Loyal Creator Economy readers may recall a chart last year when we noted that all social networks are beginning to look the same. Today’s barrage of news shows that even companies like software maker Microsoft are adopting the most popular social features, like disappearing posts. And in yet another example of convergence, Instagram is taking a page from Google and expanding its maps functions. One advantage of shameless copying? As Reddit’s foray into subscriptions shows, you can see what works—and what doesn’t.
With that, let’s get to the news.