TechCrunch: Soon you’ll be able to voice chat with YouTube commenters in VR. “Today, Google announced that instead of adding text comments in YouTube VR, the company will be making shared rooms where users can chat by voice in VR. The company didn’t detail whether this would be random users, so we’ll have to see how much auditory spam there’s going to be.” Considering what many YouTube comments are like, this feels like a “two weeks in Philadelphia” kind of thing.
Mashable: Wow! Facebook comments now have Reactions, too. “Love them or hate them, Facebook’s Reactions aren’t going away. The social network is expanding its like button yet again. This time, it’s comments that are getting the new emoji-filled treatment.”
MIT Technology Review: Me and My Troll. “I have a troll. Writing as @zdzisiekm, or ‘Gus,’ or under other names, he has commented on stories on TechnologyReview.com 6,386 times and counting as of April 2017. As trolls go, he is unfailingly polite, and he doesn’t violate our site’s terms of service. Instead, he is reflexively, tendentiously wrong about a single topic, again and again. Gus is angry about our reporting on global warming and renewable energy technologies. His objections are notionally scientific, but they have a strongly ideological flavor.”
The IMDB comments sections are shutting down. “Good riddance to one of the worst places to socialize on the internet. Amazon-owned IMDb announced today it will be closing down its discussion board later this month, and turning off the ability for users to private message each other. The company claimed the decision was made because the boards were ‘no longer providing a positive, useful experience for the vast majority of our more than 250 million monthly users worldwide.'” This is not my experience with IMDB, but I tend to look up fairly obscure or really old movies.
YouTube is making some tweaks to its comment system. “YouTube today is rolling out an upgrade to its comments system, with the goal of putting creators more in control of which comments get featured in the feed, as well as the ability to better interact with their viewers and fans.”
Instagram’s comment filtering tool has rolled out to everybody. “While the disappearance of literally thousands of snake emoji from Taylor Swift’s Instagram account prompted speculation about such a tool in July, the social media company is now offering comment moderation to everyone via a customizable keyword filter.”
Good question from TechCrunch with an odd context: Dear Facebook, why are Facebook Comments so unremittingly terrible? (The odd context is that TechCrunch uses Facebook for comments.) “Obviously Facebook could clean up comment spam if they really wanted to. (And, in fairness, Facebook Comments have always been terrible.) Maybe they even will, on some executive whim. But, really, who can blame them for not bothering? Facebook has become a business which focuses on things that affect billions of users, and/or bring in billions in revenue. Comments don’t come even close to moving the needle on that scale. But Facebook Comments are an excellent object example of a curious tech paradox: the bigger the business, the less you can rely on its new initiatives.”