NHL Bans Periscope and Meerkat

So, why is it that NHL has a Periscope account of its own, yet bans its fans from using the platform during games?

Earlier today, NHL Deputy Commissioner, Bill Daly stated:

“Without limiting the generality of the credential language, any streaming of footage in violation of the NHL’s Broadcast Guidelines (including, for example, live-streaming inside the arena less than 30 minutes before the start of the game) and Media Access Policy is expressly prohibited.”

(Mangalidan, 2015)

They’ve made a fair point. Use of livestreaming apps will decrease the number of viewers on their account before, during, and after games. As stated in a Mashable article, the opportunities to use this platform for “behind-the scene” cuts is endless (i.e. interviews, warm-ups, etc) (Mangalidan, 2015).

With thousands of fans at hockey games, how much will the NHL really be able to control? To me, it’s similar to music piracy. Sure, you can have laws in place, but at the end of the day it’s hard to control. If fans have an opportunity, I’m sure they’ll live-stream as much as they can.

The fines have not yet been set, thus it’s too early to say what fans will and will not do. Also, because video-streaming kills your data, users will have to rely on a wifi connection. Thus, making it more difficult for them to live-stream at outdoor events (with no wifi).

Included below is an image of NBC using Periscope.

NBC Using Periscope


(Kiss & Haynes, 2015)

If not hockey and/or other sporting events, we’re definitely expecting to see a lot more news reporters using the live video-streaming apps as it’ll offer viewers a greater opportunity for engagement.

Do you think banning Periscope and Meerkat will be enough to prevent users from live video-streaming?


Kiss, J., & Haynes, J. (2015, April 3). Periscope up! Twitter’s live-streaming app is exciting us, but here’s how it could be better. Retrieved April 23, 2015, from The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/03/periscope-twitter-live-streaming-app-how-it-could-be-better

Mangalidan, J. (2015, April 22). Periscope and Meerkat officially banned by the NHL. Retrieved April 23, 2015, from Mashable: http://mashable.com/2015/04/22/periscope-meerkat-banned-nhl/


Whatsapp’s Latest Feature – Voice Calling

Since acquired by Facebook in February 2014, the popular messaging app is expanding its services greatly (Hartung, 2014). After introducing the web platform earlier this year, it now has rolled out a voice calling feature. The feature was rolled out for Android users last month and will now be expanded to the IOS platform (Bell, 2015).

Similar to the web application, the voice calling feature will rely on a wifi or data connection. Like Skype and Viber, users will not be charged for minutes (i.e. from their phone carrier), thus making it easier for users to connect with others across the globe.

As an android user, I have already been able to use the voice calling feature. It’s definitely convenient to call someone right from the app itself – especially if you notice you’re having a lengthy conversation over text. I think the app should look into video calls as that would be a great new feature and will allow it to take on Skype.

Included below is an image of how the feature looks like on an Android device.

Voice Calling Through Whatsapp


(Khandelwal, 2015)

Along with voice calling, the app has also introduced its own sharing extensions. Through these extensions, users will be able to share images, videos, and links from other platforms (i.e. Youtube) to their Whatsapp contact.

If you’ve tried the new voice calling feature, what did you think?


Bell, K. (2015, April 21). Well, hello there: WhatsApp voice calling is coming to iPhone. Retrieved April 21, 2015, from Mashable: http://mashable.com/2015/04/21/whatsapp-voice-calling-iphone/

Hartung, A. (2014, February 14). Three Smart Lessons From Facebook’s Purchase Of WhatsApp. Retrieved April 21, 2015, from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2014/02/24/zuckerbergs-3-smart-leadership-lessons-from-facebook-buying-whatsapp/

Khandelwal, S. (2015, January 31). Whatsapp Voice Calling. Retrieved April 21, 2015, from The Hacker News: http://thehackernews.com/2015/01/whatsapp-voice-calling.html

Clear You Negative Social Media Posts

We’ve been actively using social media for several years now. Just think about the hundreds/thousands of posts you have on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram combined. Besides inactivating/deleting your accounts all together or manually going through all posts, it seems impossible to delete just the embarrassing/shameful posts, right?!

Well now a new app, Clear will do just that. Based on a Mashable article, Clear will flag and highlight posts based on:

  • Specific keywords (i.e. profanity)
  • Specific groups of people (i.e. women, gay people)
  • Sentiment analysis (i.e. negative)

(Bell, 2015)

Included below is an example of how posts will be flagged using Clear.

Flagging Inappropriate Content on Clear


(Bell, 2015)

I’ve used a social media monitoring platform, Mention in the past that included a sentiment analysis as well. Although the algorithm and sentiment analysis results would get better over time, there was still initially a lot of monitoring and tedious work that needed to be done to ensure the right posts were flagged. In fact, it took several months for the platform to achieve an 80% level of accuracy.

