Including... tips to using Instagram Stories, a report on digital inclusion, and how to use collections for fundraising.
Welcome back to The Digital Snapshot, a (mostly) fortnightly round-up of all the news, innovation and new ideas in the world of digital, as relevant to the arts, culture, museums and heritage sectors. We started this newsletter way back in March 2015 and we are delighted to say that this is the 100th issue! ??? We hope you continue to find it useful and thought-provoking.
News & Updates
- Facebook has released (in Canada only atm) an app to make memes, called Whale. It's the third app released by the company's NPE team - an experimental division within Facebook that is focused on building experimental apps.
- A recent report questions the value of immersive experiences in museums, saying “attempts to find straightforward connections between investment and outcomes have been inconclusive”.
- The inimitable Tim Berners-Lee has launched a new initiative - Contract for the Web - which aims to try and stop its descent into fakery, bots and abuse.
- You can now create your own maps and stories on Google Earth, I'm sure there are lots of fun things cultural and heritage organisations could do with this.
- Some good tips for using Instagram Stories.
- A collection of essays commissioned by The Space, about how to use digital to develop relationships with audiences.
- If you're commissioning a new website, here is some advice about how to write an effective website brief.
- For museums or any organisation with a collection, the results of Romilly Beard's research into how to use collections for fundraising.
- Although this is aimed at those working in the public sector, if you're running a Facebook page, here's some good advice about how to deal with negative Facebook comments.
- A report about digital inclusion (opens PDF).
- Firefox Monitor is a new resource to help you check if any of your online accounts have ever been hacked.
Inspiration, Ideas, Entertainment
- Scottish Ballet's Instagram account continues to impress.
- Just for fun - every emoji being used on Twitter in real time.
- Lots of great tools and resources in The GIFT Box, an initiative to make it easier for museums to create richer digital experiences.
- It's that time of year again when the prediction articles start flowing. This one, however, is very smart and looks at what 2029 might be like based on 2019.
- Sacha Baron Cohen gave a much shared speech for the Anti-Defamation League in which he tears into Facebook saying, amongst other things, that if Facebook had been around in the 1930s Hitler would have been running political ads on it about the final solution. It is well worth reading in full.
That's all for this issue. You can find our past editions here. If you have been working on any interesting digital projects that you can share, please do let me know. You can find me or The Audience Agency on Twitter.
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