Google+ Shutting Down & Instagram Bullying

Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 244

BL and David discuss Google’s decision to shutter Google+; Mike Rowe’s hilarious prostate cancer PSA; YouTube banning duplicate videos; bullying actions and issues on Instagram; Nina Hale’s hilarious Google office view, with animals; an anthem for women goes viral; the red and blue state spikes in political book sales; Uber’s free rides to the polls #RegisterAndVote; information terrorism and the spread of online disinformation; is Ted Cruz #ToughAsTexas?; Brett Kavanaugh punked; Google v Facebook referral traffic…and much, much more.

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Best Digital Cases

A Funny Prostate Exam (Really)

Actual TV Host Mike Rowe undergoes an actual prostate exam from his actual doctor, as the cameras roll in a – believe it or not – lighthearted PSA for prostate cancer awareness.

YouTube De-Dupes

YouTube quietly announced in its help forums that it has begun cracking down on YouTube channels that take already-produced videos and reuploading them to their channels.

Instagram Fights Bullying (but it’s not working)

Instagram announced that it will use AI to “proactively detect bullying” before sending content to human moderators for review. But The Atlantic says it’s not working.

Google Business View…With Animals

Minneapolis search engine marketing firm Nina Hale got creative with Google Business View.

A Song About Scary Times Goes Viral

Lynzy Lab says that since “it’s such a scary time for dudes right now,” she wrote a song about it. It’s been viewed 11 million times since Tuesday and she’ll play it live on Jimmy Kimmel tonight.

Red vs Blue Americans’ Political Books

Data published Tuesday by book store chain Barnes & Noble show a 57 percent boost in political book sales over a year ago.

Map: Red vs Blue Americans' Political Books

Free UBER Rides to the Polls

If you have an Uber account, you have a free ride to the polls on Nov 6, election day. And their app will help you register too.

Worst Digital Cases

Google+ Shutting Down After Massive Data Breach

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Google+ shutting down for consumers

American Meddling

The fight over the Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh saw a real-time spreading of disinformation started by Americans, for Americans.

Shiny New Stuff


Wibbitz online video editor lets you incorporate stock video and still footage into your video, that you can then edit in a simple interface. Subscriptions start at $400 a month.


A free color pallette generator.


Brett Kavanaugh Punked

Here’s what happens when you don’t own the URL for your name. and .org and .net have been taken over and filled with resources for sexual assault survivors.

Brett Kavanaugh website punked

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A political action committee has released a hilarious ad attacking Senator Ted Cruz, directed by Richard Linklater.

TL;MR – Information Terrorists

The network architecture built in Gamergate helped propel Trump to the presidency and fuel conspiracies like Pizzagate and QAnon. Now it’s backing Brett Kavanaugh.

The Daily Numbers

Chart: Google Search vs Facebook Referral Traffic


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