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Medium’s 👏 new 👏 Claps 👏 reaction 👏 button 👏 lets 👏 you 👏 applaud 👏 authors 👏 you 👏 love

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Medium — home of the tedious self-congratulatory thinkpiece — has introduced a new reaction button that lets you ‘clap’ (or 👏) posts you enjoy.

What makes Medium’s clap feature special is that it isn’t a one-time thing. If you really like a post, you can applaud multiple times by mashing the clap button like an old person trying fruitlessly to use a touchscreen ATM.

Katie Zhu, who works for Medium in product and engineering, explained that the new feature was because recommends felt a bit too cheap. A recommend for a piss-taking, three minute post (like this one) is equally as valuable as a recommend on a more thoughtful, long-form article.

The Recommend — our version of a Like or upvote or fav — has been our explicit feedback signal since almost day one. Explicit feedback is the most valuable signal, both for authors and the Medium system. But a simple, binary vote has its limitations. It shows you how many people thought something was good, not how good was it?

In short, claps will let you give authors more accurate feedback on a post, and only the author can see how many claps you offer. Medium also plans to use claps in discovery, ensuring that the most appreciated stories rise to the stop.

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YouTube returns to the Amazon Echo Show

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When the Amazon Echo Show first debuted, it included a YouTube feature, as is right and proper for a device with a screen capable of playing video and connecting to the internet. But Google quickly nixed the Echo Show YouTube player, since it was a non-standard presentation of the company’s stuff which did not comply with their terms of use.

Now, YouTube is back on Echo Show (via Voicebot), and it looks a heck of a lot different. It now much more closely resembles what you’d expect to find when browsing YouTube on the web or on a tablet, and the new look is clearly intended to bring the YouTube app on Echo Show in compliance with the requirements set forth for its use by Google and YouTube.

The original look was probably better suited to a device that’s designed to be used primarily via voice, but the new one feels more like the YouTube people know and love, so it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Still, it’s good that it’s back – the Echo Show was born for YouTube, as an idle time consumption device that likely often lives atop kitchen counters.

Amazon Echo Show now also offers Vimeo and Dailymotion video access, the company notes. A spokesperson provided the following statement:

We’re excited to offer customers the capability to watch even more video content from sources such as Vimeo, YouTube, and Dailymotion on Echo Show. More video sources will be added over time. 

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Instagram Stories gets Stop-Motion to help create GIFs easily: Here’s how it works

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Stop-Motion lets you convert images into cool GIFs.

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After introducing spooky filters for Halloween, Instagram has now introduced a new tool for Stories that lets you create GIFs easily. The tool, called Stop-Motion, is available in the latest update to Instagram version 21.0 on both iOS and Android. Here’s how you can use the new tool to make GIFs.

Whether you are on iOS or Android, head straight to the respective app store and update Instagram. Ensure that you are on the latest version before you start exploring the new GIF maker. Once you update, open the Story camera through Instagram. You can also swipe right from the home page to launch the camera.

Under the virtual shutter button, you will find multiple options, including the newly added Stop-Motion tool. Now, what the tool essentially does is capture a series of images, and stitch them together as a GIF. ALSO READ: Instagram introduces Superzoom feature: Here’s how to use it
<![CDATA[]]> You can easily capture more than 20 images for a GIF, however, it also depends on the storage available on your device. Once you capture images, the tool automatically converts it into a GIF. Watch the clip below to understand better how it works.

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There are a few caveats here, you can not choose from the images you capture for the final GIF. This means, if you want to capture someone dancing, you will have to be specific while you are clicking the image as there is no way to pick and choose from the lot. Additionally, you can not choose existing images from your library for the GIF. As with other Stories, you can add text, filter, and other things to accessorize it. ALSO READ: You can now go live on Instagram with a friend

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5 WhatsApp games you should play with your colleagues

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You’ve got to keep things interesting.

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We are part of the generation where within 30 minutes of Beyoncé announcing her pregnancy to her 92 million Instagram followers, the picture received over 1.4 million likes. By the end of the day, the singer had broken the record for the most liked picture on Instagram, hitting the 6 million mark. We are the generation that may not have physically visited a place, but in pictures, there is no detail we don’t know. And so, for a generation like ours, holding the attention span can be difficult.

Which is why, an ideal way to keep the attention of a millenial with you is by leveraging the platforms they are already hooked to. WhatsApp is one of such platform. In fact, a big lot of the Gen Y and the Big Boomers are already joining the millenials in terms of addiction to the platform. After all, it has a user base of one billion people. So, if you have a team, and a WhatsApp group, here are five fun games you can play with your colleagues to stay productive.

Connections

How to play:

Write three clues which have a common connect. Ask your audience to find that connect and share their answers. Reply every answer and try to create engagement by providing hints. Ideal for sharing general company or product- related information such as things that three key members of your team have in common or three features your competitor’s products don’t offer. ALSO READ: WhatsApp ‘delete for everyone’ feature officially rolled out

What happens next?

How to play:

Share a comic strip or a small snippet, which highlights a situation or a problem and ask your audience for solutions. Ideal for process-related training like customer support or compliance such as a role-playing with a difficult customer complaint or tough sales prospect. You can even try role playing with popular office characters such as Dilbert to give it a fun element. You can use tools like Toondoo, StoryboardThat, Canva to create comic strips. ALSO READ: Mark Zuckerberg and family dressed up as vikings this Halloween

Factoid

How to play:

Share a product name along with a resource file, like a pdf, video, and ask the followers to share interesting information or facts related to it. Just one rule – you cannot repeat information shared by others. Ideal for product training such as asking them to share information about the latest product range or what happened during a recent visit by management. ALSO READ: McDonald’s India is helping Google, Apple out in the cheese and burger debate

Word Jumble

How to play:

Jumble up a word and ask your followers to identify the word. Follow up with the correct answer and additional information related to the word. Ideal for communicating technical terms or important concepts.

A Daily Whatsapp Quiz

How to play:

Send out interesting questions daily on WhatsApp, and run a daily contest. Maintain a leaderboard for who’s coming out on top and give out monthly prizes. Make the questions fun and interesting or even appoint an interested party as the QuizMaster. Ideal for communicating concepts, history, product-related information These games are simple and easy to play. All you need is a WhatsApp group. ALSO READ: Beware: Your Apple iPhone has a category called ‘brassiere’ for your photos

Happy playing!

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