Review | Quibi: the not so good streaming service

There are way too many streaming services in our world. That’s a good thing as well as a bad thing. From YouTube to Netflix, it’s kind of like there’s a buffet of content. Sometimes you leave full and other times; you are just overwhelmed. In April 2020, people started to get a little bit more overwhelmed with the launch of Quibi, the newest streaming service to enter the game.

The streaming service without a slogan

Quibi is a mobile-only streaming service. The idea with the streaming service is present under 10 minutes of content so that its users can enjoy it while working, on break, in the car, or even if you are in the bathroom. The platform also got big names like Chrissy Teigen, Keke Palmer, and Liam Hemsworth to start in some programming.

The programming on the platform is just okay. There isn’t any standout programming on there at the moment. Because all of the shows are under 10 minutes long, a lot of the programming feels rushed and honestly, thrown together. There’s also pacing problems because of it trying to fit so much into one quick bite. It’s like trying to cram for a test the night before.

Not even Chrissy can make this service good

One example of this is on Quibi’s reboot of the popular MTV dating show from the 90s “Singled Out.” While they are all people that the contestant knows, the speed of the eliminations is quick until they get to the final few constants, and that slows down abruptly. Keke Palmer and Joel Kim Booster do an excellent job in their roles on the show; this can lead to things feeling a little off when. One positive about the “Singled Out” reboot is that it’s faithful to the source material.

One of the significant flaws with Quibi is that it’s only available for mobile devices. There were many times that I would want to watch something on there but didn’t want to watch it on my iPhone. I even tried downloading it on my iPad, but the app made for the iPad. I honestly forgot about the app due to this. 

Another flaw was the release schedule of the programming. A lot of the shows were released every day with three episodes a day. This kind of contradicts the premise of the app. Releasing a new episode every day isn’t bad, but rather having three new episodes a day. The app is trying to provide entertainment in quick burst but three episodes are the length of an episode of a sitcom.

Since it’s launch in April, Quibi hasn’t been the picture of success. According to The New York Times, Quibi was in the top 50 free iPhone apps when it launched. It’s now ranked at number 125 with only 3.5 million customers. Only 1.3 million of those customers are active. Founder Jeffery Katzenberg says that COVID-19 has a lot to do with the rough launch of this app.

“I attribute everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus,” Katzenberg said, “Everything. But we own it.

Verdict

Frankly, I don’t think Quibi was well researched and tested before the launch. There’s a lot of good with the service. That will get overlooked because there’s just so much wrong. While you get the first 90 days free, it’s not worth it an actual subscription. COVID-19 isn’t causing the service to suck. It just not a pleasant experience. There was an article published by Qizmodo calling out Quibi’s issue being its Ego and its spot on.

“As the Times noted, the company has shifted its marketing strategy to advertise individual shows rather than a new service that no one understands,” the article stated, “And that’s a start. A service is only as good as the content on its platform, and Quibi’s signature “Turnstyle” tech is neat but was never enough to carry the service on its own—regardless of whatever Whitman and Katzenberg were able to spin to their investors.” This statement perfectly sums up what the platform needs to do to compete. They also need to take responsibility for their mistakes and not push blame on things. Unless something changes, I would save your money and not get this app.

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Please stop using Snapchat filters on all of your selfies

Houston, we have a major problem.

There’s an epidemic taking over the world that is way worse than Bieber fever and those damn Kardashians. Okay, nothing can be worst than those damn Kardashians but this is pretty close. Let’s have an open and honest discussion about why people feel the need to post/print pictures of themselves with fucking Snapchat filters on them. Welcome to “Social Media Corner.”

People are taking selfies and then using the filters from Snapchat filters. Then they are using these social media because they find them “cute,” and want to bring all the “boys to the yard.” It’s like people have been infected by a disease. Like when people thought it was socially acceptable to wear skirts with tennis shoes. You might think it’s a great idea but in the end, you just look like an idiot. 

Does this look cute?

When you are posting pictures of yourself with these filters on, it looks like you are trying to hide something from people. What are you trying to cover up? Do not like your nose, lips, face, eyes, etc.? If you aren’t, that isn’t what is coming across. People want to see what you really and truly look like. They can’t see that if you have that dumb filter on your face.

