Five things on Friday #256

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1. YOUTUBE KIDS, BUT WITHOUT THE YUCKY STUFF

That’s what Buzzfeed is reporting anyway. If you’ve not followed this one, here’s the first proper in-depth look that made so many parents (myself included) uninstall YouTube Kids from their devices.

The good news is, YouTube has spent the past six months or so a) attempting to get rid of the bad stuff (v difficult given the sheer amount of content uploaded every day) and b) developing a new whitelisted-content-only version of the app.

This is a good development on a bad story.

Well done everyone.

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2. ONE QUESTION

The next One Question event has been dated (June 7th), venued (Electric Cinema), and the tickets are available NOW.

The one question this time around is ‘Has technology enhanced or damaged our experiences?’ and the perspectives on offer cover everything from data, to business, the arts, and more.

One Question is my favourite conference(?) in the events calendar and, if you fancy a day of being intellectually stimulated on topics and ideas that are sometimes close but often quite far away from your day to day then I wholly recommend it.

Off you pop.

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3. DIE HARD WITH THE FBI

Have you seen DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE (easily the best sequel in the entire franchise)?

Know that whole ‘let’s rob the federal reserve and steal it all with dump trucks’ bit? Yeah, the writer’s work on the subject was so good that the FBI was called in to investigate just how the writer, Jonathan Hensleigh, knew so much about it.

Brilliant.

4. TIME PASSES VERY SLOWLY WHEN YOU’RE IN A HIPPO’S MOUTH. Quite.
5. CHATBOTS, EH? 

If you’ve been reading this newsletter for a while (or if you know a bit about me and my work) you’ll know that about two years ago now, I started dicking about with building chatbots. I built one for the building I work in (if you ever visit Ogilvy London, search Messenger for ‘Roombot’) and subsequently wrote the strategic POV for the agency and launched a bot building practice/framework to help figure out how this new technology could be applied to solve consumer and client problems.

I wrote about it two trends decks ago and, in the most recent one, reviewed my prediction of ‘The chatbot gold rush’ as a ‘B+’ for effort while remarking that ‘it was less of a rush, more a leisurely jog’.

In short: bots arrived but they didn’t exactly set the world alight and, like multitudes of new technologies as and when they’ve appeared, it takes a bit of time to figure exactly how to apply them.

This article (and the title for this section) is a really good dip on where we are with bots today.

It goes some way in addressing the whole mis-naming problem that’s gone on with chatbots/bots etc… ‘Message app’ or ‘Message service’ is probably an easier and more accurate sell.

We’re still building bots for clients (we’ve run Stoptober on Messenger for Public Health England the past two years and, most recently, built the messenger solution for Reuters) – with more to follow v soon.

I guess our golden rule is a combination of framing vs pointy-problem-solving. In reverse order: what is the pointy problem we’re trying to solve and, when we’ve worked that out, how do we frame the messenger-based solution correctly to the consumer to encourage participation.

One to noodle on…

THE ESSENTIALS: 

Three this week: 

BEHOLD! THE BONUS SECTION FOR YOUR EYES!  

BEEE-OH-EN-OH-ESSS.

 

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