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I Said It First

Have you heard? If you plagiarize on Twitter, you’ll be reprimanded. Well, your tweet would be taken down and your followers would be able to see your copyright infringement. It’s like being in school all over again, only this time you can’t copy their homework or the world will know you’re a fraud, sorry Conan. So I guess we can say this is a good thing. It all started with Olga, a comedian and her (not that funny) tweet about overpriced juice cleanses, was being copied by other Tweeters. Twitter then removed the copycat’s tweets and explained it was for copyright reasons. Hooray!

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We’ve also heard that Conan O’Brian has been accused of stealing jokes from Twitter and using them on his show. If that’s the case, then good on you twitter! A well needed addition to an already great social media site. If you happen to come across some stolen material, you yourself can report tweets in violation of copyrighting.

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Sometime in the future we may be able to see stars rise, comedians come out, and philosophers be born through Twitter and its legitimacy! A new age is born.

So now if you really did say it first, Twitter will have your back and no more condescending “yeah yeahs” from your friends.

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How to get 2 million followers in under 24 hours

Two weeks ago we told you how to get 1 million followers in under 5 hours, today you’ll learn how to get TWO millions followers in under 24 hours.

What’s the secret to being a Twitter superstar? Ask Caitlyn.


On the 1st of June Caitlyn Jenner tweeted for her first time sharing the cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair:

 Call Me Caitlyn


A few instants later she tweeted again:


Caitlyn Jenner TwitterCaitlyn Jenner, who signed up for her own Twitter account on the 1st of June, racked up more than 2 million followers in under 24 hours. She reached 1 million followers in just 4 hours and 3 minutes, beating the previous record of 5 hours set by Barack Obama last month. The hashtag #CaitlynJenner has been used more than 330k times so far.
We don’t know if her account is managed by staffers or by herself and maybe we’ll never find out, but we can certainly say that she’s proving to be just as social media savvy as her daughters. She shared her first vintage photo just in time for this week’s Throwback Thursday. The pic shows her son, Brandon, as a baby sitting in a high chair. “Happy birthday, Brandon @sprandoni! Love you. #TBT,” she captioned it.

Talking about her family, her kids took the social media to show their support and love for Caitlyn:

Kim Kardashian about Caitlyn Jenner


But it wasn’t just Caitlyn family members that weighted in on this on social media:

Barack Obama

Lady Gaga

Ellen DeGeneres


So, once again, welcome to the world Caitlyn! A new (Twitter) star is born.


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It’s Europe’s vision but is it Britain’s?

Almost one week ago, we all gathered at our friend’s houses, dressed in gowns and beards, drank wine and celebrated an old tradition, Eurovision. Some acts were original:Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 13.06.23 and some were sending a very strong message… Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 13.10.47

Some didn’t belong there, geographically:

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But all in all, we can say one thing for certain, Britain still sucked.

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Lack of movements on stage, a seemingly American song and some of the worst costumes or space suits we’ve ever seen, all bunched together to make us ask a very important question, are they doing this on purpose?

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Is it time for Britain to retire the frilly dresses and bland lyrics? Are we ready to move out of our parent’s house yet? With the referendum coming up soon (yes, two years), are we ready to let go of “hello Europe” drinking games, and mid song costume changes?

We don’t think so, seeing as the UK was the country who tweeted about Eurovision the most.

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By most, we really mean most.

So are we just talking about how cringe worthy we are, or are we thriving off something bigger here, big enough to make us stay?

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Nope. We just love to comment on everything. Bring on next year, it may be our last!


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Six years into his presidency, Barack Obama is finally on Twitter as @POTUS.


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According to Guinness World Records, Obama who signed up for his own Twitter account on the 18th of May, racked up 1 million followers in under 5 hours.
As you might already know, this isn’t the first time Obama has used Twitter. When he’s tweeted in the past, the president did so under The White House’s handle (@WhiteHouse). But The White House account, as well as the @BarackObama account, are managed by staffers. Tweets from @POTUS, meanwhile, will come exclusively from the president, the White House promised. Truth or lie? We’ll never know.

