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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Surreal Instagram Feed

Sep 7

What’s Relevant This Week in Social Media.

The world of social media is always renewing itself in some way or another. With frequent updates and resurfacing content, it can be hard to keep up with on a daily basis.  It’s important to stay informed of the current issues and trends so that your social media presence stays relevant. Using social media is one thing, but using it well is the key to online success.  Stay updated and stay informed with the latest social media news!

In Case You Missed It:

AssadInstagramOn the morning of Aug. 21, strange, awful images began spreading from the eastern suburbs of Damascus to the international media: footage of screaming children, of dead animals and human victims stretched out on the ground, their eyes glazed and pupils dilated, some convulsing, some motionless.The Obama administration would later say it was evidence of the worst chemical-weapons attack in 25 years, carried out by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, a violation of international norms of warfare and a provocation that demanded a military response.But the images posted on Assad’s Instagram feed from the same period convey nothing of a regime in crisis. More on this story here.


Twitter is great for real-time news and updates, but searching through your history for tweets on a specific topic — that’s much less efficient, even with hashtags. With more than 450 million tweets created every day, finding one from, say, 2007 may be harder (and more painful) than finding a piece of hay in a stack of needles. Topsy, a San Francisco-based social-analytics company, aims to change that. Topsy is one of a small handful of companies that offer advanced Twitter search tools for the microblogging network’s entire stream, known as the Twitter “firehose.” For more on this story, click here!


Much has been written regarding Facebook’s new “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities” policy — the company announced changes to it a few weeks back in the wake of a class action lawsuit settlement at the end of August. Most alarming to users was the understanding that their profile data, including their profile picture, name, and personal information, could show up as part of a Facebook ad their friends may see on the site. This information was not new, but it was spelled out in more detail for the first time by Facebook. Click here  to read more!

Rachael is a Content Editor at Katie Wagner Social Media. She holds a degree in Visual Communications and is a talented copywriter, photographer and videographer.

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