Big news: there’s a new social network that’s blowing up, but everyone is kind of clueless about what it is and does.
I joined a social network called Peach because BuzzFeed told me it was cool and I still don't have a clue what it is https://t.co/BRR8ZIwtBm
— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) January 10, 2016
I downloaded peach but only so I could have my username 🍑
— Evan Edinger (@EvanEdinger) January 9, 2016
Buzzfeed’s explainer is itself somewhat baffled.
Where did this app come from?
I have no freakin’ clue, bro. This thing came out of nowhere and now everyone has it.
In fact Peach was started by Vine Founder Dom Hofman, and one of its capabilities, according to Tech Radar is a host of magic words.
Typing “shout” lets you write in big blown up letters on a colored background with an emoji. “Draw” does what you think it would, “song” lets you share what you’re listening to with others, who can tap on it to listen themselves, and “rate” will let you rate literally anything between one and five stars. GIF, here, goodmorning, goodnight, battery, dice, safari are also Magic Words, and Peach promises more are on the way.
However, the Next Web warns Peach is already being taken over by people using fake celebrity names. So is it the next big thing? It’s big among Tech Twitter – tech journalists, investors and entrepreneurs – but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will catch on. “What does Tech Twitter’s early interest tell us about Peach’s future success?” asks Re/Code. “Not much”, it concludes.
READING: How Americans Get Their News. (American Press Institute)
ASSIGNMENT: Write a blogpost of around 400 words introducing yourself, your media consumption habits and the beat that you will blog upon in the next semester. How do you get your news? Have your news consumption habits changed since arriving at university? In describing your news consumption habits, please tie them into the some of the trends described in Post-Industrial Journalism. How do your news consumption habits differ from those of your parents? Explain what beat you will be focusing on in your blog over the next semester and why. (Jan 12 8pm)