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Facebook recently revealed two lists of the most talked about topics for this past year. What’s interesting is how the worldwide list differs from the U.S. list. It’s interesting to see what ranks in importance to different people across the globe.

Here’s the breakdown of the worldwide “Most Talked About Topics” list:

  1. Pope Francis
  2. Election
  3. Royal Baby
  4. Typhoon
  5. Harlem Shake
  6. Flood
  7. Miley Cyrus
  8. Boston Marathon
  9. Tour de France
  10. Nelson Mandela

And the U.S. list:

  1. Super Bowl
  2. Government Shutdown
  3. Boston Marathon
  4. Syria Crisis
  5. Harlem Shake
  6. Pope Francis
  7. George Zimmerman
  8. Royal Baby
  9. Nelson Mandela
  10. Presidential Inauguration

And according to a Mashable post, if you’re more interested in seeing your own highlights of the past year Facebook now also offers users the option to create their own years in review and see their biggest posts.

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If your dream is to publish the next New York Times best-seller, start a social media account. Whether it’s Twitter or Tumblr, there is an entire digital audience waiting to make your literary and artistic aspirations relevant and send you straight into a publishing deal.

Tumblr founder, David Karp, said earlier this year that at least 70 of the site’s users have gotten book deals as a result of their popular blogs. In a recent Mashable post, a list of 12 social media accounts that turned into books were noted for their humor and wisdom. “Sh*t My Dad Says” by Justin Halpern topped the list, but if you want to see the whole list click here.

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Sadly, this past Thursday Nelson Mandela passed away and the world lost an amazing leader. Millions of people took to social media to mourn the former President of South Africa and honor his political legacy.

I usually like to stay away from numbers and figures, but everything has extenuating circumstances. The number of tweets and Facebook posts on Thursday were as follows:

  • Twitter: 7.2 million tweets
  • Facebook: A total of 39 million people generated more than 80 million interactions

According to a Mashable post, these numbers don’t set any records, but they do surpass some busy moments of the year, such as this year’s past Super Bowl which generated more than 24 million tweets.

South Africa was the second country to be most active on social media surrounding Mandela’s death, only following behind the United States. President Obama posted a Facebook post stating:

“Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived – a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.” – President Obama

What did Nelson Mandela’s death mean to you and your loved ones?

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It’s finally happened. Advertisers have infiltrated our precious Instagram. It’s been about a month since the first round of premium brands have made their mark on the ever-popular photo-sharing app, however, I only just noticed about a week ago. I was thrown off for a moment, but I didn’t really know how to feel about it. I ended up just glancing at it for a microsecond and moving right along with my life.

Do the new ads really make a difference? Do they bother anyone or are most people simply indifferent to it? I’m sure these are the kinds of questions that these brands and Instagram are asking themselves. Will these ads increase actual product sales or is this more of a strategy to increase the overall value of the brand? 

According to a Mashable post, the first set of ads featured a lot of negative comments, but after a while those started to dwindle. This may actually be a positive sign — that people are tired of complaining about the invasion and are just going to get used to it like we always end up doing to any major social media changes.

In fact, it turns out the ads accumulate more likes than actual posts by the brand’s Instagram accounts and attract tons of new followers — another positive sign.

But I guess the premium brands featured like Michael Khors and Levi’s will just have to wait a little longer and see where this new initiative will actually lead, and we’ll also be watching.

Check out the full Mashable article here.

 

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Just kidding. I don’t have any real suggestions as to why Black Friday should be outlawed, but I for one have not ever, and do not EVER plan on partaking in Black Friday. I hate going to the mall on a regular day, so why would I subject myself to the crazy herds of people that are all running around like mad-men? No thanks. Besides, what’s the point when you can get so many of the same deals online in the comfort of your own home — and hello, has anyone ever heard of Cyber Monday?! I rest my case.

Plus, if you like funny GIFS and memes, check out this article Mashable posted about the 12 Reasons to Stay Home on Black Friday. If you like a good Dwight Scrute reference, you’ll love this list. 

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Well, if this isn’t the sweetest story ever then I don’t know what is.

Little Noah just got his very first pair of eyeglasses, and quite understandably, he is not at all excited to wear them. Noah’s mom decided to take to Facebook and created a group called “Glasses for Noah” in which she asked friends and family to post pictures of themselves donning their own glasses to show her son that glasses are in fact cool. 

Little did Noah’s mom, Lindsey, know that 4,000 likes later and the page goes viral. Not only did friends and family show their support, but countless generous strangers have posted their own pictures in the group to encourage 4-year-old Noah to wear his glasses. The page features pictures from people in the military to even dogs.

Funnily enough, although Noah loves the pictures, he’s still not all that enthused to rock his new glasses. Oh well, at least there’s some funny pics floating around now. Check out Glasses for Noah yourself.

