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Aug01

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – Friday August 1st 2014: Sharknado 2 and a Redditor Fail


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If we’ve learnt anything from Twitter, it’s that the internet community loves a ‘so crap it’s good’ sci-fi movie. who could forget box office sell-out (or not) Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus? No-one. Exactly.

So after Sharknado caused an internet sensation last year, obviously the natural thing to do was to create a sequel, right? Well, luckily for us that is exactly what happened, and Wednesday night saw the premier of Sharknado 2: The Second One.

In case you’re unaware of the plot of the Sharknado franchise, it’s essentially a tornado OF SHARKS terrorising various cities, namely LA in the first film, and heading across to NYC in the second. Makes sense.

 

When the first Sharknado premiered in July last year, it generated 5,00 tweets PER MINUTE at its peak, and hit 387,000 social mentions. NBCUniversal later revealed that Sharknado was the most “social program on all of television –- broadcast and cable –- as well as Syfy’s most social telecast ever.” Tekkers.

I know what you’re thinking. Yes there will be a Sharknado 3.

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Reddit has banned one of its most popular users from the site due to vote manipulation, after they discovered that he was maintaining five side accounts which were used to upvote his own content and downvote others.

The user, who’s screen name was Unidan, is known off the internet as biologist Ben Eisenkop. Before the ban, he had the second highest total comment karma of all Reddit users, which is pretty darn impressive.

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Unidan has been ‘shadowbanned’ from the site permanently, which means that all of his submissions and comments from now on will be immediately flagged as spam, which makes it impossible for other users to see them.

It’s safe to say that Unidan was preeeeeetty popular on the site, having participated in at least 3 AMAs, giving his own TEDx talk, and even having his own subreddit, but other users are pretty mad about his violation of Reddit’s rules with one comparing it to finding out that Lance Armstrong had taken steroids.

Don’t anger the Reddit Gods, we’re pretty sure they control a large portion of the internet. You have been warned.

by Iona St Joseph

Jul31

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 31st July – Twitch moves into concert streaming & Messenger separates from Facebook


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Here are today’s Likes and Fails. Today were excited to see Twitch already moving into new areas other than gaming streaming, by broadcasting their first live concert on the site. Not so cool is that messenger is officially separating from Facebook in the few days, meaning that you’ll need two apps downloaded to be able to privately message friends and continue using Facebook.

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It begins, Twitch have begun experimenting with new outlets outside of online gaming streaming. They last night started a foray into music streaming, by broadcasting a Steve Aoki concert on the site. This is a big change for Twitch as they generally require that streams on the site are of video gaming. This broadcast doesn’t mean that things will be changing straight away though. The site say that they will be asking for feedback following the live concert streaming, to see if it’s something users would be interested in in the future. So don’t get too excited if you’re a musician or other artist interested in live-streaming on Twitch.

There’s no doubt that Google/YouTube will take this new step further when the acquisition is finalised. For now though it seems as if Twitch are taking it slowly as they step into new areas on the site. Though the good thing is their large community are keen for new content on the site, so this is likely to be a very successful step in the right direction for the sites growth.

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Facebook’s plans to separate their messaging app from the main app are imminent. They will reportedly be moving all users across in the next few days. The messenger app is currently used by a whopping 200 million users every month to stay in contact with friends. Though Facebook is hoping that the rest of the users will move across when they no longer allow messaging inside the main app. I think ideally they want all to move over before the change to the main app, but I think that when the option is taken away people will be pushed to download the new app. Facebook had tested the change in Europe where it had been successful and that they’d noticed that users responded to messages 20% faster than they did when they were just using messaging on the Facebook app.

Obviously some users will find this annoying, it draws similar parallels to Foursquare who recently separated their check-ins from their main app, which now offers personalized recommendations for venues near you. Many users were unimpressed that they had to download the new app, Swarm, to be able to check-in to places. There is a worry the same thing could happen to Facebook, though people use the messaging feature on Facebook a lot, so it’s likely they will download the other app because of the need to stay in touch with friends.

