Created Briefs - September 24, 2021

A look at the week's top creator economy news with our own analysis.

Created Briefs - September 24, 2021

This Week's Creator Economy News

More NFT Projects Getting Representation

CAA has its own NFT artist now, having booked the team behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club for representation.

This all still feels very new and it will be interesting to see if we are living in a realm filled with one-hit wonders or something that goes deeper.

Great NFT projects build communities, interactions, and experiences.  How that translates into both the existing world and the metaverse leaves lots to imagine.

Bored Ape Yacht Club’s ‘Jenkins The Valet’ Signs With CAA As Entertainment Industry Sees Value In NFTs - Tubefilter
Yet another non-fungible token (NFT) project has been signed by a major Hollywood talent agency to translate the crypto collectibles into more traditional entertainment formats. After Cryptopunks was signed by UTA in August, CAA has now pacted with an NFT venture called Jenkins The Valet for repres…

Twitter Now Supports Bitcoin Tipping, NFTs, Recorded Spaces, and Launches a Creator Fund

Twitter’s “Tip Jar” feature is now open to all users on iOS, with support for Bitcoin coming later along with access for Android. Users will be able to receive Bitcoin tips using their address or Bitcoin Lightning wallet. Twitter has integrated with the Strike payment app built on the Bitcoin Lightning network. The “Tip Jar” will also support other services such as GoFundMe and the Brazilian mobile payments service PicPay.

A creator fund will be launched in a few weeks to give audio creators access to financial, technical, and marketing support. Twitter declined to provide specifics such as the fund size or reach but views the initiative as something aimed at helping creators get started with Twitter Spaces, not rewarding creators for the content they produce.

Another thing Twitter is working on is a way to authenticate NFTs on the platform, allowing creators to connect crypto wallets to the app in order to track and showcase NFTs on the platform. This is still in the early stages.

Other Updates

  • “Heads Up” will give users a sense of a conversation’s “vibe”
  • Working on a Spaces discovery tool to find Spaces at the top of the timeline and elsewhere in the app
  • The ability for creators to record and replay their Spaces
  • Expanding Ticketed Spaces
  • Improving newsletter discoverability
  • Launching a creator earnings dashboard
Twitter accelerates again with Bitcoin tips, NFTs, recorded Spaces, creator fund and more – TechCrunch
Twitter’s slate of new product announcements is not slowing down. The company today introduced a number of new initiatives aimed at better serving the conversations and community using its platform, including support for tipping with crypto, NFT authentication and plans for other experiments …

Tumblr Launches Post+

In more of the, everybody's doing it so why aren't we category, Tumblr is launching Post+, their premium subscription product.

Tumblr’s subscription product Post+ enters open beta after much scrutiny from users – TechCrunch
Tumblr is entering open beta for its subscription product Post+, meaning that all U.S. users can now try out the monetization feature. The product launched in closed beta in July, allowing users hand-picked by Tumblr to place some of their content behind a monthly paywall. This marked the first tim…

More Creator Programs by Brands

We mentioned Chipotle a week or two ago, but now it seems there are more of these programs cropping up with different models.

Too often, as Matt Zuvella will remind us, these are free giveaway programs where creators are compensated in kind, which kinda sucks.

Why Disney and Chipotle Are Launching Creator Programs
Disney this week joined a growing number of national chains, including Chipotle and Hollister, trying to woo internet personalities with special programs. They are taking a page from TikTok and YouTube, which set up funds paying creators to make videos for their apps.Disney’s effort doesn’t go ...

Fuck You, Pay Me Raises $1.35 Million

Fuck You, Pay Me is an app that lets creators analyze brand deals, including what they’re paying, what it’s like to work for them, etc. It has been compared to being a “Yelp for influencers.” The company raised $1.35 million in funding. The money will be used to improve the product, including building out the company's engineering team.

How Fuck You Pay Me is empowering creators
Better information helps creators negotiate better deals.

