Since the beginning of early November 2013, Banjo has been tuned into the happenings of the Ukrainian protests in Kiev that demanded closer European integration for Ukraine. The protests, which came to be called Euromaidan, continued for months and even became violent in February 2014.
Euromaidan and the related protests have become a way for social media to provide eyes into history as it unfolds. Banjo has collected and organized over 200,000 social posts from Kiev, keeping the world updated on these valid current events that may otherwise be lost in translation. While in the past it would have been nearly impossible to comprehend the devastation of the months-long protest, Banjo made it a reality.
In light of the latest clashes in the Ukraine, Banjo brings you the full story of the crisis in Ukraine through the eyes of the people experiencing it.
From the moment it happened, Banjo has been collecting every social post coming out of Fort Hood, TX, where an active shooter was reported on one of the US’s largest military bases. At this time, officials have confirmed four dead and 14 injured. Personnel on base are tweeting their status to loved ones, while the first reporters to the scene relay all of the information they can get. Only Banjo has all of these updates in on place, across networks, in real time.
Use the live feed below to see every live tweet, Facebook post, Instagram, and more, coming right from the source.
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Banjo is proud to announce the completion of a $16 million Series B financing round, which marks an important milestone in our journey to become the world’s destination for experiencing breaking news and live events in real time through the eyes of the people there.
The round was led Balderton Capital, with significant support from our Series A leader, BlueRun Ventures, as well as participation from VegasTechFund, Shelter Capital, Control Room, Maven Ventures, Mike McGinely and Harris Barton.
Our mailboxes and social media feeds were flooded with congratulatory messages as the news of our funding was announced on influential news outlets like TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal and Re/Code. Thank you for your continued support throughout the last three years of this adventure.
This funding will accelerate our ambitious growth plans by recruiting top talent, expanding the global user base and enhancing the enterprise platform for media partnerships. It comes at an already exciting time for Banjo, following last week’s release of the version 4.1 mobile app, move to web and new feature called Banjo Rewind, which is doing for the internet what TiVo did for television.
Drumroll please… We are proud to announce the newest iteration of our social content platform: Banjo for web. Now you can see what’s happening at any live or past event from your browser, as well as in the Banjo mobile app. This version, currently in beta, allows you to easily discover live music, sports, news, conferences, and more, to experience the most relevant social content on the web.
Social sharing options are conveniently located above each feed, so you can quickly show your friends what they’re missing around the world. Banjo’s web version doesn’t require you to sign up or create an account – just type ban.jo into your browser to start exploring. This means that our global audience has even easier access to Banjo’s awesomely curated content – no smartphone required. Whether you never want to miss a One Direction concert, or are looking for the perfect second screen during March Madness, Banjo’s web app gives you the same great insider’s view that our app offers.
We also released an updated version of our iOS and Android apps this weekend. The main difference that you’ll notice is the addition of editorial content. These new features – headlines and Banjo Rewind posts – will help you to get an immediate and complete understanding of a live event through our mobile app as well as our new web version.
The “headline” that now appears at the top of each feed gives you an immediate understanding of that event – no more searching around to get the essential info. Tap a headline to explore the Banjo Rewind feed and begin time-travelling through the event. Banjo Rewind posts act as bookmarks throughout a feed, highlighting the most important and noteworthy moments that occurred. These “bookmarks” let you go back in time and see the social feed, across networks, from that point in time.
The creation of the web version has been a whirlwind from idea to execution. It’s by no means perfect, but we’re excited about what this beta version means for our users around the world. Our Founder and CEO, Damien, loves “brutally honest feedback (that’s why we launched at South By Southwest)” and encourages you to send your thoughts to him personally at Damien.Patton@teambanjo.com.