Including...Twitter charging for access to its API and where Gen Z are spending their time online.

February 7, 2023

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.

I'm planning on writing something unpacking what 'hybrid' means - as it seems to have become a catch-all term for user journeys, extended reality, online streaming and sellotaping QR codes to the wall. If you're doing research or work in understanding digital behaviour of audiences or 'hybrid' experiences I'd be interested in chatting - just email me here.

Latest News

  • As this newsletter goes to press there's a reshuffle going on in the UK government, with a rumoured new Department for Science, Innovation and Technology which will take a chunk of the digital remit of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

  • Twitter's most recent twist in its death spiral is charging for access to its API, potentially affecting free scheduling services and condemning thousands of fun, cool and informative bots which depend upon the API to death. Except this one.

  • Congratulations to everyone long and short-listed in the Digital Culture Network Awards - you can attend the livestream of the results on Wednesday 29 March by booking here.

  • Meta's been having a hard time recently, but their stock is recovering after announcing growth to 3.7bn monthly users and prioritisation of artificial intelligence over the metaverse. Expect them to beef up advertising and take on TikTok in 2023.

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Good Reads

  • I haven't read anything good relating to digital recently, but I did enjoy this article by beer writer David Jesudason on the mental health toll of being the only brown man in a pub and why safe public spaces are so important. It's a good excuse to re-share Wellcome Collection's journalistic approach to articles.

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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Adam Koszary

Head of Digital, The Audience Agency

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