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Hi everyone!

Since Lina is (hopefully) enjoying a well deserved week of vacation, I took over the newsletter duty. I'm afraid I don't have Lina's wits, so bear with me for this edition.

It was as a rather quite week overall - is everyone busy with the Olympics? 😁 Some of that found it's way into Rocks Report no 14 - read on to see what else was going on. I certainly wasn't boring.

Rock on & read you in Slack!



Snapchatters vs Instagrammers - who will win?

Some channels were discussing the one important question: What is better - Instagram or Snapchat? We found some PROs and CONs - but we couldn’t find a conclusion. Maybe you want to join the debate?

After that we started a discussion on how good or bad it is to be dependent on third party platforms - the so called social networks. Come and join us :)

Channel Rockstar: @marcbiskup. Check out the channel for more or contact Mark for questions.


What's Facebook doing besides copying Snapchat? Fighting AdBlockers among other things.

  • In case you were wondering, Facebook has a few rules to determine, whether something is a clickbait, @tilman shared an article from Fortune about it. Go and read it.
  • @mattnavarra shared a few new things happening at Zuck’s big blue: FB keeps copying Snapchat, roles out new business Pages and FB is getting into fight with adblockers.
  • If you have any thoughts on the FB vs Adblocking issue, please join the conversation.
  • Channel Rockstar: @davidtvrdon. Check out the channel for more or contact David for questions.


Guess everyone's out on assignment ...

Unfortunately, it’s been very silent this week… But we’ll get back in the game with full strength next week instead! \m/

Channel Rockstar: @henrik.stahl. Check out the channel for more or contact Henrik for questions.


Looking for funding for a new startup? Here are two opportunities!



Channel Rockstar: @jankoenigCheck out the channel for more or contact Jan for questions.


Here's you'r chance to participate in the Olympics - as a storyteller.

@martinhoffmann shared NYT’s innovative new format The Fine Line, covering some aspects of the Olympics in a brilliant way. @linatimm noted that “it seems the Olympics bring newsrooms to experiment a lot more with storytelling: quizzes in notifications, messaging and bots.”

What are your thoughts on the experiments and innovations related to the Olympics? Join the discussion!

Channel Rockstar: @henrik.stahl. Check out the channel for more or contact Henrik for questions.


Want to talk to Edward Snowden? Join the tooltime-Channel 😉

The tooltime channel was rather quite this week.

We only had a few more comments on the discussion of the tool by CIR for measuring impact, posted by Madalina Ciobanu, but then some last minute discussion snuck its way in.

When Anthony De Rosa asked for a security channel to get advise on best practice for encryption, a Snowden-Moment happend. Turns out Max Quaye is NOT Edward Snowden, but knows a lot about online security and had some good advice.

Channel Rockstar: @tilman. Check out the channel for more or contact Tilman for questions.


What's the case with Audio on Twitter?

We started a discussion, which would also fit into video. Just because Twitter is a network where videos autoplay, Lina came up with the following question: Is it really the case that we do not need audio in videos anymore? Different arguments on that point. Check them out!

Channel Rockstar: @marcbiskup took over from @simon. this week, due to illness. Check out the channel for more or contact Simon for questions.


Video is the current trend, but what about audio?

Both viral video content and mobile video behaviours have been discussed. Are there any journalistic incentives to craft videos that can be viewed without turning on the sound, besides exploiting the video being the next big thing-trend?

The answer is yes, says @martinoswald who accepts that video might be the big trend of the moment, but many posts perform better, if they are made with pictures or graphic. Got something to say to that? Joing the discussion!

A final tooltip/recommendation for intuitive video creation and editing: Wochit, strongly recommended by Henrik. Here's why.

Channel Rockstar: @henrik.stahl. Check out the channel for more or contact Henrik for questions.



Facebook allows for more viewing control in VR/360

Facebook added two new features to its 360 & VR section:

  1. The heatmap, which makes it possible for content producers and publishers to detect what the users look at.
  2. The guide which gives the opportunity to select special points of interest that viewers definitely shall see. On the downside, this foils the idea of the user being in charge and deciding all alone where he wants to look.
What do you think about it?

Channel Rockstar: @flight_1. Check out the channel for more or contact Susanne for questions.

 GIF of the week 

Let’s remember why it’s called “catcontent”.

carefully selected by @textautomat. 

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These people contributed to this newsletter, give them all your love as they clean up our Slack for you!
@madalina.ciobanu@kollege@textautomat@thomasweyres@davidtvrdon@trotzendorff@marcbiskup@marckt@martinhoffmann@textautomat@flight_1@tilman@simon@jeremy and @jankoenig.
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