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Instagram is launching a new feature aimed at students that will allow users to join a virtual community of peers and exchange DMs. Users have to opt-in to the test and can accept or ignore any messages they receive. Obviously, blocking is available … because there’s always “that guy” in the dorm.
It’s unclear at this point how the groups will be created and who will run point. Or how these groups are any different from Facebook groups for that matter …
The test may or may not be a response to Tinder launching TinderU which aims to create communities where co-eds can find “study-buddies” by swiping on people at their respective school or nearby campuses. Sooo, Tinder?
Water Cooler Talking Point: “This is no doubt just going to turn into a campus-wide competition for the dankest memes.”
IN OTHER NEWS
- Wells Fargo is laying off more than 600 employees in its mortgage business. The United State’s fourth-largest bank is citing a decrease in mortgage volume. Wells has vowed to cut $4B in costs by 2020 to grow profits while operating under a punitive asset cap levied by the Fed.
- It’s that time again … Davos for dweebs. The annual gathering of monetary policymakers in Jackson Hole kicked off on Friday (and wrapped up over the weekend) in the aftermath of President Trump’s trashing of Jerome Powell’s refusal to be a cheap money Fed Chair. You know, the kind of Fed Chair that would make a President look really, really good in this economy.
- Things that are not surprising: an incoming Goldman Sachs’ CEO is essentially the kid in high school who was the captain of the mathletes, led the football team to states and dated Kelly Kapowski. In addition to being heir to Lloyd’s throne, David Solomon aka DJ D-Sol, has hit the Billboard music charts with his Fleetwood Mac remix.
- @Jack Dorsey will testify before a US House of Representatives’ committee on September 5th. Coincidentally President Trump tweeted about “social media” sites censoring Republican voices on Friday. No word on if Dorsey plans to borrow Zuck’s booster seat.
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