1. Gmail Self-Destructs
Next month, Google is adding new features to Gmail to make a more clean, modern interface. One of the biggest features is self-destruct mode. Users can set an expiration date on an email for a person to reply and ensure that authorized viewers are the only individuals able to view the message. Once time runs out, the email will “self-destruct” and the person (or people) you emailed won’t be able to download, forward, print, or copy the message. Additionally, there will be a Snooze option to temporarily remove messages from your inbox and Smart Reply which will show a handful of suggested responses you can send with a single click (or tap).
2. Starbucks Frappes Up
Starbucks is under fire for racial profiling. Apparently, two black men were sitting at a Starbucks table waiting for friends. A Starbucks worker decided to call police when the two men didn’t leave the establishment after they were refused bathroom service for not being paying customers. A different customer posted a Twitter video of the men being arrested, which went viral. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson addressed the situation on Saturday with a statement posted in the company’s newsroom. TBD on whether Starbucks can hold their ground.
3. CEO of Largest Ad Company Resigns
CEO of the world’s largest ad company, Martin Sorrell, steps down after reports of misconduct. WPP is a British-based ad & PR company, which Sorrell reinvented in the ‘80s. On Saturday night, WPP announced Sorrell’s leave, vaguely stating it involved personal misconduct, but “did not involve amounts that are material.” Sorrell will be treated as having been retired, with a $28M get out of jail free retirement card.
Enjoy a Skinny Latte to kick-start your week. Check out this Socialnomics article about which brands are winning at community (even Starbucks has once reached this potential): http://bit.ly/2JPG52M