We really hope this trend of ‘app-splitting’ doesn’t continue because, there’s already hardly any space left on our phones as it is. The space and battery drain from having to have two apps to do one thing is ridiculous. It’s just a money-grabbing attempt by the big corporations, I don’t know how they think it’s a positive move for users.

by Helen Stirling

Jul30

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 30th July – A look into Bolt & Blue Sky Hostel Facebook argument


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Here are our Likes and Fails for today, Bolt has officially launched! But only in New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore, though it looks promising. Also a hilarious customer service thread for a Glasgow Hostel went rather awry on Facebook.

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Bolt has now been released, but the catch is, you have to be in Singapore, New Zealand or South Africa to install the app. The app works in a similar way to Snapchat, the very popular photo-messaging service but features a slightly different interface.

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The app asks for you to take a selfie to sign up and your phone number, but currently this is just to verify you’re in one of the launch countries. The app opens straight on the camera, and works even quicker than Snapchat as you simply hit the friends face that you want to send it to, and their face works as the shutter button, so it sends straight away. Simple. Though what about editing, well you just pre-edit the photo before you take the snap. The editing tools are slightly different to it’s competitor, there are no drawing tools in Bolt but you can still add text to photos.

What is especially handy is that if you just want a quick conversation, and don’t want to reply with pictures every time, you can just write text on the image that was sent to you and can send it back. Another feature that differs from Snapchat is that the photos don’t auto-destruct, the user can decide when to delete them simply by swiping them away.

It’s an interesting first few countries for the app to launch to, especially as the app was created in the US and arguably would have the biggest market there. There is the possibility that they haven’t initially launched in the US because of the copyright/trademark issues I was talking about yesterday. Once these have been sorted and agreed I’m sure the app will launch in the US, plus they must be fairly confident that they can keep the app name if they’ve decided to launch with the name – even in other countries.

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All I can say is that I’m excited to see it in the flesh when it’s released, from what I can see it looks a lot more intuitive than Snapchat, and I like the look of the interface. I think as soon as the muscle memory of Snapchat wears off this will be a great replacement app. I’ll just have to hope that contacts will migrate to the app; though it is always hard for an app to compete against a very dominant leader in the market with a huge user base, especially when predominantly, the apps do the same thing.

Credit to TheNextWeb for their demo of Bolt.

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What should have been a simple customer service issue, has turned into a rather amusing long comment conversation on Facebook. The conversation began when a woman called Lou wrote about her rather bad stay at a guesthouse called the Blue Sky Hostel in Glasgow, which she had stayed in to attend the Commonwealth games.

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She posted a review on their Facebook page giving the hostel one star and saying it was the worst hostel she had ever stayed in. She then pointed out a list of things wrong with the hotel and said that the whole place was a health hazard. Well, the owner of the hostel wasn’t having any of this and instead of going the usual customer service route of apologizing and trying to make it better, the owner Todd instead had a go at the woman, even going as far as to call her a retard.

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Well, you can guess what happened next, there was a massive back and forth in the comments section and people joined the thread to keep getting notifications from the fiasco, some posting pictures of MJ eating Popcorn, to signify that it was spectacle worth watching.

You should really go and read the whole thing it’s magnificent.

by Helen Stirling

Jul29

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 29th July – #AskLamps & Facebook’s Bolt


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Hello, and welcome to today’s Likes and Fails where we look at some funny Twitter trolls for once and the trademark issues are having with their potential new app Bolt.

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Frank Lampard has discovered the world of ill-conceived hashtags, and rather than people being mean, this has been a rather funny hashtag to follow. Frank Lampard recently signed to New York city football club and was hosting a Q&A for his move there. Obviously some fans asked him legitimate questions about his move and how he felt his football style would fit in with the Major League Soccer style of play.

The hashtag was #AskLamps, which could quite clearly take on a new meaning, and it did for some opportunist pranksters. Have a look at their light’ themed tweets below. I only wish Lampard had had a bit of a joke with them and answered one of them.

 

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Last week we saw that a potential new Instagram/Facebook owned app might be released soon, and this app is currently called Bolt. Now there seems to be a few issues with the app being called Bolt. No it’s not because of the Disney film bout a superhero dog, it’s because there’s actually already an app called Bolt out there.

Instagram’s version of the app is reported to be some sort of photo messaging app whereas the app already in existence is a mobile communications app whose premise is to replace the need for a mobile carrier’s voice and text plan. Obviously the owners of the first Bolt are not best pleased at the news there may soon be a Facebook owned app of the same name reaching the market. The current app owners have applied for a trademark of the name but the application is currently still pending.

