4 popular news and social media stories from October 2018
Here at Green Door Co, we like to stay abreast of the news and what is trending on social media. This week we thought we’d share with you four things that caught our attention for the month of October 2018.
The Royal Visit
Unless your internet went down for weeks on end and you’ve been in isolation, you would have seen or heard about the visit of Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Even if you aren’t a fan of the Monarchy, it was hard to ignore their 12 day tour around Australia. Prince Harry was in Australia for the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games, which he founded in 2014. The Invictus Games sees wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel take part in wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing. On their visit in Australia, Meghan and Harry visited Sydney, Melbourne, Dubbo and Fraser Island before heading to New Zealand.
After the most recent leadership spill which saw Malcolm Turnbull lose his position as Prime Minister to Scott Morrison and subsequently resign, the electorate of Wentworth held a by-election on the 20th of October. About 20% of voters swung away from the Liberal Party, awarding independent candidate Kerryn Phelps with the win. This is only the third time since Federation in 1901 that the seat has been out of the hands of the Liberal party. This was quite a historic win on more than one level as it means the Liberals are now in a minority Government.
Google announced it will shut down Google+
On to social media now and after a severe data breach, Google announced it would be shutting down its social media platform Google+. The social media platform never really achieved much traction in comparison to giants like Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. While Google do not believe any of the breached data was misused, it did admit that the platform failed to live up to expectations, with 90% of users lasting only 5 seconds!
Flaunt Your Wealth Challenge: China
For a bit of an international flavour to our news, we recently came across the ‘Flaunt your Wealth’ challenge that has become very popular in China. With the rise of middle-class wealth across China, this social media challenge has gone viral. It typically features young, rich adults ‘falling’ out of expensive cars with their designer handbags, shoes and wads of cash sprawled around them. This trend has generated more than a million posts in two weeks on the Chinese social media platform Weibo. As with any trend, there are those that enjoy the spoof. Some images are of students falling off desks with books, food and notes scattered around them. Some business owners are also following the trend using it to market their business, scattering their products around themselves.
So there you have it! Let us know if you enjoyed our news and social media stories from October, and if you’d like help getting your own business into the media, get in touch with us today.