Social Media Notes
Here’s this week’s round-up of social media (& tech) news. Come by each week for what I hope to be a fun & informative blog post on social stories that caught my eye throughout the week!
- Social media makes an impact. Here’s another example of that: This girl lost a lot of weight and credits it to support received through Instagram as she posted photos/ (before/after) of her journey on the platform.
- Where all the comments going? Increasingly, news sites are turning off comments citing mostly pain of moderation but here’s an interesting timeline (a brief history of) the end of comments. (Which I don’t necessarily agree with…
- Reddit has launched its new “Upvoted” online magazine featuring stories that come from Reddit. Also: no commented allowed on Upvoted articles. (You can click back into the Redddit thread the story came from to comment though…)
- There were some rumours floating around that an R-rated version of Instagram was going to happen, but company co-founder has come out to say no, that’s not true and original comments about that were taken out of context. Nudity has been a big issue related to Instagram (see #freethenipple hashtag) lol.
- I think this whole exchange is interesting: CBS asked a photographer on Twitter if they could use photos he tweeted with credit to him to which he responded, basically no you cannot use them for free that is insulting, he’s a professional. I find the Internet/photo credit thing such a fine line…
- A new study says seeing your friends in real life is a whole lot better to ward off depression than interacting online.
- The Facebook Dislike button is not happening – instead, Facebook is going full-steam ahead with emojis, testing out animated emoji “Reactions”. Cute.
- Facebook isn’t the only one riding the emoji wave – Twitter has now added giant emojis to Direct Messages. Similar to giant emojis in Snapchat texts too.
- Soon enough – Facebook is working on augmented reality.
- Twitter has launched its “Twitter Moments” – meant to show what’s happening, curated by Twitter. It’s meant to make it easier for non-Twitter people to use Twitter. “Twitter for everyone else” if you will.
- LinkedIn has now made all LinkedIn Groups private. Google search also won’t bring up discussions in LinkedIn groups. They’re also rolling out a new stand-alone Groups app. To date, I’ve found little interest/use in joining or posting in LinkedIn Groups, and many I’ve worked with haven’t been able to find as much value in the Groups as they’d like. I am curious to see if this makes it easier (or harder) to get that value.
- Teens, Technology and Romantic Relationships – a new Pew Research study finds that only 35% of American teens have ever dated, hooked up or been linked romantically to someone online, though 57% have started non-romantic friendships. Social media is a top venue for flirting – with 55% of teens having flirted or talked to someone to let them know they were interested online.
- Check out dat Snowden bump doe.
- The Unicode Consortium (lol, I always laugh that that’s a thing) has released a list of some potential emojis that we might be using next year including finally – a nauseated puking face lol – and a bunch more food, etc. Some are very cute! Although I am still waiting for Apple’s latest iOS to give me some new emojis…
- Did you see this week’s Cat Saturday photos?!
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