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Christmas Tweets!

IT’S NEARLY CHRISTMAS! This can only mean one thing, CHRISTMAS TWEETS! Christmas is the best time of year for social media; the puns, the jokes and the campaigns.

So we thought we would bring the best of the best all to one space so you can appreciate all of the epic people in the world on Twitter!

  1. First up we have Nando’s, arguably king of Twitter banter and social media in general!

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2. Next: Realising you have become an old woman:

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3. One word: Dogs

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4. Joseph:

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5. Working out over Christmas? IT’S A NO FROM US!

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6. DASHING THROUGH THE…

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7. STEVE MARTIN and his epic announcement faux pas

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8. Do you know what you’re getting for Christmas?

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9. You can always count on Tesco.

Have you seen any good Christmas tweets or posts on social? Let us know in the comments below!

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Damn, Daniel: The New Viral Video

If you’ve been on the internet at all this past weekend, the phrase, “Damn, Daniel” is probably already stuck in your head.

Daniel Lara, a student at Riverside Poly High School in California, has become the new internet sensation after his friend Joshua Holz posted a 30 second video of him on Twitter.

The video consists of Holz narrating several short videos of Lara saying, “Damn, Daniel, back at it again with the white vans.” After the video was posted on February 15, it quickly became viral with 290,000 retweets and 370,000 likes on Twitter.

Click here for the original Twitter post

Whether you understand it or not, the internet seems to be having a blast!

For the past week, the internet has been exploding with memes inspired by the post. With the use of social media, brands such as Axe, Clorox and Vans, quickly jumped onto this and used it to their advantage.

People are even selling their white vans on eBay for as much as $25,000!

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One of these memes immediately went viral with almost 30,000 retweets and 36,000 likes.

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Even Daniel Radcliffe got dragged into it.

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SoundCloud user ‘Suhmeduh’ went one step further by creating a remix of the audio; it has been played 833,000 times. I must admit, it’s actually quite catchy.

Soundcloud Remix of Damn Daniel Suhmeduh

Click here to listen to the song.

You know that it has officially become a viral when businesses are creating their own memes.

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Axe Meme/Ad using Damn Daniel

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Vans even went a step further and created a poll on twitter that had over 179,000 participants.

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Of course Ellen DeGeneres had them on The Ellen Show. On the show, they talk about how it all started and how they’ve been getting attention from girls at the mall. Holz then received a personalized surf board with, “Damn Daniel! I was on Ellen!” and Lara received a lifetime supply of Vans shoes from the company itself.

Almost all viral memes on the internet seem to quickly die down so let’s see how long Lara and Holz get to keep their 30 seconds of fame.

Until then, Dammmmmmmmmmn Daniel     White Shoes Emoji

 

 

Vanessa Hudgens and Greg Hudgens celebrates Father's Day with the Launch of Techno Source's Rubik's Revolution at Toys ''R'' Us Times Square (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage for Ruth C. Schwartz and Co., Inc.)

The Show Must Go On: Vanessa Hudgens pays tribute to her father with her performance as Rizzo in “Grease: Live Performance”

The much anticipated “Grease: Live Performance” aired Sunday, January 31st, on FOX. The three hour, live television special was well received by fans and stars alike. Congratulatory posts were made all over twitter and social media.

However, there were also posts expressing condolences to Vanessa Hudgens after she announced in that her father had passed from stage four cancer just earlier that morning.

Hudgens proved her strength and talent that evening as she carried on with the show, and gave a chilling performance of “There Are Worse Things”. Needless to say, her dad would be very proud of her.

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At the end of the credits it read, “In loving memory of Greg Hudgens, June 22, 1950 – January 20, 2016.” Of course, this was at the very end of the show when Vanessa pretty much won it all. Not only did she perfectly embody Rizzo, but she nailed both her solos. Grease Live was a display of true theatre and an amazing cast and crew. 

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The Kimoji is Here!

Like marmite, you either love or hate Kim Kardashian. There are some people who disagree with the way she initially got famous but you cannot deny her business mind, eagerness and inventive ways of making money. 

 

If it’s not perfume, it’s hair products, beauty products and even her book of selfies selling out off the shelves. She is a phenomenon and people are obsessed with everything she creates, her products she sells and even just her face and body on Instagram.

 

She ventured into the virtual world creating her own video game. Then she and her other sisters created their own apps.

 

Now she has gone one step further and created an array of her own emojis! They feature famous moments of her life along side other emojis you can use all the time. Of course, her famous bottom is included, her famous crying face, her incredible engagement ring and even her body!

 

It already went straight to number 1 on its first day on the app store and we are not surprised. Here are some of them below:

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Even her husband was supportive of the idea: What are your thoughts and will you be purchasing the app? Let us know!