What is also interesting is that Facbook and Instagram seem to be determined to get into the instant picture messaging app sector, with the recent release of Slingshot, the adding of direct messaging within Instagram, the buying of WhatsApp and the attempt to buy Snapchat itself. Which sort of begs the question, will they continually make new picture messaging apps until one hits?

I think Facebook need to admit defeat here, and realise that they already own WhatsApp which has strong picture messaging capabilities already and is really popular.

by Helen Stirling

Jul28

A Social Media Agency’s Round-Up Blog – 28th July – Google buys Twitch, Pirate Bay launches app, Buzzfeed plagiarism firing & Guardian FB quiz


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Here is our round-up of Social Media news you may have missed at the weekend. Get yourself clued-up this morning.

Google buys Twitch

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There were talks of a deal a month or so ago and now the deal is official. Google has purchased Video game streaming site Twitch for a cool $1 billion. This news comes just days after the end of the massive online Dota 2 tournament which had an impressive $10 million prize pool. Twitch is the US’s largest live-streaming service by far, with 50 million active monthly users and more than 1.1 milllion members who broadcast their footage each month. The YouTube section of Google is said to be in charge of  the acquisition and with YouTube being the number 1 platform for online video this is a great move to get them more involved with the livestreaming side of video as well as the huge video-gaming market.

Pirate Bay launches App

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Pirate Bay the media industry’s biggest enemy, and file-sharing site has expanded their reach by launching a mobile app. Before users could only download files from a browser, but now the app makes it easier for users to download files straight to their smartphones. UK internet service providers have blocked pirate bay on their networks but there have been multiple ways users have found to get around these blocks. Now that there is an easier way to get files on the go, it opens the site to another audience and it could mean more issues surrounding copyright  and illegal distribution of files.

Buzzfeed plagiarism sacking

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Buzzfeed have been forced to apologize and sack their news editor Benny Johnson, after it had been found that he had been plagiarizing other’s work, by copying sentences word for word from other articles. In an article published on the site, Buzzfeed admitted that they had found 41 instances of plagiarism out of 500 articles written by Johnson, and that they had no other choice but to let him go. Buzzfeed have also changed all the instances of plagiarism with editors notes on all of the affected articles. They signed off by saying that all Buzzfeed staff would hold themselves to a higher standard from now on.

Guardian Facebook quiz

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The Guardian have released a new quiz asking what sort of Facebook user you are, apparently to celebrate Mark Zuckerberg’s birthday… The questions cover things such as “how often do you ‘log on’ to Facebook?” as if we aren’t all permanently logged in. Others ask “what sort of photo’s are you most likely to post?” With answers such as ‘selfies’ and pictures of your baby, let’s just say you’ll recognize all the different Facebook characters from the answers. I took the quiz and luckily my result was fairly ordinary…

“WELL DONE YOU’RE NORMAL. You are a nice, normal Facebook user. You probably have a touch of the stalker, a touch of the narcissist, a touch of the vaguebooker, but in truth, you commit no real Facebook crimes or fails. Congratulations on your general awesomeness at Facebook.”

Take the quiz here.

by Helen Stirling

Jul25

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 25th July – Reddit secret diary & Pinterest inequality


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Here are today’s Likes and Fails! Today we look at a secret diary two redditors kept up for a year on the comment section of an old post. We also today saw the gender diversity figures from Pinterest and they’re having the same issues as Twitter announced yesterday.

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 Reddit has been the home for some secret diary keeping over the course of a year. The two redditors met on a bit of an  interesting post from a man who had slept with his own mother and was hosting an AMA. In the comments section they somehow decided to become pen pals after some banter and this led to an impromptu diary within the comment section of the thread. From there the year long journal began. the first post was from user ‘portablebook’ and was posted on May 20th 2013. It was fairly mundane with some mention of computer games and redditing:

“Not much happened today, planted some flowers in the backyard, tended to my chili garden, played a few hours of DayZ, spent alot [sic] of time on Reddit, listened to music and studied for exams.”

User ’clicktoaddtitle’ responded with:

“I had a big test in school. That’s pretty much it. I might play some videogames later.”