Also, they aren’t making you look cute. If you are under the age of 16, then you really shouldn’t be taking pictures with filters. That’s really the only way that it’s even slightly acceptable. If you want to look cute, then just pose and pick amazing lighting.

Please also stop using that dog face filter. You know the one that I’m talking about. The one was when you open your mouth, a tongue appears and licks the screen. It’s annoying and I’m tired of constantly seeing it everywhere. Enough is enough. If you have to use a filter, then find another one.

Be yourself and just let others see your face. Stop using filters because they only hiding your beauty. There’s only one of you, why should you hide that.

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Why should you care about Vero

You can never have too many social media apps they said

It’s been awhile since we talked about the different apps that are popping up out of nowhere. I thought it was time to bring this back in order to know what the hell we are getting ourselves into if we were to sign up for it. There’s a new social media on the street and it’s called “Vero.” Yep, it’s just another app to become addicted to.

What is Vero?

Vero calls itself “an ad-free social network that let’s you be yourself.” It launched in 2015, and it’s like Instagram to a certain degree. You can post photos, text, and share URLS, which is links to site for the people that don’t know. You can also recommend books, TV shows, and movies. All the connections that you make on the app, you can actually set how you know them. You can set it to close friends, friends, follower, or acquaintances. Based on what you list them as, you can choose what post they can see and what post they can see. It’s pretty much like Instagram but seems less broke. Instagram recently has just been one big hot mess.

Vero is just one of the many apps that have tried to reach out to the users that have are over the shit that they have got on all the other social media apps. There just really haven’t been anything keeping those apps there due to either not being able to keep the attention of the users like everything else.

If you are looking to try this app, be one of the first million to get it because it seems that you will have to pay for it. Yep, there’s going to be an annual subscription fee. sigh. There’s also a lot of stuff going around that in their terms there is a section that let’s them use or sell your content that is posted to the app. You also won’t get any for your trouble either since it will royalty-free.

Is it worth it?

Overall, it doesn’t seem like a bad app. I would look more into before you jump into the trend of downloading because your pissed off at Instagram. The part that is a turn off for me is that it’s all royalty-free content selling or use. Vero is available in the app store for iOS and Android users. If you are a window phone user, drop that phone and get a real one.

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Grandma doesn’t want to see your drunk selfies

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Time to return to the corner

It’s been awhile since we stopped by the cleanest corner on the internet. Welcome to Social Media Corner. It’s time to talk about something that everyone seems to be doing these days, especially if you are under the age of 25. I’m here to help you because frankly, the majority of you need it:

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So let’s say the following statement together now: YOU DON’T NEED TO POST EVERYTHING ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Do you hear that? Okay, now lets discuss. You have to watch what you are posting because there are somethings that don’t belong on there, like breaking laws or just things you don’t want your mother/grandmother to know.  A good rule of thumb for social media when posting is the rule of  “Would you want your grandma to see this?”

What’s the “Would you want your grandma to see this?” Rule?

I’m glad you asked that. This rule is pretty much a catch guard to stop you from posting things that you will regret or don’t want other people to notices. So all you would need to do is ask yourself “Would you want your grandma to see this?” Before you post that inappropriate picture, post or anything like that would make your grandma blush or just disown you. If your grandma likes those kinds of pictures, then you might want to just walk away because you might find out that your grandma has some secret past as a part-time swinger and a full-time party animal. No one wants to picture their grandma doing shots off of someone or their grandparents hooking up with someone else’s grandparents. Just walk away at that point. It’s just easier for everyone.

Another thing to remember that the stuff you post on social media, including on Snapchat, is always there. It’s extremely easy to make sure those pictures or post around forever, including after you think it’s deleted from the internet. You never know when it going to pop out at you. Of course, it’s going to be at the most inconvenient time. But you can never really get rid of the things that you post. Also, don’t post anything that you thing down the line you will regret posting. You see it all the time when it comes to celebrities, things they posted in the past are coming back and they regret posting them. You have to smart. You will mature as you get older and your views will grow or mature with you. When you look back at it, you will cringe but you want to cringe in a “I cannot believe I was like that” way and not a “omg what did I do/say/post that?”

Hopefully, this will help you make better social media life decisions. If it doesn’t, then good luck with that picture of your privates out in the open at a party because you were too shitfaced to think right.

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