Red Bull is claiming yet another “world first” with the launch of a new disruptive social media tool called Shout/out, created by The Marketing Store and aimed at reclaiming social media feeds for the user.
Shout/out launched over the weekend at GLA x LDN in Glasgow, which is part of Red Bull’s Music Academy UK Tour. The tool harnesses speed-reading techniques to help users to communicate at live events without being shackled by Twitter’s 140-word character limit. This is the first time that this speed reading technology has been handed directly to consumers.
The disruptive platform will be used as a fun and innovative way for fans, as well as Red Bull athletes and artists, to broadcast their experiences live from Red Bull events.
It is claimed that Shout/out provides each post with unique standout, helping users words cut through the clutter of boring, uninteresting or sponsored posts and get noticed by fans and peers alike.
The scheme works by letting users type in their message into the Shout/out platform on the Red Bull website. The tool then renders the words as an animated speed reading gif, where each word appears in rapid sequential order but still comprehendible to the human eye. Red Bull then gives users the option to customise the post with imagery, before they share it online.
The Marketing Store head of digital Chris Tyas said: “The need to express yourself and be heard is a key part of what makes us human. However, the full power and emotion of the written word is slowly being diluted as Facebook and Twitter specifically engineer their platforms to capitalise on promoted content, and in doing so reduce the impact of organic content.
“The Marketing Store and Red Bull decided to take a stand and reclaim social feeds for the consumers. We’re pleased to have worked with Red Bull to create this world first, to help people express themselves better, get noticed, and give their words wings.”
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