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Dec 4, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris break down what's up with this whole "Bitcoin" thing. Also, it's supersized. An extra 10 minutes just because we like you - or we had a lot to say - you decide. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple's had a shockingly bad week of software problems [The Verge]

2. YouTube is launching its own take on Stories with a new video format called ‘Reels’ [TechCrunch]

3. Denver to Boulder in eight minutes? Colorado will get first test track for a Hyperloop-inspired transportation system [Denver Post]

4. How Snapchat is separating social from media [Axios]

5. (Hot Topic) All You Need to Know About Bitcoin's Rise, From $0.01 to $11,000 [Bloomberg]

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature).  Special thanks to listener Chris Bryant for sharing this week. 

Dec 2, 2017

This week's episode is a bit of a callback - as alumni from previous episodes returned to give thanks - and props - to those in the space who have inspired them. 

Note: My sincere apologies for the delay on this week's episode. In light of being sick, I didn't realize it never went out as scheduled. My gratitude for understanding. 

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Interested in being a part of the Why I Social family? inquire at @WhyISocial@gmail.com for additional information. 

Nov 27, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris confess their Black Friday purchases. Also, our hosts debate the intention behind a recent McDonald's tweet. 

Where do you stand? Also, what did you buy on Black Friday this year? Let us know using #FiveFavorites on Twitter. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Twitter testing a feature that shows how many are ‘talking about’ tweets [TechCrunch]

2. Facebook Confirms Testing of Snapchat Style Streaks Feature [CNet]

3. 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Gets 4K Mention on iTunes, Suggesting Disney's 4K Holdout May Be Ending [MacRumors]

4. People driving while playing Pokémon Go caused millions in damages in 148 days [The Verge]

5. (Hot Topic) Black Friday racks up $5.03B in online sales, $2B on mobile alone [TechCrunch]

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

  • See Five Favorites Tweet of the Week - we promise it will make sense. 

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature).  Special thanks to listener Chris Bryant for sharing this week. 

Nov 22, 2017

On this week's episode, we got deals. LOTS OF DEALZ. Also, Paris Hilton claims she invented the selfie. We have strong feelings on such a claim. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Twitter’s new premium APIs give developers access to more tweets, higher rate limits [VentureBeat]

2. Twitter Confirms it’s Testing a tweetstorm feature [TechCrunch]

3. Black Friday 2017 Tech Deals [The Verge]

4. Microsoft Rolls Out LinkedIn Integrations in Outlook [TechCrunch]

5. (Hot Topic) Tesla News Galore

Honorable Mention(s)

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Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature).  Special thanks to listener Chris Bryant for sharing this week. 

Nov 14, 2017

Dr. Liz Gross is the Founding Director of Campus Sonar. As far as social listening goes, she is one of the most respected persons in the social media industry and higher education. She also serves as an instructor for Karine Joly's Higher Ed Experts.  

Hear her story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does She Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

Interested in being a part of the Why I Social family? Why I Social is now accepting monthly - inquire at @WhyISocial@gmail.com for additional information. 

 

Nov 13, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir admits he's never watched, Harry Potter.  Also, Sean Parker is at it (again). 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Sean Parker unloads on Facebook: “God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains” [Axios]

2. The Magic of Harry Potter is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You   [NianticLabs]

3. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel is redesigning Snapchat because it’s too hard to use [Recode]

4. Disney Lays Down the Law for Theaters on “Star Wars - The Last Jedi” [WSJ]

5. (Hot Topic) China’s Toutiao is buying Musical.ly in a deal worth $800M-$1B [TechCrunch]

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Nov 7, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir is operating on shoddy wifi. Also, the episode went up a day late. It's the internet's fault. It was supposed to go on time. We don't make excuses here though. It's late. Want to fight about it? We don't - we're peaceful co-hosts. Hopefully, if you've even read this far, you've forgiven us by now. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple fires iPhone X engineer after daughter’s hands-on video goes viral [The Verge]

2. Q&A: The Stranger Things Kids on Their Social, Streaming and Gaming Obsessions  [AdWeek]

3. YouTube’s cable cutter option rolls out to XBox One and other smart TVs [The Next Web]

4. Daydream’s Chromecast support leaves Oculus VR in the dust [Venturebeat]

5. (Hot Topic) The X Box One X - Everything You Need To Know  [Gamespot]

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Oct 31, 2017

C.C. Chapman is a freelance creative and marketing consultant. He is also the host (and producer) of the Why I Write podcast in conjunction with the National Council of Teachers of English. In addition to his consultation work and podcasting, C.C. is also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing and Communications at Bentley University

Hear their story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

Interested in being a part of the Why I Social family? Why I Social is now accepting monthly - inquire at @WhyISocial@gmail.com for additional information. 

