Here we are, it’s today’s Likes and Fails!
WhatsApp has finally launched a web app, after many calls for it from fans of the messaging app. The messaging app is extremely popular, having over 400 million users world wide, and was last year purchased by Facebook for $19 billion. So the new web app has launched, currently only on Google Chrome’s browser, but there is expected to be updates for other browsers soon. Check it out in all it’s shiny new glory here: https://web.whatsapp.com/. On the screen you’ll see a QR code (who knew people still wanted to use those?!) you’re supposed to scan this QR code with the app on your phone and then you’ll be linked up to the web service. I should just note here that apparently the iOS app is not yet compatible with this so all you Apple users will have to hold your horses. However, Android, Windows Phone and eve Blackberry users can chat away already.
Their official announcement said: “Today, for the first time, millions of you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your web browser. Our web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device — this means all of your messages still live on your phone.”
Have you ever thought, ‘Oh my gosh I love this Instagram photo so much I wish I could print it on my body!’, well, wish granted. A new service called ‘Picattoo’ allows you to send 12 of your favourite Instagram images to them and they’ll send them to you in temporary tattoo form. Yes seriously. Now maybe this might be a fun idea for hen parties and stag dos, or like for tweenagers, but I have literally no other person in mind who might like this.
So, yeah, it seems like a bit of a lazy business idea too if you ask me, I mean you could buy a sheet of ‘temporary tattoo paper’ and run it through your printer and do it yourself for seemingly half the price (Thanks, Amazon!).
If you still want some check them out here: http://www.picattoo.com/
by Helen Stirling
Here are the first Likes and fails of the week where Google cards add a ticket purchasing option and the Social Media take on Blue Monday.
Google cards are not a new thing, but more and more capabilities are added regularly. This latest update brings the option of buying concert/event tickets from the search results. So when you click on a ticket link, you will find yourself cutting out the middle man and heading straight to the ticketing website. So, if you’re searching on google for a venue or an artist Google will offer up an expanded ‘card’ which will give you options for upcoming events surrounding that search term. This will automatically work with big well known ticketing websites such as Ticketmaster. Those using smaller platforms and not ticketing giants can add HTML code to their website to work along with the Google cards.
A great move, which many ticketing giants are happy about, they hope that it will increase the amount of tickets being sold. Especially when a recent stat showed that nearly 40% of live event tickets go unsold.
So according to the UK media today is the most depressing day of the year and has been labelled Blue Monday, which has been made into a hashtag and trending for most of the day. The general chatter has been about things to cheer you up on this miserable third Monday of January. The brands active on Social Media have of course been putting the hashtag to good work. Ferrari put a simple “#BlueMonday? Think Red!” tweet akong with a photograph of a lovely looking red ferrari. There were manybrands sharing pictures of cute kittens and puppies in an attempt to brighten followers moods too. Pret offered customers a free coffee before 11.30am by simply uttering the word beans at the counter of their nearest store, as a way of banishing the Monday blues.
The only issue with all of this is the fact that there really isn’t any proof that this is the most depressing day of the year at all. The whole thing came from a PR campaign all the way back in 2005! The stunt was set up by a travel company and their PR company; the term was coined for the third Monday in January, it was an attempt to sway people into buying more holidays in January.
So really you have no excuse to be more miserable today, it’s all a campaign set up to make you spend more money; you know, like Valentine’s Day.
by Helen Stirling
There are so many discussions today around women in the film industry, mostly spurred on by this year’s Oscar nominations, discussions have also centered around the Academy’s snub of black writers, directors, actors and others in film too. Today we look at the hashtag that has been trending on Twitter, #OscarsSoWhite.
Facebook is doing well, especially when it comes to the upcoming Super Bowl. There was recently an advert released which uploaded onto both Facebook and YouTube, now, this video went viral, but what’s most interesting are the figures to come from it. On YouTube the video has over 7 million views whereas on Facebook it has 20 million! This suggests that with the Superbowl coming up Facebook could be very lucrative for some of the biggest brands releasing their Superbowl adverts. It’s likely that this could be the first year that the Superbowl adverts get more views on Facebook than on YouTube.
GoDaddy, who had a famous Super Bowl commercial where a ‘nerd’ made out with a supermodel, have said they will be using Facebook’s native video. “We have been increasing our usage of Facebook video posts and are looking forward to some of the new options they are testing now.”
Well it’s all going swimmingly for Facebook at the moment when it comes to video. We bet Mark Zuckerberg is spinning in his, office chair.
