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Welcome back for another weekly roundup of all things social media! Brace yourselves…for there are social media updates coming. So, let’s get right to it!

 

Hashtags Explained

There are a lot of hashtags out there roaming the 140-character world of Twitter. Many of which we know and love. For example, #ThrowbackThursday and #KimYe are two of my favorites.

However, there are also many hashtags that we are unfamiliar with. Personally, I have had to Google hashtags just so that I could understand what in the world my friends were talking about…and there’s nothing more shameful than having to research what the world is talking about. Fortunately, Twitter realizes that nobody likes to be left in the dark when it comes to these trending topics, and they decided to do a little bit of experimenting.

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Now, when you search for hashtags in the iOS app of Twitter, a subtitle will explain the meaning of the hashtag listed. While many would think that #RT means “retweet,” it’s actually “Russia Today.” As in the hit news program for the country literally torn between Europe and Asia. So now we can all properly join the conversation since we actually know what others are talking about. That’s the last time someone confuses #LOL with “laugh out loud!” Clearly, that belongs to all the gamers of League of Legends.

#TGET (That’s “Thanks for the Great Experiment, Twitter” in case you were wondering.)

 

Making The “World Wide Web” World Wide

Did you know that only about 30% of the world’s total population has access to Internet? What’s even more shocking than that? 85% of us are in areas of existing cellular networks.

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We should all have the right to freely access information, and Facebook has just made a great move to make that happen! The social media company just launched the Internet.org app, which provides free and basic services such as weather and Wikipedia without being charged for data.

While the creation of such an app is long overdue, we must commend Facebook for taking these first steps toward information equality.

Well done Facebook!

 

Quit Your Day Job And Sell Your IG Pics

Daniel Arnold just made $15,000 because of his Instagram profile. How? Gawker declared this New York-based photographer the best on Instagram. So, he decided to capitalize on this.

For one day only, Arnold announced he would be selling 4 x 6 prints from his archives for $150 each. It might be a little hard to recreate his success if you don’t share a similar title in the IG photography world. But it just goes to show that there is room for bringing in the big bucks on this social media platform.

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The only concern regarding this is: who? If one guy can make this kind of money in just one day, imagine what people with access to far more expansive resources could do.

Are agencies and other high profile photographers going to hop on this bandwagon? If so, it is likely that newer and more invasive advertising efforts may be used in the growing competition for Instagram picture sales.

 

Viral Video Of The Week

Singing competition shows have taken the world by storm. Shows like American Idol, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent have shined the spotlight on hidden talent. But very rarely are we truly blown away by the talent displayed on these programs.

There is one name you will want to keep an eye out for: Rachel Thompson. The 14 year old singer stunned the judges of Australia’s The X Factor with her rendition of “Please Don’t Say You Love Me.”

So sit back, listen, and prepare to be completely amazed!

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Thanks for reading A Smorgasbord of Social Media – your weekly roundup of all things social. Check back each Friday for a fresh batch of updates. As always, feel free to share your opinions by tweeting us @Wpromote.

 

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