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Is the Story of Flickr Foreshadowing the Future of Tumblr?

May 29th, 2013

By: Kaitlin Pondolfino

In recent news, Tumblr was purchased by Yahoo for a whopping $1.1 billion, making it CEO Marissa Mayer’s biggest deal to date. Per agreement, Tumblr’s founder David Karp won’t be leaving his position as the head of the website. According to Mayer, in order for Tumblr to continue to see success, Yahoo plans to “allow them to run fast and stay true to their user base and community.” This provides comfort while comparing the future of Tumblr to the not so distant past of Flickr.

Yahoo seemed to have a very different approach and opinion of the popular photo sharing site Flickr when they bought it from founders Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake in 2005. Flickr, previously tag lined as “almost certainly the best online photo sharing app in the world,” has now been lost in the shuffle in the midst of Facebook, Instagram, and other similar social media sites. When Flickr was purchased, Yahoo promised nothing but greatness for its users but the innovative start-up quickly plummeted when commonly shared values did not line up. Yahoo’s main focus was simply the database its users had built and tagged. There was a disconnect when it came to Yahoo caring about the community that had created Flickr – it did not continue to grow and there wasn’t an effort to introduce new features. In addition, Flickr was not profitable due to lack of resources, and they seemed to miss the boat on local, real time, mobile, and social factors that other related social media sites had in their favor.

The web in general has become a much more social direction in recent times. Although Flickr was at the forefront of that movement, their success did not pan out the way it was intended to. This made me question – will Tumblr remain the successful blogging site it’s been or could it potentially face the same struggles Flickr did after being purchased by Yahoo?

Posted in Current Events, News, Talener Blog

WIT NYC's May Meeting Postponed

May 29th, 2013

Due to the holidays, WIT NYC for the month of May is postponed. Please look for information on our June meeting in the coming months. Thank you.

Posted in Company News, Events

Google Play Music All Access

May 23rd, 2013

BY: Brady Kain

Google has recently developed a new service that expands its consumer appeal even more. It has recently introduced Google Play Music All Access to rival the commonly used services of Spotify and Pandora. This new service will basically combine the best features of all similar services. With a subscription, a user can stream unlimited songs from Google’s server. Users can also merge their personal library with their music catalogs online. This service works both on the web and on mobile devices. You can also download playlists similar to Pandora, only you can see the playlist prior to playing it and rearrange and delete any songs if you desire. Google Play Music All Access rivals services such as Spotify, Pandora and Rhapsody and it will be interesting to see how it does in comparison to these services that are already in place.

The cost for a subscription to Google’s service is 10 dollars a month; however, if you join before June 30th it is only 8 dollars a month. I am curious to see if this pricing will affect the number of subscribers because it is more costly than most of the competitors such as Pandora and Spotify, but on the other hand it does offer a more convenient service. Also, will this service increase Google’s stronghold on the technology environment given the massive amount of Android subscribers that already exist?

Posted in Current Events, Talener Blog

Meet the Staff: Jessica Shirazi

May 20th, 2013

Jessica Shirazi joined our Boston office in March of this year and she is a key player in keeping things on track and running smoothly in that office.  Jessica was drawn to Talener because she felt it was a great fit for her personality given that it was filled with driven people that are all trying to make a difference in the technology industry.   One of her favorite things about working here is being able to keep her office motivated and happy (she’s even been known to bribe them with candy!).

Jessica believes that Boston is a city of opportunity and is exceedingly proud to call it home.  Having recently been looking for a job in Boston, she does have a unique perspective on the job market there and said, “It was extremely difficult not only for me but for all of my friends to be recent college graduates in the job market.  Luckily, with encouragement from friends, family, and recruiters, I landed a job with Talener!”

Outside of Talener, Jessica enjoys spending time with her “abnormally large, continuously growing, outrageous” family, and says “there is never a dull moment in the Shirazi family!”  Jessica is known in the Boston office for putting up inspirational quotes, so we’ll leave you with one of her favorites:

Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering—because you can’t take it in all at once.      -Aubrey Hepburn

If you are looking for a development job in Boston or you are a current Boston client, please feel free to say hi to Jessica on your next trip to our office!

Posted in Company News, News, Talener Blog, Talener Culture

What’s Really Happening to your Snapchats?

May 15th, 2013

By: Max Neumeyer
In the wake of Facebook, the overexposing social media site, rose the popular photo sharing app Snapchat. It seems that with Facebook and similar social sites, everything you put online will be there for good. Hence the popular iPhone and Android app, which deletes your pictures after you send them, gives people the privacy that just doesn’t seem to exist anymore. But is Snapchat really deleting all of your photos? Digital forensic examiner Richard Hickman says otherwise. According to Hickman, all it takes is a few hours (5 or 6 to be exact) and knowing the right places to look. Contrary to popular belief, Snapchats are not being deleted and are merely renamed and hidden in users’ phones. Although finding the snaps is no easy task, Hickman has published his methods online and offers his services for $500. At the moment he has only found out how to uncover snaps on Android phones; however he is currently working on the iPhone. Snapchat has recently released a statement saying that they never meant for snaps to be deleted off of phones, they merely delete all snaps from their internal servers. They also cited their privacy policy which claims that users send all snaps at their own risk.

It will be interesting to see how people react to the news in the next few weeks. Part of the novelty of Snapchat was that a user could send any photo (no matter how racy) and not have to worry about that photo becoming public. This new development sends any solace of privacy to the wayside, basically eliminating the sole purpose of the Snapchat application.

Posted in Current Events, Talener Blog

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