Our weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the social media world…
This week Rick Astley resurfaced from his internet grave on an infinite video loop.
Twitter and Vine engineers were outsmarted by a 16 year old who managed to cheat the social network’s six second rule.
The dumbfounded engineers had to politely ask the teenager to remove the video but their attempts were in vain as the clip continued to virally roam the social sphere. As this teen tech wiz astutely noted, “the internet never forgets”. This kid is clearly not just a Vine hacker but also a 21st century Confucius.
Ah, those ancient chunky “A to Z” maps; the staple of every road trip pre 2006. What, wait, you’re still using them? Well throw that bad boy in the bin and hit-up Google Maps.
OK, you’ve probably been using it for ages, but did you know you could use Google Maps to navigate around the many scenic prison-labour camps of North Korea? Tom Chivers in-depth look at how the app has progressed over the years is well worth a read.
We all know that Twitter played a vital role in the Arab Spring but did you know that only 30% of Egyptians used the service during that uprising, compared to an unbelievable 90% of Turkey’s inhabitants currently tweeted about their crisis.
Newspapers have been blasted for an absence of protest coverage, so dissatisfied Turks have adopted Twitter in lieu. Social media is citizen journalism, but now seemingly overtaking traditional? Unprecedented.
After being fired for allegedly collaborating with Anonymous, Matthew Keys (ex social media editor of Reuters) has decided to embark on another collaboration venture, but this time with news outlets.
His unique way of channeling facts into Twitterati style content is not about getting back on top, it’s all about helping people access the best news.
We might have to wait a while as it’s already been taken down and you need log in details to access. Maybe we could ask Matt to lend us his?
Oh, and for all the info on my recent promotion to director, read more here.