want the audience to be there and feel what it's like to sit and listen to that person. The better I've gotten over the years, the more impactful the work has become.

    Tell me about what sparked your friendship with Tanqueray, whose story captivated the nation. How did it all start?

    That all started very organically. What was so interesting about it is that I've had thousands and thousands of conversations with random people on the street. Almost all of those have been within the framework of doing my work — I carry around my camera and I very systematically interact with random people.

    I have to approach a certain amount of people every single day — a certain percentage of those people will say "no," a certain percentage of those people will allow me to do an interview, and a certain percentage of the interviews will be "usable." I classify a "usable interview" as one where the person felt comfortable enough to be honest. It's not about a person being interesting or not interesting. It's about their comfort level with the process.

    Anyway, it's a system, and that's how I meet all the amazing people that I meet and have all these amazing conversations. What was interesting about Tanqueray is that I wasn't in that framework. I was coming back from the gym, I didn't have my camera with me, and I was soaking wet with sweat. It was one of those things where I didn't want to put on a sweater after I hopped off the treadmill. I just wanted to go home and take a shower. Even though it was really cold outside, I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt because it wasn't that far of a walk.

    When I see her, she's got this huge fur coat. One thing I do is when I see someone who is of a certain generation that has put a lot of effort into their style, I make sure to tell them they look great. She looked exquisite.

    I told her, "Hey, you look great," and she called me over and said, "Let me ask you something — why is it that you white boys always shorts in the winter?"

    So that's what got me and her talking, and right away, she launched into all these stories. She asked me where I lived, and I pointed, "Right there." She then said, "Oh, that house used to be full of hookers." She spoke for 10 minutes before I ever got a word in. I think most people would be looking at their watch being like, "Oh my gosh, I've got to go somewhere." But being who I am and what my job is, I was like, "Oh man, this woman can tell some stories. This is crazy."

    She will go for 60 minutes without taking a breath, so after 15 minutes, I said, "Can you just wait here? I can't explain it really but I run a website and I take pictures of people and tell their stories. Can I run home and get my camera and do a little interview with you?"

    I got back, and she was still there. Humans of New York meant nothing to her until she started getting stopped on the street a couple of days later after I shared her post. So that began it all.

    There was this frenzy after I posted her story. All these people wanted to make a television series or a movie out of it, but she wanted to work with me. She's a very smart woman, and she didn't need to see numbers on social media to know that something that this guy did had 50 people stopping her on the street in the course of an hour. That's what she got in her mind even though she probably still doesn't fully understand Humans of New York. That's her street smarts.

    She took a few television and movie meetings, and at some point, I was thinking like, "This could be the best story I have the opportunity to tell. Why give it to somebody else? This is what I do." So we decided to make a podcast together. It was going to be a first-person podcast, and she was going to do it in her own voice.

    That was our plan, and we did it for months and months. We met and did tons of interviews, and that's when her health took a turn for the worst, so I was like, "We can't wait. She needs help now." So I quickly re-tooled everything for the blog, which involved cutting out 60% of wild stuff, and that's how we got here today.

    Tanqueray's story was full of twists and turns and pain and struggle, but there was no regret. Why do you think it's easier for people to empathize with the pain more than the joy?

    We connect much more to each other's pains than we do our successes. You look at social media, and it's a lot of people bragging about what they have.

    A lot of the underlying energy is, "Look at what I'm achieving. Look at what I have. Look at what I've experienced that you don't have." And that is a separating energy. When someone is saying, "Look what I'm going through," that is a connective energy.

    The one most singular emotion is pain. It's the one that can't be divided. It can't be split. There's all different types of happiness and peace and contentment, but pain is pain and hurt is hurt.

    Even though it's got a hundred million different masks and faces, underneath it is the singular feeling of pain that people know. To really identify with somebody and have compassionate empathy for them is to identify pain in others — the same pain that you've felt even though it might not have the same causes.

    I think that is why the story of other people's struggles and the story of Tanqueray's struggles, in particular, tapped in to such a nerve. To really know pain in other people is to know yourself in them.

    Tanqueray's life story would've gone undocumented if it wasn't for a total stranger's curiosity and willingness to listen. I bet there are wildly interesting stories that exist within our own families. Why do you think so few of us take the time to ask?

    Remember that my interviews are within the structure of my work.

