10-17-2022: Here’s what’s new and what caught my eye last week:
Here Comes the Creator Economy Backlash: Now that the creator economy has gone mainstream, you should expect negative takes to flourish. Two of note this week. First Hugo Amsellem of Jellysmack argues that the music industry and the creator industry are uncomfortably similar, with meaningful revenue only flowing to a small subset. I’m more optimistic about a middle-class than Hugo, but his article is a must read, and identifies 5 clear areas of growth. Andrew Hutchinson has a harsher take, saying it’s not the creator economy, it’s the creator fantasy – because you all “suck at making content.” I strongly disagree, but read and decide for yourself.
Slouching Towards the Metaverse: Facebook released the new $1,500 Meta Quest Pro headset, but does anyone care? Well, I do, since my Quest 2 is now a paperweight. A lot of perspectives followed. On the somewhat positive side, Stratechery likes the device, but thinks Microsoft will have more to gain than Meta. Why? Because like the PC, the metaverse will be corporate first, consumer second. The Platformer wasn’t so sure, but did get a chance to sit down with Meta exec Andrew Bosworth to talk about it. Others were more pessimistic. As for me, I’ve got a demo scheduled at the Facebook store Monday morning, so expect a first look sometime this week.
Major TwitchCon Fail: A very unsafe activation at TwitchCon led to some serious injuries. Shame on the conference organizers – and booth sponsors Lenovo and Intel – for not vetting this more closely. What were you all thinking? Contrast this to the Squishmallow “human claw” booth at VidCon, which was vetted, investigated, analyzed and tested for months by the VidCon team, sponsors and subcontractors before it was ultimately approved. Competent health and safety teams cost money, yes. But it’s always money well-spent. The Publish Press also weighed in on Twitch and TwitchCon (free sub to read) concluding that Amazon would fix it. I’m not so sure.
Imagining the Future of the Creator Economy: The internet upended every industry – from media to taxicabs. The more I investigate AI, the more I see it as a foundational building block rather than instigating a singularity involving robot overlords. But like the internet before it, it WILL transform nearly every industry. DallE-2 and Stable Diffusion are the early AI ripples transforming the creator economy – but tidal waves are on the way. For example, Troy Young thinks this will result in the rise of creative super-humans. For a broader view, read this essay from Evan Armstrong – it pushed me over the edge – as he lays out the five biggest elements of the emerging AI economy and predicts what’s next.
- YouTube rolling out handles (finally!) – it’s a good thing for bigger creators, but most of us will have to wait. VidIQ explores the downside (disclosure – I am an advisor to VidIQ).
- Rebecca Jennings explains why the niche drama of the Try Guys is part of a bigger, broader and more insidious trend. Oh and SNL. And the SNL blowback.
- TikTok rolls out a bunch of new ad products and capabilities at “TikTok World 2022”. Guess my invite got lost in the mail.
- Livestreaming on TikTok bringing in real revenue for creators and the company.
- And perhaps TikTok will compete with Amazon and WalMart too.
- An acceleration of brands moving dollars from Instagram to TikTok is underway.
- The legal s*** you need to know before signing a brand deal.
- Thinking of opening a virtual store or a subscription service? Read this post on take-rates and distribution first.
- Spring turns over a new leaf, now wants to protect creator brands online.
- What comes after “new media”? New New Media!
- Meta announces its “Creator Week” event in November. But creators still have issues.
- Fast Company’s “Creator 25” package includes 5 sets of 5 people you need to know, including 5 Investors, 5 top execs, and much more. Shout-out to the awesome Monica Kahn for making the list.
- I just can’t promote another “Death Of” story. Worried about gifs? Search for it yourself.
- First they come for your Kardashians, then they target your Apes.
- Auction house Christies has embraced Web3, with a new NFT-focused marketplace. Aside, why does everyone in Web3 use the ugliest possible mono-spaced fonts?
- CNN pulls the plug, er rug, on its much-touted NFT offering.
SHAMELESS PLUG: Hey all, I’m hosting the creator economy stage (aka Verified) at Websummit on November 2nd, featuring top creators, CEOs and experts in the industry! Please come join me in Lisbon for great insights and an awesome global event. I’m going to host a meetup somewhere on Thursday night 11-3 in Lisbon, so stay tuned!
Tip of the Week: Are you a celebrity? Afraid you won’t get TikTok “right”? Gawker’s here for you with a dung-heap of tips.
What I’m Watching:
- Official YouTube Creator Insiders channel talks about the new Data Stories analytics update on the way (subscribe to this channel if you don’t already).
- It’s slightly cringey, but I really like the Heinz vegetarian vampire videos. It’s a great pairing of a creator, an iconic brand and a holiday. Here’s hoping the partnership keeps going after Oct31.
Shameless Plug 2: Proud to be part of the second LinkedIn Creator Accelerator. Over the next two months or so I’m going to launch a new series of tips for startup founders called “17 Ways To Kill Your Startup” – hopefully its relevant for creators turned entrepreneurs (well, they all are already) – along with everyone else building greatness in this space. Thanks to #LICreatorAccelerator!
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