 

Oct 30, 2017

On this week's episode, Chris is preparing for a party with Mickey Mouse. It's possible Bezos visited his home while he was away. Also, Super Mario Odyssey is getting some super reviews. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Trump to Open Skies to More Drone Testing [NYT]

2. Designing 'Super Mario Odyssey': Nintendo re-invents a gaming icon [CNN]

3. New York To Replace Metrocard with Modern Way to Pay Transit Fares [NYT]

4. Twitter stock surges more than 18 percent as it nears first profitable quarter [CNBC]

5. (Hot Topic) Amazon Key Is Bigger Than Package Delivery [Gizmodo]

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Oct 23, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir prepares to beat all odds in order to get a new iPhone (and he tells you how you can too). Also, we got food puns. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. How to preorder an iPhone X the right way [Cult of Mac]

2. AMC is launching its own VR app with a 360-degree scene from The Walking Dead [The Verge]

3. The BBC is turning to AI to improve its programming [Engadget]

4. How big is Twitter Moments? [Balaji S. Srinivasan]

5. (Hot Topic) Service Industries and Creative Social

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Oct 17, 2017

Matt Matkovich and Phil Januszewski make up the team behind M&P Presentations. Matt is a full-time high school guidance counselor and Phil is a full-time high school chemistry/physics teacher. 

Together, they form M&P Presentations who offer motivational presentations, professional workshops, master of ceremony services, and event hosting for all ages and groups. 

Hear their story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does Their Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Connect with Phil on LinkedIn.  

If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

Interested in being a part of the Why I Social family? Why I Social is now accepting monthly - inquire at @WhyISocial@gmail.com for additional information. 

 

Oct 16, 2017

On this week's episode, we discuss our favorite Mario Kart 64 characters. Also, seriously, Porgs. Love them. Hate them. You gotta have an opinion on them! And if you don't know what a Porg is, well, we can't be friends. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Alphabet is training law enforcement on how to handle self-driving car crashes [Recode]

2. Twitter Users Will Soon Be Able To Bookmark Tweets and Save Them For Later [Adweek]

3. Nintendo could be working on a Game Boy Classic Mini [Mobile Syrup]

Apple Leak Reveals Massive New iPhone Cancellation [Forbes]

5. (Hot Topic) Snapchat Is Twice as Popular as Instagram When It Comes to Teens’ Favorite Social Apps [Adweek]

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Oct 9, 2017

On this week's (very special) second episode, we cover all the new announcements Google's latest Pixel/IO event! We're talking all things Pixel 2, Google Home Mini (and Max) and more! Also, Amir is really excited about AI. We're talking more than he is about drones normally. 

This is not your standard episode of Five Favorites! 

Topics Discussed: 

1. Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

2. Home Mini and Max

3. Pixelbook

4. Pixel Buds

5. Google Clip

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Oct 9, 2017

On this week's episode, we say goodbye to our friend AOL Instant Messenger. Also, our hosts remember their old instant messenger names. 

What was/were yours? 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Selfie Factories: The Rise of the Made-for-Instagram Museum [Wired]

2. 5G isn't just faster - it will open a whole new world [Venturebeat] 

3. Netflix is Raising its Prices [@Mashable]

4 An MLB Team is using the iPhone's NFC Feature for Contactless Stadium Entry [TechCrunch]

5. One Last Away Message [AOL Instant Messenger Tumblr] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Oct 3, 2017

Rachel Thompson is the founder of BadRedhead Media. Prior to founding BadRedHeadmedia (@BadRedheadMedia), she also worked as a Senior pharma rep and sales trainer. She has been a consistent blogger and currently serves as a Founding Director for presentHER

In addition, she runs the #Sexabusechat - in an issue that is both very close and personal to her. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does She Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

Interested in being a part of the Why I Social family? Why I Social is currently considering sponsors - inquire at @WhyISocial@gmail.com for additional information. 

 

Oct 2, 2017

On this week's episode, we highly recommend you turn off your Alexa device prior to the hot topic. Also, Chris is excited that a Jedi liked his tweet this week. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Twitter to Test Doubling Tweet Length to 280 Characters [NYTimes]

2. ELON MUSK'S ROCKET TRAVEL PLAN IS DEF POSSIBLE, DEF BANANAS [Wired]

3. Instagram Now Has 500 Million Daily Active Users, 800 Million Users per Month [Variety]

4. Walmart partners with smart lock maker August to test in-home delivery of packages and groceries [TechCrunch] 

5. Hot Topic: Amazon Echo Event Recap
*includes information from The Verge and Android Central

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Sep 26, 2017

Jason Shemmel is Social Media Manager for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. He's also the host of the Get S*** done Podcast. In addition to these roles, he's also a moderator for Social media Marketing (a group with over 1,600,000 members on LinkedIn) and recently returned from #CMWorld. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Connect with Jason on Twitter and LinkedIn

If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

Interested in being a part of the Why I Social family? Why I Social is currently considering sponsors - inquire at @WhyISocial@gmail.com for additional information. 

