Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 296
BL and David discuss Google’s Project Witness that uses virtual reality to generate empathy for jailed children; Amazon’s program to create actual brand voices to play on its Echo smart speaker; ASCII art of refugee programmers; tech titans’ efforts to combat coronavirus misinformation; augmented reality Google Maps; Facebook’s bug bounty program; Chrome’s website security deadline; reviews in Google Search Console; a glaring user experience fail in Adobe Acrobat; Target’s Minnesota Badgers miscue; …and much, much more.
Best Digital Cases
VR for Empathy
Google’s Project Witness is a horrifying but must-see immersive VR experience showing life in prison from a child’s point of view.
A new Amazon Echo feature called Brand Voice can be used to create a unique voice that represents a brand’s persona.
Controlling Corona Virus Misinformation on Social Media
To combat misinformation, Facebook, Twitter and Google have prioritized links, pop-ups or search results directing users to information from official health partners like the World Health Organization.
- How social media platforms are fighting coronavirus misinformation
- World Health Organization Corona Virus Mythbuster Page
- The real ‘fake news’: how to spot misinformation and disinformation online
The Behind the Source campaign champions graduates of HackYourFuture with images of them constructed in major websites’ source code.
- Portraits of refugees-turned-coders are hidden in the homepages of eBay, Accenture and more
- Convert Images To ASCII Art
Facebook’s Bug Bounty
Facebook’s bug bounty program has been rewarding bug hunters for important work, including disclosing apps that siphoned data from up to 9.5 million users.
- Facebook’s Bug Bounty Caught a Data-Stealing Spree
- Facebook’s Bug Bounty Homepage
- Facebook Paid $2.2 Million in Bug Bounty Rewards in 2019
- A Look Back at 2019 Bug Bounty Highlights
Google Maps 15th-Anniversary Updates
Google has released a redesigned Google Maps to celebrate the app’s 15th anniversary.
Google Chrome Locks Down Downloads
Full SSL implementation is on the horizon.
New Google Search Console Feature
Google announced support for review snippets along with performance reports in the Google Search Console.
Worst Digital Cases
Target might want to vet their vendors a bit more.
Shiny New Stuff
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Find winning tags for your video marketing efforts.
Bracelet of Silence
It will jam Alexa’s microphones or any other microphones in the vicinity to keep them from listening in on the wearer’s conversations.
Searchable Google Podcasts
Google Podcasts now has a front page on the web and is searchable.
Politico but for tech.
Google Makes Big Change to Nofollow, Introduces Two New Link Attributes
Two new link attributes are joining rel=“nofollow.” They are rel=“sponsored”and rel=“ugc.”
The Daily Numbers
How couples meet: 1995-2017.