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Google plants positivity into newsfeeds – 23.08.2018

Google plants positivity into newsfeeds

 Google hopes to tackle the burden of bad news in our daily feeds by introducing a new digital assistant that makes positive news easier to find. By asking, ‘Hey Google, tell me something good’, users will receive a brief news summary about the people and projects helping to do good in the world.

Read more here. 

* This update from Google comes at a time when tech brands are having to demonstrate how they can have a positive impact on society. Google recognises that this venture won’t necessarily fix everything, but this is an interesting experiment given our current media landscape.*

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 Hamilton police launch social media campaign to ID shoplifters

 Hamilton police have launched a weekly social media campaign to identify shoplifting suspects in the city. With #WhoDidItWednesday (cringe!), the police service will be posting photos of shoplifting suspects caught on surveillance camera on Twitter and Facebook.

Read more here. 

*This is an interesting way of making use of the popularity of social media, and more specifically, the use of hashtags to help fight crime. It’d be interesting to see whether crime-solving rates have been boosted by the use of social .*

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 The New York Public Library debuts Insta-story novels

 The New York Public Library has launched celebrated novels in the form of Instagram stories. The project will transform classic tales into Insta-optimised edits, where each page of the book is transformed into an Instagram story slide.

Read more here. 

* With teenagers’ attention spans monopolised by social media, brands are drawing inspiration from their social habits to augment storytelling. This is one of many initiatives which aims to bring the art of reading into the digital age.*

 

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