When Twitter is down, everyone follows…
On Tuesday morning, Twitter faced one of the greatest breakdowns in its history. A virtual disaster for all users and Community Managers.
We still don’t know what was the cause of this outage. But one thing is for sure, when Twitter is unavailable we’re all living a bad dream.
Take a look below to see how Twitter reacted to its own crash. Yes, even if Twitter is down, Twitter is still alive!
— MrBettingTips (@MrBettingTips_) January 19, 2016
Isn't it a bit odd that the hashtag #twitterdown could still trend?
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 19, 2016
— Angry Birds (@AngryBirds) January 19, 2016
— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) January 19, 2016
Facebook joins the sports game
Facebook has launched a Sports Stadium feature which allows users to experience sports in real-time.
The social giant is building a sports hub which will connect more than 650 million people across the world.
In practice, this new feature will allow users to follow a “chronological news feed” on a specific sport event. Users will be able to see posts from friends, experts, leagues and journalists, as well as live scores, statistics and game information like where to find it on TV.
The feature will first be rolled out for American Football games, before covering other sports including football and basketball.
Today we’re launching the Facebook Sports Stadium, a dedicated place to experience sports in real-time with your friends and the world. Check out our product announcement here: http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/01/facebook-sports-stadium With 650 million sports fans, Facebook is the world’s largest stadium. People already turn to Facebook to celebrate, commiserate, and talk trash with their friends and other fans.Now we’ve built a place devoted to sports so you can get the feeling you’re watching the game with your friends even when you aren’t together.
Posted by Sports on Facebook on Wednesday, 20 January 2016
WhatsApp is now free
Until now, WhatsApp has been free for the first year and then subject to a subscription fee for additional years.
With nearly 1 billion users, the Facebook-owned platform is aiming to remove barriers and become more simple by making itself free.
WhatsApp has also announced future tools that will hope to play a useful role in people’s lives, like communicating with your bank for example.
(Click on the image below to read the full statement from WhatsApp)
In the future, we’ll never leave Facebook’s app
Facebook is testing a new browser incorporated into its app.
In this way, when a user clicks on a link, to read an article for example, they will stay within the Facebook app (image below).
A new bar on the bottom should join the page to tell us how popular a post is, including back and forward buttons, bookmark pages, and a menu button which should allow users to share the post.
For more information, check out the full article from The Next Web by clicking in the image.
The Australian Open takes the lead on social media
If you see some tennis balls on your Twitter timeline, don’t worry, it’s all right!
The Australian Open, the first tennis Grand Slam of the season, is currently playing out on Twitter as well as the Melbourne courts.
Indeed, to promote the event and increase engagement, the tournament organisers launched a collection of features across the platform in partnership with Twitter itself.
Seven special hashtags featuring emojis, a Periscope racket for players to broadcast live Q&As and take fans behind the scenes in real-time, a digital wall to display selfies from Twitter… The Open is definitely aiming to be the most active Grand Slam on social media.
— Twitter Sports (@TwitterSports) January 17, 2016