A cute animated infographic that outlines some trends in millennial behaviour.
One of the best things about covering social media and digital marketing is that there’s always something new happening, some new update or feature being rolled-out to cover. But some of them are relatively small-scale so they’re not necessarily worthy of their own, individual post – though they are still relevant and worth knowing for anyone working in the field.
To keep you up to date on these smaller changes and features, here’s a rundown of five upcoming or “in-test mode” features that are currently being trialled on some of the major platforms – starting with Twitter, which is testing some new customer service focused options.
1. New Twitter Profile Display Options
2. Twitter Sports Broadcasting
3. Facebook Video Downloads
4. Facebook Messenger Account Switching
5. Instagram Comment Moderation
Read about them on socialmediatoday.com
A very interesting look at the affect the medium has on how we digest news when it is delivered over social media. From RNZ’s “Media watch” programme
From the 2016 Interaction awards – a great example of digital interaction in a real environment and experience design.
Navigating the social media landscape often means spending time with our personal devices instead of with each other. We use our fingertips to transmit bits and bytes across the world more readily than we use our bodies to transmit social energy across a room. Who, at some point, hasn’t wondered if this rushing stream of ephemeral posts is leading us toward an island of social isolation rather than a true community of friends?
As part of Elevate Atlanta 2014, a pop-up gallery curated by local arts organizations, we created #Trashtag, a tangible interface for social messaging. Inspired by the weeklong exhibition’s “Social City” theme, we filled a dumpster with more than a hundred illuminated, magnetic blocks inscribed with words and emoji and beckoned the public into the installation with a phrase: “LET’S TALK.” Everyone was invited to participate by arranging the blocks to create messages of their own on the container’s walls. Strangers laughed together as they discovered hidden phrases in the piles of discarded words, and they disrupted each other’s work, playfully fighting over coveted terms and symbols. For one week in downtown Atlanta, social media became something new—a collective act undertaken together in physical space.
But #Trashtag did more than just collect these messages—it amplified them far beyond the confines of the dumpster. With the push of an oversized button, people could have the container tweet on their behalf. @TrashTagATL acted as a mouthpiece for the public’s ideas and hopes.
By the end of Elevate, #Trashtag had tweeted more than 200 posts. The messages were surprising and inspiring, at times critical, funny, and profound—a perfect reflection of the diversity of the participants. The public also littered the social media landscape with tagged Instagram photos, Facebook posts, retweets, and direct messages of their own, spreading awareness of the installation itself and the Elevate exhibition at large.
The dumpster ultimately became a symbol of the disposability of modern messaging, a place where sentiments could be tossed out and discarded as quickly as the pieces could be salvaged to create something new. But perhaps most importantly, #Trashtag transformed the dumpster into a creative space that anyone, regardless of age or background, could use to speak to others. Experimenting with what social media could look like in a physical place, we reimagined “posting” as a tangible task, a public activity, and a collective, evolving performance. In other words, we made social media truly social.
Over recent months, there has been a lot of debate about the future of Twitter.
Growth has halted, share prices have fallen, and some are even saying#RIPTwitter.
With all that in mind, the future of Twitter still feels extremely exciting, though. It feelslike something big is afoot. And in order to kickstart growth and get people excited again, Twitter has been rolling out a range of great new features and updates.
In this post, Ash Read gives you the lowdown on Twitter’s newest features and also shares some thoughts on where it may be heading in the future.