 

Sep 25, 2017

On this week's episode, Google makes a (few) appearances prior to its October 4th event. Also, Chris has a new addition to announce! 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Nest’s home security system costs $499 and comes with magnetic door sensors [The Verge]

2. Meet The Really Cheap Google Home Mini and the really expensive Chromebook Pixel 3 [ARS Technica]

3. Bose adds Google Assistant to top noise-canceling headphone [CNet]

4. Apple Watch Series 3 has LTE problems: How to cancel your preorder [VentureBeat]

5. Hot Topic: Why Google is spending $1.1 billion to ‘acqhire’ 2,000 HTC engineers [Recode]

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Sep 19, 2017

Jason Eng works at IBM on Developer Communications and Influencer Engagement. He previously worked at Sony for over 10 years. He has clear beliefs in the way he uses social media and is one of the most engaging guests to join the podcast in recent weeks. It also turns out that he met host Chris Barrows - in 2015 - before Chris even knew it! 

Hear his story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Connect with Jason on Twitter and LinkedIn

If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

Interested in being a part of the Why I Social family? Why I Social is currently considering sponsors - inquire at @WhyISocial@gmail.com for additional information. 

 

Sep 18, 2017

On this week's (very special) second episode, we cover all the new announcements from Apple's latest Keynote event including the new Apple X (that's ten, not an X). Don't try to tell someone in an Apple Store otherwise.

This is not your standard episode of Five Favorites! 

Topics Discussed: 

1. New Apple Park HQ

2. Apple Watch 3 Series GPS + Cellular

3. Apple TV 4K

4. Apple iPhone 8 Apple + iPhone 8 Plus

5. Apple iPhone X

6. AirPower Wireless Charging Mat

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Sep 18, 2017

On this week's episode, we are equally amused and disturbed by what people search after viewing the latest Super Mario video game trailer. Also, there's no Apple here - stay tuned later today for a special Five Favorites Apple Keynote episode! 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. GoPro Hero 6 Black leaks again, will shoot 240 fps slow motion at 1080p [The Verge]

2. Google’s Next Pixel Smartphones Arrive October 4th [Engadget]

3. Nike and the NBA unveil connected jerseys… and they’re super cool [TechCrunch]

4. SHOCK DATA: Thousands React to Mario’s Nipples in Super Mario Odyssey Promotion [Brandwatch] (thanks to Five Favorite's listener, Jeff Higgins, for the heads-up) 

5. Hot Topic: Google and Alphabet Poised To Invest $1 Billion In Lyft [Gas2]

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Sep 12, 2017

Brett Pucino is a Brand Strategist and Career Brand Consultant at Breakthrough Career Coaching. In addition to his work as career services professional, he also works as a ghostwriter. He has been interested in writing since he was young and has proven to be a skilled one both digitally and in-print (though you may not have even known you've read this work!). 

Hear his story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Connect with Brett on Twitter and LinkedIn

If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

Interested in being a part of the Why I Social family? Why I Social is currently considering sponsors - inquire at @WhyISocial@gmail.com for additional information. 

 

Sep 11, 2017

On this week's episode, your hosts kick-off the new season of Five Favorites! Also, Chris debates whether Apple's new facial unlock will be able to tell if it's him with and without makeup. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. New iPhone names are reportedly iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus [CNet]

2. Settlers of Catan is ready for virtual reality [VentureBeat]

3. Even more US adults now getting news from social media, says Pew [TechCrunch]

4. Drones Play Increasing Role in Harvey Recovery Efforts [Wall Street Journal]

5. Hot Topic: [CNet]

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Sep 5, 2017

Jennifer Patel is Senior Director (of Community Development) for Union Health (LLC). With a current professional focus on training and community, I had the pleasure of running into Jenn at Innocon in New York City. In addition to her time in community development, Patel has also worked at St. John's and Hofstra University. 

Hear her story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does She Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Connect with Jenn on Twitter and LinkedIn

If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

Interested in being a part of the Why I Social family? Why I Social is currently considering sponsors - inquire at @WhyISocial@gmail.com for additional information. 

 

Sep 4, 2017

On this week's episode, we celebrate one year of the Five Favorites podcast. Also, Zonozi gets ready to tie the knot! If you aren't driving - bust out a drink for this one - and let's celebrate. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. YouTube gets a new logo, Material Design on desktop, and more mobile app features [VentureBeat]

2. Instagram Posts With Multiple Photos Can now be Portrait or Landscape [AdWeek] 

3. Here’s everything we learned from Uber’s first all-staff meeting with its new CEO today [Recode]

4. Google ARCore Brings Augmented Reality to Android [VRScout] 

5. Hot Topic: Microsoft and Amazon partner to integrate Alexa and Cortana digital assistants [The Verge] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

  • Our favorite picks of the first season

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

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