Finals Procrastination: YouTube and Facebook launch new ventures

The computer: helping college students procrastinate since 1990.

Attention Brown Students: It’s about to be finals period, and chances are, you’re looking for a new way to put off writing those 10-15 page final papers and contributing to group Google Doc exam study guides. As if they knew it was crunch time on college campuses, according to recent articles from the New York Times’ Bits blog and The Wrap, YouTube and Facebook —probably some of the most frequented procrastination sites–are both about to expand their services by launching new ventures that may look somewhat familiar.

According to the The Wrap, YouTube has plans to offer instant movie streaming services, much like Netflix Instant or Apple movies. Depending on how it goes, our Netflix Files may be turning into YouTube Files.  

What Facebook is launching is slightly different, but it, too, may look familiar. Facebook is planning to introduce an online discount service similar to Groupon’s and Living Social’s daily online shopping deals. But, because it’s Facebook, there will be a twist–you’ll be able to see what deals your friends are getting and also communicate with them about deals they might be interested in. Additionally, according to the New York Times article, “if there is a deal that is good for you, it will likely show up in your news feed at some point in the day.” This could be very, very dangerous for shopping/Facebook addicts.

Besides the negative impacts on our wallets and our productivity levels that these new features may bring, we’ve got to say that this is pretty cool news. Let the procrastination begin!

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