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Apr08

Rejoice! Twitter has rolled out the ‘Retweet with comment’ feature.

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We’ve all been there, we’ve wanted to retweet a tweet with our own hilarious spin on things, but that darn word count gets in our way. The world needs to hear our comment on things! What will we do?! Awkwardly abbreviate our words so we look like we’ve sent a text from our old Nokia phone? Retweet and then send a separate tweet with comments about said tweet? Or just scrap the tweet altogether. Heaven forbid.

Well now Twitter has come up with a brilliant solution. You can now ‘quote’ the tweet and add your own comment with the increased allowance of 116 characters! Whaaaat?! You can basically comment on retweets. This is the best addition to Twitter in a long time. Most other recent changes have been morphing Twitter into a bit of a Facebook clone, but this one, well it’s still doing that, but it’s much more practical and useful than adding a new profile design.

It’s simple to use, on Twitter where you would normally click retweet you get the pop-up as usual and now you can pick ‘quote tweet’ this allows you to use the new feature. If you choose this option it will push the tweet you decided to retweet as a card into your tweet and then you can make your own comment and send! It’s really that simple.

This is a good step for crediting original authors in tweets as well as notifying others that their tweet is being mentioned, which sometimes gets lost in sub-tweeting. All in all a good step forward. Nice one Twitter.

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by Helen Stirling

Mar09

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 9th March – Emma Watson He for She and Farage’s Tweet

Good morning, here are today’s Likes and Fails! Emma Watson spends International Women’s Day discussing gender equality issues and Nigel Farage sent a stupid tweet and got stupid answers.

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Emma Watson has been at it again, speaking out for women’s rights, this time she participated in a live web chat on Sunday 8th March, appropriately International Women’s Day. She hosted the live chat on Facebook and took time to answer some questions that women from around the world had sent in following her call a week earlier. Facebook helped to host the event and helped to stream the event to thousands. Greg James volunteered to help present and act as interviewer for the discussion about women’s rights.

You can watch the first part of this interview on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1032777126741177

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Nigel Farage, a man possibly never to grace the likes section of our blog has been making a bit of an idiot of himself on Twitter. The politician posted a photograph of himself on Twitter and asked the public if they could name what was behind him in the picture. Of course the sarcastic comments came rolling in, though a lot of them were more straight up rude than sarcastic.

The best sarcastic answer I saw was ‘The Sea, dumbass’. Though many made a mockery of what he decided to wear comparing his outfit to that of Mr Toad from the Wind in the Willows. Another great response was ‘your best years’. All hilarious. Politicians should really learn to think before they post on Twitter. Though, I’m sure they all expect it nowadays.

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by Helen Stirling

Feb24

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 24th February – 6 year old boy gets Facebook party & Feminist banning on Instagram

Here are today’s Likes and Fails!

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A mother was so upset after she arranged a Birthday party for her 6 year old with autism and no children showed up she turned to Facebook. She had invited 16 children from her son’s class, but no kids, or realistically none of their parents took them to the party. Naturally you don’t want your child to spend their sixth Birthday alone so a mother posted in a local community group urging anyone who could come by that day to celebrate her boy’s birthday with him and boy did they turn up. Eventually 16 kids showed up to the party and not only that the local services, like the police and the firemen showed up and let the boy try out the fire truck. They even brought him lots of toys for presents.

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See Facebook isn’t always bad.

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An Instagram account called ‘feminists on Tinder has been removed and suspended and feminists are not happy about it. Th account shares messages that a female Tinder user has had with male users on the site about feminism. The account does not violate guidelines but has been removed from the site twice. bviously a lot of people wanted to know why the account had been banned and started the hashtag #wewillnotbesilenced to help discover Instagrams reasoning and also to hopefully get the account reinstated. For some reason Instagram has not yet commented. Clearly not all about equal rights. What a big fat fail.

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by Helen Stirling

Feb12

Facebook updates its handling of death and memorials – Legacy contacts

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Before now Facebook seemed to have a fairly simple stance on what was to be done with profiles after a user had died and now they have improved their system. Previously users had to contact Facebook if their loved one had died and inform them about the certain profile, show some sort of proof of death and then the page would be memorialised. This meant that all their info was kept on the page and it could be visited by friends and family members, but removed it from public places such as ‘suggested friends’.

Now users can be in control of what may happen to their profile if they were to die. You can now add a ‘legacy contact’ which means you can add in the contact details of someone you trust to deal with your affairs after your death and they will be able to take control and access your profile. They will be able to edit certain things such as your profile and your header image, and manage it as a memorial profile. They will be able to accept or reject friend requests and download an archive of photos, if the original owner had given permission to do so. The contacts will not be able to read messages or change any other account settings.

