Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 229
BL and David discuss the Royal Wedding in augmented reality; virtual influencers; Facebook app victims, measuring the time you waste on Instagram; a horrible 9 year-old; whether Siri and Alexa are spying on you; whether it’s Yanny or Laurel; an app that helps the blind; Spotify’s scary campaign to free users; what’s up with WHOIS; what Google took away; and much, much more.
Best Digital Cases
The Royal Wedding in AR
You didn’t get invited? Don’t worry. ABC TV has you covered with an augmented reality app that will put you at the wedding.
Brands are creating virtual influencers but this is nothing new.
- Brands Are Creating Virtual Influencers, Which Could Make the Kardashians a Thing of the Past
- Hatsune Miku & The Phenomenon Of Virtual Spokespeople [PODCAST]
- Shudu Gram
- Miquela Sousa
Instagram Will Show You How Much Time You Spend Looking at Food Porn
Instagram will soon show you how many hours you actually spend looking at all those square images.
— Kevin S. (@kevin) May 16, 2018
Tamping Down Twitter Trolls
Twitter has updated it’s algorithm to recognize and suppress trolls before they are even reported by users.
Spotify’s Scaring Free Users
Spotify is devoting its biggest-ever global marketing campaign in hopes of convincing its ad-supported free listeners to start paying.
Worst Digital Cases
A Flex Too Far
If you think this is a wake-up call for the preteen calling herself “the youngest flexer of the century,” you haven’t been paying attention.
- Nine-year-old Instagram star Lil Tay’s ‘flexing’ got her mom fired — that’s only the beginning of her reign of terror
The Quiet Death of WHOIS
This is a story about a HUGE Internet privacy mess that should have been avoided.
Google Taketh Away
As of mid-May 2018, Google has reverted back to shorter display snippets.
- How to Write Meta Descriptions in a Constantly Changing World (AKA Google Giveth, Google Taketh Away)
Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t
On the dark side of AI, hidden commands can be sent to Alexa and Siri that you can’t hear but they can. These deceptions illustrate how artificial intelligence can be tricked and manipulated.
Do You Hear Yanny or Laurel?
The Internet went wild over this sound clip this week. Even the White House got in on the fun.
Shiny New Stuff
Instagram For Audio
This new social media network is built around 42-second audio clips.
- This 42-Second Podcasting App Is Creating the First Generation of Audio Influencers
— David Erickson (@derickson) May 18, 2018
How You Can Help the Blind
Be My Eyes is an iPhone app that lets blind people contact a network of sighted volunteers for help with live video chat.
“A DJ For Between The Sheets”
This mobile app purports to use music to synchronize your sexual movements with that of your partner.
Are You a Victim of These Facebook Apps?
Facebook has a way for you to learn whether your data was shared with Cambridge Analytica by the app “This is Your Digital Life.”
Free while it’s still in Beta, Vezume is an AI-driven way to create professional multimedia resumes that can be published anywhere.
Here’s an example by a creative designer named Avishek Santra