Reclaim your Instagram data, Snapchat’s new Spectacles, plus Cats, Weddings and Facebook’s Privacy Woes: The Week in Review

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Mindset Digital // April 27, 2018

Our weekly roundup brings you a list of curated content in social, technology and Mindset Digital happenings from need-to-know to silly social trends.

Last week in social…

Instagram allows you to export all of your data…

Instagram users can now ask the photo-forward social network for a copy of all of their data from the site. Using a new tool, Instagram users can request a copy of their photos, comments, profile info, DMs, archived stories – even the names of followers and of those you follow. Once you make a request, you’ll receive an email within 48 hours with a link to download your content.  The move is in part to stay compliant with Europe’s GDPR privacy law, which goes into effect on May 25th. (…via Search Engine Journal)

Snapchat testing 6-second unskippable ads…

Though Snachat once eschewed commercials on its platform, the company is reportedly experimenting with non-skippable 6-second ads. The test is set to start in mid-May, and looks to determine how many ads a user can endure on the platform. Snap posted a loss of $350 million in Q4, 2017, and has had several high profile departures. And some users are still grumbling about the apps unpopular redesign. (…via Mashable)

Facebook’s original video strategy involves cats and weddings…


Facebook continues to pour money into original programming for its Watch tab. The latest shows include a property built around popular Insta-cat Nala and a reality TV style wedding show called “Help Us Get Married!” Metrics on how many people are watching programming on Facebook have not yet been made available…(via Engadget)

Last week in technology…

Snapchat launches v 2.0 Spectacles

Snapchat’s new version of its connected Spectacles hit the market today for about $150. The new version addresses many pain points from the original Spectacle launched about two years ago: users can now shoot photos in addition to video,  synch faster to the app and are lighter to wear. They can also be used underwater, come in a wider range of colors and offer prescription options. The company only sold 220,000 of their quirky v1 spectacles, including one to Mindset Digital creative director Pete Brown, who gave them to his 14-year-old daughter for Christmas and hasn’t seen them since. I’m not mad. Just disappointed. (via TechCrunch Gadgets)

“Expiring emails” part of Confidential Mode in Gmail redesign…

Part of Gmail’s redesign includes features previously only available in encrypted programs, including the ability to password protect emails, prevent them from being forwarded, unsend emails and set expiration dates when an email will disappear from an inbox. The features theoretically could prevent data dumps like the high profile hacks of John Podesta’s email. (via Mashable)

 

Last week at Mindset Digital…

The Mindset Digital podcast returned this week with an episode about Facebook’s privacy woes. Plus, a new Mindsetter takes up the “Something on the Internet Guaranteed to make You Laugh” challenge, Pete wonders why his tumblr about reading glasses hasn’t taken off, and a surprise cameo appearance by a podcast favorite.

Thank you, Internet!

9-year-old Alice Kassnove wrote her own New Yorker cartoon captions for a storytelling class in her school. Her mom posted them online,  where Jimmy Kimmel found them. The rest is hilarious history.

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