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Barack Obama just broke a Twitter record with 3.6M likes

Former President Barack Obama’s response to the deadly car attack and violent protests during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville,…

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Former President Barack Obama’s response to the deadly car attack and violent protests during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia is now the most-liked tweet of all time.

Obama’s record-breaking tweet included a photo of him greeting a group a small children of various ethnicities along with part of a quote from former South African president Nelson Mandela. Obama sent two additional tweets to complete the full Mandela quote:

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

The post set the record at about 7:07 p.m. PT Tuesday, when it topped 2.7 million likes, according to Twitter.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has fumbled while using the social media platform. He retweeted and then deleted two messages on Tuesday, one that featured a cartoon train running down a character intended to represent the news network CNN and one that called the President a fascist.

Previous Most Liked Tweet Of All Time:

The previous most-liked tweet on the social media platform belongs to pop star Ariana Grande, who responded in May to the deadly terror attack outside her concert in Manchester, England. Grande’s tweet has 2.7 million likes.

The third most-popular tweet of all time is far more lighthearted: Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie.

Recommended Read ➤ 3 Digital Marketing Lessons from Ellen DeGeneres Oscars Selfie

With a limited number of characters to work with, the idiom applies here that a “picture is worth a thousand words.” (It’s an idea that brand marketers sometimes forget to apply to their posts and tweets.)

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Twitter explodes against Trump’s Jerusalem decision

US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has been met with a wave of disapproval on…

US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has been met with a wave of disapproval on all social media platforms.

Mr Trump also approved moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, making America the first country in the world to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

People across a Middle East and around the world on edge used social media to express their opinion about US President Donald Trump’s announcement recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Social Media community reaction:

The hashtag Jerusalem is the eternal Palestinian capital [#القدس_عاصمه_فلسطين_الابديه] ranked 1oth top trending hashtag on Twitter globally with 358K Tweets on 11:00 PM CLT.

https://twitter.com/therealdude126/status/938514120156090374

 

International community reaction:

Pope Francis said: “I cannot silence my deep concern over the situation that has emerged in recent days. At the same time, I appeal strongly for all to respect the city’s status quo, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions.”

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, said President Trump’s statement “would jeopardise the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians”.

Mr Guterres said Jerusalem was “a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties”.

Such negotiations must take “into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinians and the Israeli sides,” he said.

The European Union called for the “resumption of a meaningful peace process towards a two-state solution” and said “a way must be found, through negotiations, to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, so that the aspiration of both parties can be fulfilled”.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Mr Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was “regrettable”.

He called efforts for “avoid violence at all costs.”

Both China and Russia also expressed their concern that the move could lead to an escalation of tensions in the region.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK government disagreed with the US decision which was “unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region”.

In a statement she said: “The British embassy to Israel is based in Tel Aviv and we have no plans to move it.

“Our position on the status of Jerusalem is clear and longstanding: it should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states. In line with relevant [UN] Security Council Resolutions, we regard East Jerusalem as part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

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Animoji takes world by storm, maybe the iPhone X is worth it?

As with every iPhone release in the last 2 or so decades, Apple fans have lined up and fought over…

As with every iPhone release in the last 2 or so decades, Apple fans have lined up and fought over the phone with extreme passion. With each new release, Apple has had fans rushing to social media to fawn over their new phones, whether the phone itself or its sparkly new features.

This year was no different, except this time, it was a bit more personal.

Since the new iPhone dropped, the world has been taken over by storm… By Animoji Kareoke.

 

Twitter has been taken over by these cute personalized animojis, and people are getting creative.

 

 

If you haven’t been paying attention to Apple’s iPhone marketing train, Animoji are personal animated emojis, that are capable of mirroring your facial expressions in real-time.

Basically, it’s the best Snapchat-like filter ever.

People are completely in love with the application, even more so with Animoji Kareoke. The new craze has people using the animoji app, and recording in-phone footage to create widely fun and engaging videos of them singing.

Just remember, this is what you look like to other people when you are playing with your animoji.

 

 

The new iPhone’s wide array of sensors make this possible, and currently only Apple seems to have the technology on lock down and maybe even patented.

