The Social Shoutout! Colourful news feeds, group video calls, historic content damaging careers & more…

By October 27, 2017 Stories

This week, we have seen how historic online content can come back to bite you in the bum, developments for your WhatsApp group chats and Twitter showing their support for the Australian LGBTQ community!

Facebook add more words to trigger colourful animations

Whilst the feature isn’t new, Facebook has added a list of words that when typed, trigger a variation of colourful animations.

If you haven’t seen this feature already, they previously had animations for “congratulations” and “xoxo” where balloons, hearts and various colours appeared! The new list of words now includes “rad”, “bff”, “lmao” and “thank you so much”.

Life events are something we regularly see our Facebook friends updating us with, such as engagements and marriages and these are all set for a shiny new make-over to spruce up your news feed even more so! We look forward to seeing our news feeds light up!

WhatsApp to introduce group voice and video calls

The social media platform is booming and with over 1 billion users, WhatsApp is about to introduce group voice and video calls. Whilst Facebook Messenger already has this feature; the call quality is not as great as that on WhatsApp.

Group chats are busy places and if left unattended for the full working day, can leave you with 50+ messages to catch up on! So, will this development save the mad catching up and bring your groups together in a more…’social’ format?

Online comments

Past online comments lead MP to quit

I’m sure most of us are aware that anything we post online, as individuals, is forever in the public domain. Additionally, anything we post online can have repercussions, no matter how long ago it was posted.

This is something that Labour MP, Jared O’Mara found out the hard way earlier this week, leading to him quitting the Women and Equalities committee.

Mr O’Mara made comments about singer Michelle McManus’ weight and inappropriate, sexual comments about jazz singer, Jamie Cullum. It has also been reported that O’Mara made homophobic comments, all of which he has said he is “deeply ashamed” of.

This case reiterates the importance of personal branding and the significant impact it can have on you, your career or even your business.

Australia LGBT

Twitter gives the Australian marriage equality campaign its own emoji

Marriage equality in Australia has been a talking point across the globe for some time now, and with same-sex marriage postal survey entering its final days, Twitter gave the campaign it’s very own emoji.

Painted in the colours of the rainbow, the emoji features the word “Yes” within the outline of Australia. With only 57% of 18 – 24-year-olds voting, there’s hope that this straight to the point emoji will spread the word!

If you could invent an Emoji for something what would it be?! Tweet us @kccomms and let us know!