SOCIAL MEDIA BYTES The week’s social media news

Posted on 31/10/2014 · Posted in Blog

What’s on:

  1. The Queen sends first tweet to launch Science Museum gallery
  2. Robbie Williams provides live tweets throughout the birth of his second child
  3. Think before you tweet – FA has made £350,000 in Twitter fines since 2011
  4. Facebook now has as many users as China has people

The Queen sends first tweet to launch Science Museum gallery

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That was the Queen’s first ever tweet – sent through the official @BritishMonarchy account – heralding the launch of a major new exhibition at London’s Science Museum

  • She touched a tablet computer screen to send her first message on the site, the tweet with perfect punctuation was signed off by ‘Elizabeth R’
  • The tweet already had its own hashtag #thequeentweets which was trending and prompted a flood of responses welcoming her to Twitter
  • The Queen follows Prince Andrew and Prince Harry who have also tweeted

Robbie Williams provides live tweets throughout the birth of his second child

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  • On Tuesday, the 28th, the pop-star live-tweeted the birth of his baby boy Charlton Valentine.
  • Over the course of 24 hours, Williams shared about a dozen photos and videos, mostly about 20 seconds long, of him and his wife, the actor Ayda Field, goofing around in the delivery suite.

Think before you tweet – FA has made £350,000 in Twitter fines alone since 2011

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  • Rio Ferdinand became the latest football player to be punished for overstepping decency on Wednesday. FA fined him £25,000 and suspended him for three matches for a tweet in which he offended the mother of a Twitter user.
  • Ferdinand is already a re-offender, having been fined £45,000 in 2012 for appearing to endorse an offensive tweet referring to Ashley Cole.
  • The FA has collected around £350,000 in fines from social-media-related offences, the largest one up to date being a £90,000 fine Ashley Cole received for calling the FA a “bunch of twats”.
  • Read the full story here:  http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/oct/30/fa-fines-rio-ferdinand-twitter .

Facebook now has as many users as China has people

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  • Guess what…Facebook now has as many users as there are people in China, the company said, as it revealed that profits nearly doubled to more than $1 billion.
  • The number of people checking into Facebook at least once a month rose 14pc to 1.35 billion in the third quarter, roughly on a par with the Chinese population, which stands at 1.357 billion.
  • Meanwhile, the number of people checking their accounts every day soared by almost a fifth to 864 million – more than the entire population of Europe, estimated at 750 million.
  • However, shares in the business fell more than 9pc in after-hours trading, after David Wehner, the chief financial officer, warned that Facebook would be stepping up spending.

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