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Five things in five minutes
Monday 12 February, 2018

Micro-influencers, emojis, Snapchat’s controversial user interface redesign and more. Here's five things in five minutes to start your week.

1.       Organic social media – a dying trade?

Discussed at Hootsuite’s ‘Digital in 2018 event in Sydney this week, dollars must be spent by brands on social media to achieve a similar reach they’ve had the luxury of obtaining organically in the past. Companies were advised to use authentic, ‘micro influencers’ – everyday citizens who use and love the brands they advertise. Micro influencers, major opportunity.

2.       Resistance – best represented by an emoji?

It seems that emojis have taken on a deeper meaning than we think – in fact, they’ve become a symbol for an entire movement! The raised fist particularly is an expression of solidarity, commonly used as a representation of ’progressive protest’ – visually communicating community-based humanitarian appeals.

3.       Snapchat’s redesign separates your friends from business

Snapchat’s controversial user interface redesign has borne the brunt of much dislike from users – with many believing that Snap Inc. suddenly cares more about corporations than people. However, they seem to be a vocal minority – with the app’s ‘Discover’ section seeing a 40 percent increase in viewers over the old design!

4.       If you haven’t heard, Kylie Jenner is a mamma

The birth of a child inevitably means an opportunity to analyse PR value… at least when you’re Kylie Jenner. Professionals have examined the socialite’s decision to announce the newest member of the clan on the day of the Super Bowl, as well as the impact that her silence has had on the rest of the world.  If only little Stormi knew how much commotion she has caused…

5.       ‘Downvoting’ Facebook comments

Facebook is testing out a new ‘downvote’ option on comments. First, it would bring the top voted comments higher in the listing, which could encourage further interaction based on user votes. The platform already does this to a degree based on Likes, but by enabling downvotes, they could help temper more argumentative, opinionated posts, especially within comment sections dominated by specific sub-groups.

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