    My own wife says, "Maybe you should be asking me [those questions]." There's something about intimacy — something about being really close to somebody — that makes these difficult conversations tougher to have. I'm going to figure it out one day...I've been thinking about it a lot.

    Why is it so much harder for me to ask my mom and my wife and my brother these questions that I ask of a complete stranger? On the flip side, why is it so much easier for a complete stranger to tell me these things than it would be for them to tell their mom or their brother or their sister?

    I'm going to figure it out one day, but my thinking so far is that relationships are tough. It's really hard to make a close relationship work. You get to a place where everything is working, the ship is sailing along, and you become really afraid of introducing new truths and new information that is going to change that dynamic and throw it off course.

    There's something about intimacy, something about the proximity you have to another person, that makes these searing questions so much harder to ask than if you don't know them at all. And on the flip side, they're so much easier to answer if you don't know the person asking them at all.

    That is the strange power and strange wrinkle in the universe that fuels my work. I'm yet to fully understand the mechanisms behind why it works.

    You've spent the last 10 years telling everyone else's story. What's the one thing about your story that you wish everyone knew?

    No. I wish people knew none of it! I've always wanted Humans of New York to be bigger than I am.

    Why?

    Because it's better than me. It's more pure than me. It makes more of a difference in people's lives than I do as a concept. The more I can disappear with my own human weaknesses, inconsistencies, bad opinions and bad thinking, the stronger the work can become because it's not tethered to me.

    So much of social media is personality-driven. All of it is! And Humans of New York is not at all. My personality is not in there at all. I think so much of its success is because of that.

    I am the most comfortable — and I think the work is the best — the least visible I am. I always wonder what the right balance of it is because I think to myself, "Maybe I'd like to do something as Brandon Stanton one day, but I've been hiding Brandon Stanton as much as I possibly can." I question the wisdom of that sometime. But ultimately, in my quiet moments, I come back to: "The more you disappear, the better things are."

    I'm most comfortable when I'm working with someone to be a channel and vessel for their story.

    Read the original article on Business Insider

    [Author: insider@insider.com (Polina Marinova)]

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    Influencers say a talent-management firm took $299 'deposits' up front but failed to deliver on promises and didn't refund them http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/aNaVUNENX_0/youtube-and-influencer-business-trends-newsletter-december-3-2020-12

    IQ Advantage; Samantha Lee/Business Insider

    Hi, this is Amanda Perelli and welcome back to Insider Influencers, our weekly rundown on the influencer and creator economy. Sign up for the newsletter here.

    When looking for a talent manager as an influencer, there's a lot to watch out for. And there are some red flags influencers should be wary of.

    My colleague Sydney Bradley reported this week that the management firm IQ Advantage took $299 "deposits" up front from influencers and promised to help grow their Instagram accounts and get brand deals.

    But 13 influencers told Sydney that the firm failed to deliver on its promises and then didn't give back their deposits.

    "I've probably hit them up like three or four times since, just asking for the money back," one influencer said.

    When Sydney started asking questions, IQ Advantage shut down.

    Industry experts said the type of deposit IQ Advantage took isn't standard and should have been a red flag.

    But they also said it wouldn't be the last dubious agency to focus on micro influencers who are trying to break into the industry.

    Check out the full story here. 

    Leaked Fashion Nova campaign briefs reveal what it's offering to pay influencers for sponsored content FashionNova logo

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    The edgy fast-fashion brand Fashion Nova has grown in the last few years by partnering with influencers.

    But some insiders say the brand has lowball pricing on sponsored content and an emphasis on "gifting" that feel out of step with the current marketplace.

    I spoke with five talent managers and agents who work with influencers to learn what campaign asks and rates Fashion Nova has offered recently. 

    Here's what they said: 

    • One example of a brief sent to an influencer with over 100,000 Instagram followers asked for multiple posts for no cash payment.

    • Several agents said it wasn't just the pricing that bothered them, but the contract terms as well.

    • Two agents said Fashion Nova included the term "perpetual usages" in the contract agreement, which gives the brand the right to use and repurpose the content in perpetuity.

    "It's not just a low fee," one agent said about Fashion Nova's influencer deals. "It's also so many posts, and they want the rights to the content. Honestly, it undervalues the marketplace." 

    Read more on Fashion Nova here.