The White House said in a blog post that the new account “will serve as a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him. President Obama is committed to making his Administration the most open and participatory in history, and will give Americans a new venue to engage on the issues that matter most to them.”

Talking about “issues that matters” Bill Clinton wondered if the new username stays with the office of President:

Bill Clinton welcomes POTUS


POTUS replies to Clinton

Hopefully, the President is successful in continuing to engage Twitter users. After all, social media is how information spreads, these days.


The 2015 UK General Election (Twitter edition)


Debate will continue about whether this was a “social media election”, but the truth is thousands and thousands of people chosen Twitter for expressing their views.

According to Topsy there have been more than 8m of election related tweets in the last month, and more than 2.3m tweets alone using the hashtag #GE2015.
Unfortunately people used multiple hashtags for the same thing, so we also have 392k results for #GE15, 93k for #GeneralElection, 2.1k for #2015Elections and 19k results for #GE0215 (damn you, auto correct!)

Now, let’s have a look at the most used election hashtags.

1) SNP – Tweets: 760k (#SNP and #VoteSNP)
2) UKIP – Tweets: 540k (#UKIP and #VoteUKIP)
3) Labour – Tweets: 565k (#Labour and #VoteLabour)
4) Conservative – Tweets: 142k (#Conservatives and #Tories)
5) Green Party – Tweets: 24k
6) Lib-Dem – Tweets: 14k
7) Plaid Cymru – Tweets: 8.3k

1) David Cameron – Tweets: 87k
2) Ed Miliband – Tweets: 55k
3) Nigel Farage – Tweets: 41k
4) Nicola Sturgeon – Tweets: 27k
5) Nick Clegg – Tweets: 20k
6) Natalie Bennett – Tweets: 5k
7) Leanne Wood – Tweets: 1.5k

Election Day:
1) #IVoted – 128k Tweets
2) #ElectionDay – 81k Tweets
3) #VotingMatters – 33k Tweets

But what will happen in 5 years time?


The Pros and Cons of Social Media ASBO’s

MP’s would like to introduce social media ASBO’s in order to prevent cyber racism and bullying. The ban would see Internet bullies be permanently or temporarily banned from Facebook and Twitter.

“There is an allowance in the law for banning or blocking individuals from certain aspects of Internet communication in relation to sexual offences”.

But those allowances are soon going to cover online racism and cyber bullying, which begs the question, when does Internet control start impeding on freedom of speech? When does 24-year-old Bill from Brighton start being banned for participating in a controversial online debate that ends in an online disagreement? Some are saying the use of ASBO’s would make Internet users paranoid and unable to say what they really mean, especially on expressive platforms such as blogs

Contrary to this view, we have mass amount of ‘trolls’ using the Internet to bully, be hurtful and abuse people. Sometimes the hate trickles in slowly, just one or two messages a day. But other times, when I’ve written something particularly controversial (i.e. feminist) … the harassment comes in a deluge. It floods my Twitter feed, my Facebook page, my email, so fast that I can’t even keep up”– Lindy West, a victim of cyber abuse.

Preventing these ‘trolls’ from using the Internet, or limiting their access, can and will teach them a lesson, the police are putting their foot down and have made it clear that racism, is not an option nor is it an innocent joke.

A confrontation that leads to emotional or physical abuse is still a crime, and we need to understand that times have evolved and the Internet has developed, we shouldn’t be afraid to check our Facebook or Twitter just like we shouldn’t be afraid when we walk home at night. A human being shouldn’t have to deal with threats in the form of a #hashtag and people shouldn’t pose those threats behind a screen, nor in person.

What do you think about Internet ASBO’s, do you believe they’ll work?

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!

The Anti-Social Networkers

This week Facebook announced its plans to create a new professional network which would be like ‘Facebook for work’. These plans seemed to have been met with much disdain, scoffs and eye rolling.

Although Facebook now has over a billion members, growth has slowed and it seems to have lost it’s cool factor touch from the early days.

The Anti Social Networkers are on the rise, those that openly talk about the fact that they are not on social media and don’t plan to be.

