The 3rd annual Glimpse Social Discovery Conference was filled with engaged attendees, industry leading speakers, and slew of thought-provoking moderators at a prestigious venue in San Francisco, The Battery. Around 3pm, #glimpseconf was trending nationally — a sign of a very successful conference. A couple members of the MobileFOMO team attended, and if you saw our tweets yesterday, you’d see that we certainly did our best to contribute to the trending hashtag.
The afternoon kicked off with an interview with Will Cathcart, director of product management at Facebook. Matthew Lynley, a reporter at Buzzfeed, asked him a number of questions about the Facebook newsfeed and Paper. And the question everyone was wondering… Are there more cat lovers or dog lovers on Facebook? That was also addressed:
— Circle Click (@circleclick) June 11, 2014
Another highlight in the afternoon was the ‘Teens: Driving the Next Generation of Discovery’ panel. This discussion fueled a lot of interesting chatter regarding teens’ impact on current developments and how they will continue to impact social discovery. John Shahidi, founder of Shots, was one of the panelists. He has quite the teen following on Twitter, not only because of the wild success of his app amongst that demographic, but also because Justin Bieber is an investor in his company. His tweet had the ‘biggest impact’ on #glimpseconf as well:
— John Shahidi (@john) June 11, 2014
We also found out some big and exciting news! According to Greg Tseng, CEO of Tagged, they are completing redesigning and rebuilding all mobile apps. They are starting with Android as their user base is 80% Android due to all of the international users.
The keynote with Evan Sharpe, co-founder of Pinterest, was a huge highlight of the day. He was interviewed by Doug MacMillon from the Wall Street Journal. Doug asked him a variety of thought-provoking questions from his own notes and modified Twitter questions, and Evan responded to each in a humble way. When asked what he thinks of his competitors like Houzz, Evan responded, “Honestly I don’t even think about them. I’m way too consumed with Pinterest,” sparking a laugh among the audience.
The conference culminated in a seven person panel discussion hosted by Josh Constine. It was a light-hearted discussion of the conference, prompted by questions like “what points did you disagree with today?” and “what did you agree with?”
— mobilefomo (@mobilefomo) June 12, 2014
We were very grateful to attend this year and look forward to the next Glimpse conference!