Not surprising then that in our Digital Leaders survey, publishers say they will be increasingly focusing on these platforms. 56% say Facebook Messenger will be an important or very important part of their offsite initiatives this year. Other new platforms they are planning to experiment with include Kik, Viber, Telegram, Line and WeChat. People increasingly prefer to share content not on big open networks – where they may have a very large and wide network – but within apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger where they can have more control. Users of WhatsApp, for example, are over 60% more likely to be sharing photos than Facebook users. Expect controversies over which fact-checking services are used, who is funding them and why.
Her dissertation research focused on feminist interpretation and using walking tours to expand this narrative and break down barriers to the museum. Molly Shandis a recent MA Museum Studies graduate from the University of Leicester, with a particular interest in the ludic role of the museum. Her research is multidisciplinary, having obtained an undergraduate degree in Interior Architecture and Design from Arts University Bournemouth.
Squeezed profit margins and an oversupply of news online means consolidation is on the cards. Publishers need scale to balance the power of the tech platforms and to achieve economies around new technology and skills. Scale will increasingly mean operating across multiple platforms so expect TV/print mergers, challenging regulators to think differently about issues such as media ownership and pluralism. At the same time, the era of VC money flowing freely into pure media start-ups will come to an end as it becomes clear that the majority of ad revenue will continue to go to tech platforms. With media start-ups looking to be acquired, strategist Kevin Anderson predicts that “there will be a wave of acquisitions mostly by big entertainment and broadcasting firms”.
This IT dinosaur is roaring back to life
The ability to use notifications to summon an audience for live audio broadcasts could be a game changer as discovery has been a significant problem until now. But Facebook audio could ultimately be a new outlet for a wide range of podcasts, which so far have not managed to generate the same level of virality as videos or news stories. Facebook will make live audio more widely available early in 2017 and if successful we can expect Twitter and other services to follow suit. This year we’ll get more used to calling a cab via a messaging service, most of which already have integrations with Uber and Lyft.
- While Google Glasses fell at the hurdle of social acceptability, the success of Pokemon Go in 2016, where animated characters appear in real life locations, has stimulated new excitement about overlays in smartphones and watches.
- We investigate attitudes to news delivered by social media, and subsequent verification strategies applied, or not applied, by individuals.
- London Met opens new Digital Forensics Laboratory The new lab will facilitate impactful research, industry collaboration and opportunities for continuing professional development.
- An analysis task involving news presented via Facebook reveals a diverse range of judgement forming strategies, with participants relying on personal judgements as to plausibility and scepticism around sources and journalistic style.
An interdisciplinary approach is needed if some progress is going to be made in the social media space, feels Julian Sanchez, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a public policy think tank. “We need social media where people listen to each other, where they can find common ground, and work together.” While social media has some societal benefits, it can have some very harmful effects on people, says John Carroll, a media analyst and journalist based in Boston. Despite its warts, social media and online environments have clear benefits that are also worth preserving. One of the most popular cures for an ailing computer, or Hollywood movie franchise, is often a reboot. Some of our previous students’ project work has led to journal and conference publication, giving them a head start in their careers.
Online Safety Bill set to be delayed by at least three months
As if the threat of terrorism is not enough, our increased reliance on technology is making us more open to cyber-attacks and information wars. A spectacular attack on a government or major financial institution is a distinct possibility in the year ahead. A report by Merrill Lynch projected that driverless taxis will account for over 43% of all new car sales within the next two decades.
New air quality sensor at London Met now live
VR 360 is a news site dedicated to providing news, analysis and opinion on virtual reality, augmented reality and spatial computing, one of the hottest trends in tech today. We take the best industry research and put our own spin on it, report from the frontline of virtual reality, as well as feature contributions from companies at the heart of this revolution. Interested in gaming will need a compelling reason to invest their time and attention whether that be 360 degree video tours, news or sport experiences, or the kind of saliraganar.com immersive social worlds that Facebook are planning to build. Some argue that this year will see the beginning of VR’s transition from a curiosity into something more tangible. Others say that fully immersive use cases will always be too limiting and the future lies in a world where digital experiences augment rather than replace our reality. This may be wishful thinking with others pointing out that the discussion of fake news may further harm the public’s trust in media or cause people to turn away from news altogether.