Opsamling: Medier og teknologi / Uge 16, 2017

Et tilbageblik på ugen der gik indenfor medier, teknologi og forretning.

❓ Hvad er det her?

Hver fredag laver jeg (Lars K Jensen fra Ekstra Bladets udviklingsafdeling) en opsamling indenfor medier, udvikling, forretning og teknologi. Her præsenterer jeg noget af det mest interessante, jeg (og vi) er faldet over i ugens løb.

Tip: Du kan holde CTRL (CMD på Mac) nede, når du trykker på et link for at åbne det i et nyt faneblad. Hold SHIFT nede for at åbne i et nyt vindue. På telefon eller tablet, skal du holde din finger nede på linket og vælge nyt vindue/faneblad.

🔮 Generelt / tendenser

· Adblocking i Chrome – hvorfor dog?

Google tjener kassen (og jeg mener kassen) på annoncer. Derfor er det mærkeligt, at de har annonceret, at der er en indbygget adblocker på vej i firmaets Chrome-browser.

“Google said to be planning a built-in ad blocker for Chrome” skriver TechCrunch.

Computerworld har en analyse:

Ved at lancere sin egen adblocker håber Google at kunne kontrollere annonce-visningerne ved eksempelvis kun at lade enkelte annoncer slippe igennem Chrome-adblockeren eller på anden måde kontrollere visningerne, hvilket i dag er svært på sites, der anvender tredjeparts-adblockere.

Så reelt lyder det mere som en dørmand end en egentlig blokering.

Jan Birkemose har samme tese på sin blog, Medietrends:

At Google tøver skyldes naturligvis, at Google selv er verdens største annoncedistributør og sidste år omsatte for 60 milliarder dollars. At indføre et blokeringsværktøj mod annoncer er derfor kontraproduktivt for forretningen. At Google alligevel overvejer det skyldes, at ad blockere fra tredjeparts firmaer nu er så udbredte, at en egen ad blocker kan være en måde at sikre sig lidt indflydelse og kontrol over udviklingen.

Få baggrunden: Google Plans Ad-Blocking Feature in Popular Chrome Browser [The Wall Street Journal]. I underrubrikken har du svaret:

Filter could strip out ads that provide bad experiences for users

 

· Mystisk fald i ‘Reach’ på Facebook

Chicago Tribune har opdaget, at Facebook angiveligt ikke viser en tredjedel af deres opdateringer på det sociale medium:

To try to get a handle on the nature of the issue, I decided to download 15 months of Facebook post data — no small feat since Insights only lets you grab 500 posts at a time. Then I merged the 30 csv files and sorted the organic post data into four buckets: less than 10,000 reach, 10,001–25,000, 25,001-50,000 and 50,001+. The results literally stunned me. The number of posts that fell into the category of lowest efficacy—the ones seen by the fewest number of people — was skyrocketing.

→ Læs artiklen af Chicago Tribunes ‘Deputy Editor’ [Medium]

…men det er ikke kun i Chicago, den er gal. “Publishers are seeing another big decline in reach on Facebook” skriver Digiday:

He speculated that Facebook is suppressing publishers’ organic reach so publishers will spend more with Facebook to promote their posts. Facebook also could be in the middle of another algorithm tweak that it’s yet to announce publicly, he said.

Other popular theories were that Facebook’s preference for video over text posts and for publishers that are using its Instant Articles format over regular links is disadvantaging some. Facebook hasn’t responded to a request for comment.

 

· Mand poster video af drab på Facebook

Facebook has issued a statement after a video showing a fatal shooting was uploaded onto the social media network by the alleged murderer. Cleveland Police say that Steve Stephens broadcast the killing of an unidentified elderly man on Facebook on Sunday evening and is the target of a manhunt as of this writing. [Update: The victim has been identified as 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. Facebook issued a second statement clarifying that the shooting was uploaded by Stephens after the murder, not broadcast on Facebook Live.]

