Friday Social Round Up: #GooglePlusUpdate, Amy’s Baking Company, Facebook Emoticons and Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal

Written by Susie Cox - 17 May 2013

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It’s all go in the fast-paced world of social media this week. We take a look at the latest Google+ update as well as seeing how Facebook shouldn’t be used. We’ve also managed to squeeze in an A-list Hollywood hunk as well as a visit to space.


New Google+


On Wednesday 15 May, Google+ launched a number of enhancements to three key areas of the platform, these being scheduled to roll out over the next week. These are:




    • Stream – Improving tablet and mobile apps to make them more ”intimate and immersive”, including a multi-column layout and photos and videos that  fill the width of the stream



    • Hangouts  – A standalone version that combines text, photos and live video across Android, iOS and desktop computers



    • Photos – A number of premade enhancements for your photos and an automatic backup on Google’s cloud




For more information, video examples and a full list of the features, take a look at Google’s blog post about the update.




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Amy’s Baking Company Facebook meltdown


A restaurant in Arizona was recently featured on popular television show Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares. Ramsey slated the deluded restaurant owners Amy and Samy for their uncooked pizza and stealing staff’s tips before finally declaring them too difficult to work with.

You would have thought they’d want to lay low after the show aired in the US on Friday. However, on Monday, Amy and Samy took to the restaurant’s Facebook page to defend their business against the ”haters and sinners”, resulting in further ridicule and traffic to the page. For a full list of the delusional comments from the meltdown (all in caps lock), see Buzzfeed.

On Tuesday, all posts from the Monday had been deleted and a message claiming that “Obviously our Facebook, YELP, Twitter and Website have been hacked” was posted.

On Wednesday they put up a post claiming their side of the story would be told at a grand reopening of the restaurant and press conference. A portion of the proceeds from the reopening night will also go to a cyber-bullying charity.


Their PR team have certainly got their work cut out for them. Let the entertainment continue…




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Facebook’s new emoticons


Remember emoticons? They had their heyday during the period of popularity of instant messengers first enjoyed some years ago now. In a seeming throwback to these golden days, Facebook recently announced its rolling out of a feature that allows users to add emoticons to status updates, this feature now having appeared on select users’ accounts.

As well as adding a smiley/sad/ ‘sexy’ face to reflect your mood, you can also add what you’re watching, eating, drinking or doing. This means you can share a particular interest which is then reflected with an image. However, you can also connect a business Page with this in order to help further promote brand pages on Facebook.

Additionally, this information may be integrated into Graph Search, helping Facebook build up information about people and their interests.

How you got emoticons on Facebook yet? Are you enjoying them?

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Ryan Gosling won’t eat his cereal


This the best use of Vine we’ve seen so far. Okay, it doesn’t serve any real purpose but it does have a great sense of humour, cereal and Ryan Gosling. Made by RyanWMcHenry, it shows how popular and viral Vine videos can be, making them great marketing opportunities (as long as you include Ryan Gosling).





Viral video


You know what it’s going to be, don’t you? A first for viral videos: a David Bowie cover in orbit. Space Oddity from the International Space Station by Chris Hadfield gained over 12 million views in less than a week.


Infographic time


Many businesses are running competitions on Facebook, but many are doing it wrong. Facebook does have a number of rules for running competitions on the platform, and creating the perfect app that complies with these rules and does what you want it to can be a challenge.

The Elements of a Perfect Facebook Contest App from ShortStack tells you want you need in the mix as well as how to promote the competition once it’s ready.