To kick things off this week… Are you a YouTube thumbnail champion? Take the test
to find out! PS. My highest score was 5 (must do better!)
🔥 GEEKOUT HOT 10
- GREAT READ: The professionalisation of becoming a social media manager
- Twitter launched new in-app Shopping features
- Mark Zuckerberg revealed his plans for the future of Facebook
- Snapchat is making SnapMaps much more useful
- LinkedIn is quietly testing a Premium News subscription service
- TikTok unveiled a bunch of useful new features for live streaming
- WhatsApp has improved its archive chat feature
- Pinterest added new monetisation options for creators
- Instagram is testing fade in/out feature for audio in Reels
- Facebook launched cloud gaming on iOS
True story from my week… I opened up [WELL-KNOWN SOCIAL MEDIA APP NAME REDACTED] and found my account had been logged out. I re-entered my login details and was then presented with a message telling me “Your account has been permanently banned due to multiple violations of our Community Guidelines”. I spent a short while trying to recall anything I had done which might warrant such a harsh punishment, but couldn’t think of anything.
After a few calls and emails to contacts at ******, and a day without my account, I was told my fate. My account was fully reinstated. Reason given for ban? Apparently, the platform’s auto-moderation systems flagged my account as belonging to an underage user (<13) based on content I had posted.
I’m not sure which is worse, not having access to my account OR my content looking like the sort stuff an 11 year old might post 😏
💎 HIDDEN GEM | Advanced Social Media Strategy Certification
NEW Course Content: Hootsuite’s super-useful platform picker framework - A handy guide to help you decide which social networks your business NEEDS to be on.
FREE STUFF FOR SOCIAL GEEKS…
🎙 GEEKOUT LIVE ON TWITTER SPACES
SPECIAL GUEST: Sophia Smith-Galer, BBC World 🌍
WHEN: Monday 2 August @ 4pm (BST)
Join me LIVE on Twitter Spaces next week when I will be joined by the BBC’s Sophia Smith-Galer. We will dig into the role of being a journalist in the era of TikTok.
We will also get Sophia’s take on how the way we use social media is rapidly changing, and the role and responsibility big social media platforms have in fixing the long list of problems they are often blamed for bringing about.
🔊 GEEKOUT PODCAST - NEW EPISODES!
Don’t miss the NEW episodes of my Geekout podcast (Season 3).
You can download and listen to episodes 1 & 2 now (free):
Episode 1: The future of messaging with Will Cathcart (Head of WhatsApp)
Episode 2: The social shopping revolution with Shimona Mehta (MD, Shopify)
🎉 GEEKOUT GROUP ON FACEBOOK HITS 25K MEMBERS
My Geekout group on Facebook just passed the 25,000 members milestone this week. A big thank you to all of you who are part of the community. Each month, the community generates 10,000 reactions, 3,000 comments, and over 600+ new posts.
Before we jump into this week’s TOP STORIES, here are a few other things I stumbled upon around the web this week:
P.S. 🗣 Don’t forget to join my weekly Geekout debrief LIVE on Twitter Spaces every Friday at 4pm (BST). We will walk through this week’s edition of this newsletter, discussing all the top stories and interesting NEW features spotted on the big social platforms.