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Friday Five 06/16-06/20

Nenad Tadic

Happy Friday! Here's a roundup of industry news for the week.

Amazon's First Smartphone, Explained - Vox

Amazon announced its new Fire Phone this week. Vox explains everything you need to know about the phone here. Why it was made, what it does, and how it compares to other smartphones. The Fire Phone will be available exclusively through AT&T stores for $199 for a 32GB model.

People Invested $1 Million In An App That Just Says 'Yo' - Think Progress

Yep, you heard that right. $1 million has been invested in an app that just says one word--yo. The app, which allows you to send the word to people in your contacts, took just 8 hours to build. Is "Yo" the future of messaging?

250 New Emoji Have Been Announced, But Who Chooses Them and When Do We Get Them? - The Independent

Get ready for new emojis--250 of them, in fact. Look out for them with the new Unicode 8.0 update. The Independent delves deep into who chooses emojis and why?

The Science Behind Using Hashtags: Number, Type, and More - Inc

Hashtags can be valuable if used correctly. Data suggests tweets with one hashtag get double the engagements of tweets without, but engagement declines when tweets have more than two hashtags. Find out more tips on how to use hashtags correctly in Inc.

Why Content Goes Viral: What Analyzing 100 Million Articles Taught Us - Huffington Post

Why does content go viral? BuzzSumo analyzed the social share accounts of 100 million articles to find out why. According to the results, long form content gets more shares than short form, having at least one image in your posts leads to more Facebook shares and 10 is the magic number for lists. The article also explains what’s the best word length/word count and best time of day to post content on social media.

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