Changing the Way You Give and Get Gifts

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December 25th is headed towards us like a runaway reindeer. I know most of you are subscribers of Amazon Prime, but please for the sake of your sanity, don’t wait until December 23rd to start shopping.

Now, there’s a possibility that more than a few of you out there have no idea what to get your friends and loved ones, and there’s no worse feeling than watching them open your gift and seeing that fake smile followed by, “Ohhh, a turtle sculpture made out of bottle caps. You really shouldn’t have.”

No fear, there’s an app that’s designed to help you avoid such awkward moments. Geenees allows you to create a wish list that takes the guessing out of gift giving.

This social app creates one location for your wish list that others can check out and then buy your perfect gift. Similarly, when you invite others to the platform they can create their own list and thus, you get a social activity going where everyone gets exactly what they want for Christmas.

The app links directly to items on Amazon allowing you to purchase right then and there. When creating the list itself, you can browse and save products right from Amazon. The easy integration between Geenees and the retail giant are a large reason why this app is so useful.

It also includes the ability to group wish lists into different events, so you’re not just limited to the holidays. You can create events for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc. Create reminders that make sure you never miss an important event again.

There also comes the time when you’re looking to go in on a gift with others. Well, Geenees includes a feature where you can create a group and split payments. This avoids yet another awkward situation where you have to follow up with others to Venmo you their portion.

So stop wondering whether a loved one is faking it or not (at least when exchanging gifts), and no more impersonal gift cards because you have no idea what they want. Geenees provides a simple and easy tool that makes gift exchange a cinch.

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Why Tumblr is Launching Live Video Streaming

By: Kassidy Coleman

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Whether or not you’ve noticed, right now live-streaming video is something everybody and everyone is trying to get into. Periscope, Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube – there are so many options if you really want live-streaming video. Now Tumblr, the blogging site owned by Yahoo, is trying to hop on the bandwagon.

The rumors of the new live-streaming option originated from a page that popped up on Tumblr called LiveVideo. Cryptic messages have been posted on the page suggesting potential (mostly outrageous) events that could be seen through the live stream such as the surface of Mars and basketball lessons from a Harlem Globetrotter. The page has been confirmed to be directly from Tumblr, which means we will definitely be getting LiveVideo.

There are a few reasons why Tumblr would decide to add this feature now. Most likely they are launching it because the blogging platform wants to expand and catch up with its competitors. Another probable reason is that Tumblr is really trying to generate the revenue Yahoo had predicted when they bought the blogging platform. According to Mashable, Tumblr wasn’t able to reach the $100 million in annual sales that Yahoo expected. The company also may be wanting to reinvent blogging and make it a little more personal. You can already interact with other users on the site with reblogs, likes, and comments, but the live-streaming may really bridge the gap between follower and blogger.

Lately, Facebook’s live-streaming option has been getting more attention. So we are all wondering how Tumblr’s live video option will hold up against the popular Facebook Live Video. Many web-celebrities use Facebook Live Video to be able to engage with their fans in real time. Business 2 Community highly recommends that companies find a way to incorporate Facebook Live Video into their marketing plan. By steaming live video on Facebook, you are more likely to reach more followers organically.

We really won’t know how Tumblr’s LiveVideo will do against its competitors until after it officially launches which will be June 21 at 5 PM EST.

Do you think Tumblr’s LiveVideo is a good idea? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

Make sure you follow us on Tumblr, our Intern BB-8 may be making an appearance on Tumblr LiveVideo!

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