Snapchat: the next big thing for agencies?

Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. Instagram.

These are all social networks that both brands and agencies use every day to connect with their audiences – but what about Snapchat?

A new article by Adweek suggests that agencies are turning to Snapchat, which describes itself as ‘the best way to reach 13 to 34 year olds’.

Made for mobile, Snapchat allows users to create ‘snaps’, which are shared with friends in real-time and are viewable for up to ten seconds.

It also lets you create ‘stories’ created from snaps, which are viewable for 24 hours, and offer more potential to agencies and brands to get their content out there, while the time limit encourages a more experimental approach to what they produce.

Find out more about how Snapchat is on the rise for agencies here.

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Street art has been taken to a whole new level with a unique ‘audiovisual’ tricycle project.

Suaveciclos, devised by Ygor Marotta and Ceci Soloaga, sees the artists travelling around the world on their innovative bikes, which they’ve augmented with computers, speakers, and projectors.

This upgrade means the tricycles can project colourful animations onto their surroundings, and the artists can manipulate them to interact with passers-by in real time.

See Suaveciclos in action below and let us know what you think of the fun idea.

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Futuristic jobs that actually exist

Mashable has put together a great list of futuristic-sounding jobs that some lucky people actually have.

From certified UAV pilots to big data architects, the selection recognises how the world of work is turning more towards sustainability, data, and of course, innovative tech.

Here are some of our favourites:

3D-printed clothing designer

3D printing is becoming increasingly accessible, being used in construction and the creative industries. With 3D-printed clothes already popping up on the catwalk and the technology taking the accessories sector by stealth, this really could be the future of fashion.

Smart grid solution architect

One of the more obscure titles on the list, a smart grid solution architect devises ways to combine green energy with conventional infrastructure, preparing our cities for a more clean way of living.

Alternative currency specialist

Bitcoin and other alternative currencies may be a flash in the pan, but they might also change the face of banking forever. Naturally, then, we would need financial advisors and analysts with expertise in this area.

Read the whole list here and tell us which job role you would pick – or let us know if you’ve got a great futuristic job.

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Google’s clickable paper posters

An innovative poster campaign by Google involves one community in the local issues that matter to them most.

Google Impact Challenge’s ‘digital paper’ posters enable Bay Area locals to vote for participating charities, simply by pressing colourful icons on ads at bus stops, coffee shops, and other community gathering points.

The organisations are in the running for millions of dollars of grant funding; some of the schemes involve setting up education centres and helping to finance small businesses.

Designed to embody Google’s ‘commitment to equal access for everyone’, the posters aim to bring the challenge to the community, rather than merely carrying out an online vote.

Find out more about the campaign here and tell us if you’d like to see digital paper posters where you live.

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What’s your social media age?

Have you ever wondered what your true social media age is?

The Guardian’s new quiz finds out how old you really are in this new-fangled digital world of ours.

Being ‘trendy’, ‘hip’, and ‘down with the kids’ is often linked to the language you use on social networks: knowing your #YOLO from your LOL can determine your follower count and popularity in this day and age.

But of course, the quiz is tongue in cheek – play it here and tell us your social media age.

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Famous websites – 1980s-style

If you’ve ever wondered what our favourite websites would look like Eighties-style, there’s a YouTube channel just for you.

Taking nostalgia to a whole new level, SquirrelMonkeyCom’s retro videos reimagine Instagram, Google, and Spotify complete with floppy disks, early Bitmap fonts, and the high-pitched scream of dial-up modems.

Full of references to Casio, Ronald Reagan, and the mullet hairstyle, the videos take a tongue-in-cheek look at the popular sites – and how we use them.

Take a look at the videos here and tell us what other sites should get the retro treatment.

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A hotel managed by robots

If you’re a fan of the Channel 4 series Humans, you may well be intrigued by the latest development in artificial intelligence: a hotel managed by robots.

The Henn-na Hotel (literally ‘strange hotel’) in Sasebo, Japan, has recently welcomed its first customers, who get to indulge in an experience entirely staffed by a crew of robots.

Guests can check in with the help of a dinosaur dressed like a concierge, access their rooms with face-recognition technology, and sit back while a range of robots, humanoid or otherwise, take care of the rest.

Watch how this unique hotel works below and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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