January 20th is Museum Selfie Day

Hey! Did you know Museum Selfie Day is January 20th? “Love it or hate it, the selfie is still going strong. So why not just love it? Grab your phone (or camera, if you’re fancy) and get yourself to a museum on January 20 for #MuseumSelfie Day. London museum blogger Mar Dixon started the one-day event in 2014 after making several museum trips with her young daughter, she told CNN in 2015.”

Facebook Floating in the Sydney Mardi Gras

Oh, why not: Facebook’s going to have a float in the Sydney Mardi Gras parade. “The social media behemoth will join other brands, such as Airbnb, and introduce a Facebook float to Sydney’s gay pride parade on Mar. 5. Facebook is being coy on details regarding its entry to the parade, but said ‘it will be fabulous and it will involve a lot of glitter.’” Ooo ooo, I hope it’s a “real name policy” float! You flash your driver’s license and they throw you a string of beads.

Google’s “Spotlight Stories” Now on YouTube

More Google: Google’s “Spotlight Stories” are now on YouTube. “‘Special Delivery’ is the latest of several Spotlight Stories to come out of Google ATAP (our Advanced Technology and Projects group). With Google Spotlight Stories, your phone becomes a window to a story happening all around you. The sensors on your phone allow the story to be interactive, so when you move your phone to various scenes, you unlock mini-stories within the story.”

Want to Make Your Own Advent Calendar?

Hey! Want to make your own advent calendar? Here ya go. “When you’re making your calendar, you get to choose what’s behind each door. You can use GIFS, links, photos, videos, sound clips or notes. You can also add a cover photo to the calendar or even link to a Spotify playlist for any of the days.”

Google Busts Out All the Santa Stuff for the Holidays

It’s that time of year, and once again, Google has busted out all the Santa stuff. “Santa’s Village is a hub of activity as the elves code algorithms to tune Santa’s sleigh, translate ‘Happy Holidays’ into Elvish and Danish, and practice their cartography with Dancer, Prancer, Donner and Vixen… all to get Santa ready for his trip around the world on December 24.”

Google Looks for Popular Thanksgiving Recipes

Theoretically Google did some research and came up for the most “searched-for” Thanksgiving recipe for each state (Leaving out obvious stuff like turkey and looking for recipes unique to each state.) I say “theoretically” because North Carolina’s is “pig-pickin’ cake,” which just seems out there. My guess for NC would have been something like Japanese fruit pie (which I had for dessert tonight, and it was so rich I couldn’t finish one piece!) You can read more about Japanese fruit pie here.

Instagram Curated Halloween

Instagram launched a curated video channel just for Halloween. “That’s right, Instagram is launching a video channel—a heavily curated, 24-hour deep dive into the very best videos Instagrammers post. Starting at 1pm on Saturday, Americans can pull up the app, click on the explore tab, and land in an immersive video viewer that will allow them to watch programming from all over the country. It’s like a pop-up cable network dedicated to Halloween.” Apparently the channel will be left up for viewing, and it’s likely that Instagram will create more event-specific video channels.

Scary Google Street View

More Google: to celebrate Halloween it’s come up with a scary Street View tour. “Are you seeking a Halloween fright without hopping on a flight? Look no further than our creepy crop of spooky sites in Street View. Just in time for All Hallows’ Eve, you can go on a virtual journey to see the world’s most petrifying places—from safely behind your screen.”

Popular Halloween Costumes

Wanna know what Halloween costumes are hot? Google can tell you. “In the weeks leading up to All Hallows’ Eve you turn to Google Search to ask these two crucial questions. So with just days left to perfect a costume for yourself, your kid, your pooch or your partner, here’s a look at some of the top Halloween costume trends across the United States. For more, see Frightgeist, our Google Trends Halloween hub.”

Google Street View, Now With Dragons

Google Street View: now with dragons. “Just about every community in Japan puts on a local festival in the summer, but few are as spectacular as Aomori City’s Nebuta Matsuri. For almost a solid week, gigantic floats topped by lanterns shaped like samurai and dragons are paraded through the streets, accompanied by dancers and musicians….you can get a taste of the fun with Google’s awesome Nebuta Matsuri Street View that lets you see the amazing floats even closer-up than spectators standing on the sidewalks the towering works of art are carried by.”