Cameo Calls

Cameo continues its live calling program in a slightly different manner.  Now activated via their app, fans can connect in real-time with celebs they live.
As TechCrunch notes, “The talent sets the duration, time, and price of their call, which Cameo says averages around $31.”

Cameo launches Cameo Calls, a service for fans to video chat with celebs – TechCrunch
If you really want to video chat tonight with William Hung of retro American Idol fame… got twenty bucks to spare? Yesterday, Cameo launched its Cameo Calls products, which lets fans video chat for up to 15 minutes one-on-one with their favorite influencers and celebrities. The talent sets th…

Twitch Strikes Music Agreement with National Music Publishers’ Association, But No Licensing Deal Yet

Twitch has ended the hostile relationship it had with the National Music Publishers’ Association, saying the two will work together “to build productive partnerships between the service and music publishers.” The idea is to create new opportunities for songwriters’ creation to gain more visibility on the live streaming platform. This falls short of being a licensing deal so creators can’t easily use music in their work.

Twitch and National Music Publishers’ Association Unveil Agreement, Ending Months of Animosity
After months of strong words, the National Music Publishers’ Association and livestreaming platform Twitch have announced an agreement to work together “to build productive partnerships between the…

In-Person TwitchCon Returns in 2022

After canceling it due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Twitch announced that its creator conference will return in 2022. It’ll hold TwitchCon in Amsteram in July 2022 and San Diego in October 2022. It now has more than 50,000 partners and 12 million affiliates.

Twitch Blog | The TwitchCon Blog You’ve Been Waiting For
Twitch launched in 2011, and in the 10 years since it has brought together millions of people to celebrate what they love — both online and in person. We’ve continued to prioritize the safety and w...

Patreon Strikes When The Iron Is Hot

When your competition steps in it, there's an opportunity to take advantage.  Patreon has shown a bit of grit in this case, going more for the alienated creators on OnlyFans.

Patreon to roll out tools to help its adult creators meet Mastercard’s new standards – TechCrunch
Remember when OnlyFans said it would ban explicit content, putting its creators’ livelihoods in jeopardy, then suspended that ban less than a week later? Even though Patreon’s guidelines on adult content are far more limited than those for OnlyFans, the changing standards of credit card…

Clubhouse Makes It Easier to Rope Friends into Your Rooms

Clubhouse is launching “Wave” for iOS and Android which will let you invite people to audio chats. Tap on the waving hand emoji and select the user you wish to bring to the room.

Clubhouse launches ‘Wave,’ a new way to pull friends into audio chats
Casual chats with just a wave.

Also this.. saved clips????

Clubhouse is working on a Clips feature to save snippets of conversations
Clubhouse is working on a clips feature for saving snippets of conversations, though it’s still in testing and may not release anytime soon.

Discord Testing YouTube Integration

The popular chat app is testing a “watch together” feature that will let users stream videos with each other and lets them create playlists in the server. Multiple users will be able to control playback too. Discord is rolling this out to “friends and family” servers first and will make it more widely available in “the next few weeks.” Every server should have this in October.

Discord starts testing YouTube integration w/ ‘Watch Together’ feature after third-party bots die
Just after Google shut down several third-party bots that performed the same function, Discord is testing more official YouTube integration.

Is Snap’s Content Business In Trouble?

Evan Spiegel says Snapchat’s creator payouts dropped due to “copycat content.” After originally paying more than $1 million a day to top Spotlight contributors, that amount dropped overall. The company changed the terms of its Spotlight program to attract greater content diversity and it has resulted in “record-high submissions,” Spiegel claimed.

Snapchat Reduced Spotlight’s $1 Million-per-Day Payout Because of Flood of ‘Copycat’ Videos, Says CEO
Snapchat cut the payout amounts for creators’ viral videos in the Spotlight section because the program was producing too much “copycat content,” according to Snap CEO Evan Spiege…

Deep Dive - Creator Economics

This week we took a dive into the different economic models at work in the creator economy at large based on a thread by Gregarious: