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Social Media and InfoComm 2016

A little over a year ago one half of our AVSocial show, Kelly Perkins, talked me into getting a Snapchat account. If you’re not familiar with the app, it’s a way to share pictures and short videos through their app that then disappears. Depending on your point of view that either sounds awesome or horrifying. As the father of two youngsters on the verge of pre-teens it’s horrifying. As someone who lives in the content creation and social media world it sounds awesome.


Except, they don’t always have to disappear. Those of you who are familiar with Snapchat on a regular basis already know this. During the Macy’s Thanksgivig Day Parade there was a Live Story from the event. Snapchat curated pics and videos from users who were at the event and put them together for anyone to watch. It was like being there. There have been Live Stories from the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, FIFA events, EDM Festival, and more.

There are various “Stories” that you can watch and be a part of all from the Snapchat app. Click here to find out the ins and outs of Snapchat Our Story or Live Stories. The basics are you need to have location services on and after you take the picture/video click on the “Send To” function.

Here’s where InfoComm 2016 comes in. We, as a community, could contribute our own story. As we all land in Las Vegas during the lead up to InfoComm 2016 we could begin our own story. It doesn’t matter who is first to do this as long as we all contribute. This is great for a number of reasons. We could connect with those who are not able to attend the show but still want to be a part of all the great things happening and for those of us at the event we could watch what others are seeing in real time and head over to a booth, or party we see on the feed.

It may be a bust, it may be the greatest thing ever. We’ll never know unless we try.

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter update. Have a great week.

Oh, if you want to connect with me on Snapchat, my user name is tdalbright. Original, I know.