Most people are used to scrolling past pictures of other people’s yummy Christmas dinners on social media but snapping a photo of the epic meal is something that 78 per cent of Brits will partake in.
However, would you be willing to ditch your favourite festive food items to make your photo more appealing?
A recent study from American Express suggests almost half (48 per cent) of millennials will be shaking up their Christmas dinner plate, swapping traditional food items for those that are more colourful.
In a bid to ‘ban the beige’ from their photos, 16 per cent admitted that they’ll remove turkey from their plate and 14 per cent are willing to ditch the stuffing.
Sweet potato tops the list of food that millennials are going to load onto their dinner plates, with a quarter of them expected to purchase the veg.
The younger generation’s plates will be filled with colourful food items, such as red cabbage (20 per cent) and rainbow carrots (13 per cent).
According to the survey, Brits will make their friends and family wait an average of two minutes before they can eat their dinner, in order to get the perfect picture.
The research also suggests that Brits will tuck into an average of two different Christmas dinners with loved ones on December and 44 per cent of millennials said they preferred dinner with their friends to the one with their family.
However, visual appeal isn’t the only reason why Brits are deviating from the traditional Christmas dinner plate.
32 per cent of Brits want to reduce their portion sizes, focusing on quality rather than quantity.
37 per cent also said they want to support their community by shopping locally.
Bardan Pradhan, owner of an independent green grocer openly welcomes the social media trend for a more colourful Christmas dinner.
He said: “We have noticed a significant increase in sales of heritage vegetables and more colourful, exotic festive accompaniments over the past few years, mainly driven by our millennial customers.
“It is evident that the quest for a beautiful plate has broadened consumer tastes and made them more adventurous and appreciative of locally-sourced, quality food.”
Caroline Bouvet, vice president at American Express said the change is great news for independent companies, especially ahead of Small Business Saturday (December 7).
She said: “As well as being the heart of their local community, small businesses are passionate about their produce and responsive to changing customer behaviours.
“Whether you’re looking for a bunch of quality heritage rainbow carrots, or a handful of loose beetroot to make your plate pop, we’d like to urge shoppers to Shop Small and explore their local independents for festive produce on Small Business Saturday.”
Top 10 foods millennials will be purchasing to make Christmas dinner more visually appealing:
- Sweet potato
- Red cabbage
- Rainbow carrots
- Butternut squash
- Purple Brussels sprouts
- Purple broccoli
- Purple potatoes
LinkedIn Makes its 20 Most Popular LinkedIn Learning Courses Freely Available Throughout August
Looking to up your skills for a job change or career advancement in the second half of the year?
This will help – today, LinkedIn has published its listing of the 20 most popular LinkedIn Learning courses over the first half of 2022. In addition to this, LinkedIn’s also making each of these courses free to access till the end of the month – so now may well be the best time to jump in and brush up on the latest, rising skills in your industry.
As per LinkedIn:
“As the Great Reshuffle slows and the job market cools, professionals are getting more serious about skill building. The pandemic accelerated change across industries, and as a result, skills to do a job today have changed even compared to a few years ago. Professionals are responding by learning new skills to future-proof their careers and meet the moment.”
LinkedIn says that over seven million people have undertaken these 20 courses this year, covering everything from improved communication, project management, coding, strategic thinking and more.
Here are the top 20 LinkedIn Learning courses right now, which you can access via the relevant links:
- Goal Setting: Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) with Jessie Withers
- Excel Essential Training (Office 365/Microsoft 365) with Dennis Taylor
- Interpersonal Communication with Dorie Clark
- Cultivating a Growth Mindset with Gemma Leigh Roberts
- Project Management Foundations with Bonnie Biafore
- Using Questions to Foster Critical Thinking and Curiosity with Joshua Miller
- Essentials of Team Collaboration with Dana Brownlee
- Unconscious Bias with Stacey Gordon
- Learning Python with Joe Marini
- Communicating with Confidence with Jeff Ansell
- Speaking Confidently and Effectively with Pete Mockaitis
- Learning the OWASP Top 10 with Caroline Wong
- Power BI Essential Training with Gini von Courter
- Strategic Thinking with Dorie Clark
- SQL Essential Training with Bill Weinman
- Developing Your Emotional Intelligence with Gemma Leigh Roberts
- Communication Foundations with Brenda Bailey-Hughes and Tatiana Kolovou
- Agile Foundations with Doug Rose
- Digital Marketing Foundations with Brad Batesole
- Critical Thinking with Mike Figliuolo
If you’ve been thinking about upskilling, now may be the time – or maybe it’s just worth taking some of the programming courses, for example, so that you have a better understanding of how to communicate between departments on projects.
Or you could take an Agile course. If, you know, you don’t trust your own management ability.
The courses are available for free till August 31st via the above links.
Instagram Is Rolling Out Reels Replies, And Will Be Testing A New Feature Which Informs …
Instagram has added a few more social features to the platform, with Reels Replies being rolled out. Along with the Replies, anew feature is being tested that shows when two users are active together in the same chat.
Reels has been performing much better than perhaps even Instagram ever anticipated. The TikTok-inspired new video format (which officially claims to have absolutely no relation to the former) had some trouble really finding its footing initially. However, Reels has grown massively and while it may not be a source of the most direct competition to TikTok, it is indeed a worthy alternative.
