Social Media Bytes – The weeks’ social media news

Posted on 23/01/2015 · Posted in Social Media Bytes
  1. Still searching for your Valentine’s date? Now you can create your own thanks to new Invisible Boyfriend app…
  2. Forget the multitude of Academy Award nominations for American Sniper, Twitter is more concerned about #FakeBaby
  3. Can you help get Ted back home? Great Ormond Street spark social media campaign to reunite teddy with his owner.
  4. Office workers secretively checking Facebook when the Boss’s back is turned is soon to be a thing of the past with Facebook at Work finally in its trial stage
  5. Never miss a tweet – Twitter introduces “While You Were Away” stream

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1. Still searching for your Valentine’s date? Now you can create your own thanks to new Invisible Boyfriend app…

  •  Happy with your single status, but sick of those awkward interrogations from friends and family about your love life? The newly launched app Invisible Boyfriend could be the answer to your prayers.
  • The app allows users to create a customised partner profile and provides real-world and social proof of your relationship status, with services including texts, love notes and selfies.
  • Users are even given help creating plausible back stories about the relationship with automated details about how they met their invisible partner.
  •  At £16.50 the service might not seem cheap, but when one factors in the cost of real-life dating (according to Match.com we spend an average of £40 a date) it’s a bargain!
  • The even better news is signing up for the beta trial is FREE – you can check it out here: https://invisibleboyfriend.com/

Read more about it: http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/21/app-that-allows-you-to-fake-a-relationship-launches-just-in-time-for-valentines-day-5030185/

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2. Forget the multitude of Academy Award nominations for American Sniper, Twitter is more concerned about #FakeBaby

  • It’s been nominated for six Academy Awards, and it’s smashed the box office, but Clint Eastwood’s movie American Sniper has some critics and audiences divided in regard to its portrayal of a skilled marksman in action.
  • But what’s got most people talking is the use of a doll in place of a living baby. Yes, this has left Twitter abuzz with #fakebaby, as a video of the scene circulated throughout the social media platform.
  • Most users ridiculed the scene, leaving the emotional performances of Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller looking silly by contrast.
  • The writer claims there was a real baby due on set that day, but they called in sick. California has strict filming laws for babies, so the producers might be forgiven for replacing the real thing with a Cabbage Patch Kid from the local Toys’R’Us (although the majority of Twitter users seem less forgiving).
  • Grizzly Hollywood geezer Clint Eastwood has yet to make a comment.

Read more here: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/american-sniper-fake-baby-mocked-on-twitter-as-bradley-coopers-child-fails-to-convince-9989923.html

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3. Can you help get Ted back home? Great Ormond Street spark social media campaign to reunite teddy with his owner

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital has posted a photo on their social media accounts of a teddy bear found outside of the hospital on the 17th of January, igniting an appeal to help the teddy find its owner.
  • The hospital’s campaign has sparked the wide-spread use of #GOSHbear , with the image being shared over 17,000 and the campaign making it onto ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
  • The importance of the teddy bear being reunited with its owner is paramount, as toys are used as a form of distraction therapy for upcoming surgeries. Great Ormond Street Hospital even employs a team of play-specialists who help to comfort children through stressful and anxious periods.
  • Got a lead on the whereabouts of Ted’s owner? You can help to reunite them here: https://www.facebook.com/GreatOrmondSt

Read more here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11356613/Can-you-help-Great-Ormond-Street-reunite-lost-teddy-bear-with-its-owner.html

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4. Office workers secretively checking Facebook when the Boss’s back is turned is soon to be a thing of the past with Facebook at Work finally in its trial stage

  • Facebook have begun a testing phase of the new service that utilises traditional Facebook interface and tools in order to allow colleagues to share information in a confidential, secure and safe place separate from their personal profile.
  • The development places Facebook in direct competition with the likes of LinkedIn, Yammer, Jive and Huddle.
  • The move comes as an increasing number of companies are investing in social media strategy, realising that their online social presence is key to a positive brand image.
  • Research from HCL Technologies suggests that over half of workers are banned from Facebook and other social media sites at work. However, Samsung research suggests that Facebook-addicted Brits are the most likely Europeans to flout such restrictions, with 2 in 5 UK respondents admitting they had done so.

Read all about it here (as long as your boss isn’t looking!): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/11347988/Facebook-wants-you-to-use-Facebook-at-Work.html

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5. Never miss a tweet – Twitter introduces “While You Were Away” stream

  • Thursday saw the introduction of Twitter’s new catch up service that shows users a snapshot of the most popular and relevant tweets from their stream.
  • The service is currently available only to iOS users using an Apple device, but will be rolled out across Android and twitter.com shortly.
  • The company have claimed that the service will not interfere with the real-time nature of the site, but will help users to keep up to date with their streams regardless of how often they check in.
  • The move has already proved a financial success, with Twitter share prices rising following the announcement.

Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30929108