It’s no secret that social media love memes and memes love social media, as they feed and grow from each other.
Indeed, memes are great pieces of content to share on social media, since by nature they are:
Brief: images and videos make for good snacking content, that’s quick to consume, catering to always shorter attention spans.
Great explainers: leveraging pop culture reference, they are actually quite handy to explain difficult concepts in simple ways.
Viral: they tend to rely on humor, satire, sarcasm and self-mockery, making them powerfully shareable.
Here are two meme examples about the same, trending topic of cryptocurrency:
This one is joking exemplifies the use of “self-mockery” in a piece of content that would cater to cryptocurrency enthusiasts:
While that one compares the current status of the cryptocurrency market to a movie virtually everyone has seen — the Titanic — and would proably resonate better with cryptocurrency detractors;
Whatever you are trying to convey, chances are, there is a meme for that.
What’s in it for Social Media Managers: whether you are explaining something difficult, or trying to relate with your audience, memes are great inside jokes, which can tell a message quickly and easily to your target audience.
Twitter is a amazing place where all sorts of things happen very, very fast: if you ever dreamed of getting the best of Twitter printed as a physical object to keep track of that effervescence, we’ve got something for you.
140books is a collection of beautifully designed photobooks featuring the best tweets from celebrities of all horizons, from politics to entertainment & business, including:
President Donald J. Trump
Each book is a Hardcover 20 page photo book printed on 170gsm gloss paper in a landscape format (21cm x 28cm).
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As Artificial Intelligence (AI) progresses, voices are raising about technology taking up human jobs: but don’t worry, if you want to check whether you will have a robot boss anytime soon, WillRobotBeMyBoss.com has you covered!
Just type in your job title and discover your odds of ending up working for a bot.
Although Social Media Manager is not on their list, Public Relations Specialists and the results are pretty damn good:
Odds are also in your favor if you are a Marketing Manager or Advertising & Promotion Manager.
Let’s go for a Funday Friday with a great app by The Oatmeal (Matt Inman): Is your cat plotting to kill you?
In a traditional The Oatmeal style, the app is marketed as homicidal-cat detection software, which you can point at your cat to scan their intentions, and which is compatible with most cats (and also tigers) but not with dogs, children or livestock.
In fact, much like a Buzzfeed quizz, this allows you to answer a few simple and hilarious questions to determine whether your cat is plotting to kill you.
You can then upload a picture of your cat and share your results with yours friends.
What’s in it for Social Media Managers: an opportunity to engage with your audience on a fun note by asking them what score they got, and inspiration to create humorous pieces of content with a high viral potential.
Created & maintained by Steve Jain, 100 Million Books fosters wild serendipity rather than accurate relevance:
100 Million Books (is) a browser extension that shows you a new idea from a new book every time you open a new tab. There are no categories and no social features and no algorithms whatsoever. From fiction to nonfiction, old to new, science to literature, etc… it presents you the world.
This is not a technical choice but a philosophical statement, an attempt at making society technology advance society by reducing filter bubbles induced by algorithms & bots.
100 Million Books is available for free here for Chrome, and you can make it your homepage on any other browser with this URL: http://100millionbooks.org/standalone/.
Nowadays, everything seems to be about optimization — “harder, better, faster, stronger” would say Daft Punk — and although we do want to help you be the best at what you do with Loomly, we also think, as human beings, that sometimes it’s great to escape from this frenzy and get a bit more existential.
ShowerThoughts will provide you exactly with this much needed break, offering you philosophical thoughts when you open a new tab in your browser:
Sure, these philosophical thoughts are closer to sarcasm than nietzscheism, but they do a pretty good thought-provocative job.
Some of the philosophical thoughts we got when playing with this plugin were:
“I don’t know if I like popcorn while I watch movies, but I do know that I like popcorn while I watch pre-show entertainment at the movies.” — Artdilly
“Mars is a planet inhabited entirely by robots.” —Bohemian7
“We have woken up over 10000 times, but we’re still not used to it.” —ortseam98
“The first person ever to use sarcasm probably ended up sounding pretty stupid.” —Tokyoz
ShowerThoughts is available for free here in the Chrome Webstore.
Me.me Trends basically works like Google Trends: type in one or more terms and a graph will show you how popular your phrases have been over time, in the realm of memes.
If you have some time to waste kill, there is even an awesome “random” feature that will give you trends for a couple of related terms… when playing with it, we got:
Xbox vs. Nintendo vs. Playstation.
Donald Trump vs. Hilary Clinton.
Obama vs. Biden.
Fun fact: Me.me actually teamed up with data scientist and former NASA researcher Evan Freitag to create Me.me Trends!
What’s in it for Social Media Managers: beyond having fun or placing bets with your coworkers, Me.me Trends can prove very useful when creating posts for your audience, either when hesitating between two topics, or when trying to surf a trending topic.
It’s no secret that we, at Loomly, are big fans of Giphy, and yet, they keep amazing us with new products and ideas, just like they did with Giphy Says.
This free iOS app allows you to create your own GIFs with the camera and microphone of your iPhone, not only recording what you do as animated photos, but also turning what you say into captions!
You can use Giphy Says either with the front camera of your phone to create “Selfie”-style GIFs, or the back camera of your phone to shoot a scene, and of course, you can do so either in a portrait or a landscape format.
An Android version of Giphy Says is still to be announced.
What’s in it for Social Media Managers: an opportunity to make product shots or any announcement in an entirely new way, which will probably have an interesting impact in terms of engagement, as a brand-new format people are not yet used — blind — to.