It’s Official – This Week in Social Media 22 July 2019

Your weekly summary of official social media news from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google.

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Google employees take action to encourage women in computer science

Spotlight on Google software engineer Andrea Francke who with more than 300 Google employees who worked with 29,000 students and 1,000 teachers in Europe in volunteering activities to give people training, products and tools to help them find jobs, grow their businesses or careers. In Europe alone, 48 percent of the people trained in digital skills were women in programs like WomenWill and #IamRemarkable.

Celebrate 50 years of space exploration in Google Earth

Google announced a range of initiatives in association with the 50 year anniversary of Apollo 11 including also a new way to explore the Moon in Google Earth Studio, an animation tool for Google Earth’s satellite and 3D imagery. Users can create animations of the Moon and Mars, opening up a whole new world for video creators. Simply use the World menu from the new project page or go to project settings page to get started.

A moonlit tribute to a moon landing icon

Google spotlights Margaret Hamilton who worked on the software that put us on the moon. Margaret led the team that developed the onboard flight software for all of NASA’s manned Apollo missions, including Apollo 11’s historic moon landing.

‘We did it’: Google’s Doodle for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing

Learn about the 400,000 people who worked on the Apollo project, the onboard computer, and the “barbecue roll” which was used to regulate the spacecraft’s temperature and the process of creating the doodle in Google’s behind-the-scenes video.

Real-time bikeshare information in Google Maps rolls out to 24 cities

New global bike share data feed is being directly into Google Maps, thanks to a partnership with Ito World.

That means can now use Google Maps to locate bikeshare stations and pinpoint how many bikes are available near you. You can also find out whether there’s an empty space at a station near your destination for you to leave your bike.Google Maps is making it easier to weigh all your transportation options with real-time information. Just like how we show you when buses and trains are coming and going in Google Maps, you’ll now know which bikeshare stations have a bike ready for you.

This bird’s eye view into bikesharing is now available in Google Maps on Android and iOS in the following cities globally with more on the way: Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, London, Los Angeles, Lyon, Madrid, Mexico City, Montreal, New Taipei City, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco Bay Area, São Paulo, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich.

Explore art and colour in Google’s latest AR gallery

Download the Google Arts & Culture app and explore “The Art of Colour”. Explore four rooms of paintings that each represent a different colour palette—you’ll also find a dark room that juxtaposes Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch with the Op art mastery of Bridget Riley. Google selected the art using its Art Palette tool, which brings together a range of works through the lens of colour.

When you can’t find the words, 65 new emoji are here for you

Google will be bringing its emojis up to date shortly with 65 new emojis including mixed couples and of different sexual preferences and diverse religious festivals to more accurately reflect the community.

Steo up your interviewing game with Byteboard

At Byteboard, a project built inside of Area 120 (Google’s workshop for experimental projects), Google has redesigned the technical interview experience to be more effective, efficient and equitable for all. Its project-based interview assesses for engineering skills that are actually used on the job. The structured, identity-blind evaluation process enables hiring managers to reliably trust recommendations, so they have to conduct fewer interviews before reaching a confident hiring decision. For candidates, this means they get to work through the design and implementation of a real-world problem in a real-world coding environment on their own time, without the stress of going through high-pressured theoretical tests.

Through Byteboard’s anonymization and structured evaluation of the interviews, hiring managers can make decisions with confidence without relying on unconscious biases.

The Compass Experiment is navigating local news in Ohio

Youngstown, Ohio, and a larger region of about 500,000 people, has lost its a daily newspaper.

But McClatchy has announced Youngstown will be the location of The Compass Experiment’s first local news operation, due to launch this fall.

Compass is a local news lab founded in partnership between McClatchy and Google, and part of the Google News Initiative’s Local Experiments Project.

Over the next three years, it will launch and operate three digital-only news operations in small to mid-sized U.S. communities that have limited sources of local, independent journalism.

The goal is to not only support the dissemination of news in these communities, but also make the local operations financially self-sustaining, through experimentation with a variety of revenue models. It will also document and share what they learn with the broader news community, with the intention of creating successful models that can be replicated elsewhere.

Get the scoop: The ice cream America is searching for

Ah, the things we learn on search.

If you didn’t know then the top trending ice cream types in 2019 in the U.S were:

  1. Snow ice cream
  2. Keto ice cream
  3. Mexican ice cream
  4. Ice cream bars
  5. Fish ice cream
  6. Mochi ice cream
  7. Gelato
  8. Ice cream sundae
  9. Fried ice cream
  10. Protein ice cream

And as for top trending flavours, they include:

  1. Strawberry ice cream
  2. Ube ice cream
  3. Chocolate ice cream
  4. Coffee ice cream
  5. Vanilla ice cream
  6. Oreo ice cream
  7. Mango ice cream
  8. Coconut ice cream
  9. Matcha ice cream and even
  10. Avocado ice cream
Mm. Yum I think.

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