Digital Snapshot | 19.02.2019
Including... 230 new emojis, a tool for adding colour to black and white photographs and a beautiful prose poem about travelling through the internet.
19 February 2019
News & Updates
Let's begin with some good news - 230 new emojis have been approved and will be making their way to your device very soon. This significant update includes, amongst other things, more representation of people with disabilities.
DCMS has released a report into what it calls 'Disinformation and fake news'. One of the biggest pickups by the media was the term 'digital gangsters' used to describe Facebook. There is much to ponder in this report but it's too long for this newsletter... perhaps one for a forthcoming blog post.
In other Facebook news, they are going to start allowing Pages to join Facebook Groups. While this is potentially useful for marketers, as others have pointed out, it could also lead to misuse.
Twitter is finally making money but is also losing users.
To celebrate Black History Month Snapchat launched an immersive lens that lets users explore the work of black millennial artists.
Useful & Bookmarkable
Another DCMS related report - this one conducted by a research agency about the state of online advertising in the UK (opens PDF), useful also because it includes some helpful definitions.
The latest IAB's report talks about how to measure the impact of digital advertising(opens PDF).
Finally on the report front, there is still a significant proportion of the UK population that is not online. This report from the Good Things Foundation (opens PDF) looks at who they are and why they're not online.
A helpful FAQ about Google Ad Grants.
Amazingly, this tool will create a mobile app from Google Sheets. Potentially useful if you're working through ideas and want to create mock ups.
Culture 24 has a call out for its latest Let's Get Real programme - this one exploring digital and "deeper human connections". Deadline to register initial interest is Friday 22nd.
LinkedIn has released a guide to using the platform aimed at social media managers.
Colourise is a tool for adding colour to black and white photos.
Dark Patterns is interesting both as a user of the internet and to remind you of bad practice if you're building a new website or trying to get newsletter sign-ups.
Politics aside, Britain, Take A Bow is an excellent generative artwork ~ no two viewings are ever the same.
Producer and DJ Marshmello played a gig inside Fortnite and it was hugely successful. But for all those people hailing it as a 'first', let us not forget that Duran Duran played inside Second Life (yes I realise that ages me).
And finally two brilliant reads:
Welcome to Mirrorworld, "The mirrorworld doesn’t yet fully exist, but it is coming. Someday soon, every place and thing in the real world—every street, lamppost, building, and room—will have its full-size digital twin in the mirrorworld. For now, only tiny patches of the mirrorworld are visible through AR headsets. Piece by piece, these virtual fragments are being stitched together to form a shared, persistent place that will parallel the real world".
Patricia Lockwood's excellent prose poem about what it feels like to travel through the internet.