Many seem to feel like the phone, with its $1000 USD price tag, is only worth it due to Animoji Kareoke.

 

Do you think it’ll be worth the crazy price tag? Is it worth it only for Animojis, or for another feature? Let us know!

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Twitter is celebrating #Ramadan with emoji and live 360 videos

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins Friday and runs through Saturday, June 24, and Twitter is helping users celebrate with…

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins Friday and runs through Saturday, June 24, and Twitter is helping users celebrate with special emoji, custom Periscope hearts and a Ramadan TV guide bot in the Middle East.

For Ramadan 2016: Media partnerships director, Middle East Kinda Ibrahim said in a blog post that there were more than 7.1 million tweets about television shows and series related to Ramadan during the Holy Month, June 5 through July 5.

According to Kinda Ibrahim blog post, exclusive Ramadan Q&As will take place with celebrities and experts across the region giving fans an opportunity to engage in a live video conversation around popular topics. From entertainment and culture to religion and health, it’s all happening on Twitter.

The first ever Ramadan-themed live 360 videos

The first ever Ramadan-themed live 360 videos will take place on Twitter by multiple broadcasters; showcasing the spirit of Ramadan through an immersive experience; from tents to souqs and charitable activities.

Throwback > Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter sends Ramadan Kareem ☽ tweet 

You can easily move your device or scroll your finger across the video Tweets to explore every angle shared of the locations. As for TV, look out for a Ramadan mini-series, live episodes and behind the scenes content that will be shared on Twitter.

Finally, Ibrahim detailed several Ramadan initiatives the social network is undertaking in Indonesia:

1. @MasakTV will provide daily video recipes during Ramadan. By Tweeting #masakapa (what to eat) to @MasakTV, you will receive Ramadan related recipe videos. By Tweeting #jajandimana (eat out) along with the name of a cuisine or dish to @MasakTV, you will receive an auto-reply with recommendation of the nearest restaurants serving that.

2. We’re partnering with leading radio stations in the country, @Jak101fm and @gen987fm, to host regular Periscope and Q&A sessions – all to be broadcasted via their Twitter accounts.  The radio stations will also have regular challenge sessions where their listeners needs to answer by sending photos and video via Twitter.

3. @netmediatama TV will be integrating Twitter within its Sohoor programming for one of the most popular variety shows Ini Sahur (@Ini_Talkshow) to allow live audience to engage with the celebrity guests and hosts in real-time. People can also send a Direct Message to @netmediatama to get daily prayer time, iftar time, and video of short sermon in their DMs.

4. @TravellerKaskus, part of @Kaskus – one of Indonesia’s largest online communities, will be broadcasting regular content on Periscope and video on Twitter while waiting for Iftar. The topics will vary each week and will be related to Ramadan: from tips on what to do during iftar, unique iftar food from different cities in Indonesia, to preparation of mudik or homecoming season.

Twitter users: Did you tweet about Ramadan yet?

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The 1st sun of 2017 rises over #Hollyweed hashtag!

The 1st sun of 2017 rises over Los Angeles while residents awoke on New Year’s Day to find a prankster…

The 1st sun of 2017 rises over Los Angeles while residents awoke on New Year’s Day to find a prankster had altered the famed Hollywood sign to read “Hollyweed”.

Social media users quickly noticed the new sign, and used Twitter to express their surprise tweeting on the hashtag [#Hollyweed]. In less than 4hrs the hashtag recorded 17,932,830 reach and 17,962,663 impressions on Twitter alone!

The timing of the “Hollyweed” prank is not incidental: Recreational marijuana became legal in California on Sunday after voters approved Proposition 64, or the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, in November.

Local media reported that police were treating the incident as minor trespass and were investigating while The Los Angeles Times reports that a single person was recorded on security cameras climbing the sign to hang the materials.

A similar prank took place in 1976, to mark a relaxation in the state’s marijuana laws. For nearly 100 years, the sign has been both a fixture in Hollywood Hills and a touchstone of Tinseltown’s popular culture power. Ironically, the “Hollywood” sign, was defaced in 1976 for a similar purpose.

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