Five things worth sharing from the last week or so, brought to you by a different member of the Browser Media team every Friday.
This week’s My Five is by Victoria.
1. Social Media helps people to show their support after the Paris attack
Following the horrifying attacks in Paris last week, people have been showing their solidarity with France and expressing their emotions using social media.
Facebook allowed users to apply a tricolour filter on their profile pictures to show support, and French artist Jean Jullien’s ‘Peace for Paris’ was quickly shared across all social media channels.
2. The Oxford word of the year isn’t a word
For anyone who is quite ‘wordy’ like me, crowning an emoji ‘Word of the Year’ seems quite absurd.
Still, they did it anyway. To be fair, the other words shortlisted didn’t exactly blow my skirt up either.
You can do a quiz to see how well you know your emojis – I got 2/14. Bet you can’t beat my whopping score.
3. End of an era for lads mags
It appears that men have had enough of looking at boobies, as ZOO and FHM are both announced that they will be suspending publication. Or more likely, men can now look at as many boobies as they want, all day long, on their smartphone. After seeing a decline over a number of years, lads mags ZOO and FHM are set to be axed.
Both mags (which feature a lot of semi-porn images of naked women plus sport, music, film, tech and other stuff for lads) have seen sales slump, with FHM selling 67,000 copies – shocking when they were 1 million per month in the 90’s.
For a real treat, check out #73 on the 2015 FHM 100 Sexist list. Boys, I can assure you that you will NOT be disappointed. LADS LADS LADS.
4. Northern men are hard
Staying on the subject of men, with their body hair and kick the football game and all that, some men also like to drink beer. And some men like to drink beer in freezing flood water in pub gardens.
Apparently, they continued until they “got told off by Steve’s missus and had to get out”.
5. Google+ – Still flogging that dead horse
God Google, enough already.
OK, so the community stuff can be useful, but I’ll still never forgive them for the mess they created by forcing everyone to create a G+ profile when signing up for their other services. If anyone out there still cares, Google said:
The “new” site will now focus on “collections” and “communities” – making it more an interest-network than a personal one. We’re starting to introduce a fully redesigned Google+ that puts Communities and Collections front and centre. Now focused around interests, the new Google+ is much simpler. And it’s more mobile-friendly – we’ve rebuilt it across web, Android and iOS so that you’ll have a fast and consistent experience whether you are on a big screen or small one.
A nice round up featuring reactions to the news from industry experts can be found on this lovely blog here.