Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 281
Co-hosts BL Ochman and David Erickson discuss the creativity of the world’s largest display of LEGO art in New York City as well as LEGO’s new Rebuild The World campaign; the five hundred new words that were added to the dictionary; Google’s new in this video search results; John Batelle’s new Daily Recount summary of the day’s political news; the city of Grand Rapids, Minnesota’s 3D crosswalks; Descript podcasting software that lets you deep fake yourself; fears of Chinese propaganda via TikTok; the pros and cons of Echo Auto; Facebook Watch TV watching you; creating a digital will; political contributions via Amazon Echo; Facebook’s app problem;…and much, much more.
Best Digital Cases
World’s Largest LEGO Art Display
The world’s largest display is coming to NYC with over one million blocks!
- Are you ready for the world’s largest display of LEGO art? Here’s the scoop
- Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
LEGO Rebuild The World
Build the things you love — With or without instructions.
500 New Words
Merriam-Webster Dictionary has added 500 new words, including the nonbinary pronoun “they.”
“In This Video” Search Results
Google is testing showing “in this video” – a timeline that shows you what sections of the video talks about sub-topics.
New News View
The Recount is a video mashup of the day’s political news that aims to make viewers smart about the stories that matter each day in five minutes or less.
Late last month, the city of Grand Rapids, Minnesota debuted its 3D crosswalk at the intersection of Pokegama Avenue and 9th Street North.
Deep Fake Yourself
Descript’s new podcast editor has the ability to create a deepfake your own voice to fix errors you made during recording.
- Descript’s new podcast editor can deepfake your voice to dub over errors
- Episode 165: Adobe’s Audio Equivalent of Photoshop
Worst Digital Cases
TikTok Fuels Chinese Censorship Fears
Researchers are worried TikTok could become “one of China’s most effective weapons in the global information war as it builds a huge US audience.
The marketing is great but the technological execution is hit and miss.
Facebook Watching You Watch TV
The company you can’t trust with your privacy, is entering the streaming market with a device that can watch you watching TV
Time to consider a digital will, but more importantly, a digital executor.
- Please Get Your Digital Affairs In Order
- Create a Plan to Pass on Your Personal Digital Data
- The Digital Will Generator
Alexa Taking Political Contributions
Starting in October, Amazon customers will be able to say, “Alexa, donate to [candidate name]” to send their campaign up to $200.
Facebook ScrewUp of the Week
Facebook announced today that they have suspended “tens of thousands” of apps that may have mishandled users’ personal data.
- Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps following data investigation
- Facebook Developer Investigation Blog Post
Shiny New Stuff
Audiogram app helps you leverage captioned short videos featuring your podcast audio content to get more engagement on social.
LinkedIn Skills Assessments
LinkedIn is now offering a new feature called Skills Assessments.