It might be Friday the 13th, but we’re choosing to look at the bright side of things today. The sun is shining and the weekend is just hours away. Even though the news this week has been full of stories that are both tough to read and hear, we’re trying to keep a positive outlook.
Here’s what’s on the docket today: more coronavirus updates, Twitter promotes an edit feature (sort of), LinkedIn tries something new on Spotify, and we’re wrapping things up with some heartwarming Friday Fun that’s sure to put a smile on your face!
Apple News Adds a Special Coverage Section for Keeping Up with Coronavirus
If you’re looking for one handy spot to keep up with all things coronavirus, Apple News has developed a special coverage section of the app for just that reason. The special coverage will include informative, fact-based stories from reputable publishers, says Apple, curated by Apple News’ team of editors.
The launch of the new dedicated section comes as social media channels struggle to police fact vs. fiction about COVID-19. Facebook, Twitter and Google are still working with the World Health Organization to remove misinformation and to direct users to trusted resources.
Apple News users will be greeted by a banner when opening the app that will take them an organized roundup of recent news stories and other information about the pandemic, beginning with a list of the latest headlines.
Twitter Promotes an Edit Feature…But it’s Not What You Think
While Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been pretty firm about not making an edit button available to users, the social media giant promoted another company that’s made one. But there’s a catch — it’s not quite the edit button we were all hoping for.
— Twitter Dev (@TwitterDev) March 10, 2020
Brizzly’s “edit feature” is available to subscribers of its Brizzly+ platform, and the company touts it as “the closest thing to an edit button for Twitter,” with features to undo, redo, and automatically delete tweets.
The feature allows users to recall or “undo” tweets within a certain period of time after hitting the send button, up to ten minutes. After this time period has lapsed, users can’t edit tweets after publishing.
Would you pay a premium subscription for access to Brizzly+ and it’s “edit” feature?
New Report Shows Cybercrime is Up Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak
Sadly, some bad actors have taken advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to execute cybercrimes against those seeking information or reassurance.
A new report has found that cybercriminals from around the globe have launched phishing and malware schemes to steal information and funds from users. Coronavirus-related websites created in January and February of this year “are 50% more likely to be malicious” than other websites created during the same time period according to the report.
In one instance, a campaign in Italy disguised itself as correspondence from the World Health Organization, complete with a malicious attachment. According to the report, “there have been over 4,000 coronavirus-related domains registered globally.”
If you’re seeking information, be careful where you click — be wary of attachments/downloads and always double check the domain or source.
LinkedIn Launches Career Development Playlists on Spotify
LinkedIn is trying something new — the company has launched a series of playlists on Spotify to soundtrack your professional development.
From “Women at Work” to “Never Give Up” and “New Job. Fresh Start”, there’s a little something for everyone, handpicked by the LinkedIn marketing team.
What do you think of LinkedIn’s newest marketing move? We think it’s fun — a step outside the organization’s typical campaigns yet still in alignment with the overall brand.
Facebook Launches Business Resources Hub for Organizations Impacted by Coronavirus
With more and more shutdowns happening across the globe, Facebook is looking for ways to support businesses navigating the pandemic.
The company’s new Business Resource Hub is home to tips and links for brands facing business challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The hub features resources and recommendations to help businesses both big and small keep in touch with customers and stay on track.
The hub also includes links to official information about the novel coronavirus from official sources to keep businesses informed.
A New App Gives You Song Suggestions for Handwashing
“Wash Your Lyrics” is a new app rapidly gaining popularity as the media continues to stress the importance of handwashing to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
William Gibson, a 17-year-old developer based in the U.K., created the app for anyone who’s tired of singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice (as per the CDC’s recommendation).
The app uses a National Health Service infographic and pairs it with popular song lyrics of your choice to make handwashing just a teeny bit more fun.
Here are some of our favourites:
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 10, 2020
but above all this, i wish you wash your hands pic.twitter.com/6ddbm3zEP2
— New Jersey (@NJGov) March 10, 2020
Back in February, a social media campaign asking for birthday well-wishes for a Canadian veteran went viral. The campaign asked for 100 birthday cards for Fred Arsenault in honour of his 100th birthday, and the expectations were truly exceeded.
Over 90,000 cards addressed to Fred arrived in advance of his big day — check out the heartwarming video below!
And we’re happy to say that one of the many is a card from Team Spodek & Co.!