Mardi Gras, ZuckerVR and the resurrection of GIF
Welcome to SocialSelect. This week, it’s time to embrace virtual reality, celebrate the second coming of GIFs, never forget teens, and take a look at Mardis Gras — as well as a weekly update on what’s happening on the social channels that matter.
The rise of human-to-human VR
Virtual Reality is undeniably a hot topic — and from this great execution by Google & Star Wars, to this experience from Patrón, it’s being targeted as a cornerstone of innovation in marketing all over the world.
But the key to success for VR isn’t one or two fun case studies. Products like Oculus Rift and Samsung VR are starting to find acceptance in availability — but Facebook are betting the one thing missing is “other people”.
This week, at the 2016 Mobile World Conference, Mark Zuckerberg revealed at that Facebook would bring its dynamic streaming technology for 360 video to Samsung Gear VR. Gear VR costs ~$150 per unit, making it an affordable accessory to make virtual realty a “social platform”.
“What people care about,” Zuckerberg says, sitting just down the hall from Facebook’s VR room, “is interacting with another person.”
You can read more here:
Zuck shocked everyone by appearing on stage for the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event for MWC 2016. He wasn’t there to push…techcrunch.com
Sorry to harp on about The Youth™, but this in depth look at teen culture on Tumblr is a fascinating read — and highlights the importance of “relatable” content — stories that are not just appealing, but revealing too. Vulnerability is key, perhaps.
And we love this quote from Danielle Strle, Tumblr’s head of culture and trends, even if we’re slightly threatened.
“These kids are so advanced — so, so advanced…They are the most brilliant digital strategists…These teens are better marketers than anyone in the game right now.”
When Pizza reached 100,000 followers on Tumblr, she posted a picture of a pizza box, takeout chicken wings, and an…newrepublic.com
ANZ have come out with another great activation ahead of Mardi Gras in Sydney, upping the ante from last years GAYTM to GAYNZ.
But on the other hand, messaging app LINE have removed all ‘Gay Friendly’ emojis due to pressure from the Indonesian government. And they’re not the last — WhatsApp is potentially next in line. A war played out in emojis, but an important one nontheless.
The emojis in question Social conservatism in Indonesia, the country with the world’s largest Muslim-majority, is…www.vice.co
A note on responsibility
The Advertising Standards Board would like to remind everyone (especially Carlton Dry) that brands are responsible for any content they share on Facebook — including user generated content. Carlton Dry received a slap on the wrist from the ASB and were required to remove the image from their social channels, despite only receiving one complaint.
The Advertising Standards Board has ruled a kangaroo appearing to be given a bottle beer that was shared on the…www.smartcompany.com.au
And we’re back with all the updates that matter from all the platforms that matter this week.
First up, this great piece from Techcrunch dives into the rise of curated social. While similar functions have existed for while, 2016 has really ramped up the focus on some element of social tailored just for you:
There is a battle raging for curated social media supremacy. When big things happen, each of these apps wants to be…techcrunch.com
Giphy has done great work in providing a massive library to fuel the GIF revival of the past twelve months — partnering with Facebook and Slack to provide direct integration, and continuing to improve the platform itself. The work continues to pay off, with a Series C funding round closing at $55 million — valuing the business at $300million. A third of the way to being a unicorn, right?
Giphy continue to experiment with monetisation, as well — you can read more at Techcrunch.
Giphy, the Google of GIFs, has closed a $55 million Series C funding round at a valuation of $300 million post-money…techcrunch.com
Instagram has been changing things up recently, having updated their app to support up to 5 individual accounts, and now, adding additional security.
As Instagram accounts become more and more valuable commodities for some brands and people, some profiles are worth stealing/hacking. The test roll-out of the two-factor authentication process will start soon and Instagram will monitor its feedback to keep it bug-free and simple to use.
Instagram accounts are worth stealing. Now at 400 million users including celebrities, brands, and artists making a…techcrunch.com
Last week we (and a lot of people on Wall Street, apparently) were mean to Twitter, so Chelsea Peretti got her squad together to save the blue bird. All she’s asking for is $100 million. Easy, right?
On a more serious note, Twitter have been taking huge (and reportedly measurable) steps to take down ISIS propaganda accounts. Read all about it here.
One of ISIS's most important fronts, aside from the physical front lines in Iraq and Syria, is its reach online…www.vox.com
TRIPLE BONUS ROUND:
First up: what’s the best bus ride you’ve ever been on? As good as this? No way.
In with a flash at second is this Aldi fan account which keeps you updated on all the wonderful and/or weird things you can buy at Aldi — from washed salt to remote controlled Minions.
The latest Tweets from Aldi Of The Week (@aldi_otw). My fave, unexpected, item from each Aldi cataloguetwitter.com
Ringing it out in third, there’s Kanye, future startup king:
When Kanye West went on his most recent Twitter rant a few days ago, he resurfaced an organizational chart he made for…techcrunch.com
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