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Five things in five minutes
Thursday 7 July, 2016

From the popularity of the #democracysausage to Snapchat’s new memories and the resurgence of Pokemon Go, it’s been a busy week. Here’s five things in five minutes to wrap up your working week.

The federal election created a whole lot of noise on social media, but interestingly it wasn’t Malcolm Turnbull or Bill Shorten who had Australians talking on Twitter – it was the humble #democracysausage. The hashtag held the top trend spot for most of the day, with more than 29,000 tweets. But it didn’t stop Shorten tucking into his sausage sizzle the wrong way.

Yesterday, Snapchat announced a huge update with the introduction of Snapchat Memories – a tool which will allow users to upload previously-taken images and videos, as well as saved stories. But does it change the whole premise of Snapchat? 

Watching the broadcast of the Olympics is a childhood memory for most, but with weeks to go ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics, a new study has revealed electronic devices like laptops, tablets and iPhones will take over, with 92% of Australians expected to be watching through their devices rather than their TV screens.

People consume news through social media channels now more than ever, but as a continuation of its censorship of the internet, this week China announced that news outlets cannot use social media as a source of news without official government approval.

Childhood memories were revived across Australia this week as the new Pokemon Go app, a recreation of the popular Nintendo Gameboy game of the 90s, soft launched in Australia and New Zealand. Gamers were sent on a real-life chase across the country in an effort to catch ‘em all! 

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