You Can Now Convert Your iOS Live Photos into GIFs on Twitter

You Can Now Convert Your iOS Live Photos into GIFs on Twitter

Twitter has announced a new GIF creation functionality, which converts your iOS Live Photos into looping GIFs direct from the Twitter compose window. As you can see in the above overview video, now, when you upload an image from your iOS device, which you’ve taken with Live Photo enabled, you’ll be able to convert that photo into a GIF by simply tapping the icon on the preview. The option to convert Live Photos to GIFs has actually existed via workaround for some time, but building it directly into the upload process could make it a much more appealing, and utilized, option among Twitter users. It might actually lead to a […]

Google Launches its 2019 Listing of Key Search Trends

Google Launches its 2019 Listing of Key Search Trends

2019 didn’t really feel like the year for heroes. But the team from Google certainly put forward a compelling case for such in their latest video montage. [embedded content] Yes, this week, Google has published its listing of key search trends for the year, which showcases what people across the world were looking for, and seeking answers to, in 2019. The listings, which can be sorted by region, and are based on the search terms that saw the highest spikes this year, as compared to 2018, provide an interesting overview of what was most relevant to people in the final year of the current decade. Through Google’s dedicated mini-site, you […]

Instagram’s Working on a New ‘Poses’ Mode for Stories

Instagram’s Working on a New ‘Poses’ Mode for Stories

Instagram is reportedly developing yet another Stories camera option, this time in the form of ‘Poses’ which would create stop-motion style clips out of multiple images. Instagram is working on “Poses”, a new Story Camera mode that takes four pictures (one per three seconds) and stitch them together into a stop-motion story This is similar to Photo Booths pic.twitter.com/sTiGQn2oCm — Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) December 11, 2019 As you can see in the above examples, shared by reverse engineering pro Jane Manchun Wong, Poses would create quick reels of different images, which could be another way to create more interesting, engaging Stories content. It could be a good option, for […]

Twitter Will Set Up a New team to Explore a Decentralized Social Media Network Model

Twitter Will Set Up a New team to Explore a Decentralized Social Media Network Model

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced the establishment of a new team in the company – called bluesky – which will be tasked with examining the potential of “an open and decentralized standard for social media”. Twitter is funding a small independent team of up to five open source architects, engineers, and designers to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media. The goal is for Twitter to ultimately be a client of this standard. ???? — jack ???????????? (@jack) December 11, 2019 Dorsey says that a decentralized model could help address some key areas of concern for social networks, such as acceptable content moderation guidelines, universal systems for […]

How Marketers Can Adapt Their Workflows for Real-Time Content (and Why They Need to)

How Marketers Can Adapt Their Workflows for Real-Time Content (and Why They Need to)

As social channels such as TikTok, Instagram Stories, and Facebook Live increase in popularity, so does the demand for real-time content. Audiences now expect instant updates, they want to see relevant content as it happens. In order to capitalize on such demand, marketers need to catch their audience’s attention while an event is happening, or a topic is trending. According to a survey by Libris, 63% of marketers say that the ability to locate and share visual assets quickly is more important than ever. Many brands know that they should be creating real-time content, however, it can be challenging to actually implement an effective process that caters to this. And while […]

YouTube Updates its Policies on Harassment, Expanding Definitions of Personal Attacks

YouTube Updates its Policies on Harassment, Expanding Definitions of Personal Attacks

YouTube has announced an expansion of its policies around user harassment, which will now cover “veiled or implied” threats, insults based on race, sexual orientation or gender and repeated attacks over time. Specifically, YouTube says that it will now: Prohibit veiled or implied threats, including content simulating violence toward an individual, and/or language suggesting physical violence may occur Take action against content “that maliciously insults someone based on protected attributes, such as their race, gender expression, or sexual orientation” Implement new restrictions on accounts which repeatedly engage in harassing behavior which comes close to violating its harassment policy: “Channels that repeatedly brush up against our harassment policy will be suspended from […]

The Digital and Graphic Design Trends of 2020 [Infographic]

The Digital and Graphic Design Trends of 2020 [Infographic]

Published Dec. 12, 2019 If you want to maximize your digital marketing performance, you need your visual elements to connect with consumers – and in order to do that, you need to ensure that you’re aware of the latest visual trends, which will make your content stand out in feeds. This listing from the team at Coastal Creative will help – the infographic below provides an overview of some key design trends which have emerged over the last year, and look set to become more prominent in 2020. If you’re trying to come up with new visual approaches, the insights here will help to get you thinking. Take a look at […]

Instagram’s Now Testing its New Layout Options for Instagram Stories Frames

Instagram’s Now Testing its New Layout Options for Instagram Stories Frames

Instagram has begun limited testing of a new ‘Layout’ option in Instagram Stories which enables users to select from a range of presentation styles for their visuals within a Stories frame. As you can see in this tweet from social media consultant Matt Navarra (via researcher Satyam Sinha), the new option enables you to choose a split-screen grid type for your images, with six different grid styles to consider. At this stage, it seems that you’ll only be able to add still images to each grid segment. The Layout option was first spotted in testing by reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong back in August, but now seems to have […]

LinkedIn Publishes its 2020 Emerging Jobs Report

LinkedIn Publishes its 2020 Emerging Jobs Report

LinkedIn has this week published its 2020 Emerging Jobs Report, which looks at the positions that are seeing increased demand based on LinkedIn data. As explained by LinkedIn: “The Emerging Jobs analysis is based on all LinkedIn members with a public profile that have held a full-time position within the U.S. during the past five years. Once the talent pool has been identified, we then calculate the share of hiring and Compound Annual Growth Rate for each occupation between 2015 and 2019 to identify the roles with the largest rate of hiring growth. These become our Emerging Jobs.” In addition to the US report, LinkedIn has also published separate Emerging […]

Google Launches ‘Google Shopping 100’ to Highlight Trending Products Based on Search Data

Google Launches ‘Google Shopping 100’ to Highlight Trending Products Based on Search Data

This is interesting – Google has this week launched a new listing of the top 100 product trends in a range of categories based on Google search volume increases over the past year. Called the Google Shopping 100, the data collection has its own mini-site and provides some interesting, and potentially valuable insight into what the key product and consumer trends were over the course of 2019. As explained by Google: “Google Shopping 100 showcases products with a recent increase in U.S. searches. While classics are still sought-after – for example, search data still ranks Monopoly as a popular present – Google Shopping 100 highlights items that are rising in popularity to […]