Reels has grown to the point that it has a massive creator program attached to it, and the video format has even been migrated to Facebook with the goal of generating further user interest there. Naturally, with such a successful virtual goldmine on its hands, Instagram has been hard at work developing new features and interface updates for Reels, integrating it more and more seamlessly into the rest of the social media platform. Features such as Reels Replies are a major part of such attempts at integration.
Reels Visual Replies are essentially just what they sound like: A Reel that is being used to reply to someone. It’s a feature that’s been seen frequently across TikTok as well. Reel Replies essentially take a user’s comments, and reply to them in video format. The comment will then show up within the Reel itself as a text-box, taking up some amount of space, and showing both the user who issued said comment along with the text. The text-box is apparently adjustable, with users having the ability to move it around and change its size depending on where it obstructs one’s Reel the least.
Overall, it’s a fun addition to the Reels format, even if the credit should be going to TikTok first. At any rate, it’s an example of Instagram really utilizing Reels’ social media capabilities, outside of just serving it up as a form of entertainment.
Speaking of social media capabilities, a new feature might help alleviate one of the most common frustrations encountered across all such platforms. Isn’t it annoying when you see that a friend’s online, but isn’t replying to your chat? Sure, they’ve probably just put their phone down to run a quick errand, but there’s no way for you to know, right? Well, there sort of is now! Instagram is beta testing a new feature via which if both users are active within a chat, the platform will display that accordingly. It’s a work-around, sure, and one that’s currently being tested for usefulness, but it’s still a very nice, and even fresh, addition to the social media game.
— Yash Joshi (@MeYashjoshi) December 10, 2021
5 apps for scheduling Instagram posts on iPhone and Android
Alright, we get it. You’re an Instagram Nostradamus.
You know exactly what you want to post and when you’re gonna want to post it. Maybe there’s a meme or comment you want to make that you know will be totally relevant for a future moment or event. Or it could be that you’re an influencer and you want to make sure you keep a steady stream of content coming, so you want to schedule posts for times when you know you won’t be active (or won’t have internet access).
You’ll be happy to know there are apps that are specialized for just such situations. So listen up, InstaNostradamuses…Instagrostra…Instadam…Insta…uh…you guys (we’ll workshop it. No we won’t. We’ll probably just abandon that effort completely. You’re welcome) — these are the Instagram-post-scheduling apps for you.
While all of the iPhone apps below are free to download, they all have some in-app purchases.
We’ll start with “official partner” of Instagram, itself, Planoly — an Instaplanner that uses a grid to let you plan, schedule, and publish posts (as well as Reels) on Instagram. The app also lets you see post metrics and analytics so you can make sure your post didn’t flop.
Credit: buffer / app store
Buffer is another Instagram post scheduler that helps you plan your posts and analyze feedback once they’re published. Use a calendar view to drag and drop posts into days/time slots for easy scheduling.
Credit: preview / app store
Preview offers typical post-scheduling tools and analytics along with a few helpful extras. Get caption ideas, recommendations for hashtags, and more.
Credit: content office / app store
An Instagram post scheduler with a visual boost, Content Office allows users to plan and schedule Instagram posts while learning “marketing and visual guides to grow your brand on Instagram.” Like aesthetics and using visuals to create cohesive themes? Maybe this is the Instaplanner for you.
Content Office is available for iOS on the Apple App Store.
Credit: plann / apple store
You’ll never guess what “Plann” lets you do…
Aside from scheduling posts, get content ideas and recommendations, as well as strategy tips to ensure you’re maximizing your Instagram engagement. Ever wonder when the best time to post something is? Plann can offer you some help with that.
How Brands Can Support Indigenous Communities on Social—the Right Way
US Senate Panel Approves Bill Empowering News Organisations to Negotiate With Facebook, Google for Revenue
WhatsApp Working to Keep Iranians Connected Amid Widespread Internet Shutdown Over Nationwide Protests
Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen Launches ‘Beyond the Screen’ Organisation to Tackle Social Media Harms
How To Win at TikTok (According to TikTok)
Meta for Business: How To Get the Best Results From Each Platform
Twitter Expanding Birdwatch Community Fact-Checking Programme With New Onboarding Process, More
Twitter Ordered to Give Information to Elon Musk Regarding Spam and Bot Accounts
Operating system upgrades at LinkedIn’s scale
Career stories: Rejoining LinkedIn to scale our media infrastructure
14 Best Apps For Instagram Collages in 2022
Challenges and practical lessons from building a deep-learning-based ads CTR prediction model
FACEBOOK1 week ago
Introducing Facebook Graph API v15.0 and Marketing API v15.0
LINKEDIN2 weeks ago
Real-time analytics on network flow data with Apache Pinot
FACEBOOK2 weeks ago
Meet the Developers: Linux Kernel Team (Jonathan Zhang)
Uncategorized1 week ago
The 12 Best Chatbot Examples for Businesses
LINKEDIN2 weeks ago
Feathr joins LF AI & Data Foundation
Uncategorized1 week ago
I Tried Instagram Automation (So You Don’t Have To): An Experiment
FACEBOOK4 days ago
Summer of open source: building more efficient AI with PyTorch
OTHER1 week ago
Zoom Resolves Connectivity Issues After Over 40,000 Users Reported Problem