From Snapchat spectacles to Trump making a spectacle of himself (for a change), find out this week’s social news, right here…
Step aside Google, there’s some new shades in town. Snapchat (or should we now say, Snap Inc.) have announced that they will be launching smart sunglasses this autumn. The “Spectacles”, as they’re called, have a tiny camera which can record video clips up to 30 seconds in length, which can be shared immediately on Snapchat.
The glasses have been priced at $130 (around £100) and connect to mobile devices by using either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Able to be used hands-free, the spectacles will record video clips, allowing their followers to see the world – quite literally – through their eyes. Snap Inc. CEO, Evan Spiegel, told Wall Street Journal that the product is a work in progress. “It’s about us figuring out if it fits into people’s lives and seeing how they like it”.
The Live Debate
For the first time, following the success of the NFL game, the first presidential debates were streamed live on Twitter in full HD. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went head to head in a long and heated debate on Monday. There were a few mixed reactions to the stream, with some saying having the live tweet conversations alongside the video was a bit distracting, but overall the debate racked up the most views ever (over 80 million) and reports showed that there were more than 17 million tweets involving 2.7 million people.
If you missed any tweets, fear not, we’ve picked out some of the best here.
Twitter to be bought out by… Disney?
Rumours of a Twitter buy-out have been circulating for a while now, with Google and Salesforce being front runners for the bid. Yet now, reports suggest that Disney could also be a contender. The idea that they are a potential buyer might sound like an unlikely tale – however you might not have known that co-founder and current CEO, Jack Dorsey, has been on Disney’s board since 2013. We wonder if Larry would get a Disney makeover if this dream really did come true?
Selena Gomez reaches 100m followers on Instagram
From Disney princess to pop princess – Selena Gomez is now the most followed account on Instagram (beating the likes of Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift and even Instagram themselves). She also holds the title for most-liked Instagram photo – which is pretty good going for someone who hasn’t posted a pic in over 6 weeks.
The singer has been taking some time out away from the spotlight recently for health concerns, but her loyal fan base have been helping her out on social with the hashtag, #GetSelenaTo100M. Which was nice.