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Twitter Heart Star

Twitter stars are back!

As you might already know, back in the day people looked at the stars for directions…

 

 

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So, we can understand if every single time you have a look at your Twitter feed you feel lost without your shiny little stars!

 

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There’s no need to feel lost anymore, though. The Brooklyn-based developer Reed Kavner created a Chrome extension that will bring the stars back to Twitter. Fav Forever, which rolled out to the Chrome Web Store just hours after Twitter’s big change, will change the hearts back to stars on Twitter’s website.

Fav Forever

Happy now? :)

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The New Twitter Button…Do You LOVE It?

This week, Twitter changed their famous favourite button from a star to a…heart! Not only that…these hearts will now equate to ‘likes’ rather than favourites!

Twitter have claimed that people have been confused by the star button, especially those who are new to the platform. They released a statement concluding that ‘The heart is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones’.

The message Twitter are trying to get across has a strong meaning and is really trying to appeal to our emotions and feelings. They say a heart says more than a star and can convey many different emotions that we are trying to put across.

They introduced the new format in a tweet:

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Periscope, Twitter’s live video platform is known for using hearts when people like what they are watching.

 

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Perhaps this was one of the influential factors when it came to making the decision to change things up! Twitter has always been a place for favourites and those little stars, but perhaps it’s time we all embraced change and stood for something that has more of a global symbolism!

On Facebook the like button is pretty clear and people know what you mean by pressing it, the star on Twitter was a bit more general and it is true that you could never be certain of why people were pressing it!

Brands have already starting talking about it on social, Dove is reminding us that as long as you love yourself…a heart or star doesn’t matter:

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What do you think?

Are you a fan of the new heart, should we embrace change and come together as a community in the name of Love? Or are you going to miss the classic Twitter that we all knew so well? We can’t wait to see what the future of Twitter has in store for us…bring it on!

 

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Twitter: Unleashed

Could it be? Did Twitter just announce it’s planning to change the 140 character limit that currently makes its users use think intensely before posting content online?

We’ve gotten word it may be. But how? Isn’t the character limit a key brand asset of Twitter? Isn’t it the only reason Bit.ly, Ow.ly, Tr.im and Goo.gl exist? This revolutionary change could truly redesign the social game. Currently, news and entertainment channels use Tweets to describe social reactions, mostly because they’re concise and can explain what the audience is feeling without cutting them off. I mean, search Twitter on Google, do you know what the description says?

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Yes, exactly.

We currently have limited information about this change so we’re not sure what the finished product will look like, but word on the social hemisphere says it’ll give audiences the space and freedom to share information, posts and links more freely without fearing the character limit. Very kind of Dorsey to open the floodgates of oversharing and run on sentences before his departure.

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There is a lot of pressure on Twitter to constantly evolve and excite audiences, but is taking away a key brand feature the way to do it?

Actually, yes.

Facebook has evolved more times than man since 2004, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down (they’ve just launched a video profile picture- go check it out). Twitters major changes have been kept at bay, never drastic enough to cause a stir within the social market. Even this change could have been seen coming as they removed the 140 character limit on direct messages back in June. One could only assume what direction they were flying towards. Twitter has been nothing but positive over the years, aiding in revolutions across the world, being a beacon in war zones, amplifying citizen journalism. So if adding more characters to our limit is what they want to do, whilst still keeping the freedom it’s given us, why not?

After you, Twitter.

 

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What’s new this week

This has been an amazing week! We attended Social Media Week London, we gave a talk about maximising social media & partnerships for ROI at MOO HQ (many thanks to General Assembly!), Apple launched iOS9, London Fashion Week and London Design Festival kicked off, and…

What’s new this week

Facebook dislike button: Facebook has plans to launch what is being called the “dislike button”. “I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years,” Zuckerberg said. “Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it.” The exact form a “Dislike” button may take is still up in the air. “What [users] really want is the ability to express empathy,” Zuckerberg added. “Not every moment is a good moment.”

Goodbye creepy targeted ads on Facebook: as you can see in your own settings page Facebook now allows you to choose your ads settings with a simple yes-or-no check. So, goodbye Interest-based advertising.

– Snapchat Launches First In-App Purchases With ‘Replay’: Users of the messaging service can now purchase “Replays” of disappearing photo and video “snaps” they receive on the app. Replays, priced at three for 99 cents, represent the first time users can spend money in the app. Snapchat still gives users one free replay per day, a feature it introduced about two years ago. However, a snap can only be replayed once. “They’re a little pricey — but time is money!,” the company said.

