Generation App is a window into the world of millennials, through the apps and online services they love and share with their friends. In GeekWire's new weekly podcast, digital natives school tech dinosaurs with inside tips and secrets about some of the hottest apps on the market — Tinder, Snapchat, Venmo and more.
Why Pinterest's simple platform is so powerful
Investors, advertisers, and retailers have about 11 billion reasons to keep their eyes on Pinterest. That number, by the way, is Pinterest's whopping valuation, making it one of the most valuable companies in the world. So why is this internet bookmarking site such a goldmine? Find out on this week’s episode of Generation App.
Twitch: Examining the ‘magic’ that compelled viewers watch 460K years worth of video last year
Twitch has an average 1.7 million broadcasters streaming each month and in 2015 Twitch viewers watched more than 459,000 years worth of video collectively. That's a lot. On this week's episode of Generation App, we discuss what makes the Amazon-owned streaming site so popular.
Pokémon Go: The bizarre, fascinating phenomenon, explained
By now, the internet buzz, strange behavior on the streets, and watercooler talk have probably alerted you to the overnight sensation that is Pokémon Go. No, you haven't traveled back in time to 1997. This is an entirely new brand of Pokémania that went viral in just a few days by hitting a sweet spot of nostalgia, new technology, and shareability. It rose to the top of iTunes charts faster than you could evolve your Jigglypuff into a Wigglytuff — and if that sounds like utter nonsense to you, tune into this week's episode of Generation App.
WhatsApp: Demystifying the world's most popular messaging tool
WhatsApp has quickly but quietly become the world’s most popular messaging app. It has a base of over a billion users worldwide and was acquired by Facebook for $19B, in the biggest acquisition of a VC-backed startup to date. Tune in to hear what exactly makes WhatsApp so powerful.
Tinder, ‘hookup culture,’ and modern romance
Tinder is spreading like wildfire, facilitating over 26 million matches and 1.4 billion swipes per day. The swiping model has been replicated in apps for everything from job hunting to shoe shopping and "swipe right," is easily recognizable slang among millennials. On this episode of Generation App we dig into "hookup culture," new features Tinder is testing, plus GeekWire co-founders' tips for reporter Taylor Soper to up his online dating game.
Who needs cable anyway? Why so many people are cutting the cord
If you ask the average person in their 20s how they watch TV, there’s a good chance they won’t say cable. The rise of stand-alone streaming services has made it possible to get great content without a cable subscription. On this week’s episode, we’ll go over the pros and cons of cutting the cord and what it means for the future of cable TV.