Including... WhatsApp Premium for businesses, reducing the environmental impact of your digital engagement, and graphic design tips.
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.
Sorry, it's been a little while. I went to Wales, and the words 'platty joobs' didn't leave my mouth once over the weekend.
Anyway - if you're in senior management, come along to a free seminar I'm chairing next Tuesday with Culture24 on Digital leadership - infrastructure & process. Dr Lauren Vargas, the Science Museum Group's Jack Kirby (and a potential third mystery guest) will share their experiences of leading large-scale, foundational digital infrastructure projects in their heritage settings and reflect on the role of leadership in that process. Book a ticket for 3:00 - 4:30 PM, 14 June.
Elon Musk may not be buying Twitter any more. He might be trying to get a lower price, he might be manipulating the stock market, he's definitely swinging right-wing.
Whatsapp Premium is in the works - a paid subscription service for businesses, allowing you to link ten devices and create custom URLs. I have no idea when it's being released.
Useful / bookmarkable
Reddit's co-founder, Yishan, published an interesting thread on why Elon Musk would hate running Twitter, the clash between old/new internet and why social media companies censor behaviour, not ideas.
The Bionic Reading app lets you read faster by bolding just a few letters per word, just enough for your brain to recognise the whole word. It works.
Katie Parry's got some tips on reducing the environmental impact of your digital engagement (which will probably make your website faster too). Read it on CultureHive.
Distracting / entertaining / inspiring
DALL-E mini is an AI model that generates an image from any prompt you give. It's fun to mess around with, and the larger project behind it is genuinely mind-blowing. Imagine just telling a robot to generate you an image of a generic family looking at paintings. You'd never need to pay a photographer again.
Ros Atkins' thread on the future of news has a ton of lessons for any content publisher on keeping up with innovation.
I've been on holiday for a week so I haven't been reading anything except God Emperor of Dune, which I won't spoil but involves worms and politics. Highly recommend. Not super relevant for this newsletter though.
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