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Feb10

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 10th February – WhatsApp and Twitter firing

Hey there, we’re back with Likes and Fails and today we are looking at WhatsApp’s future plans and the girl who got herself fired over Twitter.

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WhatsApp have decided to add another string to their bow by adding calling as an option in the app. They’ve been testing this feature out with a select group of Android users. There is no sign yet of when they plan to bring the update to iPhone, and also no insight as to when the feature will roll out to all Android users. It was initially brought to attention by some redditors that had noticed the feature appear on their apps. One user then posted a video demonstrating the new feature on YouTube. Obviously the advantage of this is that the calling only uses wifi and 3G which can be useful if you want to save money on minutes and if there’s no signal in the area. The feature was originally announced last year but there had been no sign of the call feature until now.

The app isn’t exactly struggling at the moment, recently announcing that they had 700 million active monthly users who exchange around 30 billion messages a day. It’s nice to see the app progressing though it is a fairly obvious next move for them. I’m hoping someday soon we get something truly innovative from an online messaging company, though that may be difficult.

Fails

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A not so clever girl, lost her job before she’d even started it thanks to Twitter, well and herself. She tweeted that she was not looking forward to starting her job tomorrow, though in not such kind wording. Then the day after she claimed that she had been fired over Twitter. What a surprise. It turns out that her boss was alerted to her tweet by another employee, her boss, or rather never to be boss, got on his twitter and promptly fired her. He said that he didn’t want someone with that sort of attitude working at the restaurant/fast food place. Fair enough really. Make sure you pay attention to what you post on Twitter kids!

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by Helen Stirling

Jan22

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 22nd January – WhatsApp Web App & Picattoo

Here we are, it’s today’s Likes and Fails!

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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.”

Fails

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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/

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by Helen Stirling

Jan13

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 13th January – Charlie Hebdo’s cover & WhatsApp news

It’s Tuesday and here are the latest thinks we’re liking and the biggest fail of the day.

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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.

Fails 

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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.

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by Helen Stirling