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Digital 4 Trade Social Media Round-up

By Anthony Johnson, Oct 6 2015 12:04PM

Social Media News

Africa are to get Facebook beamed from Space!

The initiative reaches social media network deal with French company Eutelsat that will see much of sub-Saharan Africa receiving internet.

Facebook has reached a deal to have free internet beamed to some of the most remote parts of Africa via satellite.

Through Facebook's initiative, the company offers access to a number of services including weather, news, health and Facebook itself, for free. Most connections currently come through traditional fixed and mobile telecoms networks, which provide sparse coverage.

How the words you use on Twitter can predict how much you earn!

An academic study has sorted through Twitter profiles and found that certain words correlate with certain wage brackets.

Are you more likely to tweet about beauty or a corporation? Say 'bae' or tweet about politics? The words you use on the social platform may indicate how much money you make, according to research from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, University College London and Microsoft Research in Cambridge.

The study looked at the information from 1,000 Twitter bios about what job each person did, and ranked the jobs in terms of average wage - based on information from the Office of National Statistics. They then analysed the words that these people used on Twitter most often.

"Users with higher income post less emotional (positive and negative) but more neutral content, exhibiting more anger and fear, but less surprise, sadness and disgust."

They found that people who tweet about politics more often are more likely to be on a higher income. The researchers attributed this to the fact that with higher levels of education usually comes higher wealth, and also because the political classes are often the financially elite.

Instagram names Harry Styles as the UK’s most followed account!

The One Direction star is the most popular Instagram account in the UK, according to Instagram, the photo sharing network.

One Direction star Harry Styles has been revealed as the UK's most popular Instagram account, as the platform celebrates its fifth birthday.

Styles shares photos with his 13 million followers, giving them an insight into One Direction's life on the road alongside images of creative powerhouses Stevie Nicks, Nirvana and artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The popstar narrowly beat David Beckham to the post, despite the fact Beckham only joined Instagram five months ago to mark his 40th birthday! In that time, the former footballer has amassed 12.8 million followers, gaining an incredible one million fans within a single day.

Don’t panic!

Facebook isn’t going to charge to keep people's posts private!

To make it official, we’re publishing it in the media: there’s no need to post an informational message on the social network to warn friends

Facebook is not planning to make its users pay £5.99 to keep their status updates private

“Now it’s official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: £5.99 to keep the subscription of your status to be set to ‘private’. If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free,” claims the widely-circulated chain message.

“If not tomorrow, all your posts can become public. Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. After all, it does not cost anything for a simple copy and paste.”

This particular hoax has been circulating since 2009 in various forms. At least this time round, it is not accompanied by a link that attempts to install malware on your computer.

Facebook’s privacy settings remain the same, with posts and accounts able to be kept private by using the drop-down menu while publishing them, or the general-settings menu.

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