#OscarsSoWhite was trending the majority of yesterday after the Oscar nominations were announced and the distinct lack of people of colour was noticed by many. People have reported that this years nominations feature the least amount of people of colour since the 1998 awards. Selma the film this year expected to sweep the award categories was instead only nominated for a best song nod and best picture, sadly missing out on Best Actor and Best Director whcih it had been tipped for, especially after it was nominated in these categories at the Golden Globe awards.
The Tweeters used the hashtag to point out the seriousness of the fact that the film business has’t progressed very far since the Oscars began, and that the black women that have won an academy award have all played slaves maids, or deceptive characters. There were also some taking a look at the tongue in cheek side of the hashtag by cracking a few jokes, but still focusing on the matter at hand.
Let’s hope this gets some attention in the Academy and hope that they will at least consider equal rights in the future when making nominations.
by Helen Stirling
Here are today’s Likes and Fails! Today we feature Twitter’s future video plans and Facebook’s new platform for use at work.
Twitter is expanding it’s business model with a new emphasis on video. Much like Facebook recently making video more of a focus, with added visibility in timelines and Twitter has decided to do the same. Twitter spoke and said that it was taking the first step “in making video the natural platform” for the site. Part of the plan involves opening up and evolving its video products and offering it’s one-click play video card to all advertisers. They will also be using SnappyTV (a company they acquired in June 2014) for advertisers to use which should open up the potential of using live video streaming.
Twitter have also promised that there will be more announcements to come through the year regarding video on their site. This is definitely a step up in the video race against Facebook, (I mean we all know no-one can compete with YouTube). Facebook announced last year that they saw 1 billion video views daily, and that is definitely a milestone for Twitter to compete with. And with Twitter’s slip of news earlier this month about a YouTube rival service that will not host videos that are hosted on other platforms, that could be a big move for the company which will either go really well or be a complete flop.
Facebook at work is a new invention, by Facebook, which aims to give you a whole new platform to use Facebook at work. Now I don’t know about you but I feel like I know of a site similar to this already, is it.. Linkyden? No wait, oh yeah of course it’s LinkedIn. This platform has been around for ages now and it’s main use is for business. I can’t really see where the need is for a new work site seeing as so many people already use LinkedIn for business conversations. This is also somewhat true of Google Plus as there are many who create a ‘Work’ or ‘Business’ circle and share relevant news and articles with those people.
Facebook at work promises a similar look and feel to that of Facebook but that the platform will be entirely separate and will just include a group of employees. The info you share on Facebook at work will not be seen on your Facebook profile. There are no indications yet if there is a business model involved with Facebook for Work, as mockups of the site do not show space for advertising, though there are rumours they may charge businesses for using the service.
The app has been released on the Android and iOS stores, but is currently only usable for businesses that are part of Facebook’s pilot program. We’ll hold back too much judgement for now, but currently it seems like it is attempting to infiltrate a market which already has platforms representing it.
by Helen Stirling
It’s Tuesday and here are the latest thinks we’re liking and the biggest fail of the day.
Charlie Hebdo, the magazine at the centre of a horrific terror attack last week has released it’s first cover since the tragic event where 12 were killed. The cover is suitably controversial and features an illustration of Muhammad, which was reportedly the initial reason for the attacks. The image shows Muhammad holding a Je Suis Charlie sign, and a tear rolling down his face. The page is titled ‘ Tout est pardonne’ which means ‘all is forgiven’.
Originally it was reported that a 1 million print run would be made of the issue following the attacks but in fact that has now, according to reports, been upped to a 3 million print run which should allow for expected demand. The magazine isn’t actually released until tomorrow but the front cover image has been released a day earlier by French news outlets. 1,000 copies should be going on sale in the UK from certain distributors tomorrow morning.
WhatsApp is now more popular than SMS (text messaging), which has been around since mobile phones became popular. Also, David Cameron seemingly wants to ban WhatsApp from the UK. Weirdly, these two things are unrelated. Cameron has plans for a whole new level of surveillance on the public, where spies should be allowed to monitor all online messaging activity. The Prime Minister said he would stop the use of methods of communication which cannot be read by security services, such as services which encrypt their data, like Snapchat and WhatsApp.
Which, if the other news of WhatsApp being more popular than texting is ringing true, means that there could be a large amount of WhatsApp users that are going to be disgruntled in the near future.
by Helen Stirling
It’s the start of a brand new week and here’s the latest Likes and Fails.