You can see where this is going, the pen pals wrote back and forth to each other for one whole year until it came to a close earlier this year.

Some highlights were when two weeks in to the journal, one of them had an epiphany and realised if they ere to die tomorrow all they’d have to show for it was computer gaming.

The comment thread was somehow noticed by a user on Reddit and they shared it to the best of subreddit, and since people have been enjoying reading an insight into two strangers lives.

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So yesterday we told you about the stats Twitter released and that less than a third of their global workforce was female, and we also said that as a Silicon Valley tech giant it wasn’t alone. Google, Facebook and Yahoo! all reported similar numbers. Bringing questions about diversity and ethics to the forefront. Now today another giant has released their diversity figures and it’s a very similar case, though this tie it’s surprising as that company is Pinterest. We all know that Pinterest as a site and app is female dominated, with much of the site being used for women’s fashion, wedding planning etc…

A whopping 81% of Pinterest’s leadership roles are held by men and 79% of their tech roles are also held by men. This shows a huge gender gap in the amount of men and women working for the company. There is however one sector where the women outnumber the men and this is the business side of things. There are 66% women in this sector.

Again as we mentioned   yesterday the gender issues are not the only ones in these large tech companies. Pinterest also has a lack of ethnic diversity in their workforce too. 92% of their workforce is either Asian of Caucasian, another figure which the company realises needs sorting. They said

“While we’ve made some progress in diversifying gender at the company, we haven’t done as well in representing different ethnicities, and we’re focused on getting better,”.

by Helen Stirling

Jul24

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 24th July – Foursquare updates & Twitter diversity


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Here are today’s Likes and Fails, today we feature the brand new version of Foursquare and take a look at the diversity issues at Twitter.

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Foursquare have unveiled a new look. The company unveiled a new logo and app interface. They’ve also officially moved check-ins from the app over to a new app called swarm. The new foursquare focuses on exploring the world around you and making sure that people are getting tailor made recommendations.

Foursquare themselves say that over 3 quarters of the apps users have already moved over to the new app to carry on with their check ins. Though all users will need to download swarm if they wish to continue checking in with foursquare. If you have both apps downloaded then it’s simple to check in on foursquare as a button option pops up on the app. They also say that for the use of the new app all you’ll have to do is add tastes, follow experts or even just walk around for a few days, and foursquare will become ’100% yours’.

They say of their new logo that instead of a check-in point – which is no longer it’s main business, they wanted a logo which is kind of Superhero themed. Which I would say they’ve successfully created.

There has of course been some disagreement with the change of the app, a few loyal fans of the app disappointed in the change and the fact that they now have to have two different apps to get the full functionality they want. Either way it’s nice to see Foursquare changing it up as they have been struggling recently.

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Twitter are under fire today after they revealed that less than a third of all their employees are female. 30% of their global employees are female and in their tech sector only 10% of employees are women.

They released these diversity statistics along with some other silicon valley giants like Google, Facebook and Yahoo! who released their figures in recent months. They both have very similar statistics with Google on a 70% male workforce and Facebook’s slightly lower at 69%. Yahoo! fares slightly better on the equality front with 37% of CEO Marissa Mayer’s staff being female.

Twitter fully admits that they know there are diversity issues in the company with their vice president of diversity and inclusion saying: ”We are keenly aware that Twitter is part of an industry that is marked by dramatic imbalances in diversity — and we are no exception,”.

They also said they knowing about these issues they had created groups that would help promote diversity and inclusion such as  SWAT (super women at Twitter) and Blackbird, for “tweeps of colour”.

Not only are there issues with gender diversity but the company is being asked to reflect the communities they serve by putting more effort into creating ethnically diverse teams too.

Twitter’s stats revealed that 59 per cent of its global workforce was white, with 29 per cent identified as Asian. Black, Hispanic or Latino, individuals who are mixed race and ‘other’ accounted for under 7 per cent of the company.

 

by Helen Stirling

Jul23

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 23rd July – LinkedIn purchase Bizo & #TwitterPurge


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Today’s Likes and Fails take a look at LinkedIn’s big company acquisition, and a twitter trend outrage based around new teen horror film The Purge: Anarchy’s original hashtag #TwitterPurge.