    How TikTok has impacted different industries from music to retail to cybersecurity in 2020 tiktok september 15 deadline 4x3

    TikTok; Samantha Lee/Business Insider

    TikTok has dominated headlines and has repeatedly been mentioned in investor and analyst calls this year.

    Execs at Netflix, eBay, and Spotify have all spoken with investors about TikTok.

    My colleague Dan Whateley broke down some key takeaways from a review of hundreds of interview transcripts.

    One CEO even had to address TikTok trolling.

    "During the lockdown, we've also been part of an organized TikTok campaign by a small group of teenage influencers who have been spamming certain apps such as video conferencing and homework apps with one star ratings and reviews," Life360's CEO Chris Hulls said on an earnings call in April.

    Here are some of the companies that have discussed TikTok with investors and analysts this year:

    • Advertising: Publicis Groupe, WPP

    • CPG: McCormick & Company, Reckitt Benckiser

    • Cybersecurity: Intrusion, Cloudflare, WISeKey

    • Finance: PagSeguro Digital, SoftBank Group

    Read the full post here.

    More creator industry coverage from Business Insider:

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    Instagram: 

    TikTok: 

    This week from Insider's digital culture team: TikTok TikTok.

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    TikTok has accidentally recreated the most annoying part of Twitter with its 'Stitch' function

    TikTok's new "Stitch" function allows users to add their responses to other videos.

    The feature is similar to Twitter's quote retweets, a feature that has been criticized for making Twitter seemingly meaner.

    Palmer Haasch from Insider wrote that the new TikTok feature has brought "Prompt Twitter," where people respond to questions, to TikTok.

    Prompt Twitter can flood your timeline with responses to an arbitrary question.

    Stitch videos could fall into similar pitfalls because of the app's algorithm.

    Read the full post here.

    More from Insider: 

    bella poarch tiktok composite TikTok star Bella Poarch.

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    Here's what else we're reading: 

    Thanks for reading! Send me your tips, comments, or questions: aperelli@businessinsider.com

    Subscribe to the newsletter here. Read the original article on Business Insider

    [Author: aperelli@businessinsider.com (Amanda Perelli)]

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    US States Plan To Sue Facebook Next Week http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/VZb-0TlklRs/us-states-plan-to-sue-facebook-next-week

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    From Martha Washington to Melania Trump: 250 years of first lady portraiture https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/dec/03/from-martha-washington-to-melania-trump-250-years-of-first-lady-portraiture Portraits of presidents’ wives have evolved with the role, and although it remains highly gendered, a new exhibition aims to celebrate their contribution and to ‘rectify the absences of women in US history’

    Bess Truman, US first lady from 1945 until 1953, has not become the sort of historical figure people quote on Instagram. “A woman’s public role is to sit beside her husband, be silent, and be sure her hat is on straight,” she said, even though, behind the scenes, she was nicknamed “the Boss” and wrote many of President Truman’s speeches.

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    Leading Thoughts for December 3, 2020 https://www.leadershipnow.com/leadingblog/2020/12/leading_thoughts_for_december.html

    IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with:

    I.

    Wright Thompson on doing the work:

    “More and more today, we don’t want to do the work or take the chances required for greatness, and we try to fix all those shortcuts on the back end with marketing and branding—modern, fancy words than mean lie.”

    Source: Pappyland: The Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last

    II.

    Arsène Wenger on coaching:

    “The coach’s role is to make the player understand everything that serves the interests of the game. To do this, he must speak to the child within each player, to the adolescent he was and the adult he is now. Too often a coach tends only to speak to the adult, issuing commands for performance, victory, reflection, to the detriment of the child who is playing for pleasure.”

    Source: Wenger: My Life and Lessons in Red and White

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    Look for these ideas every Thursday on the Leading Blog. Find more ideas on the LeadingThoughts index.

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    'I partied with an Italian princess': the glory days of clubbing in Ibiza – in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2020/dec/03/clubbing-ibiza-dave-swindells-photographer-in-pictures A new book explores Ibiza’s halycon days – from open-air superclubs to daytime beach raves. Photographer Dave Swindells talks us through the highs and highs ...

