By now, you’ve probably heard about the latest Pokemon GO glitch, where the app suddenly freezes if a user tries to log in after it’s already locked.
This glitch seems to affect all of the major players in the Pokemon GO market, with several major brands reporting similar problems.
And now, an article by Australian business writer Tim Winton has revealed that Pokemon GO is also a popular social network, with millions of people using the app to connect with friends and family.
“Pokémon GO is one of the most popular social media apps around, and many of its users are also active users of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social networks,” Winton wrote in his article.
“Many of these users also have a ‘happy’ or ‘sad’ profile picture on their profile page.”
Many of the users I’ve spoken to are also avid users of Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube, which all show their users’ photos as a ‘sunny’ or “happy’ photo, with the ‘someday’ emoji instead of the usual ‘trying to log out’.”
So, why is this happening?
Well, according to Winton, the developers behind Pokemon GO are “sitting on the front page of social media, and the company is not letting people know”.
“If someone were to ask for permission to view their photo, the Pokemon Go team would say ‘okay, you can post it to your happy profile but please don’t be too specific about what kind of photo you’re referring to’,” Winton writes.
“The ‘saved’ photo is the one we’re using in the game.
So, we’re putting up a happy picture and saving the game to your ‘happy profile’, and then it doesn’t show up when you try to log into the game.””
You can see a few examples of these issues in my article.
“Unfortunately, they’re not doing this for everyone, and not everyone’s happy faces will be saved as a happy face, which will result in some users losing the chance to see their own happy face. “
So, the next time you’re logged in to Pokemon GO and you want to see your friend’s happy face (or worse, your mother’s), just don’t bother, and don’t ask to see the sad or happy faces,” Wissen concluded. “
Unfortunately, they’re not doing this for everyone, and not everyone’s happy faces will be saved as a happy face, which will result in some users losing the chance to see their own happy face.
So, the next time you’re logged in to Pokemon GO and you want to see your friend’s happy face (or worse, your mother’s), just don’t bother, and don’t ask to see the sad or happy faces,” Wissen concluded.
Pokemon GO has been one of Google’s biggest hits to date, with it accounting for more than 70% of all revenue from the app.
In Australia, Pokemon GO’s market share has been increasing at a rapid rate in the last few months.
On November 6, the app’s number of daily active users reached 5 million, with a total of 8.8 million accounts.
Meanwhile, it was the week before that when Facebook users were among the top social media users in Australia, with Facebook users using the platform for nearly $3.5 billion in sales that week alone.
The growth of Facebook’s popularity has also sparked a lot of speculation about a possible move by Facebook to allow users to pay for ads on their social networks, a move which many believe would be a massive step forward for the social media giant.
Facebook has responded to the growing demand for ads by introducing a new ad-blocker called The Banner, which blocks adverts and pop-ups from being shown on your feed, but not all websites are affected by the change.
“We’ve seen a lot more attention around ads, and as a result, some websites are starting to see higher performance from their ads,” a Facebook spokesperson told ABC News.
“For those sites that don’t yet support our new advertising technology, we’ll be working on more options to help them manage their advertising spending.”
According to The Banner’s official website, it blocks ads from showing in the browser’s “top navigation”, which means it won’t display adverts or pop-up ads.
The Banner is only available in the US, where Facebook only officially allows it to be installed on Android smartphones.
As of January 11, the Banner had a total ad revenue of $6.7 million.
It’s a very exciting time to be a fan of Pokemon GO.
With an influx of new players each day, and an endless supply of free Pokemon in stores across Australia, the game is quickly becoming the most successful mobile gaming platform around.
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