– You Can Now Donate To Politicians … On Twitter: Twitter just made it way easier for people (in the USA) to be politically active. They announced that through its partnership with mobile payment company Square, Twitter users will now be able to make political donations via tweets. Candidates sign up for an account through Square Cash and once his or her campaign is verified by Square, the politician can tweet a unique URL or a $Cashtag, which will have a “contribute” button.

Facebook Introduces Signal for Facebook and Instagram: Signal for Facebook and Instagram is “a free discovery and curation tool for journalists who want to source, gather, and embed newsworthy content from Facebook and Instagram, across news, culture, entertainment, sports and more–all in one place.” (Read more)

– Periscope Introduces Web Profiles: “Periscope web profiles are finally here! Go to periscope.tv/username to see all the recent broadcasts for any Periscoper.” (Read more)

– Pinterest Introduces Pinterest Palettes: “Pinterest Palettes looks at your boards and unearths your own personal color palette using colors right from your pins.” (Read more)

Skype Launches Mojis: “Now, when you send a message on Skype, you can personalize your chat and pull in your favorite TV or movie moments to do the talking for you.” (Read more)

 

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Get It Twisted, Sainsburys

Sainsburys has launched a #LittleTwists campaign which involved adding unlikely ingredients into ordinary dishes.

Some examples include:

– Adding chorizo into a lasagne (pretty standard, just adding a different meat).

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– Adding cranberry sauce into your grilled cheese (a likely combination, it’s probably happened to you by accident anyway).

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– Adding anchovies into your shepherds pie (everyone eats them on pizzas, what’s the big woop).

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However, one combination has really gotten people up in arms – adding instant coffee to your spaghetti bowl.

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Now, I’d try anything, and I’ve tried this (I’ve made it before using real, fresh coffee rather than instant), they’re right, it adds a depth of flavour to the tomato sauce that otherwise would be standard. But people on Twitter are really freaking out about this.

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There are definitely other, weirder combinations that people are taking lightly (chicken & waffles, balsamic vinegar & strawberries, apple pie & cheddar cheese). So why has this gotten people so bewildered?

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They’re only promoting the use of unusual ingredients and combinations, some from other countries (harissa instead of gravy), and some local (horseradish inside a mac and cheese).

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Currently, our food trend is both healthy (raw, vegan, juices, cleanses) and unusual (kimchi cheese sandwich truck, street food in general that stands out), so why can’t Sainsburys do the same and jump on the bandwaggon?

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Although the Twitter reactions are hilarious, we support the strange additions of ingredients, it’s time we broke out of the norm and started evolving our food tastes. #LittleTwists

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I’ve been #Ubered

Last Friday evening, it had gotten too late to take public transportation, thus I opted for an Uber. I always ask for an estimate for my journey, because it’s London and we cannot afford to be frivolous with British pounds. Almost home, my driver’s app began to beep frantically, so I moved my head to the side to see what was causing a ruckus on an otherwise peaceful journey. I saw his Uber app glowing red with numbers and he looked just as confused as I felt. I wasn’t worried; surely this couldn’t have meant anything more than a slight glitch. I then opened my Uber app, however, I couldn’t access my journey, and it kept giving me an error sign. I said nothing because we were almost at my house, he then asked me to tell him the rest of the way because he himself couldn’t get a hold of his GPS. So I did. I arrived. I bid him adieu and went to bed.

The evening after, I realized I hadn’t rated the lovely driver so I opened Uber to do so, I was then greeted with the greatest gift I could have received: a £56 bill on a £13 journey. Confused, I then looked at the destination, not my house, not my area, not even the same side of the city. I was billed for the wrong journey.

Now, being a social media manager, my first instinct was to open Twitter and question Uber as to why I was charged for a completely different journey. Say what you want about Uber, they are epic at social media replies, it was midnight when I contacted them and within minutes I was getting results. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one with this issue; it was a major glitch in their system (on the worst and possibly busiest night of the week).

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I then noticed something curious, I was being favourited and retweeted by people I hadn’t met before, they were all cursing Uber and promoting Black Cabs. Something that made me even more curious was their hashtag: #Ubered.

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They have created a clever way to deter future Uber customers by turning their brand name into a verb. They had a point, with the company’s previous history, they’ve not had the best track record, and this glitch, whether their fault or not, meant I didn’t have a pleasant experience with Uber. I had, therefore, been #Ubered.

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The next morning, I woke up to five emails from the Uber support team letting me know that my issue had been sorted, I had been refunded and the correct amount of money was taken for my journey. They were quick, responsive and kind towards me, which made my guilt go through the roof. Even though I did not indulge the crusade against them, my public tweets did fuel a fire that was already in full force.