Social Media:

Instagram investigates follower count issue

Posted on February 14, 2019

Photo-sharing network Instagram has said that it plans to look into a problem that caused the follower counts of some of its accounts to drastically drop.

Posted by Alan Littler

Report calls for regulation of online news

Posted on February 13, 2019

A government-backed report has suggested that companies like Apple, Facebook and Google should have their news content overseen by a regulator.

Posted by John Murray

Is it illegal to film and share your own football highlights?

Posted on February 5, 2019

With broadcasting rights of football matches being so keenly protected, social media sites like YouTube are usually very quick to pull any unofficial videos of high-profile matches that get uploaded. If an incident happens in a game and you want to see it, you will often find that it’s been uploaded to YouTube before the game has even finished, but you might also find that it’s been wiped by the time you’ve clicked through to it.

Posted by John Murray

Facebook popularity dropping among British youth

Posted on February 1, 2019

According to a report from Ofcom, the UK’s media regulating body, social media site Facebook experienced a dip in popularity among the nation’s youth during the (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Survey asks how social media makes users feel

Posted on January 24, 2019

An Apposphere study, which was carried out by Murphy Research and commissioned by picture messaging platform Snapchat, has revealed the key emotions, traits and attributes social media users associate with each of the major platforms.

The poll was conducted last summer and asked just over 1,000 British social media users aged between 13 and 44 how each platform makes them feel. To take part in the survey, users had to be considered ‘frequent users’, meaning that they used a certain app at least once a week. They were asked to give opinions on five major platforms – Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

A massive 95% of Snapchat users stated that the app made them feel happy. This reflects a number of independent studies that suggested social media has a positive effect on users’ moods. As well as making users feel happy, it also makes users feel silly, creative, adventurous, excited, playful, attractive, flirtatious, spontaneous and playful.

Photo sharing platform Instagram also received a lot of praise and positivity, with the app making users feel entertained, smart, inspired, attractive, flirtatious, creative, playful, adventurous and self-conscious.

The world’s largest video site, YouTube, conjured up feelings of being captivated, entertained, inspired, informed, creative, happy, curious, smart and excited.

However, some of the attributes put forward by survey participants reflect the concerns raised by various parties in recent times relating to the negative effects these sites can have on individuals, with attributes such as ‘guilty’, ‘isolated’ and ‘lonely’ being associated with both Facebook and Twitter. Many experts believe that social media can be addictive and prompt low self-esteem and isolation, especially in younger users.

As well as these feelings, Facebook was also attributed with the following mixed bag of emotions and feelings: overwhelmed, self-conscious, connected, entertained, curious and informed. Meanwhile, Twitter evoked the following sensations: anxious, depressed, self-conscious, overwhelmed, informed and flirtatious.

It would seem that two of the most successful and long-standing social media sites are evoking the most negativity in comparison to their younger counterparts.

As well as highlighting emotions, the survey also looked at how participants use the different social sites. It showed that Snapchat is an app where users can talk to their friends while sharing photos and videos about their day and play with various filters and lenses.

This compares with the likes of Twitter where users said they can follow discussions, news and current affairs, as well as sharing opinions on topics of interest. This can be considered the other end of the spectrum as the site is not really about interacting with friends, which can lead to feelings of isolation and depression, especially when negativity in the news and online feeds through into it.

Different social media sites are used for different purposes and as this survey shows, they can lead to users having different feelings about them. Therefore, can ‘social media’ in general really be deemed as addictive and negative, when users think this only applies to one or two platforms?

Posted by Alan Littler

Is there more to the #10YearChallenge?

Posted on January 21, 2019

The latest craze to go around the social media scene is the 10 year challenge, but is there more to this than just a bit of fun?

At first glance, the (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Sudan the latest African nation to block social media

Posted on January 8, 2019

The last six to eight months have seen several countries in Africa impose restrictions on social media and the internet, usually in an effort to curtail protests and criticism. The most recent of these is Sudan, where the last few weeks have seen regular demonstrations against long-serving president Omar al-Bashir.

With politicians in the East African nation seemingly (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Does the Wetherspoon ruling call time on parody accounts?

Posted on December 17, 2018

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon and its outspoken chairman Tim Martin have a tempestuous relationship with social media, even reaching the point earlier this year where the chain removed all its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Now, it has managed to get an imposter Twitter account wiped as well.

Wetherspoon’s decision to take a self-enforced social media blackout created (more…)

Posted by John Murray
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