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LinkedIn have made a big purchase. They’ve decided to add ‘Bizo’ a marketing agency, founded in 2008, to the company, in a deal worth around $175 million to be paid later this year in 90% cash and 10% stocks . It looks as if they are hoping to benefit from Bizo’s B2B expertise and focus it on measuring social advertising programs aimed at the network’s professional audience.

Russell Glass, the co-founder and CEO of Bizo, said: “We have been a LinkedIn partner for a while now and it became clear that our respective missions and cultures are really well aligned. I couldn’t be more thrilled that we are coming together to accelerate our ability to reach professional audiences, nurture prospects, and acquire customers in truly powerful ways.”

This news comes after a year of high profile business acquisitions such as Facebook purchasing WhatsApp and Apple collaborating with Beats by Dre in a whopping $3 billion deal. It seems to be the year of the big company purchase.

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A twitter trend sparked outrage the other day when it got into the wrong hands. The trend #Twitterpurge was initially linked to the new teen horror film coming out called The Purge: Anarchy (a sequel to the original The Purge), the idea of the purge in the film is that for one day in the year all crime is legal. Unfortunately some took the trend too far subjecting others to a horrible ‘purge’ by posting images of ex’s in compromising images in an act of ‘revenge porn’.

The trend peaked on the night of the films release,  though after one teenager set up the same date for a #TwitterPurge and suggested people have an ‘anything goes’ attitude to Twitter for one evening, the trend was hijacked by users posting nude photographs of ex’s and sometimes @ing them in the tweet or subtweeting about them. These people are obviously not thinking about how it will affect the lives of the girls they are tweeting about, as we’ve seen before, it can cause humiliation and ruin lives, it can even lead to suicide.

The other grotesque thing is that as this film is aimed at teens, it meant that the hashtag was mainly picked up on by teenagers, which therefore meant that many of the images being posted counted as child pornography. Twitter have been removing accounts as quickly as they can which are associated with the purge trend and are sharing these sort of images. Unfortunately the trend caught on on Facebook and Twitter as well.

Luckily there were a large proportion of users that spoke out about the trend and shared their disgust at the people who felt it necessary to share private images.  Here’s a look at one of the tweets calling out how irresponsible the pure was.

 

by Helen Stirling

Jul22

A Social Media Agency’s Likes & Fails – 22nd July – Netflix hits 50m subscribers & EPA tweets about Kim Kardashian


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Good morning all, here are today’s Likes and Fails for your viewing pleasure. Today we congratulate Netflix on reaching a massive milestone of 50 million subscribers and have a look at the funny fail that saw the EPA twitter account tweet about the new Kim Kardashian iPhone game.

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 Netflix has hit a huge milestone today, they’ve now got over 50 million subscribers world wide which is very impressive. 36.2 million of those subscribers are in the US and 13.8 million internationally. This means that they managed to add 1.7 million in the last quarter, which are very good figures.  It was said to stockholders in a letter that some of their original programming has helped them on their way to this number. Especially the newest series of Orange is the new Black which was recently added to their streaming service. Execs said that the $1 increase to subscriptions which offered HD and dual screen viewing had not scared customers off.

Netflix also said that it didn’t see Amazon prime and Hulu as competitors because much of their content was mutually exclusive. They said that their biggest competitors were TV channels that were offering TV anywhere apps which let you watch their shows from any device. In particular they said HBO GO was one of their main competitors.

Netflix proves again and again that it knows it’s customers and what they want, and this milestone just shows that they’re still growing.

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Quite a funny fail this morning, a US government twitter account accidentally tweeted out a message that I assume wasn’t meant for anyone to see, and I mean anyone. Last night in america the account for the Environmental Protection Agency, specifically their water account, sent out what seemed like an auto-tweet from the brand new Kim Kardashian game! It said that they were now an in-game c-list celebrity and asked others to join and become famous too on iPhone.

This is even funnier if you imagine how it all conspired. You’re an EPA employee just enjoying a bit of down time to yourself, playing the Kim Kardashian game and working your way up to C-list celebrity. Then a pop-up says “Congratulations! You’re now a C-list celebrity” it then asks you to share your progress, you quickly  say ‘God, no’ and dismiss the pop-up. Or do you? You did click the button rather quickly.. no it’ll be fine, I’ll check later, I’ve got to make B-list first. Then suddenly later that evening you’re getting notification after notification, then it dawns on you, oh no, am I signed in to the work account? Click, scroll, click, meltdown.