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OK, now we’re getting into our dirty little pleasures: celebrity gossip. There’s nothing wrong with checking in every once in awhile and seeing what craziness our favorite celebs are up to. Of course, there are the typical entertainment news outlets that we can turn to, like Us or OK!, but sometimes we just want the scandalous details from someone a little less conventional.

Mashable recently put out a list of 10 Twitter accounts you can follow for the latest and greatest celeb gossip. Some of those who made the list include Harvey Levin, the founder of the beloved TMZ, as well as our fav (or not-so-fav) gossip queen, Perez Hilton.

Check out the rest who made the list here.

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Snapchat is all the buzz right now. Ever since it’s initial release in September 2011, it has ben steadily growing, but in the last year it has definitely boomed in popularity. On Tuesday a company spokesperson said that “Snapchat users send 400 million ‘snaps'” a day. This includes both pictures and videos. That number has jumped from the 200 million sent back in June. I’m sure this has a lot to do with why Facebook recently offered the company to buy it for $3 million, but to no avail.

However, what is most interesting is that according to a Mashable article, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel stated that 70% of the app’s users are female. This information comes from a new report that was shared with other metrics at a private conference hosted by Goldman Sachs in Las Vegas this past Wednesday.

I myself jumped on the Snapchat bandwagon late, but I have noticed that a lot of the ‘snaps’ I receive are from women. And I am a woman myself, so I don’t doubt this new report at all. Although, I will say that more of the amusing ‘snaps’ I receive come from my male Snapchatters, how about you?

Read the full article on Mashable here.

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I can’t speak for everyone, but I think many people might agree with me that too many people are posting downright inappropriate or unpleasing content online. Just today I was going through my Instagram feed to find – and scroll past as quickly as possible – a picture of a dissected cat from an acquaintance’s anatomy class. Please excuse me as I go hurl in the corner.

There’s nothing that makes my stomach turn faster than having to be exposed to an image like that, especially without warning. I understand that everyone on social media just wants to share what’s going in their lives, however, there IS a fine line between sharing and oversharing. If I wanted to see a cat’s inner organs, I would have taken that class myself…but I didn’t.

Facebook is dealing with their own displeasing content issues as of recently themselves. They’ve received major criticism for temporarily lifting a ban on graphic violence on its site. For example, Facebook said on Monday that videos, such as one where a man is beheading a woman in Mexico, are permitted as long as they are not celebrating the violence.

According to a report on NBCNews.com, immediately following a huge backlash against Facebook’s comment, the No. 1 social network said on Tuesday that they are going to “strengthen” their policy. They also admitted that their original ruling on the beheading video was flawed.

For Facebook execs, at least, this can cause them to make serious judgement calls on whether certain violent images, such as terrorist attacks, can be posted online in the public’s interest or for someone’s twisted pleasure. However, as a user, we should keep in mind that not everything we see online is going to be pleasing to us, but something that comes along with being on social media with the rest of the world with their own tastes.

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According to the New York Times, Twitter bios are now a post-modern art form. Your bio is meant to reflect who you are, and convince someone that by following you you can somehow enrich their lives in some way every time they scroll down their timeline.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not the most Twitter-savvy user and most definitely could use some help in making my personal profile more appealing to potential followers. Your bio is one of the most important factors in gaining followers, but it is also what determines how your account will show up in keyword searches. If you care about how you’re being perceived by the hundreds of millions of users on Twitter, you might want to take your bio more seriously.

An article on Mashable recently offered a guide in “How to Write a Rockstar Twitter Bio.” These are some of the things that they advise to keep in mind:

  • The Bio as an Art Form: Don’t think of the 160-character ‘limit’ as such, but a way to creatively or commercially be concise. If you’re more about selling yourself to a desired audience, then make your bio to be your best pitch. But, if you are more of the creative type, then think of your bio as a beautiful poem where all the words fit just right.
  • The Bio as a Cliché: There are remarkably too many bios in the Twitter-sphere that look somewhat like this, “Comic Book Expert. Car Buff. Caffeine Addict.” Bios like this can make you easily interchangeable with others, and takes away from your own special uniqueness.
  • Bio Basics: NO TYPOS! Use spellcheck, love spellcheck. Also important, be consistent! Find a format that works for you (list-based, separating words with commas, periods, or vertical bars) and stick with it.
  • Learn from Others: Don’t be afraid to look at what other people have done. Pay special mind to users who have huge followings and apply it to your own bio.
  • Find Your Unique Sell: If you’re a professional, make it clear what it is that you do. Establish yourself as an expert in your industry sector and make yourself stand out against the rest.
  • Consider SEO: Besides the regular Twitter searches, third-party organizations are searching for Twitter bios by using keywords, such as location, age, and interests. By optimizing your bio to give out the most perfect details about you, you’re telling the world why they should follow you.
  • Be Unusual: Put out what makes you STAND OUT! What is it about you that is going to enrich someone’s timeline? Put your personality and your quirks in your bio that represents the value in what you have to say.

So with all that in mind, hopefully you’ll be able to write up that impressive Twitter bio once and for all. Good luck Tweeples!