MIT News: A Ticketmaster for science seminars . “The Covid-19 pandemic has put a pause on seminars hosted physically on university campuses. But in mid-March, a small team of MIT mathematicians began to notice that institutions around the world were finding ways to continue hosting seminars, online. To virtually attend these talks, however, required hearing about them through word of mouth or digging through the webpages of individual departments or organizers. Enter researchseminars.org, a website the MIT team formally launched this week, that serves as a sort of crowdsourced Ticketmaster for science talks. Instead of featuring upcoming shows and concerts, the new site lists more than 1,000 free, upcoming seminars hosted online by more than 115 institutions around the world.”
Social Media Examiner: How to Use LinkedIn Events to Promote Online or In-Person Events. “Wondering how to get the word out on LinkedIn about an event you’re hosting? Have you heard of LinkedIn Events? In this article, you’ll discover how to use LinkedIn to promote your next online workshop, product launch, or in-person event.”
Free Press: Coronavirus: Quirky UK events cancelled due to lockdown. “In an attempt to implement social distancing and stop mass gatherings, large events across the country have been cancelled, including some of the UK’s quirkiest and most bizarre traditions that take place in springtime.” Shin kicking! Worm charming! Custard pies!
CMX Hub: A Comprehensive List of Tips, Tools, and Examples for Event Organizers During the Coronavirus Outbreak.”Virtual conferences can be quite powerful, and scale to many thousands of attendees that would be very difficult to gather in-person. And online meetups and roundtables give your members an opportunity to have intimate discussions from the comfort of their home. Are they the same? No. But they do have unique benefits. So while this is a *really* difficult time for a lot of community teams and event organizers, you can also look at this as an opportunity to build your chops on running virtual events. Who knows, you might decide to keep hosting them as a complement to your physical events long after we’ve found a Covid-19 vaccine!”
The Guardian: Religious festivals cancelled or scaled back due to coronavirus. “Next month, most of the world’s major religions have festivals involving large gatherings of people. Easter is on 12 April (a week later for Eastern Orthodox churches); Passover begins on 8 April; Rama Navami, an important Hindu festival, is on 2 April; while the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi is a few days later. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins around 23 April.”
Web Strategist: 2020: Digital, Online, and Virtual Events for the Tech and Business Industry. “For the business person who’s now working at home, or is travel-restricted, it’s more important than ever to stay connected to the industry. Many physical-world conferences are shifting to digital, virtual, or blended experiences. This list will help you stay organized on which event to attend, and when. Event organizers and marketers: use this to coordinate market timing.”
Flickr Blog: A new home for your events. “Today, we’re are excited to announce the release of our new Events page, a place where Flickr members can learn about photography meet-ups, photo walks, classes, workshops, exhibitions, and all kinds of offline and online events around the world that are hosted by members of the Flickr community.”
PR Newswire: New Website artfairmag.com Slated to Become Benchmark Site for Information on Art Fairs (PRESS RELEASE). “Art fairs appeal to collectors, dealers, curators, artists and art lovers alike, showcasing a wide range of genres. Over the last two decades, fairs have become the key element of the international art market and their number has increased from around 50 to almost 400 all over the world. artfairmag.com aims to give art fairs greater visibility, promoting not only large, well-established shows, but also regional, young and emergent ones.”
Gaystar News: Record your journey to Pride in London and you could end up in a museum. “Today we are beginning to put the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary people and our allies back at the centre of how we talk about human history as a whole. Part of this is making sure we are recording our lives here and now. History doesn’t have to mean ancient. A photograph from yesterday is every bit as much a part of history as an old pot from 300BC! Moreover, museums aren’t static, they must keep collecting things from today so we can record our lives and experiences for future generations.” I know it’s July and Pride month was last month, but Pride in London takes place on July 6.
Ubergizmo: Snapchat Could Get Its Own Events Feature. “Facebook’s events feature is the gold standard for establishing an online presence for your events and now it looks like Snapchat wants in on some of that action. An unannounced feature has been discovered which suggests that Snapchat may get support for events as well. This would put the feature in direct competition with the functionality that has long been offered by Facebook.”
TechCrunch: Foursnap? Snapchat tries ‘Status’ location check-ins. “Today’s teens missed the Foursquare era, so Snapchat is giving them another shot with a new feature to aid in-person meetups. Snapchat is now testing Status, an option to share to the Snap Map a Bitmoji depicting what you’re up to at a certain place. You could show your little avatar playing video games, watching TV, asking friends to hit you up and more. And Snapchat will compile these into a private diary of what you’ve been doing, called Passport.”
The Quint: Google Maps Now Lets You Add Events For Users to See: How it Works. “Google Maps is a resourceful platform and it’s getting even more helpful with this new feature spotted on the Android app. The navigation part of Maps has been used by millions of users on a daily basis and soon, they will be able to add events in a location with photos and even mark the website connected to the event.”
Mashable: Facebook wants you to hype events in Stories. “Facebook’s latest tactic to push users from News Feed into Stories? Get them to hype events. The social network is testing a new feature that lets users share Facebook events directly in their Stories. The feature is being tested in the United States, Mexico, and Brazil, but could eventually roll out more broadly. “
The Atlantic: Instagram Is the New Evite. “When Mandy gets invited to a party, it’s not via Facebook invite, or email, or even text message. She’s 13, so, naturally, it’s through Instagram. Here’s how it works: When teenagers are planning a big party, they’ll sometimes create a new Instagram account, often with a handle that includes the date of the party, like @Nov17partyy or @SarahsBdayOctober27. The account will be set to private, and its bio will list the date of the party and sometimes the handles of the organizers. Sometimes it will include stipulations—for example, if it follows you, or approves your follow request, you’re invited.”
VentureBeat: LinkedIn begins testing events tool in New York and San Francisco. “LinkedIn is getting into the event business. The professional networking site announced today that it’s starting to test a new events tool with a select group of users in San Francisco and New York City. LinkedIn plans to roll out the feature globally in the next few months.”