Friday Links: Product Edition

Grace Pelling
Feb 2, 2018 · 2 min read
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It’s February! The year is now approximately one-twelfth over. If you’re like me, and left your new year’s resolutions back in January, that’s okay! Make a new one, a February one. Read Postlight’s Friday Links every week.

  1. A large part of the office was pretty heavily invested in HQ Trivia for a time — comparing scores and trying to (maybe) rapid-Google the answers. I won’t tell you how many winners we have. Now anyone can effectively cheat using HQuack. All we had to say was “Poor Scott.” (via Matt Quintanilla)
  2. If 2016 was the year of the chatbot, then 2018 is the year we admit that they couldn’t deliver on their promises. Digit, a smart money saving app, announced a pivotal redesign that tore away from a conversational based UI. Their blog post was a great read on why chatbots never really worked out. (via Drew Bell)
  3. Beme, which rose to fame via Casey Neistat’s “authentic” video-sharing app, was shut down this week. After being purchased by CNN early last year, they pivoted from their original video product to a set of products that aimed to help people engage more with news, including Beme Panels and Beme News. We’re paying our respects by holding our phones against our chests. (via Skyler Balbus)
  4. Google is testing an app that would let you or your neighbor publish a local news story. It’s currently only in a couple of cities, and it’s unclear on whether or not there is any editing or moderation of said stories going on. (via Drew Bell)
  5. GitHub announced an awesome new feature recently: co-authors on commits. This is just so important, as Gina put it: “Creation tools should ALWAYS encourage giving credit to everyone who contributed.” (via Gina Trapani)

Phew! Enjoy your weekend now that you know the latest in product news 👋

Grace Pelling

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