It’s Official – This week in social media –  24 June 201

Your weekly summary of official social media news from the major social media platforms.

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Coming in 2020: Calibra

Big news with Facebook announcing Calibra, a newly formed Facebook subsidiary whose goal is to provide financial services that will let people access and participate in the Libra network.

The first product Calibra will introduce is a digital wallet for Libra, a new global currency powered by blockchain technology. The wallet will be available in Messenger, WhatsApp and as a standalone app expected to launch in 2020.

Of course there’s tonnes of analysis on whether it’s a real cryptocurrency or blockchain and the hurdles such an initiative will face but the key components are detailed in the Facebook newsroom.

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Boost with Facebook touches down in Chicago

77% of small businesses on Facebook in Illinois say that an individual’s social and digital media skills are important when hiring new employees. Through Boost Facebook is continuing to train more people and equip them with digital skills.

Facebook already has partnerships with two local organisations focused on digital skills training Chicago Codes and City Colleges of Chicago due to kick off that include an 11-week coding bootcamp and digital marketing curriculum covering topics like social media marketing, content strategy and branding.

To make digital skills training accessible for small businesses Facebook has created 22 new, free courses on topics like ‘How Instagram Can Help Your Business’ and ‘Facebook Ads and Your Business Goals.’ The new curriculum features 40% video content and 80 new lessons, each condensed to five minutes or less to maximize efficiency available at at the end of the month in English, and in 33 additional languages by the end of the year.

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How #E32019 played out on Twitter

The gaming community around the world came to Twitter last week to chat about all of the exciting announcements, reveals and happenings from the annual E3 expo (@E3) in Los Angeles.

Find out the most tweeted about in everything gaming from upcoming to announcements in the full story.


Ace the Interview: Tackle Tough Questions and Prep Like a Pro

A sneak peak of the expert advice featured in the new LinkedIn video tool that teaches people how to nail some of the most commonly asked interview questions.

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Lots on the Google blog again this week.

Meet David Feinberg, head of Google Health

First, an interview with the head of Google Health and how it is using AI, product expertise and hardware to take on big healthcare challenges.

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Stories of Yoga on Google Arts and Culture  

For yoga lovers, a new collection called Stories of Yoga, takes you through the history, culture and science behind the practice.

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Teach yourself(ie) how to snap the perfect pic

Some tips on how to take the perfect selfie.

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Building the Future of the Classroom with Google for Education

In education, the recent Future of the Classroom Global Report identifies emerging trends in education, backed by research. Google has a number of new technologies like virtual field trips, free online teaching and a coding curriculum. There’s heaps more for educators.

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Helping kids learn to evaluate what they see online

The new media literacy lessons developed for Be Internet Awesome makes it easy and fun for kids to learn key skills for evaluating what they see online. These lessons complement the program’s digital safety and citizenship topics, which help kids explore the online world in a safe, confident manner.

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Make every story a performance with help from Kristen Bell

Google has teamed up with Kristen Bell and Google Home Mini so that you can grab a Little Golden Books and say, “Hey Google, let’s read along with Disney.” As you read aloud, your Google Home will play sound effects and music to bring more magic to the story. It recognizes where you are in the book, so if you skip ahead or read your favourite part a few times, it can keep up with you and play the right sound effects. If you pause for any reason, background music will play until you’re ready to begin again.

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A mom-and-mom card shop draws from experience

A Google case study from a couple who noticed a deficit in queer-friendly products on the market when they opened a card shop and used it to fill a niche. By using Google My Business they were able to attract more retailers, business contacts and customers with online reviews, photos and maps. Online traffic grew to account for half of their business.

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