This movement is fore fronted by celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence whom in a recent interview stated ‘I will never use Twitter… The idea of Twitter is so unthinkable to me. And if you ever see a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that say’s its me; it most certainly is not’.

Lawrence reasons are being that the ‘Internet has scorned her’ so much in the past referring to the leaked photo’s of her.

Behind her are the likes of George Clooney who told Esquire magazine “I’d rather have a rectal examination on live TV by a fellow with cold hands than have a Facebook page.”

Kate Moss, Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, Kiera Knightley and Kristen Stewart all follow suit. And even Twitters most famous veteran Stephen Fry is currently taking a break from the site.

Is this the end of Social Media good old days? When you would meet someone on a night out and ask ‘Are you on Facebook?’  Now days, it seems many of us are cutting down on the amount of people we let in to our private lives via social media.

There’s not a day goes by where you don’t hear about cyber bullying or  see a status from someone and think to yourself “Shut up”. Over sharing is not ‘cool’ anymore.

‘Social’ media has in some cases made us less social than ever. When Gary Turk uploaded his ‘Look Up’ video on Youtube earlier this year he never expected such an overwhelming response. The video has now had over 47 million views. It seems this short movie struck a cord with many of us.

Recently there has been a flurry of photos like those below highlighting the cons of social media being shared across you guessed it… Social Media.

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Here at The Social Shop, we obviously believe in Social Media and the positive aspects it can bring from companies to keeping in touch with long distance relatives and friends. However, nothing can beat good old fashioned conversation over a cup of tea.

The Queen Tweets

The Queens first tweet that appeared on the British Monarchy's Twitter Page

The Queens first tweet that appeared on the British Monarchy’s Twitter Page

So last week HRH Queen Elizabeth II sent out her first tweet from the British Monarchy twitter account (@BritishMonarchy) not to be confused with the parody account @Queen_uk.

Now, we very much doubt Liz sits there checking mentions and hashtags herself (I mean have you ever tried to explain Twitter to your grandparents or teach them how to use a smart phone?) and it has been confirmed that someone typed the text for her, for which she approved and subsequently hit the send button.

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace has said it was unlikely the Queen would be tweeting on a regular basis, but it appears the Queen is not one to shy away from new technologies as the monarchy’s twitter account listed other tech milestones the Queen has achieved during her reign, including her first ever televised Christmas broadcast in 1957, and first e-mail sent in 1976.

The Queen is not the first Royal to participate in social media, earlier this year Prince Harry sent a selfie, and the family also announced the second pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge via Twitter.

The Royal Family has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, mainly due to the younger Royals such as William, Kate and Harry. Could we expect to see them open personal social media accounts? Their cousin Princess Beatrice has one, which was officially verified earlier this year. (@YorkieBea) However, it was actually Prince Andrew (@TheDukeOfYork) who beat his daughter to being the first Royal on Twitter when he opened his account in 2013.

Only time will tell if the monarchy will allow the public that extra glimpse into their private lives, but let’s not count on it happening any time soon. The Kardashian’s they are not…. Can you imagine #KeepingUpWithTheWindsors.

The importance of scheduling content on social media

Why consider scheduling posts on social media? Pre-scheduling social media activity can be a time saver, giving us more time to devote to other aspects of the business, it also helps us to make sure we have fresh, regular and relevant content available on social networks. But how and when to do it?

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It’s always more appropriate and more effective to schedule statuses updates in advance during the period when we are creating content. Perhaps dedicating an hour each day should be good enough to keep a business on the top of its audience’s interests.

Although, we have to understand that social customer service should be more real time, making sure we monitor mentions over social networks hourly and every day. And while trying to keep up with these mentions, why not build real time conversations with the audience and guarantee a genuine interaction with customers? It’s a great opportunity to boost online relevance by interacting with people!

There are some other top tips: realising the right content for each sort of social platform, giving the right value to each one of them as well as their followers/fans and create conversations and engagement; taking some time to measure what’s working and what’s not working. Note that the peak time to post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and so on varies for each business. Measuring results is a crucial part of any social media strategy.

We would recommend TweetDeck and Hootsuite as social media tools for managing social media accounts.