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Social Hour: Private chats and YouTube subscription fees

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The aftermath of Reuters’ decision to fire its deputy social media editor, Matthew Keys, has taken another unexpected twist.

Since being terminated, Keys has protected his tweets. And on Friday, he published a private conversation he had with Jared Keller, director of social media for Bloomberg News.

The decision to publish the conversation was done in retaliation for a GChat conversation that was leaked to Gizmodo after Keys was indicted and accused of helping Anonymous alter the Los Angeles Times website. Keys accused Keller of leaking the chat.

After tweeting a screenshot of Keller complaining about his job and saying “Everything at Bloomberg is just a total mess,” Keys followed up with another tweet, warning people to be careful who they confide in.

It didn’t take long for the screenshot to circulate, and when it did, Keller was let go from the company.

On Monday, Keys posted a screenshot of his former boss and current Reuters Social Media Editor Anthony De Rosa weighing in on the Keller incident.

According to the screenshot, Rosa wrote on Facebook that he is sorry for ever hiring Keys in the first place. “Jared Keller is a sweet guy and someone will be very lucky to hire him.”

On the smartphone front, Twitter’s Vine app released an upgrade last week that makes shooting and tagging friends in videos easier than ever.

The new update allows you to use the front-facing camera to shoot the perfect “Selfie.” Yes, I just said selfie. Don’t judge me.

It also allows you to tag friends and other accounts. This was becoming a problem for people who wanted to tag someone and have that relation translate to Twitter.

The problem has been solved and all is right in the world. Or at least in Twitter’s world. The app’s improvements have been slow to come since it first launched in January but are very vital to its survival in the market.

Now if only we could make it available on Android …

In other news, rumors of YouTube rolling out a monthly subscription fee later this week hit the Web Monday.

The New York Times reports some of the company’s partners planned to start promoting their channels on Thursday, but an official announcement could come sooner.

According to people with knowledge of the plan, there will be subscription channels for children’s programming, entertainment, music and other topics, The Times reports.

Some of the channels are expected to cost as little as $1.99 a month.

The Daily Caller reported Monday that YouTube had not publicly confirmed it, but a spokesperson for Google did talk about the subscription platform.

“We’re looking into creating a subscription platform that could bring even more great content to YouTube for our users to enjoy and provide our creators with another vehicle to generate revenue from their content, beyond the rental and ad-supported models we offer,” the spokesperson said.

Would you pay for topical YouTube channels? Why or why not? Go ahead and sound off in the comments. I might use your thoughts in next week’s post.

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Tiffany Gibson

Tiffany Gibson has worked for The Oklahoman since August 2011 and is a member of the enterprise team and digital desk. In addition to writing and web editing, she creates interactive features for and assists with data visualization and... Read more ›