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The Most Downloaded Apps of 2021 [Content Made Simple]
#248: Jack Dorsey leaves Twitter—get to know the guy replacing him...and more!
TOP OF THE WEEK:
The number one most downloaded free iPhone app was TikTok, followed by YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. The top paid iPhone apps included Procreate Pocket, HotSchedules, The Wonder Weeks, and TouchRetouch.
Popular free iPad apps included Netflix, Disney+, and Zoom, while GoodNotes 5, Notability, Duet Display, and Procreate were popular paid iPad apps.
Top games on iPhone and iPad included Among Us!, Roblox, Project Makeover, Minecraft, and Heads Up. Apple this year also highlighted the top Apple Arcade games, which included The Oregon Trail, NBA 2K21, and Sneaky Sasquatch. Apple's top 10 lists for each category are listed below.
Crazy that TikTok is on top this year, and Facebook is so far down. Could this be a sign of things to come? Will be interesting to watch into 2022.
HITTING THE LINKS
I don’t know that I agree with a number of the recommendations in this piece, but it is an interesting read nonetheless.
Twitter can be fun, surprising, funny, irreverent and germane. There is simply no better place to rapidly find the day’s news and to fire off ephemeral comments on global events. Here’s hoping the new chief can make it a far less toxic place, too.
And for Pete’s sake, Mr. Agrawal, please give us an edit button.
I don’t understand how this is going to work. I understand the thought behind it. I kind of agree with the spirit of the rule. But I see this being both: 1) terribly abused and 2) impossible to enforce.
The goal is to remove pictures or videos that are fueling online harassment campaigns, although, in practice, its implementation will likely depend on moderators judging the nuance of a particular situation. It’s unclear, for instance, how Twitter might have ruled on a 2020 Twitter video depicting a white woman calling police on a Black man — an incident that was widely reported in mainstream outlets but only following a viral Twitter video and which featured two private figures but echoed a larger existing conversation about racism and policing.
A good read if you want to get to know the guy replacing Jack Dorsey at Twitter.
When Jack Dorsey, then Twitter’s executive chairman, pushed the company to build out its machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities in 2014, he turned to an engineer, Parag Agrawal.
When Mr. Dorsey later became Twitter’s chief executive and needed help overhauling the company’s infrastructure, he also tapped Mr. Agrawal.
And when Mr. Dorsey envisioned a future for Twitter in 2019 that would be based on the concept of decentralization and technologies such as the blockchain, he again pulled in Mr. Agrawal to help.
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