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    Tenbun Closing 「天文のれんを下ろす」Paper/Presentation at 2020 AJJ Annual Meeting http://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.com/2020/12/tenbun-closing-paperpresentation-at.html
    「Tenbun Closing」 「天文のれんを下ろす」
    Abstract:
    This visual-ethnography presentation is the latest chapter of the saga of Tenbun, a tachinomiya (“standing bar”) in Osaka, Japan; the focus will be the shop’s final days. Tenbun, with its long counter and blue noren curtains, has a lively atmosphere and plenty of colorful characters, including the owner, employees and regular customers. Based on my years of patronage, nearly two years of dedicated participant-observation and photography, a photo exhibition and other post-fieldwork encounters, the project has examined in the Japanese context the complexities of personal privacy in public spaces, and the intersection of food anthropology, multimodal research methods, recent research on drinking establishments and the plethora of “foodie” media productions.
    In March 2020, Tenbun’s noren came down for the final time, after 40 years of business (for reasons unrelated to coronavirus). During Tenbun’s last week, customers rushed to visit the bar, taking a break from earlier attempts at social distancing. For me, it was a period of intense photography and salvage ethnography. I could not unobtrusively capture the natural setting, or rely upon the serendipity of street photography (Luvaas 2017), as I had previously. The owner called me his personal photographer, and he and others wanted posed photos. Margaret Mead wrote about the importance of salvage ethnography through visual anthropology methodology (1967). Out of necessity, eating and drinking behavior has changed and many izakaya, tachinomiya and restaurants have been forced to close. My photographs not only preserve Tenbun but also document the eating, drinking and socializing habits of Japan before the COVID-19 pandemic.

    AJJ (Anthropology of Japan in Japan) 2020 Annual Meeting
    Sunday, December 6, 2020 @ 10:00 AM (Japan time)

    The conference is online and free. Participants must register. For registration, schedule and more information:
    https://tinyurl.com/AJJ2020
    See also:
    Photo Exhibition and Visual Ethnography - "Tachinomiya: There Are Two Sides to Every Noren"
    AJJ Presentation - Tachinomiya: Photo Exhibition as Research Method
    「Tachinomiya: Photo Exhibition as Post-Fieldwork Encounter」- Society for East Asian Anthropology Regional Conference 2019 in Tokyo

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    ... you can talk all night. 
    And please think of supporting this blog by doing your shopping through the Althouse portal to Amazon, which is always right there in the sidebar. Thanks!

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    Hulu officially launches its co-viewing feature Watch Party http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/PNG6qG-8T1k/ Hulu’s social viewing feature, Watch Party, has now launched to all on-demand subscribers, the company announced today. The co-viewing feature was first introduced during the earlier days of the pandemic in 2020, allowing Hulu users to watch shows together from different locations, as well as chat and react to what they’re watching in a group chat interface on the side of the screen.

    Initially, the feature was only made available to Hulu’s “No Ads” subscribers before being tested with Hulu’s ad-supported subscribers in a more limited capacity. To celebrate the Season 2 premiere of Hulu Original “Pen15,” the company had offered the Watch Party experience to its ad-supported customers for 10 days, starting on Sept. 18.

    In November, Hulu began testing the Watch Party feature with election news live streams — the first time it had offered co-viewing with its live content.

    Today, Hulu says Watch Party is no longer in a “test” phase, and is now officially available to both sets of on-demand customers, including those on its commercial-free and ad-supported plans alike.

    At launch, Watch Party works across thousands of on-demand titles from Hulu’s library. This includes not only Hulu’s own original content but also other licensed and broadcast programs like The Golden Girls, This is Us, Family Guy, and The Bachelorette — all of which Hulu said had been popular titles for Watch Party during the testing period.

    To use Watch Party, you’ll look for the new Watch Party icon that appears on a title’s detail page on Hulu.com. This will provide a link that you can then share with up to seven other Hulu subscribers, age 18 or older. The experience doesn’t require a browser plugin, but works directly on the Hulu website itself.

    As the program plays, users can chat and react with emoji in the group chat window, or even pause the viewing experience if they need to take a quick break. This won’t pause the stream for other viewers, as with some other co-watching experiences — instead, the user can rejoin the group and stay behind others or they can use a “Click to Catch Up” button in the chat window to get back in sync.

    Co-watching has been a popular pandemic activity, as people looked for ways to stay connected with friends and family when they couldn’t spend time in person. In addition to Hulu, Amazon Prime Video launched co-viewing and Twitch launched its own Watch Parties. HBO teamed up with Scener, Plex launched Watch Together, and Instagram and Facebook rolled out co-viewing too. Netflix users still have to use third-party tools, however.

