Some lesser known features of Instagram Stories

Now that you’ve hopefully started playing around with Instagram Stories, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share one or two features that some may not be aware of. So let’s get into it. Solid background colour. You can create a solid background colour by taking a random picture, selecting the drawing tool, choosing the colour you want and holding down on the screen. Your … Continue reading Some lesser known features of Instagram Stories

From ‘Shares’ to ‘Comments’ – conversation is Facebook’s new social currency

In 2018, Mark Zuckerberg will be making some big changes to Facebook. Gone are the glory days for businesses and brands. Facebook’s News Feed algorithms will have no time for likes and shares in 2018 – this beast can only be fed on conversation. These changes have rattled some. But the updates are in response to the Fake News epidemic of 2016 and 2017. Over … Continue reading From ‘Shares’ to ‘Comments’ – conversation is Facebook’s new social currency

Knowing your audience

Social media, hey. Who isn’t using it these days? The majority of people have had some form of social media account, in one form or another, and most museums have one too. Some museums have more than one, in fact, seeing as there’s so many platforms to choose from. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube, Snapchat, YikYak, the list goes on. There’s one theme that can … Continue reading Knowing your audience

The social museum, online

Back when I worked at the Museum of the Order of St John, managing their social media channels, I focused very heavily on communicating with the online audience. One of my favorite things to do was to get the audience talking and engaging with our collections, online, through social media. It’s something that I’m really encouraging other museums to do, at most of my workshops, … Continue reading The social museum, online

Museum digitisation in practice

Example One ‘Volunteers in the Theatre of War‘, Museum of the Order of St John Example Two ‘Ritual Ewer‘, The Smithsonian X3D Example Three ‘Quagga Skeleton Project‘, The Grant Museum Example Four ‘Musical Instrument‘, Greek Folklore Museum Example Five ‘Granite head of Amenemhat III‘, British Museum Example Six ‘In the Horniman‘, The Horniman Museum Example Seven ‘The Hunterian on Tumblr‘, The Hunterian Museum Continue reading Museum digitisation in practice

Reimagining the Louvre on Minecraft

If you remember, a few weeks ago I wrote an article about how museums are using Minecraft to engage their audience with their collections. I decided to cover that topic in my first workshop as the MDO for Digital Technologies, and what better way to illustrate my point than to built my own imagining of the Louvre’s glass pyramids on the game! Here’s what I … Continue reading Reimagining the Louvre on Minecraft

Minecraft and Museums

I thought that I’d kick off the new digital technology theme for this blog with an interesting topic – Minecraft in museums. I know. I know. Video-games in museums. Why are us museum people always trying to make museums “cool”. I hear you. But, to be fair, Minecraft and museums could have a potentially awesome relationship – one that more museums should be exploring. The … Continue reading Minecraft and Museums