Quick Commentary

By Matt Silich and Logan Weeter

Quick Commentary is a periodical critiquing of current events by the Daily Illini Opinions Section’s editors. Today’s topics include 360 Videos on Facebook, Twitter changing its timeline algorithm and Pokemon’s 20th anniversary.

360 Videos

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If you’ve been swiping through Facebook recently, like all of our parents have somehow started doing, you might have noticed a fun new phenomenon called 360 Videos. This nifty new concept takes advantage of mouse click-and-drag or even better, your phone’s gyroscope, to immerse you in a video that can be explored from a complete 360 degree scope at your will. You don’t know what tech can do until Facebook puts you in a cage, completely surrounded by zombies, which you get to explore at any angle you want!

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Twitter is changing up its feed system, creating an algorithmic system that filters what you see on your feed and when you see it, instead of the simple chronological timeline. It seems like Twitter is trying to follow Facebook’s footsteps, which, considering Facebook’s recent decline in popularity among Millennials, doesn’t seem like the best move. There’s no need to overcomplicate things: Twitter’s biggest asset is its timeliness and personal feed customization, and keeping the system as it is, is the best way to keep people tweeting.

Pokémon’s 20th anniversary

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Nintendo has released a Super Bowl commercial, and it may be one of the most nostalgic, inspiring things we’ve seen in a while. The commercial celebrates the 20th anniversary of the wonderful video game franchise we all know and love: Pokémon. The ad shows people, young and old, in a massive Pokémon battle in the middle of a stadium, inspiring children who watch the battle from home. After 20 years, Nintendo bottled up what it feels like to be a Pokémon trainer and reminded us of how we felt playing the games in our youth.