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Not all is predictable on Facebook’s social Horizon

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Most of the people I spoke with at Facebook’s Oculus Connect see the proliferation of virtual reality as a foregone conclusion, one that’s just a matter of timing at this point. For Facebook, the conference’s “The Time is Now” catchphrase showcased that they feel their hardware is ready for everyone.

But despite the success they feel like they’ve tapped into when it comes to hardware iterations, the company’s bread and butter social networking prowess feels like it’s barely improved in-headset in the past several years of VR experimentations.

“On the social side, looking back, it’s kind of embarrassing all of the stages we’ve gone through at Oculus,” Oculus CTO and veteran programmer John Carmack conceded onstage during his signature rambling annual keynote, noting that his own social APK was followed by Oculus Rooms, Oculus Venues, Facebook Spaces and now the company’s latest shiny pearl Facebook Horizon.

Horizon’s debut this year included a flashy trailer for what quickly seemed to be the company’s biggest gamble and first potential social hit, a massive multi-player online world. In introducing the software, Zuckerberg talked about people-centric software as Facebook’s “bread-and-butter,” noting, “We build a lot of the best social experiences for phones and computers, and we want to do this for virtual reality as well.”

But Facebook does not actually appear to hold that much of an advantage over much smaller game studios in terms of understanding how to make social virtual reality experience take off.

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Why Your Website Should be Optimized for Mobile [Infographic]

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Let’s face it – we’re about to move into 2022, and if you don’t understand the importance of having a mobile-friendly website by now, maybe you never will.

Mobile usage is now a key connector, in an increasing range of ways, and providing an optimized, engaging mobile experience is key to maximizing your business performance.

Yes, it can cost time and money to optimize your mobile presence, but in the vast majority of cases, that investment will likely pay off, as more and more people are likely seeking information on their mobile device, and are more likely to go with the provider who’s website is responsive, engaging and answers their key queries, quickly and easily.

There’s a reason why Google factors in mobile performance as a search ranking factor.

Underlining this, the team from 2Flow have put together this infographic outlining the importance of having a mobile-friendly website, now and in future.

It could be worth re-checking your site as part of your 2022 preparations.

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12 Graphic Design Trends to Watch in 2022 [Infographic]

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What will be the big visual trends of 2022?

The team from graphic design service 99designs by Vista have taken a look at the trends they’ve seen throughout the year to make some predictions on coming presentation shifts, which could help you stay ahead of the next wave.

There are some interesting ideas here too, including 90’s nostalgia, Y2K and a grunge revival.

Engaging visuals are key to standing out in busy social media feeds, and as such, it’s worth taking note of trend listings like this and considering whether you need to update your brand style and format.

Take a look at the full overview from 99designs in the infographic below.

Graphic design trends for 2022

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LinkedIn Shares New Insights into the Gen Z Audience on the Platform [Infographic]

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As you’ve no doubt read many times, Gen Z is increasingly becoming a critical market for all businesses, and will soon be the largest generation of consumers around the world.

Which, of course, makes sense. That’s essentially how time works – as younger people grow up, and become adults and employees, and therefore become a larger focus for businesses in every way.

That’s not really a revelation, but it is worth noting the interests and consumption behaviors of Gen Z, and the factors that can influence their actions, in regards to marketing outreach.

Which is what this new overview from LinkedIn provides. LinkedIn has analyzed data from the 78 million Gen Z members on its platform to look at how they engage, how they spend, why they purchase from different companies, and more.

You can check out LinkedIn’s full report here, or take a look at the infographic overview below.

LinkedIn Gen Z infographic
LinkedIn Gen Z infographic

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