In case you hadn’t noticed, the Golden Globes were on last night and there was plenty of coverage on Twitter. Handily Twitter sort of rounded up some of the Twitter best bits for us.
The most talked about moments surrounded the best original song winner, which went to Glory, the song by Common and John Legend from the film Selma. This was closely followed by discussion around Matt Bomer’s win for supporting actor in the TV film The Normal Heart. The third most discussed moment was surrounding the winner for best actor in a miniseries or TV movie which went to Billy Bob Thornton.
The most talked about stars during the awards were Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and George Clooney, in that order. The most popular celebrities on the red carpet were Amy Adams, Jennifer Lopez, who wore a particularly revealing dress and Amal Clooney, who recently wed George Clooney.
Rupert Murdoch, a man who seemingly no one likes has upset even more people, if that’s possible. He tweeted about the situation in France and stated that he thought that Muslims should apologize for the actions of the Muslim extremists that had taken part in the attacks. Which quite rightly everyone shouted (well as much as you can shout through a computer) at him.
It wasn’t just us ordinary folk who decided to taunt him on his ridiculous views, Aziz Ansari decided to get involved too. He tweeted that, what should his 60 year old parents in Maine do to fight these extremist Muslims, and that he needed a step by step guide to find out how they could help. Obviously all very sarcastic.
Usually when people find themselves to have been offensive on Twitter they delete the message and apologize but oh no, not old Murdoch. He’s sitting firmly with his view that a whole religion should take the blame for the acts of terrorism taken out by others. Idiot.
by Helen Stirling
A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 9th January – Tech greats show support fro Charlie Hebdo & Prank video
TGIF! The first week of the year is done and it’s time for the weekend. But, before you go there’s just time to read another edition of Likes and Fails!
Facebook, Google, Apple and other online giants have taken to their respective websites and shared their messages and symbols of solidarity in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks along with continuing acts of violence in and around Paris.
Mark Zuckerberg posted on his personal page a message of support along with a personal story where he claims he had been threatened much like the Charlie Hebdo illustrators and creators. He says that he would not let the threats get in the way of freedom of speech. You can see this post below.
On Apple’s French website they have put a black ‘Je Suis Charlie’ banner at the bottom of the page. Google has added tribute in a similar way by hosting a black banner on their home page. On top of this Google is donating £195,000 to support the magazine, with the digital press fund, following the attack.
The Guardian says “Media companies have also come together to support Charlie Hebdo, including the Guardian Media Group which has donated £100,000. It is expected Le Monde, France Télévisions and Radio France will do similar.”
Thoughts are with those in France at this time and the world’s show of solidarity hopefully shows the individuals involved that these acts of senseless violence will not be tolerated.
Hey it’s Friday I’m going to try and help you be cheerful in the wake of the horrible news in France. This prank video, is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while and the prank is no way offensive to anyone and all the participants seem to take it in good stride. I hope you enjoy it.
by Helen Stirling
Welcome to Thursday! Here are today’s Likes and Fails.
A show of online and real life solidarity has shown that there are good people out there. #JeSuisCharlie has been trending on Twitter for quite some time, following the news of a massacre in Paris, which took the life of 12 people, most of which who worked for the political satire magazine Charlie Hebdo. People began to show their solidarity by posting images of the words ‘Je Suis Charlie’ along with the hashtag, as well as cartoonists using the tag to post their own illustrations about the event. There were many cartoons which also expressed solidarity and that they and their cartoons would not be silenced by the threat of terror.
Obviously the attack in Paris yesterday and sadly a subsequent attack today which killed a female police officer are horrific and should in no way be in a ‘like section’ of an article but I thought I should make it clear that I am in fact ‘liking’ and praising the show of compassion and solidarity of those around the world who have shared their thoughts and prayers following the attacks.
It has also been announced that Charlie Hebdo will be released as usual next Wednesday and that 1 million copies will produced in an act of defiance and to prove that ‘stupidity will not win’. The usual circulation for the magazine is around 45,000.
One Blackfriars. The name of the new block of apartments in London. The property group involved with the development of the apartments has released a trailer (sadly now removed) with the most ridiculous viewpoint of London and the people they imagine to live within their luxury apartment block. The advert somehow manages to be racist, sexist, elitist all at once, probably along with some other lists as well, and I’m not even exaggerating. The video shows a young attractive white couple on their way to some boutique shops in London, this is all happening under a cheesy male voice over which is possibly one of the cringiest things I’ve ever heard, it almost sounds like a parody of itself.
