Including updates to Facebook Live, tips to ensure that your online meetings are accessible and examples of great social media accounts of the moment.
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Also, a reminder that The Audience Agency website has a COVID-19 hub page which includes links to lots of useful resources.
And finally, additional dates for free digital core skills webinars has gone live today. If you fancy joining me in improving your Google Analytics and Facebook Advertising skills, you can book your spot on our events page.
New / Noteworthy
- Facebook has made a few updates to Facebook Live, including audio-only options and automatic closed captions.
- And here are some initiatives that Instagram and Twitter have announced.
- I found this news quite poignant - over 30,000 creators have joined Patreon in the last month.
- To try and reduce the spread of misinformation, WhatsApp limits message forwarding to one chat at a time.
- Brilliant to see that Nesta is supporting the Coronavirus Tech Handbook with some funds.
Useful / bookmarkable
If you're responsible for an organisation's learning programme then have a read of our latest blog post about creating online learning resources that will last beyond this crisis.
There is so much talk within the arts and culture sector about all the streaming and 'online culture' that's now available, useful to remind ourselves what some of our audiences find interesting.
Distracting / entertaining
- For anyone who has been part of an online meeting this last month (is there anyone who hasn't), this is brilliant.
- Getty Museums is encouraging people to recreate their artworks at home.
- This is not really digital-related but it's SO good. Matthew Inman, otherwise known as The Oatmeal, shares a wonderful comic about being creative.
- Doncaster Council proving once again that local government comms can be both useful and entertaining.
- Rand Fishkin (he of whiteboard Friday) has some interesting ideas about how big tech could/should help small businesses during the COVID crisis.
- Another wonderful piece of writing by Gary Shteyngart (if he wrote a shopping list I'd probably read it), which beautifully captures some of the weirdness of our current lives. NB - if you haven't read Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story, I highly recommend.
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