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George Galloway steps up 2016 Mayoral campaign

#breakingnews, Politics, Social media
Ex-London MP George Galloway attempted to drum up support for his 2016 Mayoral campaign on Twitter over the weekend, but Twitter users had other plans. Respect Party candidate George Galloway and his campaign team have sought to boost his image in the run-up to May's London Mayoral elections, amidst signs that it is struggling to attract support. The only Mayoral election opinion poll released in 2016 by YouGov, indicated Mr Galloway's support was weak, at just 2% of voters in the first round. Mr Galloway's campaign team took to Twitter over the weekend, in attempt to appeal to the populist vote, insisting that he would "fight for all", and not for those "dripping in gold". https://twitter.com/TeamGeorgeG/status/698920347941396480 However, it was only a matter of time befo

The Super Bowl turned 50 and Beyonce turned heads.

Culture, International, Music, Social media
 The Super Bowl in its 50th edition lived up to the expectations. From Beyonce’s "Black Power" to Chris Martin's "believe in love" it was all over the social media. Watched by over 100 million people, the halftime show is probably among the most watched TV events of the year, hence, it always has a line-up of A-list artists and performers. With every appearance on the field, a wave of posts on various social media channels was there to welcome it. Lady GaGa’s dramatic rendition of the US national anthem at the beginning of the game had the first wave. Lady Gaga is one of the world's great musical talents & her super bowl stint did nothing but confirm that. I think she is beeyootiful! — carl reiner (@carlreiner) February 8, 2016   Some even argued that it should

Ever ‘liked’ a Facebook post? Now you can ‘love’ it, too

Business, International, Social media, Tech
Facebook will soon feature ‘Reactions’, a range of responses which will sit alongside the traditional ‘like’ function, according to media reports.   Since its launch, Facebook users have just been able to ‘like’ pictures, posts and pages published on the site. But they will now be able to react more accurately using Reactions, which include “sad”, “angry”, “love” and “wow”. Facebook announced the move yesterday after the company announced its full-year financial results, which revealed a 44% year-on-year jump in revenues to just under $18 billion. “You can love something, you can be sad about something, you can laugh out loud at something,” said Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer. “We know on phones people don’t like to use keyboards, and we also know that the l

New travel app will make commuting easier

ReportingWeek2, Social media
Commuting will no longer be a hassle for Londoners. The inventors of the Oyster card are trying to make an app which will wake up commuters when there are delays in their travel. Photo : Google images Cubic Transport Systems, a leading company in intelligent service applications, plans to launch a new app for commuters. When there are delays on their regular commuting routes, an alarm will go off to notify the commuter.The app will furnish details of the delay and suggest various alternative routes of transport. This app contains data about the underground and overground trains, roads, bikes and pedestrians. If there are severe delays in the tube, the app will provide information about the next available bus or bicycle for the commuter to reach the destination. All the commuter ...

Ed Sheeran’s switch off will make him happier

Audio, Culture, Health, Media, Music, ReportingWeek2, Social media
Although Ed Sheeran's social media 'switch off' may have most teenagers staring at their screens in despair, the singer could well be ahead of the game when it comes to being happy. It takes a brave man to shun 16 million Twitter followers and 5.5 million subscribers on Instagram. But Ed Sheeran's announcement that he was taking a break from “seeing the world through a screen”, could ultimately make him a lot happier, according to vitality and motivation podcaster Tony Wrighton. For the last three years, Wrighton, who is also a Sky Sports presenter, has been taking a break from his mobile and computer for at least two hours a day. The results for energy and happiness levels have been significant. "All the things we love the most in life don't involve screens, whether that's chat

New fitness app targets your fatty food pictures on Instagram

Culture, Health, ReportingWeek2, Social media
Christmas is a time of indulgence. So is it really necessary to have our Instagram food pictures highjacked by a fitness app? Health and fitness company Nomnom have been targeting Instagram users posting pictures of unhealthy food on their feeds. Cycling blogger Jools Walker, whose 87 week old post of a portion of chips was commented on by Nomnom's Instagram account, london.fitness.app, said: "Is this the new way for fitness apps to get you to join them? By shaming you on your Instagram pictures of food? "It's an incredibly insensitive strategy, if you can call it that, to try and get people to 'join your revolution' by commenting on photos like that - if your intention is to make people feel atrocious for eating ." Nomnom has distanced themselves from the strategy, saying...
The NHS pairs up with dating app Tinder to increase organ donation

The NHS pairs up with dating app Tinder to increase organ donation

Health, ReportingWeek2, Social media
Dating App Tinder has teamed up with the NHS to raise awareness about organ donation. According to NHS Blood and Transplant, organ donation from people in their 20s and 30s is on the decline in the UK. Tinder has subsequently launched a campaign using celebrity profiles to encourage users to sign the organ donation register. The campaign will feature celebrities such as Jamie Laing from Made in Chelsea, Emmerdale’s Gemma Oaten and Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones. Ive teamed up with the NHS and @tinder to show the importance of organ donation! #timetosign https://t.co/eRtYPiFuGn pic.twitter.com/eG2PJjdeNf — Jamie Laing (@JamieLaing_UK) December 14, 2015 A spokesperson for he NHS told Westminster World that it is hoping the partnership with Tinder will spur an increase in you

Ed Sheeran quits all social media for a year, can you?

Music, ReportingWeek2, Social media
  Ed Sheeran reveals in an Instagram post he is quitting all social media for a year and will use the time to travel and see the world. His decision attracted international attention and all multimedia platforms instantly became buzzing with it. The post came late last night and received a 503k likes and 14k shares instantly and over 42k comments since. In the post Ed Sheeran claimed that he wished to see the world "through his own eyes". The British singer who dropped out of school at the age of 16 to pursue his dream of being a musician attracted the attention of Elton John Jamie Foxx for the first time in 2011 with his independent project No.5 Collaborations. After signing with Asylum Records he became an international star. Judging from his quick raise to fame and...

#YouAintNoMuslimBruv… Hashtag Activism, yay or nay?

News, ReportingWeek1, Social media
A commuter was stabbed in the throat by a young man at Leytontone Tube Station, December 5th, Saturday night. In a video taken by a witness, one can hear a man calling out to the attacker saying "You ain't no muslim bruv... you ain't no muslim." This statement has since become a major trending topic on twitter. People from all over the world have voiced their support by using the hashtag #YouAintNoMuslimBruv as way to unite against the negativity muslims face on the daily thanks to the attacks by ISIS. Hashtags, which were initially used to spread information in a categorical manner, have now become a useful way to get your voice heard in the digital world.   Popular Social Awareness Hashtags Major social protests worldwide have occurred thanks to the p
FutureFest London: Edward Snowden and the (not so distant) Future

FutureFest London: Edward Snowden and the (not so distant) Future

Politics, Social media, Student
Edw­ard Snowden talked privacy, trust, and mass surveillance at London’s FutureFest this weekend. The weekend-long event showcased speakers, debates, performers, and more, themed around providing perspectives on the ideas of tomorrow.   Joining the crowd via live link from Moscow with his face projected six feet tall on a screen, the irony of Snowden’s face appearing huge before a crowd like a smiling Big Brother was not lost on Nesta CEO Geoff Mulgan, who quipped about the peculiarity while introducing Snowden. The former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower fielded questions about privacy, state-sponsored spying, mass surveillance, and governance. “They’re afraid of us. The government doesn’t want us to know what they’re doing, how they’re interpreting the law, how they