Published on Friday, November 30, 2012

Flying hobbits and babies called Hashtag - has the world gone mad?

Friends, babies, hobbits and councillors all make the cut in this week's social media round up. Enjoy our quick round up of the world this week - all through the eyes of social media.

Baby names go social
Social media mania appears to have gone a little crazy after a mother has named her newborn baby Hashtag. The news was announced on Facebook, and travelled online after being picked up in a tweet by @AwkwardMsgs. Good luck explaining that one to the grandparents.

Too many friends
The University of Edinburgh's Business School has sent its students and the Daily Mail into an anxiety overdrive with a study into the stress levels caused by managing different social circles within Facebook. According to the research, having more friends in the social network causes more problems, as does befriending a boss or parent. Interestingly, more are friends with an ex-partner than a current one, and more than half of employers have not hired someone after checking their Facebook page.

Hobbit of fun
Air New Zealand is no stranger to a good visual story. Hot on the heels of the Middle Earth inspired safety video which has racked up over 9 million views on Youtube, the airline unveiled 'how hobbits fly' - a 777-300ER aircraft re-branded in artwork reflecting the new film. A great time-lapse video shows how it is done, and brings to life the partnership between the airline and the new Hobbit film.

Cornwall gives residents Facebook power
In a bid to save residents' money, Cornwall Council has added a new feature to its Facebook page that allows issues such as planning breaches, pot holes and anti-social behaviour to be reported at the push of a smart phone button. Council leaders state that traffic coming to the official council website via the social network is on the up, and that they wanted to offer a quick and cost effective way to people to have their say.


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