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    More Than 1.9M People Took Part in Season of Giving on Facebook, Instagram http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Adfreak/~3/miunl6AhR4k/ ]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 17:15:16 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Facebook Instagram Advertising Platforms Facebook Instagram Social Pro Daily What influencers should know before signing with a talent manager and red flags to look out for, according to industry experts http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/s-qIM5ryGrg/what-influencers-should-know-before-signing-with-a-talent-manager-2020-12

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    • Many influencers sign with managers to help grow their careers and land brand deals.
    • But there are several things industry experts say influencers should known before signing with a manager and red flags to look out for.
    • One red flag is a manager asking for an up-front fee or "deposit," the experts said.
    • "You're never asked to pay a deposit," said Erin Cutler, a talent manager and the founder of the influencer talent-management agency Neon Rose.
    • Here are the other factors influencer industry insiders say to consider before signing with a manager.
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    When a talent-management firm called IQ Advantage reached out to influencers with flattering messages offering representation, many thought it was a good deal, they told Business Insider.

    Influencers often sign with talent managers or agents to support their growing careers.

    IQ Advantage pitched management services like reaching out to brands, negotiating deals, and building media kits. But there was a catch: a $299 "deposit" they had to pay up front.

    That deposit should have been a red flag, six influencer industry experts told Business Insider. Instead of charging an up-front fee, talent managers typically earn a commission between 10% and 20%.

    "You're never asked to pay a deposit," said Erin Cutler, a talent manager and the founder of the influencer talent-management agency Neon Rose. 

    "No agency would ever ask for a retainer, that's red flag number one," said Qianna Smith Bruneteau, the founder of the influencer trade organization the American Influencer Council.

    Of the influencers who ended up paying IQ Advantage — which has now shut down — 13 told Business Insider that they felt the firm had failed to deliver on its promises. And only one of them was refunded the money (after disputing the charge on PayPal).

    Read the full story about IQ Advantage: Influencers say a talent management firm run by a 21-year-old took hundreds of dollars from them but failed to deliver on promises. When we started asking questions, it shut down.

    With a cautionary tale like this, the first red flag was the deposit. But industry experts said there are other things influencers looking for representation should watch out for.

    Here are a few things influencers should consider before signing with any manager, according to industry insiders:
    • Carefully consider if you are really ready for a manager. Signing with management, especially if an influencer is not yet a full-time creator, doesn't always make sense financially. "We tell people all the time: You need to be working pretty heavily before, or at least significant enough to warrant an agent or a manager," said Lynsey Eaton, a cofounder of the talent management agency Estate Five. 
    • The manager-influencer relationship is supposed to be mutually beneficial. "It's not a transactional process," said James Nord, the founder and CEO of Fohr, an influencer-marketing platform that connects brands and creators. "It's a courtship. This person is essentially becoming part of your team." 
    • Ask questions about their process and how they work with influencers. When first considering signing with a talent management agency, influencers should ask questions like "How quickly do you respond to emails?" or "What kind of transparency can I get into what you're doing?" Nord said.  
    • Request references and case studies. Asking for references is an important first step, according to Nord. But go beyond the references they provide, since they're likely to recommend the most flattering reference, he added. Most agencies will also have a roster of influencers, either as a document or included on a website, that prospective influencers can reach out to. Case studies that demonstrate past partnerships are also helpful, said content creator and influencer coach Lissette Calveiro.
    • Check out the agency's website and social-media presence. Do they have an active, authentic social-media presence? Do they have any articles written about them or their work (that weren't paid for)? These are a few things that Calveiro also suggested influencers look at before signing anything.
    • Be wary of mass emails that feel generic. Managers don't typically send out mass emails to influencers looking for new talent, according to Neon Rose's Cutler. "If it's not personalized, that's a big red flag," said Calveiro, who had been reached out to herself by IQ Advantage.
    • Never pay a deposit and avoid cash apps like PayPal, CashApp, Zelle, or Venmo. Not only are deposits a red flag, according to experts, but the AIC's Smith Bruneteau also advises that influencers get as much banking information as possible so that if needed, they can pursue legal action, such as through small-claims court.
    Subscribe to Business Insider to read the full story. Read the original article on Business Insider

    [Author: sbradley@businessinsider.com (Sydney Bradley)]

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