Digital Snapshot | 17.05.2019
Including...The new UK government service standards, a #MustRead from the Wellcome Collection on being 'data informed' and the morals being taught to self-driving cars.
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News & Updates
- For those of you managing Facebook pages, quite an important announcement from Facebook - it's updated its news feed algorithm in relation to video. The short version: it is going to favour slightly longer videos i.e. "at least 3 minutes long". You can read more about how they think about video at Facebook here.
- Facebook is also working on tools to help small businesses (which equally can be small arts orgs) create more effective ad campaigns. This looks pretty useful so definitely one to watch.
- On Twitter you can now add GIFs, photos or videos to retweets.
- Google held it's annual developers conference, I/O. Interesting that they are going to introduce AR to search results.
Useful & Bookmarkable
- The new UK government service standard is live and for the first time it's not only a standard for digital, its for all services. It's the absolute gold standard when you're thinking about developing any public facing service including to your audiences and customers.
- A handy short guide to what kinds of content work best on a range of social media and digital platforms.
- Another useful piece from Wellcome Collection about being "data informed, not data driven". This is a #MustRead.
Inspiration, Ideas, Entertainment
- Scottish Ballet has a new "digital season" which looks fantastic.
- I really like how this website presents the morals of what to teach a self driving car, it's a fantastic way of combining data and narrative.
- 28 reasons why public libraries are wonderful and important places.
- A digital camera that draws every photo on an etch a sketch, because why not.
- Part of Google Experiments, these artists have created an app which invites people to make collages in AR.
- An insightful read about all those awful click-baity links you see at the end of articles, often on reputable media websites. The writer set out to investigate how they generate revenue and why, awful though they are, they'll probably stick around.
- How college students in the US are using Instagram as a proxy for Facebook groups.
- And finally, you may well have come across this piece as it generated a lot of resulting media coverage, if not, here's why this co-founder of Facebook thinks it needs to be broken up. A longish read but worth your time.
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