What’s This? Image: Mashable, Composite By Lance Ulanoff 2015-03-13 00:41:40 UTC Twitter is launching a bold TV experiment and if it takes, it could change the face of second-screen viewing — at least as far as Twitter is concerned. It’s only fitting since social media has, for the last five years or so been an agent of change for TV. We don’t watch TV the way we used to — at least not anything we’re watching live. The conversations we used to have in our living rooms about Survivor , The Bachelor , Lost The Academy Awards and potboilers like Scandal , have migrated to social media. See also: 8 Great Apps for Second-Screen TV A recent study by Nielsen says that at least 15% of TV viewers enjoy TV more “when social media is involved.” They’re also, Nielsen notes, still watching live TV. Adults (18 and over) watch over five hours of live TV per day. And when we watch live TV we use social media to engage, react and discuss. On Twitter, we manage these interactions with hashtags. If you wanted to keep track of all the conversation revolving around the Academy Awards ceremony, you used #Oscar2015 in your tweets and watched for tweets containing that hashtag. Savvier Twitter users employ Twitter dashboards to track all the activity revolving around these hashtags. Tools like TweetDeck and Hootsuite and put all related tweets in a single column, while leaving your other columns, Notifications, your general Twitter stream, Discovery, untouched. Twitter’s traditional homepage has always been little used in this quest to have the ultimate second-screen experience. But this Twitter TV Timelines experiment could change all that — at least for mobile. Sorry, there’s no indication this experiment is running on Twitter for desktop
Singapore’s upcoming licensing for dock-less bike-sharing services has claimed its first scalp after oBike — a Singapore-based company run by Chinese founders — announced that it would cease its service in the country ahead of the implementation of regulations. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is introducing measures to protect Singapore’s streets from a glut of bicycles left all over the place, as photo essays from China and beyond have cautioned can happen. oBike launched its service at the beginning of 2017, and it claims over one million registered users but still it will end its service today, June 25. oBike said it will continue to run operations in other markets, although it hasn’t said if/when it will refund Singapore-based users with the deposits that they paid upon registration. “oBike strongly believes and is committed to provide sic dock-less bicycle sharing service that would benefit users’ commuting and Singapore’s transportation system, however it is with regret that the new regulation measures do not favour this belief of ours,” the company said in a statement that posted to Facebook. This move comes weeks after oBike exited Melbourne in Australia following issues with regulation. oBike has directed its customers to the newly-launched bike service from ride-hailing giant Grab, which went live in March , although that service has temporarily paused new user sign-ups. Other alternatives in Singapore also include services from Chinese duo Ofo and Mobike. Grab is actually an investor in oBike, as TechCrunch reported last year , after taking part in its $45 million Series B round that was announced in August 2017.