Including... Google's changes to cookies, Hootsuite's digital trends report and Big Jet TV.
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Digital Snapshot, bringing you all the latest digital news, ideas, tips and guidance for the arts, culture, museums and heritage world.
Do you know a leader doing something amazing with digital? You could even be that person, you're just too modest to admit it. Either way, we and Culture24 are looking for speakers and case studies for an NLHF-funded series of online seminars on digital leadership.
Culture24's action research programme Let's Get Real is back and it's focused on hybrid working. They've also released an interesting report on how the sector is adapting to new ways of working.
Google is changing how cookies work. They're considering ditching third-party advertising cookies, and are instead using AI to determine your interests based on your use of Chrome (this article is better at explaining it). This would extend to Android apps, which is bad news for data-hungry companies like Meta.
The Centre for Cultural Value have published Culture in Crisis:
impacts of Covid-19 on the UK cultural sector and where we go from here. The data and research on how the pandemic have affected culture and audiences doesn't get much more comprehensive than this.
TikTok has updated their policies with a focus on age-appropriate content and protecting LGBTQ+ communities.
Useful / bookmarkable
The NLHF have released their report on the second Digital Attitudes and Skills for Heritage (DASH) survey, offering insights into how the UK heritage sector's use of digital has evolved during the pandemic.
Distracting / entertaining / inspiring
Has a famous person eaten a jacket potato at your venue? Celebrate it with a blue plaque like the University of Liverpool.
Anyone who's ever played online games won't be surprised that people are being creepy in virtual reality too - to the point that Meta has given avatars personal boundaries to prevent harassment.
I hope everyone's fences are alright and you all enjoyed Big Jet TV during the storms. I also love how even this niche of the internet isn't without controversy...
And that’s all for this edition. If you come across any interesting or noteworthy content, or have any of your own projects to share, please do send it my way. Don't forget we're here to support you with training, research and consultancy, so please do get in touch. You can find all past editions of the Digital Snapshot here.
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