→ Læs mere hos TechCrunch

Facebook har også offentliggjort en tidslinje for den tragiske hændelse [TechCrunch]

The New York Times har også skrevet om drabet. Ifølge Ars Technica nåede videoen 1,6 millioner visninger, inden den blev fjernet. “Offensive Content Still Plagues Facebook” skriver MIT Technology Review, og Facebook erkender selv, at der skal gøres noget.

 

· Instant Articles også på baghjul i Danmark

I opsamlingen fra uge 15 kunne du læse, at Facebooks Instant Articles falder i popularitet blandt medierne. Det samme gør sig gældende herhjemme, skriver MediaWatch:

Efter knap et år synes Facebooks publiceringsplatform strandet. Hverken Soundvenue og MX, der var hurtige til at tage platformen til sig, ser den i dag som en hjørnesten.

The Verge har også skrevet om Instant Articles tilbagegang, med den sigende overskrift ‘Instant recall’.

 

· Fusker Snap også med tallene?

Du har muligvis hørt om, at Facebook har fiflet med tallene, så de er blevet kunstigt højere. Nu er der rygter om, at Snap (dem, der står bag Snapchat) gør det samme – tallene skulle være blevet sat højere inden børsnoteringen. Beskyldningerne kommer fra en tidligere ansat.

→ Læs mere hos ITWatch

Historien blev oprindeligt bragt i Financial Times (kræver abonnement), og MediaWatch har også skrevet en citathistorie.

Og i den forbindelse kan det være værd at nævne, at Instagram Stories (der er et rip-off af Snapchat) nu er større end Snapchat. De tal kommer så fra Instagram, der er ejet af Facebook, der som nævnt selv har fiflet med tal tidligere – så tag stilling til, hvor meget du vil tro på dem ;-)

Rygter om Snap-salg

Snap’s business model is under threat from Facebook, which means Snap needs to consider other options, including selling the company. One possibility is a tie-up with Disney, which would serve both companies well. The media company is looking for big plays in digital aimed at reaching young audiences.

→ Læs mere hos The Information

 

· Hvad siger et websites struktur om troværdigheden?

A simple look at the components of an HTML page tells a lot about the reliability of its contents. Problem is, distribution platforms don’t bother looking at those signals.

→ Læs mere hos Monday Note

 

· Nu kommer de danske investeringer i kunstig intelligens

Der vil i 2017 blive investeret over 10 milliarder danske kroner i kunstig intelligens og cognitive computing i Vesteuropa.

Sådan lyder konklusionen i en ny markedsanalyse fra IDC, hvor man også kan læse, at der dermed vil være tale om en stigning på 40 procent i markedets størrelse fra 2016 til 2017 her i vores del af verden.

→ Læs mere hos Computerworld

 

· De største algoritmer er ‘black boxes’

Algoritmer og kunstig intelligens er smart, men det er måske ikke så smart, at der ikke rigtig er nogen, der ved, hvordan de fungerer [MIT Technology Review]:

The system is so complicated that even the engineers who designed it may struggle to isolate the reason for any single action. And you can’t ask it: there is no obvious way to design such a system so that it could always explain why it did what it did.

…her er endnu en artikel om det samme emne:

This infusion of alien intelligence is bringing into question the assumptions embedded in our long Western tradition. We thought knowledge was about finding the order hidden in the chaos. We thought it was about simplifying the world. It looks like we were wrong. Knowing the world may require giving up on understanding it.

→ Our Machines Now Have Knowledge We’ll Never Understand [BackChannel]

· Google-AI genkender (og forbedrer) dine tegninger

Google’s kooky AI experiments offer a glimpse of how the technology actually works, which may prove increasingly important.

→ Læs mere hos MIT Technology Review

Og prøv lige ‘AutoDraw’, der undervejs gætter på, hvad du forsøger at tegne! …og du kan læse mere om AutoDraw hos TechCrunch.

 

· Hvad blev der af Googles planer om at digitalisere alle bøger?

In its youth, Google Books inspired the world with a vision of a “library of utopia” that would extend online convenience to offline wisdom. At the time it seemed like a singularity for the written word: We’d upload all those pages into the ether, and they would somehow produce a phase-shift in human awareness. Instead, Google Books has settled into a quiet middle age of sourcing quotes and serving up snippets of text from the 25 million-plus tomes in its database.

