‘Donate now’ button, #DogsAtPollingStations and meninism… Social Media Re-hash: May 2015

Another month, another hashtag (or roughly, another 1000 or so). I won’t go into all of them… but here’s a few of the best, alongside the weirdest and most wonderful social media stories around. You’re welcome.

First of all, we’ve got a really exciting development whereby the world of activism and that of social media collided. That’s nothing new… see theIce Bucket Challenge, No Make-up Selfies, those sad pictures your auntie always shares and asks you to ‘like’ with no clear instruction on how that will help the situation. Whilst the first two are open to critique, they did indubitably show how social media can be used as an effective tool to raise money for charity. It’s the latter example that gives so-called ‘clicktivism’ such a bad name. But this story on the 1st May showed how a new development on Facebook — a ‘donate now’ button — meant that users donated over $17 million to Nepal following the terrible Earthquakes suffered. So next time someone tells you Facebook is a waste of time… just show ’em this article.

Obviously the biggest subject trending in the UK across social media platforms in early May were to do with the General Election. Ed Milliband seemed to be everywhere… from that picture of him attempting to eat a sandwich (which probably haunts his dreams) to the more positive, but equally baffling, #millifandom which emerged.

It’s always interesting to see how many keyboard crusaders emerge during elections — whether you agree with the opinions or not — it certainly belies the myth of the apathetic young voter (or non-voter). But anyway, before I get carried away with all that it’s time to focus on the really important thing to come out of the elections… #DogsAtPollingStations.

Joking aside, it was a pretty great hashtag. Moving on to a most interesting development — Dominos in the US are now taking orders for pizza via emoji on their Twitter account. “It’s the epitome of convenience,” said Patrick Doyle, CEO at Domino’s, adding: “We’ve got this down to a five-second exchange.” Hmm. Expect more of this in future… #NicolasPrecariousPredictions

The end of May led to a few great stories breaking… the tiny tremor that constituted the #KentEarthquake hilarity on Twitter. I won’t go into too much detail, since I already wrote an entire blog about it. What can I say, I love Twitter-based sarcasm. In other news, a guy’s reaction to his wife at his wedding got turned into a ‘meninist’ meme. (If you don’t know what meninism is, look here. I cannot give you that time of your life back, though.) Anyway, the guy happened to be an absolute babe — that is the official term — and he gave an amazingly sweet reply.

I’m going to leave it there, because I’m a not-so-secret softie. Your move, June…

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