The best Santa’s on Social Media

When I was younger Father Christmas was someone who I posted a letter to in the North Pole around late November time and if I was lucky my parents would take me to a department store to visit him in his Grotto.

Now Santa is on Twitter, talks to you through apps and there is even a Santa that even decides if you’ve been naughty or nice based on your tweets through out the year. For an old man he’s certainly no technophobe!

First there is Social Santa who decides if you’ll be receiving a lovely gift or a piece of coal by analysing your Social Media posts. Looks like I won’t be expecting much come Christmas Day then. Check your profile here with Social Santa.

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‘Be good or Father Christmas won’t come’ is a line that every parent repeats during the lead up to Christmas and now they have some back up in the form of an app. Portable North Pole or PNP is an app which you can download and personalise inputting your child’s name, any details about them and something good or naughty they have done. When they then watch this Father Christmas greets them by their name and repeats all the information you have given leaving your child wondering how on earth Santa knows and hopefully stopping any bad behaviour. There is also a website version too.

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When it comes to Twitter, it seems Santa has many alias’ but all with the same motto to spread Christmas cheer for all to hear! So here are three of the best Santa’s on Twitter.

@OfficialSanta with the 21k followers seems to be the most popular with a number of celebrities following him also.

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Coming in a close second is @NorthPolePost – he seems to take a holiday throughout the year tweeting mainly in December in the run up to Christmas.

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And thirdly it is simply @Santa with the most followers, a total of 77,000, this Santa tweets historic photos, humorous posts, relevant news and cheeky tweets to celebs he is definitely worth a follow.

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Merry Christmas from us all here at The Social Shop – and remember Santa has eyes everywhere!

Facebook hints at a ‘Dislike’ button

Ever since the ‘like’ button came into use back in 2009 there has been call for a dislike button so you can make your feelings clear to some of the drivel and views people share on facebook, or that photo of you looking awfully drunk that your ‘friend’ puts up.

Although Facebook has previously dismissed the idea of a ‘dislike’ button, this week CEO Mark Zuckerberg hinted at this saying they were ‘thinking’ about it saying they are considering ways users can express their feelings beyond the Like button during a Q&A session at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park Thursday.

However he was quick to add that it wouldn’t be called ‘dislike’ but they are looking at ways people would like to react and communicate other than just liking a post.

“Everyone feels like they they can just push the Like button, and that’s an important way to sympathize or empathize with someone,” Zuckerberg told the audience. But there are times when you may want the simplicity of a one-click response but a “like” doesn’t feel appropriate” he continued to say “We need to figure out the right way to do it so it ends up being a force for good, not a force for bad,” he said — because a “dislike” or other negative sentiment could easily be used for the wrong reasons.”

It is worth noting however that Zuckerberg has been making similar comments since the launch of the like button when fans started campaigning for a long requested dislike button.

Watch this space.

 

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Is the ‘Brick’ making a comeback?

As a nation we love a bit of nostalgia – there’s something comforting about looking back on a time when things were more simple. It gives us those warm and fuzzy feelings, which may explain why a number of us are heading backwards with technology.

It appears oversized and retro phones (aka – the ‘brick’ aptly named due to the size and weight)  are the new  ‘IT’ accessory, and leading the pack is fashionista and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour of course, along with the likes of Rihanna. Kate Beckinsdale and Scarlett Johansson are also rumoured to be a fan of the old school models.

Anna Wintour seen using her flip phone at Wimbledon earlier this year is leading the fashion pack with the vintage phone trend.

Anna Wintour seen using her flip phone at Wimbledon earlier this year is leading the fashion pack with the vintage phone trend.

Favourite brands are LG and Nokia. They do the trick, you can make a phone call and send a text, you don’t need to worry about smashing your screen, being hacked, your battery going low (some simple phones have a battery life of up to one month) or running over your data allowance. You can’t ignore the fact that compared to our current smart-phones, these retro models were almost indestructible – and who can forget Snake? It was the game of all games and way more intense than Candy Crush.

There is obviously a call for it – just looking on eBay the market is flooded with all types of vintage phones, with Nokia’s 8210 one of the smallest models they made being the most popular.

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With our privacy becoming ever more important to us it is no wonder we are embracing retro technologies – and there’s something quite fun about saying ‘It’s Vintage, Darling’.

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Fashion Icons? The girls from the 90's classic film using their 'brick' mobile phones.

Fashion Icons? The girls from the 90’s classic film using their ‘brick’ mobile phones.

 

Yuppies and mobile phones in the 1980's.

Yuppies and mobile phones in the 1980’s.