→ Læs mere hos BackChannel

 

· Ny app vil ‘de-personalisere’ nyhederne

Mange steder, hvor vi støder på nyheder og links til forskellige artikler, er de blevet kværnet igennem en algoritme, der forsøger at matche vores interesser bedst muligt. Hvis du er træt af det, er her noget, du kan overveje at prøve:

A new app, however, is trying to depersonalize the news. The app, Twain, launched on iOS last Friday, attempts to provide users an overview of the stories that are trending across the Internet that they might not otherwise see.

→ Læs mere hos Nieman Lab

↑ Til toppen ↑

 

📱 Mobil

· Annoncører halter efter

Omsætning på målrettet mobil-annoncering rundede sidste år 250 mio. kr. Det er et skridt på vejen, men væksten halter stadig efter danskernes stigende medieforbrug på mobilen. Årsagerne er flere, mener bureauer.

→ Læs mere hos MediaWatch

 

· Status på internettet, april 2017

Global mobile users: GSMA Intelligence have reported an additional 43 million new unique mobile users around the world since our January report, representing growth of one percent during the past three months. The total number of unique mobile users now stands at 4.96 billion, and we’re edging closer and closer to the magical five billion number.

→ Læs mere hos The Next Web

↑ Til toppen ↑

 

👔 Forretning

· Dæmoniseringen af Facebook og Google redder ikke journalistikken

In tackling the problems with Google and Facebook, media needs to acknowledge the role it has played its own downfall.

Neither Google or Facebook forced publishers to chase for scale, surrendering value for volume in the process. On the contrary, publishers initially saw the search and social platforms as a quick fix to slow growth in digital display revenues.

→ Læs mere hos The Media Briefing

· Adblockere ændrer mediestrategi

It’s not just publishers who have started to push themselves as the moral option, however. Developers of adblockers have been reassessing their own relationship to publishing, and bringing out products intended to ameliorate for the loss of revenue site owners experience from adblocking.

Recently, Adblock Plus, one of the largest desktop adblockers, made a decisive move into this space, buying microdonation platform Flattr for an undisclosed amount.

→ Læs mere hos The Guardian

(…og nyheden om købet af Flattr havde vi med i opsamlingen fra uge 14)

 

· Netflix nærmer sig 100.000.000 abonnenter

Netflix fortsætter med at vokse og når milepæl senere på ugen. Væksten lever dog ikke op til forventningerne.

→ Læs mere hos MediaWatch

↑ Til toppen ↑

 

👪 Organisation / Proces

· Ny bog: Få samtaler tilbage på sporet

Our book is organized around six steps. The first step is reflecting on your own internal monologue. What’s the baggage that you bring into a conversation? You could have the best talking points prepared, but if what’s going through your mind is, “I’m right, and they’re wrong,” it will bleed though. Often people think they’re being passionate and clear, but come off as arrogant and preachy.

→ Læs mere hos MIT Sloan Management School

(Bogen udkommer 1/7 og kan forudbestilles på blandt andet Amazon.co.uk og Saxo)

 

· Sådan laver du gode ‘user stories’

‘User stories’ er en rigtig god måde at beskrive en funktion eller et produkt på, da den tager udgangspunkt i den bruger, der skal bruge den.

The very first step you have to take is to clearly define the users who will use your product. It means you should create buyer personas (semi-fictional characters of your ideal users).

You need to be crystal clear what the problem your personas are facing and define the way your product will help them solve those issues. This is the foundation of your project, and you should be very thorough at this step; otherwise your whole project could easily go backward no matter how well your user stories are written.

→ Læs mere hos Coding Sans

 

· Første bølge af ‘Corporate AI’ vil fejle

We believe that a similar story of early failures leading to irrational retreats will occur with AI. Already, evidence suggests that early AI pilots are unlikely to produce the dramatic results that technology enthusiasts predict. For example, early efforts of companies developing chatbots for Facebook’s Messenger platform saw 70% failure rates in handling user requests. Yet a reversal on these initiatives among large companies would be a mistake. The potential of AI to transform industries truly is enormous.

