Instagram has begun hiding likes and video views as part of a trial aimed at removing "the pressure" and shifting the focus to "sharing the things" its users enjoy. Users will still be able to see how many views and likes their posts garner, but their followers will only see a user name "and others" below posts, rather than the number of likes on their feed.
To connect with voters.
To shape global public policy.
To advance global business objectives.
I was chatting with an entrepreneur earlier this week.
I asked why she cared so much about reading her Instagram insights.
When you look at your Instagram insights what do you think?
Should it be:
“How many of my followers are engaged?”
“Is my content making an impact?”
In fact - there is just one thing that any entrepreneur should be asking themselves.
"Did I make a sale?”
I’ve co-founded or founded four businesses so far.
I know why I joined my first startup.
It was because I wanted to be part of a business.
That was pretty much it.
Yes, there as a market opportunity, it was technology, based in California, checking all the cool boxes.
But frankly, I think I was more motivated on just being part of a startup more than anything else the business could impact or do.
Forgetting what the real point of business was.
To make sales.
The business didn’t last long and famously crashed after one year.
This chat from earlier this week reminded me that just being in a business is not enough.
Business is about sales.
It is important to remember why we use tools like Instagram.
We use tools like Instagram not for the feel-good vanity metrics like likes, comments, and followers.
We use tools like Instagram to make sales.
Marc A. Ross is the founder of Caracal Global and an advisor and connector working at the intersection of globalization, disruption, and politics. Ross specializes in helping entrepreneurs and thought leaders make better connections and better communications.
CBS News reports, the second Democratic primary debate is on July 30 - 31 -- but some candidates are at risk of not meeting the thresholds for support and donations to qualify for the party's debates.
The second debate will air on CNN, and anchors Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper will moderate both nights. Candidates will be chosen for each night in a live drawing on July 18
Candidates who have met both the donation and polling thresholds:
Candidates who have fulfilled one criteria:
Bill de Blasio
Who has not yet qualified for the debates:
5G's impact: Even though the global rollout of 5G remains in its early stages, some networks are active and people are connected. Billed as a revolution over the 4G network it is replacing, 5G is already fulfilling some of its potential. That's according to wireless coverage mapping company OpenSignal who measured 5G and 4G speeds in eight different countries. They found that some 5G users are already experiencing the dramatically higher speeds promised ahead of 5G's arrival.
Frederick Kempe: Democracies are on track to lose their global economic dominance as ‘authoritarian capitalism’ rises: Within five years at current trends autocratic countries will account for more than half of global income for the first time in more than a century, according to a recent analysis.
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