The advert was quickly noticed by sarcastic Twitterers, and many began making jokes about the advert and the view counter was heading up and up, unfortunately in the course of writing this, the video was stolen from us and our mocking will have to continue without the beautiful video for insight. I will never forget the dulcet tones of that voiceover, the beautiful background music, the one dimensional view of London, the seedy undertones and the suggestion that women only like to go shopping in select boutiques whilst their man pays.
Hurrah! I’ve found some GIFs from this piece of art. Check them out at the Business Insider.
by Helen Stirling
A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 6th January – YouTube GIFs and Facebook privacy notice hoax
Here are today’s Likes and Fails, with a look at the newest privacy notice on Facebook hoax and the fact that you can now change YouTube videos into GIF from within the site! Well, on select videos anyway.
YouTube have finally done it! Created a useful tool to create GIFs from within the actual YouTube site. No Third Parties here. The GIF making tool is currently very limited to certain channels as a test but you can have a look at it on PBS’s Idea Channel here. You can find the create-a-gif tool simply by visiting a video’s page and hitting the share button below the video and there will be a GIF option along with the usual, share, embed and email.
The tool itself is satisfyingly simple, there is what looks like a visual timeline of the video where you can move slidey parameters to crop the length of the GIF that you want. There’s even the option to ad meme style text to the GIFs, and then all you need to do is click create GIF and there you have it.
I can’t wait until this is rolled out across all accounts because I’m going to make so many Parks and Recreation reaction GIFs. Seriously, so many.
Yes, yet ANOTHER, Facebook privacy notice hoax has been floating around the site. With gullible users copy and pasting some complete drivel about their privacy on the site, as if writing it out would stop the mighty corporation from using your stuff. Apparently the ‘legal notice’ enforces and threeatens things like this: “The content of my profile contains private information. The violation of my privacy is punishable by law (UCC 1-308 1-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).”
And this: “Those who read this text can do a copy/paste on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this statement, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and or its content. The actions mentioned above also apply to employees, students, agents and or other personnel under the direction of Facebook.”
Yuh-huh because that intern making coffee at Facebook really wants to steal a picture of you drunkenly sticking your tongue out at the camera, or 20 pictures of your dumb kid making vaguely different expressions.
Along with these inane posts filling up our Facebook feeds, which in fact lead me to a Facebook friend clear out, there were the other friends who posted the sarcastic micky taking post about the privacy post, which started to get just as annoying in all honesty. How about we all deal with the fact that we decide to put personal aspects of our life online and that we probably have little control over who might use your stuff.
by Helen Stirling
It’s the New Year and we’re back with a brand new, 2015 edition of Likes and Fails!
Reddit have had a very impressive year, and continue to grow despite a large number of people I know saying ‘I don’t get it’ about the site. A statement I couldn’t disagree with more. I get it. I can’t leave it alone. Well, I can, I’ve become less and less of an addict over the past few months, just checking it a couple of times a day at work to watch out for the next big thing online. The site is often the birthplace of the next big thing online, whether it be a viral video or an AskReddit thread, which becomes massive a few days later when it’s regurgitated on to Buzzfeed.
So, on to the news, it’s been reported that Reddit had a whopping 71.25 billion page views over the year of 2014. The information, handily encapsulated into a colourful infographic, tells us other facts about the ‘front page of the internet’s’ yearly activity. There were a whopping 535 million comments posted on Reddit articles, photos, posts and nearly 400,000 new sign ups to the site from 195 different countries. This proves that it really is growing globally. There were 5.7 billion votes made on the 54.9 million posts made to the site.
Reddit isn’t going anywhere soon, apart from up.
All you Netflix loving citizens should be concerned, well according to the UK’s online media sites anyway. If you’re one of those who enjoys accessing the global Netflix catalog via questionable means, VPNs or proxies, then you could be in trouble, in the foreseeable future. The developers at Netflix seem to have found a way to block certain VPNs and proxy servers on the Netflix app, which is preventing certain users from accessing the content from a different country.
People often opt to use VPNs and proxies so that they can access new and different content on the app. This is because each county offers a different selection of content, rather than Netflix having one library of shows across the world. So there is clearly a desire for a greater selection of content.
There has been a call for Netflix to crack down on this before from film and TV production companies/studios who are concerned (well clearly, about their money) but also that it allegedly harms regional broadcast agreements.
At the moment it is only affecting certain blockers and proxies so you might still be ok for now, but it is definitely something that Netflix are going to focus on more in the future.
by Helen Stirling