Your Depressing Future: IMing with Brands

Sam Biddle · 07/28/14 11:15AM

"Messaging apps"—which bring all the computing power of AIM to your smartphone—are so very in right now. The problem is, most of them don't make any money. But what if your buddy list were filled with advertisers? That's the plan.

Sam Biddle · 07/15/14 09:14AM

New Yorkers agree: Airbnb's subway ad campaign is trying too hard [via Twitter]

Marissa Mayer Slept Through a Business Dinner

Sam Biddle · 06/23/14 03:06PM

Nobody really enjoys using most of the Yahoo! branded apps or websites, so the company's future rests largely on the money it can make from advertising. For this reason and perhaps others, it's not a good sign that Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer showed up hours late to a client dinner because she was asleep.

Today In Sexist Startup Advertisements on Facebook

Sam Biddle · 06/09/14 03:25PM

A hearty golf clap to Homejoy, for using a stock photo of a woman cleaning the floor while also holding up her husband who is lying on a sofa, and to Fluc, for proving that naming your startup "Fluc" isn't literally the worst possible marketing decision. Your checks are in the mail, in the amount of -$100,000,000.

Facebook Is Ending the Free Ride

Sam Biddle · 03/19/14 12:45PM

Facebook pulled the best practical joke of the internet age: the company convinced countless celebrities, bands, and "brands" that its service was the best way to reach people with eyeballs and money. Maybe it is! But now that companies have taken the bait, Facebook is holding the whole operation hostage.

Sam Biddle · 03/06/14 03:17PM

The Silicon Valley creation myth is now Diet Coke advertising fodder. [via Paolo Sambrano]

Venmo: Everyone Hates Your Weirdo Subway Ads

Sam Biddle · 01/16/14 11:29AM

Venmo is a little app for your little phone that makes it easy to beam money from your bank account to someone else's. It's very handy! It's also seen terrific success through word of mouth. So why, why oh why, is the company plastering New York with these universally hated ads?

Sam Biddle · 11/14/13 09:02AM

Google has officially perfected the shameless tearjerker advertisement. Corporate propaganda at its absolute loveliest.

Pinterest Is Now Ready To Sell You Things

Sam Biddle · 10/09/13 03:53PM

Like Instagram, Pinterest was never going to be a free ride forever—you're not paying for it with money, so you'll pay with your eyeballs instead. Here come the advertisements, and you all better start buying some tote bags and twine balls real fast.

The Tumblr Advertising Explosion Is Here

Sam Biddle · 08/07/13 12:58PM

The story of Tumblr in the arms of Yahoo! has been one of compromise, of spirit in decline. David Karp wanted his blogchild to be a bastion of free expression and porn. But in the months since he sold out, advertisers are steadily colonizing Tumblr. Are you excited for Bisquick GIFs?