Clear’s “posts are… analyzed for their tone and sentimentality using IBM’s Watson supercomputer” (Rhee, 2015). Clear’s founder, Ethan Cazhor agrees that “the most challenging part of this is determining which tweets are actually offensive, and that’s something that will take a while to get really good at” (Miller, 2015).

Currently the app only works for text-based posts, however they company plans to expand to photos and videos as well. Once you delete the post through the app, it’ll be removed from your social media account as well. Although the Tweets may be deleted, I wonder how long it would take for that post to be fully removed from search engine results (i.e. Google). In addition, I am curious to see what Clear will do to decrease the amount of initial leg-work involved to have a 95% level of accuracy for its sentiment analysis.


Bell, K. (2015, April 20). Clear App Deletes Social Media Posts. Retrieved April 21, 2015, from Mashable: http://mashable.com/2015/04/20/clear-app-deletes-social-media-posts/

Miller, Z. J. (2015, April 20). This App Will Flag Your Offensive Tweets Before Your Future Employer Sees Them. Retrieved April 21, 2015, from Time: http://time.com/3828270/ethan-czahor-clear-twitter/?xid=tcoshare

Rhee, D. (2015, April 20). An App That Puts You in Control Over Your Online Reputation. Retrieved April 21, 2015, from Good: http://magazine.good.is/articles/clear-app-online-reputation

Snapchat’s New Emojis: #lifechanging

As per a Mashable article, Snapchat rolled out a whole new set of emojis earlier on Monday (Mangalindan, 2015). After much criticism for removing their “Best Friends” feature, the company believes its latest set of emojis will “change your life” (Mangalindan, 2015).

As per the Snapchat images below, the emojis are a good fit for Beyoncé’s various captions and definitely adds some spark to the snap.

Snapchat Images

(Mangalidan, 2015)

(Mangalidan, 2015)

Unlike the “best friends” feature, only the user itself will be able to see the emoji for their friend.

If we didn’t have enough drama in our lives to begin with, here’s another thing to add to the plate. Through the assigned emojis, you’ll be able to see if your snapchat bf has a snapchat bf other than you! #ouch (Snapchat friends: The new emoji update explained, 2015)

Similar to the previous “best friends” feature, users were always creeping their friends to see who they snapchat with the most. At least the new emojis will not specify who your best friend snacpchats the most with, but you will merely just know someone else exists.

Is this really as #lifechanging as Snapchat claims? If knowing who are frenemies are is all that makes our day, we sure lead sad lives.

A way the app could be a little more – well, lifechanging, is by allowing users to use emojis from the Bitstrip app. Bitstrip allows you to create your own customized emojis using characters and props (About, n.d.).


About. (n.d.). Retrieved April 9, 2015, from Bitstrips: https://www.bitstrips.com/

Elliott, A.-M. (2015, March 24). Emoji that look just like you are hilarious, slightly creepy. Retrieved April 9, 2015, from Mashable: http://mashable.com/2015/03/24/bitmoji-custom-emoji/

Mangalindan, J. (2015, April 6). Snapchat thinks its new emoji feature will change your life. Retrieved April 9, 2015, from Mashable: http://mashable.com/2015/04/06/snapchat-emoji/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-SocialMedia-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-SocialMedia-Partial&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedly

Snapchat friends: The new emoji update explained. (2015, April 7). Retrieved April 9, 2015, from BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/32203130

Present a Story, not a PowerPoint

Ever sat through a presentation where the slides were full of text and the presenter went on and on in a dull, monotone voice? Yup, we’ve all been there.

I’ve recently come across a new way to present – using only visuals. It’s called PechaKucha. Although this form started off in Tokyo in 2003, it is still fairly new in Vancouver (The Art of Concise Presentations, n.d.).

PechaKucha Night… [was designed] as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.” (The Art of Concise Presentations, n.d.)

Below is an example of a PechaKucha presentation – Sparkling Pixie Dust.

So, what exactly is PechaKucha?

PechaKucha is a simple and effective way to present where you go present 20 images for 20 seconds each (Frequently Asked Questions, n.d.). The most challenging part for the presenter is that the images automatically advance to the next one! Say goodbye to long, boring presentations and hello to short and more visually appealing ones.

Bring your presentations to the next level by attending the upcoming PechaKucha Night – The Musical in Vancouver on February 19 at The Vogue Theatre.


(Vancouver, n.d.)


Frequently Asked Questions. (n.d.). Retrieved February 15, 2015, from PechaKucha: http://www.pechakucha.org/faq

The Art of Concise Presentations. (n.d.). Retrieved February 15, 2015, from PechaKucha: http://www.pechakucha.org/

Vancouver. (n.d.). Retrieved February 17, 2015, from PechaKucha: http://www.pechakucha.org/cities/vancouver