This week saw the latest internet craze, #WakeUpCall. Trying to rival the Ice Bucket Challenge and #nomakeupselfie, the #WakeUpCall campaign is in aid of children’s charity, UNICEF. The campaign encourages people to post photographs of themselves once they have just woken up. With celebrities such as Stephen Fry, Hugh Grant and Naomi Campbell, already getting involved it is expected to be the next viral campaign. It looks like Instagram filters will once again become everyone’s best friend.
Google employs camel
Google have now given us a chance to explore the Liwa Desert in the United Arab Emirates by placing a Trekker on a camel to give us a glimpse of what it may be like to travel the desert as caravan merchants have for the past 3000 years. According to Googles blog the Trekker was rested on the camel to minimise the disruption to the desert.
Jennifer Lawrence’s Wikipedia Page Hacked
Just when you thought the celebrities image scandal may have finally died down, Jennifer Lawrence’s Wikipedia page is hacked. The hackers replaced her PG Wikipedia page image with one of her recently leaked nude images. The image was quickly taken down fourteen minutes later, followed by a second attempt which was removed after a further four minutes. The Hunger Games actress recently spoke about the ongoing scandal in her Vanity Fair interview quoting; “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change.”
Free Flights Hoax
Airlines EasyJet and RyanAir have been victims of fake Instagram accounts this week. Accounts have been set up promising the first 2000 followers free flights within the EU. Leaving the victims of the prank highly disappointed when they found out it wasn’t true, a slight giveaway when the number of free flights continued to increase reaching as high as 75,000. Also dare I mention that RyanAir is based in Dublin not the UK. Safe to say if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Facebook have released an apology admitting they made a mistake regarding the psychological experiment they carried out on unsuspecting users. Back in June it was revealed that over 600,000 Facebook users had unknowingly taken part in a psychological experiment, with the aim to find out how they respond to positive and negative messages.
In a recent blog post, Facebooks chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer has now said that the company should have done some things differently; “We should have considered other non-experimental ways to do this research.” The full blog post consists of a range of excuses and a long winded explanation, which you can find here.