This is a great idea as it now makes it easier for family members to take control of a page (as long as they’re the legacy contact). It means that there will be no need to open up a new page as a place for friends and family to share their memories about their person. Their profile page can instead be a place for people to post and share.

The memorialised accounts are also changing slightly too. Any page of someone who has died will have a ‘remembering’ written above their name on their page to make it clear to visitors that this person has passed away.

The legacy contact setting is currently only available to US users but will be available in other countries soon.

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by Helen Stirling

Feb11

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 11th February – Boyhood honest trailer & Samsung fails

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Today our like is a simple one. This funny spoof video which is an ‘honest trailer’ for Boyhood. This parody has come out just in time for the Oscars where Boyhood is expected to scoop the Best Picture prize. Usually honest trailers have a sarcastic voiceover, but in this one they use the song from Boyhood and create lyrics over the top of it. Very funny. Worth a watch.


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Samsung TVs have been freaking out their users (in Australia) recently and for more than one reason. The main reason is that they have been putting advertisements over movies and other content that users have been watching on them, that is not live TV. This is weird. People using the app Plex, a server for your own files and content, have found themselves watching a movie only to be interrupted by an advert for Pepsi. The company says that this was an error which occurred in the latest software update sent to TVs, but still it’s pretty unnerving that they can just put ads wherever they please on your TV, whilst your watching your own downloaded content! They are currently investigating the situation and hopefully can make users feel less concerned with the answers they find.

The other issue people are having is that someone realised the other day that Samsung could record the noises from your living room and sharing it with third parties. People got up in arms about the section of the user agreement they didn’t read and said that Samsung was spying on them. Samsung had put this clearly in their user agreement and if you read it properly it says that it will record noises only when you use the voice feature on your TV. So it records when you try and find a TV programme or a TV channel with your remote. As soon as the icon is off of your screen it stops recording. I think people are taking this a little far. Just don’t use the voice feature if you’re that worried.

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by Helen Stirling

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.

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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

Jan27

The Beard Olympics launch

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The beard is very much back in fashion. The hipsters have owned it, and now the every-man is getting on board, there’s no denying it, the beard is well a truly the male fashion statement of the moment.

So with that in mind we’re excited to introduce to you the beardy app you’ve been waiting for, The Beard Olympics! A sort of Tinder for beards, or perhaps a ‘rate my beard’ style app, it allows you to vote for the best beards of Instagram with the most popular winning the beard Olympics. It doesn’t officially launch until tomorrow so we’re giving you that sneak peek now.

The Beard Olympics follows up the other extremely successful app, created for Christmas SocialSanta.co which allowed users to log in via their Twitter account and find out whether they were on Santa’s naughty or nice list by the amount of times they’d sworn on Twitter over the last year. The results could then be shared to Twitter or Facebook which lead to the app being shared thousands of times.

The creator, Daniel Benzie said about creating the app: “The first thing I did was use the excellent Instagram API to begin pulling in any photos with the hashtagBeard. After this I wrote a small JS library which interfaces with the SQL database using Ajax to pull out records and randomly order them so that the user may play.” “Each card is weighted with an equal amount of plays so no particular card has a better chance than any other of ‘winning’.”

The great thing about the beardy app is the quick way it loads beardy photos from Instagram really quickly for easy voting, and if you notice a photo not of a beard in your comparison then you can simply report the photo and it will be removed from the game after 3 reportings.

There’s a section on the page where you can see the current top position beard, and all it’s runner up beards, which aren’t nearly as majestic. There is also a ‘worst beards’ section which houses all the crap facial hair of Instagram. Really, it should just house 20 pictures of Justin Bieber back when he attempted to grow facial hair, and look manly, that was hilarious.

As the great Ron Swanson once said: “Facial hair should be full, thick and square.  Nothing sculpted.  If you have to sculpt it, that probably means you can’t grow it.”

You can visit the app here: http://thebeardolympics.co.uk/

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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.

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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

Jan12

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 12th January – #GoldenGlobes & Rupert Murdoch fail

It’s the start of a brand new week and here’s the latest Likes and Fails.

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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.

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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.

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by Helen Stirling

Jan08

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 8th January – Charlie Hebdo solidarity & One Blackfriars

Welcome to Thursday! Here are today’s Likes and Fails.

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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.

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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.

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by Helen Stirling