Social media was dominated by the usual suspects in August as most of the UK tried to avoid Game of Thrones spoilers from across the pond, football returned to our screens and deadline day rumours ran wild.
With all that going on, and the odd trip away to warmer shores, it’s fair to assume that a few stories may have passed you by. With that in mind, we’re here to round up some of the biggest social media stories of the last month.
We all have that one friend on Facebook who we feel documents their child’s entire life and in way too much detail.
A recent survey by YouGov has revealed some interesting findings on the sharenting phenomenon. 56% of parents surveyed said they would not post images of their children online and 70% said it was not ok to post without their permission.
Where do you stand on the issue? A great and convenient way of updating your friends or an annoying habit that needs to stop?
Selfies are an everyday part of our lives now and millions upon millions are uploaded across the internet every day but, at what price?
YouGov have found that 44% of people edit selfies before posting them online, with 27% stating the images make their lives look more interesting than it actually is. 29% of people spend between 1-2 minutes editing photos, with a further 17% taking over 2 minutes per photo.
It is interesting to consider the wider implications of this study. Is everything as it seems on social media or is it a world which is very much hidden behind a rose-tinted filter?
Finally, a major gaffe you might have missed in August, as The Telegraph managed to kill off the Duke of Edinburgh, by jumping the gun and accidentally publishing an article that was a little premature to say the least.
The article, falsely reporting the Prince’s death, was posted by mistake after the announcement that Prince Phillip was due to retire from his duties and would be standing down from his many years of cutting ribbons, shaking hands and making speeches.
As someone who works in this industry, who lives in constant fear that a mistake like this will go viral – I’ve got a bit of sympathy for the poor souls at The Telegraph. It’s safe to say they’ll be triple checking before they hit send from now on.
Lonely Planet launched an Instagram rival for everyone with wanderlust. The new app named ‘Trips’, will allow users to post pictures of the sights they see whilst travelling the world and offer insights and suggestions for other avid travellers. Users will be able to create miniature travel journals with multiple pictures (up to 10) and right about each one, offering their own unique view on their experience.
Facebook are aiming to muscle in on YouTube, Netflix and other TV Networks as it is bringing a ‘Watch’ tab to the social network which will include dedicated videos and a range of shows including some original content funding by the social media giant.
So, as September approaches and the first hints of Christmas appear on the supermarket shelves we’ll keep a close eye on events and be back here to roundup up for you again next month.