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Top 5 latest Digital, Social Media & Web3 News in 5 minutes, to help your ministry stay on top of industry trends. 

This week, we have news about YouTube, Meta, Android, Threads, AI.

🗞️ News 1: YouTube launches Video Titles Suggestions feature based on Transcript   

Source: YouTube

YouTube has announced a release of a new feature that could be useful for churches and ministries as you upload your video on YouTube. YouTube will now suggest a video title for your video as you upload it based on the transcript and the video description. It will take a little bit of time to make those suggestions and it also has to be eligible as per YouTube’s policies. But once that criteria is met, you will see suggestions from YouTube. I think it’s an important thing for you to note down and pass on to your social media team because you know that YouTube title is one of the key aspects of any YouTube video and its success in the long term depends on the title. Now, if YouTube itself is going to give you a title suggestions, I would highly recommend that you consider taking that. Of course, it’s only a suggestion. You can decide whether to use it or not, but I would highly recommend you note the suggestions and then tweak it according to your need and requirement.

🗞️ News 2: Meta Quest VR to get Roblox; Meta introduces Avatar-Calling with Video   

Source: Meta | Facebook

Meta announced that Roblox, which is one of the biggest gaming players with more than 60 million users logging onto the platform every day, is coming to Meta Quest VR headsets. It will work in both Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest 3. This could be a big move if you are in a teenage or young adult’s ministry space, then you know how important it is for you to keep track of gaming news. Once this hits the Meta Quest stores, then there’s going to be a big adoption with respect to your audience. Meta also announced that they are releasing a feature within Instagram and messenger where if there is going to be a video call, you can attend that video call using your digital avatars. You might have noticed on Instagram and messenger that there is a new meta avatar feature. Now you can just swap your face. And you can bring in your digital avatar and your avatar will move according to your facial expressions and you can attend the call.

🗞️ News 3: Google says Android Play Store will get Blockchain-based Games & NFTs  

Source: Google

Google has announced that their Android Play Store will now have changes in its policy to accommodate blockchain-based digital content with in the apps and games that are available inside the Play Store. This is a big news for the Web3 community because this discussion has been ongoing for the last few months about how NFTs are going to be accommodated within the mobile ecosystem. This could be a big boost for the NFT space because of Android’s existing user base which is spread all over the world. The announcement from the company says “from re imagining traditional games with user owned content, to boosting user loyalty through NFT rewards, we are excited to see creative in-app experiences flourish and help developers expand their business”. Definitely a news for you to watch out if you’re exploring NFT-based digital content for your ministry.

🗞️ News 4: Threads App from Instagram Gets 100 Million Users in Less than 5 days       

Source: BBC

The new Threads app from Meta breaks the record (of ChatGPT) for the fastest growing app in terms of users by gaining the first 100 million user sin less than five days. Of course, the big difference is, ChatGPT had no backing of a big app like Instagram behind it. Here, Threads has been very well structured in such a way that almost every Instagram user gets to know about the app and goes and registers on the app. So they had a little bit of help, let me say. So it’s not a fair comparison. But still, it’s a good growth and the app looks good. I’ve been using it for a while. If you have not yet registered on Threads, I highly recommend you check it out. It’s an interesting app and it is positioned as a competitor for Twitter. Which I think it is in some ways, but it is definitely different from Twitter. It is still evolving. It’s a new app. It doesn’t have all the features of Twitter yet, but definitely worth checking out.

🗞️ News 5: [AI News] Elon Musk Announces xAI Team; Google’s New NotebookLM AI app 

Source: xAI | Google

In our AI news roundup, we have a couple of exciting news items. Elon Musk announces the ‘formation’ of his new AI company. That’s the word he uses, the formation. And basically, it’s an announcement that lists out the team behind his new company called xAI. And most of the team members are from either Google or OpenAI so he lists out a team that looks very good and very promising and the announcement says that the goal of xAI is “to understand the true nature of the universe”. That’s an interesting announcement. And Google launches a new note-taking AI app called Notebook LM (LM standing for language model). And this is a unique notebook app. You would find it interesting when you check it out. You can sign up for the wait list. It just picks up all the information that you feed it within notebook pages and it analyzes and gives you results.

Connected Church News: Digital, Social Media & Web3 – Week 3, Jul 2023
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