→ Læs mere hos Harvard Business Review

↑ Til toppen ↑

 

✏ UX / Design / Teknik

· Derfor er bedre performance det vigtigste for brugeroplevelsen

Det er egentlig lidt af en no-brainer, men det er altid værd at gentage:

In fact, in many ways, developers have a greater impact on the experience than we do. Look at the role of performance in the user experience. Still, we do not tend to talk about that with clients. We know they will not be interested and we are not willing to put the hard work in to convince them to care. However, we should.

→ Læs mere hos Boagworld

…i den forbindelse lyder ‘The Psychology of Speed’ da vældig interessant, hva’?

 

· Er det slut med minimalisme?

Minimalism has held a tight grip on the modern design industry for the past decade. We embraced the Apple aesthetic, extolled the logic of Helvetica, and worshiped at the church of Dieter Rams. It served its purpose, most recently, as a correctional to the excesses of the 1990s. But lately, as dispatches from Milan Design Week have shown, asceticism has given way to audacity.

→ Læs mere hos Co.Design

 

· Er Velocity.js bedre end jQuery?

In this article I introduce Velocity.js, a fast and high-powered JavaScript animation engine by Julian Shapiro. By the time you go through all the demos, you’ll be able to use Velocity.js to create your own animations and make your website more interactive and user-friendly. All of this without using jQuery, just vanilla JavaScript.

→ Læs mere hos SitePoint

 

· Hvor er UX-design om fem år?

When it comes to the work of UX designers in particular, it’s unlikely that many tasks will become automated any time soon. Effective user research and user testing, for instance, are complex and require emotional intelligence and, importantly, an ability to understand which needs and behaviors are not present as well those that are.

→ Læs mere hos Prototypr

 

· StackOverflow-rundspørge blandt 64.000 udviklere

As the world’s largest and most trusted community of software developers, we run this survey and share these results to improve developers’ lives: We want to empower developers by providing them with rich information about themselves, their industry, and their peers. And we want to use this information to educate employers about who developers are and what they need.

→ Se undersøgelsens resultater

 

· Fem tilgange til kunstig intelligens

Hvis du overvejer at arbejde med kunstig intelligens på et andet plan end bare at lade en Google-tjeneste gætte, hvad du tegner, så er denne artikel fra SitePoint værd at tjekke.

Der kan du læse om følgende frameworks:

  • Wit.ai
  • Api.ai
  • Melissa
  • Clarifai
  • TensorFlow

 

Facebook præsenterer udviklerplatform til Augmented Reality

Facebook will rely on an army of outside developers to contribute augmented reality image filters and interactive experiences to its new Camera Effects platform. After today’s Facebook F8 conference, the first effects will become available inside Facebook’s Camera feature on smartphones, but the Camera Effects platform is designed to eventually be compatible with future augmented reality hardware, such as eyeglasses.

→ Læs mere hos TechCrunch

Læs også: Mark Zuckerberg Sees Augmented Reality Ecosystem in Facebook [The New York Times]

The Information spørger: “Why Should Developers Build for Facebook’s New Camera?”

 

· Messenger design-kit til Sketch

Hvis du for eksempel skal lave mockups på en bot i Facebook Messenger og arbejder i Sketch, er det lige blevet en tand nemmere [Product Hunt].

 

· De bedste Chrome-udvidelser til designere

As you may imagine with great enthusiasm I started looking for the best plug-ins that may come handy to a designer like myself.

Well after some hours of searching and testing if the plug-ins are doing what they claim to do, I think I have found the ones I was looking for.

→ Se listen [Medium]

↑ Til toppen ↑

 

Forfatter: Lars K Jensen

Lars er uddannet journalist og arbejder med teknikken bag journalistikken i udviklingsafdelingen. Han er også redaktør her på bloggen. Twitter: @larskjensen |

Skriv et svar