So yes from my delightful little story there you can tell that people definitely noticed and everyone saw the humour in it, I mean who wouldn’t? The tweet was retweeted 3,000 times before it was quietly deleted from the account 3 hours after it first hit the web.

People didn’t stop there though. The tweet was obviously screen captured to make sure it lives on forever, and with this image in frequent use the Twitter jokes came rolling in.

 

 

by Helen Stirling

Jul21

A Social Media Agency’s Round-Up – 21st July – Twitter to improve DMs, MH17 opportunists on FB, Weird Al new video & last week’s AMAs


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Welcome to this Monday’s Round-up blog. We’re filling you in with all that is happening in the Social Media world. Enjoy.

Twitter is to improve Direct Messaging

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Twitter says that they are to begin updating mobile Twitter apps so that your entire direct messaging history is available and viewable on your mobile. As well as this they are also planning to streamline the task of deleting direct messages on your mobile too. Twitter have been tinkering with DMs in recent months after a spate of interest in mobile messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Line. The changes added have been pop up notifications on web, making the messages more prominent, as well as testing a feature where any user could send another a direct message whether they were following each other or not. There is also speculation that Twitter will be offering group messaging as an option soon too.

Definitely watch out for some new updates to DMs in the next couple of months.

MH17 opportunists set up Facebook pages

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Some not very nice news regarding the MH17 plane crash has surfaced. It suggests that scammers have been setting up Facebook profiles in the names of some of the victims of the crash after claims that credit cards and identities have been stolen from the crash site. The names of some of the deceased, including children, had been used to set up fraudulent Facebook pages. The pages shared videos which supposedly linked to the plane crash but instead linked through to a spam site with loads of pop ups for suspicious services.

Luckily Facebook have now shut the pages down, but unfortunately it seems that looters have definitely been going through bags on the crash site as virtually every bag that the media have seen has been opened and left lying in the fields.

Weird Al Yankovic – Lame Claim to Fame video

Weird Al Yankovic has release one of his last videos promoting his new album release, his Social Media strategy has been spot on, releasing one video a day over a week is really helping him to build up hype surrounding the album. The latest video is not a parody, like some of the other popular ones, but instead is an original song about the obsession with celebrity culture. The video called Lame Claim to Fame, parodies people’s claims to fame such as ‘Jack Nicholson looked right at me at a Lakers game.’ The video is set out in a scrapbook, stop-animation style and is very well done. This video hasn’t had the instant amount of hits that the others have, this could be because it’s not a parody of another song, or possibly the fact that it was released on a Sunday. It currently only has about 366,000, which is a lot, but not in comparison to his first song released from the album, Tacky which had millions of hits on it’s first day.

Reddit AMA fun

There were some great AMAs on Reddit last week, and here’s a look at few of them. I guess I’ll start with Weird Al as I was just talking about him. I assume as part of his promotional online tour for his new album he decided to take part in an AMA, which was as bizarre as you’d imagine. Someone asked him his favourite recipe and he replied with this:

“Here’s my favorite recipe: PEANUT BUTTER BALL. First, take a glob of peanut butter (smooth or crunchy, it doesn’t matter… it REALLY doesn’t matter, don’t be so indecisive, just pick one or the other… it will taste the same eventually, so why are you being so stinking picky, just PICK ONE already)… then put in on a slice of bread, wad it into a ball and cram it into your mouth. Voila!”

As well as Weird Al Reddit was also treated to an AMA from Zach Braff which was also suitably odd. Zach has become a bit of a Reddit regular so it’s always interesting to see what new questions he answers each time. This time someone asked him how he was affected by what critics say about his work and he replied with:

“My ego wants everyone to like my art. But I know that’s not realistic. So I just hope that enough people like what I do so I can keep making stuff. Otherwise I’ll just go on FarmersOnly.com, find a wife and settle down.”

Another gereat question was:

“Hey Zach! Just a out of context question, what do you think about tattoos and do you ever want one?”

and his reply:

“Yes. Want one. Still deciding between Donald’s face on my balls or Donald’s balls on my face.”

by Helen Stirling